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UN agencies race to storm-battered Caribbean with emergency relief

United Nations agencies are mobilizing to deliver relief to Caribbean nations battered by Hurricane Sandy -- particularly Haiti, where tens of thousands of homes were destroyed. An estimated 1.2 million Haitians are at risk of malnutrition, while Cuba and Jamaica were also affected. Caribbean Journal (Miami) (11/1), Development Newswire (11/2), Los Angeles Times/World Now blog (tiered subscription model) (11/2), The Wall Street Journal (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"This was the first time in Afghanistan that DNA tests were conducted for proving paternity. This accomplishment was an important one for Batool, but also for women in Afghanistan because the kinds of accusations and problems she faced are not uncommon."

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