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Report: Zimbabwe on the verge of collapse | Ibrahim Eissa, editor of Egypt's Al Dustour newspaper. Read the full story. | blog
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Report: Zimbabwe on the verge of collapse
Zimbabwe's deepening economic crisis is only getting worse and threatens not only a complete collapse for the country, but also the stability of the entire southern Africa region, the International Crisis Group said in a report released Tuesday. "Four out of five of the country's twelve million people live below the poverty line and a quarter have fled, mainly to neighbouring countries," the report said.
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Ibrahim Eissa, editor of Egypt's Al Dustour newspaper. Read the full story.
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UN DISPATCH: Mitt Romney writes to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to demand the UN block Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmidinejad from speaking before the General Assembly next week ...
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UN, World Bank create plan for recovering stolen assets
The United Nations and the World Bank Monday unveiled a system to help developing nations recover assets stolen by corrupt leaders. World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick said even small portions of the estimated $1 trillion to $1.6 trillion involved in cross-border criminal activities could pay for significant social programs, such as immunizations for children or HIV/AIDS treatment.
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Population shift raises concerns about urban poverty
Half of the world's population will live in urban areas by this time next year, and the trend is creating concerns about the growth of informal settlements, or slums, where residents face disease, poverty, violent crime and malnutrition. The United Nations' 2006/2007 State of the World's Cities report noted that living in an unsanitary slum is more dangerous than living in a poor rural village.
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Viewpoint: HIV/AIDS leaves Iraqi man unemployed, ostracized
In this IRIN report, an Iraqi man recalls the day his HIV/AIDS diagnosis led family members to force him into a life on the streets. He eventually turned to a local NGO that helped him find a job and a place to live.
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Annan: Climate change to challenge humanitarian response
Calling climate change "perhaps the single most important humanitarian challenge of years to come," former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday said he will make the issue of climate change's impact on global refugee movements and humanitarian strife the top priorities of a new Global Humanitarian Forum he will launch Oct. 17. "This forum will serve as a catalyst and will build ties... that's something which isn't being done at the moment," said one official with the Swiss government.
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EU climate goal may be difficult to reach
The EU's goal of containing the global temperature rise to only 2 degrees Celsius is unlikely to be met, which puts millions of people at risk from water shortage, decreased crop yields and other climate change effects, Martin Parry, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said. "We need to talk very seriously about major amounts of adaptation being put in place now," he said.
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Green fences help reduce dioxin exposure in Vietnam
Dioxins from Agent Orange continue to cause agricultural and health problems for Vietnamese families who live on contaminated ground. Scientists are using fences made of Australian acacia trees to clean the soil and deter people and animals from toxic areas.
International Herald Tribune (9/18) 
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Hydroelectric power plants create controversy in Iceland
The majority of Icelanders object to plans to develop three hydroelectric power plants in South Iceland's Thjorsa River, despite interest from several companies to purchase energy from the proposed facilities. Opponents of the plants question the effects on local wildlife and archeological relics, and the lack of geological research of the area.
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Egypt cracks down on media
Jail terms handed down on a prominent editor and three journalists for their critical reporting of the government demonstrate the Egyptian government's insecurities surrounding who will succeed President Hosni Mubarak, the Christian Science Monitor says in a special report. Opposition politicians and their supporters were first to fall afoul of authorities, who have now expanded their crackdown on the opposition to the media.
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Chavez takes aim at young minds
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is threatening to close any private school that fails to submit to government oversight regarding new curriculum and textbooks. While details of the new curriculum have yet to be made public, Chavez said the changes will help to educate Venezuelan children in the country's new collective ideology and that "society cannot allow the private sector to do whatever it wants."
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UN: Violence hampers humanitarian efforts in Darfur camps
The UN said increasing violence in August forced the world body to suspend humanitarian operations in several refugee camps. Nearly 250,000 people have been displaced, and thousands more arrive at the already overcrowded camps each week.
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Elder statesmen join quest for Darfur peace:
A group of elder statesmen, including Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter and led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will travel to Khartoum and then Darfur in a bid to advance the peace process in the war-ravaged region.
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Pakistani legislators threaten mass protest over Musharraf
Lawmakers Tuesday threatened mass resignations following an announcement by President-General Pervez Musharraf's lawyer that the leader would shed his military uniform if provincial and national legislators confirm him for a second presidential term, before his current one expires in November. "He is blackmailing. ... We reject this conditional offer and reaffirm our resolve that we will force him to quit as the president and the army chief," Zafar Ali Shah, a spokesman for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party said.
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IAEA chief urges end to talk of force against Iran
IAEA chief urges end to talk of force against Iran
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei Monday urged critics of Iran's nuclear ambitions to refrain from drumming up hype of military action. Raising the specter of the Iraqi invasion where suspicion of the presence of nuclear weapons proved to be wrong, ElBaradei said force should be the last option.
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