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Man-made climate change will affect everyone, but those who are poor and marginalized will be especially vulnerable, says a report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Developing countries will find it more difficult to eradicate poverty and find it harder to bounce back from natural disasters, according to the report. The Guardian (London) (3/30), Reuters (3/31), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/30), BBC (3/31)
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@NothingButNets: Thanks to bed nets and other tools, #malaria deaths in #Africa have dropped by one third in the past decade. trib.al/d3DVDei
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"Over 1 Million Now Displaced by South Sudan Conflict." UN Dispatch (3/31)
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Ban: Russia plans no further military move against Ukraine
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has told him Russia does not intend to advance further against Ukraine. Separately, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Sunday. ABC News/The Associated Press (3/29), Reuters (3/31)
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UN's Amos: Syrian aid deliveries beset by delays
Aid deliveries aren't reaching those in need due to stalling by rebel groups but mostly by the Syrian government, says United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos. Only 6% of those in isolated areas have received aid shipments. "The situation for millions of desperate people has not improved," Amos says. BBC (3/28)
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Donors' assessments of women's economic progress may be flawed
Donors need to do a better job of employing qualitative and quantitative assessments to give a more accurate indication of women's economic progress, writes Henrietta Miers of WISE Development. Too often, Miers argues, assessments don't take local cultural norms into consideration, resulting in skewed measurements. SciDev.net (3/28)
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EU troops ready to assist AU peacekeepers in Central African Republic
Peacekeepers from the EU will be deployed to the Central African Republic to help African Union and French troops. Separately, Chadian troops, who aren't part of the AU peacekeeping force, allegedly were attacked in the capital over the weekend and returned fire, killing at least 24 civilians. Reuters (3/29), BBC (3/30)
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Rights group calls on UN to investigate war crimes in Nigeria
Nigerian government troops and Boko Haram militants are violating international law, says Amnesty International, which is asking the United Nations to investigate possible war crimes there. About 1,500 people have been killed in Nigeria this year. BBC (3/31)
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