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April 30, 2014
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UN's Pillay: South Sudan's people are on "the verge of catastrophe"
United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay urged South Sudan's warring factions to stop fighting and turn their attention to preventing widespread famine. "The country's leaders, instead of seizing their chance to steer their impoverished and war-battered young nation to stability and greater prosperity, have instead embarked on a personal power struggle that has brought their people to the verge of catastrophe," Pillay says. Yahoo/Agence France-Presse (4/29), Reuters (4/30), Reuters (4/29), Voice of America (4/29)
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"A Bloody Election as Iraqis Go to the Polls" UN Dispatch (4/30)
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UN: Security Council holds power to allow cross-border aid deliveries to Syria
A binding resolution from the United Nations Security Council is needed to permit UN workers to deliver humanitarian aid into Syria from neighboring countries without the Syrian government's approval, says Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The UN is facing international pressure to deliver aid without permission from Syria. Reuters (4/29)
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Health & Development
WHO: Antibiotics resistance is creating global threat
Antibiotics resistance is increasing and will impact the world's ability to curtail infectious diseases, warns the World Health Organization. "Without urgent, co-ordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill," says Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director general for health security. The Guardian (London) (4/30)
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Climate and Energy
UN climate chief says emissions cuts, adaptation funding are vital
Global carbon emissions must be cut and poor countries must be able to tap funding for climate adaptation work, United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said at a climate conference in Nepal. Without such changes, "the costs of adaptation will exponentially rise to the point where adaptation is not only extremely difficult but virtually impossible," she warned. Thomson Reuters Foundation (4/30)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Ukraine hopes to prevent eastern region's unrest from spreading
Ukraine's government wants to prevent the unrest in the eastern section of the country from spreading westward but can do little to quell it, says Ukraine acting President Olexander Turchynov. Ukraine's armed forces are on "full combat alert" in readiness for any move by Russian troops, he says. BBC (4/30), Voice of America/Reuters (4/30)
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Iraq holds election amid tight security
Iraqis are voting under tight security in today's parliamentary elections, the first since American troops officially left in 2011. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is looking to win a third term. BBC (4/30), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/29)
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