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January 17, 2014
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Atrocities committed by rebels, army in South Sudan, UN official says
South Sudan rebels and government troops have each been responsible for atrocities during the ongoing conflict, says Ivan Simonovic, the United Nations assistant secretary-general for human rights. "The level of involvement in the atrocities was different in different locations," he says. BBC (1/17), Google/Agence France-Presse (1/16), Talk Radio News Service (1/16)
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Achieving MDGs in Mideast hindered by upheaval, UNDP official says
Conflicts and political turmoil likely will prevent Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon and Tunisia from achieving the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, says Sima Bahous of the UN Development Programme. "The crisis in Syria is a crisis for development across the Arab region," Bahous says. Inter Press Service (1/17)
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Policymakers should heed scientific advice on development, expert says
Better governance is needed if developing countries are to benefit from policies based on scientific consensus, writes Heneri Dzinotyiweyi, a consultant and former minister of science and technology development for Zimbabwe. Too often, policymakers ignore relevant scientific advice that could assist in successful implementation of development plans, he argues. SciDev.net (1/16)
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Syria suggests cease-fire in Aleppo, prisoner exchange with rebels
Syria is ready to call a cease-fire in Aleppo as well as exchange prisoners with Syrian rebels, said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem. Meanwhile, the opposition Syrian National Council says it won't attend next week's United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva. The Guardian (London)/The Associated Press (1/17), Al Jazeera (1/16), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/16), Reuters (1/17)
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South Sudan needs stronger mandate from UN, analyst says
The situation in South Sudan underscores the need for prompt action by the United Nations, writes Somini Sengupta. While the UN's responsiveness has improved since Rwanda, it will need to boost its military involvement as well as political investment to help restore peace in South Sudan, Sengupta writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/16), IRINNews.org (1/16)
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