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August 1, 2014
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Latest cease-fire in Gaza fails
The United Nations-negotiated 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants reportedly was broken after just 90 minutes, and Hamas militants reportedly took an Israeli soldier prisoner while killing two others. UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry urged "Palestinian parties to last night's understanding to urgently reaffirm their commitment to the humanitarian cease-fire." Reuters (8/1), Reuters (8/1), BBC (8/1)
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@UNFoundation: New mobile app offers free web access in Zambia feat. @mamaglobal health services trib.al/yJ4e5LD via @facebook's @internet_org
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UN Dispatch
"This Ebola Outbreak is So Hard to Contain. Here’s Why" UN Dispatch (7/31)
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UN: Fewer people killed in Iraq during July
At least 1,737 people were killed in Iraq during July, or nearly 700 fewer than the previous month, says the United Nations. In May, about 800 people were killed in violence. Yahoo/The Associated Press (8/1)
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Health & Development
Final 500 days of MDGs set foundation for post-2015 goals
The approaching final 500 days of the Millennium Development Goals are a reminder to the international community to keep up momentum, especially on health MDGs, writes Charles "Chip" Lyons. "As we look to 2030, we cannot be satisfied with the progress we've made, no matter how improbable it seemed 15 years ago," he argues. Devex.com (free registration) (7/31)
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Why WFP is focusing on recovery and resilience in Yemen
The World Food Programme's work in Yemen increasingly is enabling a shift to long-term recovery and resilience, says Bishow Parajuli, WFP's country director. "Relief doesn't bring a solution, after all. When you move to recovery and resilience you look for a solution," he says. Devex.com (free registration) (8/1)
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Women & Girls
Syrian women refugees struggle to survive in Lebanon
Syrian women living in Lebanon as refugees are facing sexual exploitation from employers, landlords and others as they struggle to earn a living, relief workers say. Some women are turning to prostitution and "survival sex" or are allowing teenage daughters to enter forced marriages. ABC News/The Associated Press (8/1)
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Technology
Mobile money is big in Africa despite obstacles
More mobile money services are being offered in Africa, but challenges include central bank regulations and lack of compatibility between services. Reuters (7/30)
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Breastfeeding helps raise healthy kids and grow stronger families UN Radio (8/1)
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