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July 8, 2013
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More than 50 dead in Egypt; political talks stall
More than 50 people were killed today during a clash between the Egyptian army and backers of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. The violence led the Islamist party Al Nour to pause its efforts to form an interim government. Reuters (7/8), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/8), Devex.com (7/8)
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@UNFoundation: It's not too late to put #education first. Join Malala, and tell leaders we need 57 mil children in school now: bit.ly/18r2b5Q
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"Mia Farrow is on the podcast this week! I talk with the acclaimed actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador about her work for children in conflict zones." UN Dispatch (7/3)
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UN's Grynspan: Brazil will help shape post-2015 development goals
The United Nations post-2015 development goals will have a universal focus, and countries such as Brazil will help shape the goals "so that they are both ambitious and possible," says Rebeca Grynspan, UN undersecretary-general and associate administrator at the UN Development Programme. Inter Press Service (7/6)
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Health & Development
The 3 ingredients to a successful recipe for development
Aid for Trade could be a basis for combining "aid, trade and investment" to boost growth and encourage sustainable economies, writes Dirk Willem te Velde, head of the International Economic Development Group at the Overseas Development Institute. Bringing together trade and development "can actually catalyse the provision of much-needed resources, including from the private sector," he argues. Devex.com (7/8)
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Women & Girls
Women sustain Western Saharan struggle for independence
Women have played a leading role in Western Sahara's decades-long struggle for independence, and they remain committed to seeing their country free, writes Loveday Morris. "This is a pride for us, that this is led by women," says Aminatou Haidar, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/7)
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Climate and Energy
Overpumping of water threatens food supply, expert says
More than 15 countries are overpumping aquifers, causing underground water sources to dry up, writes Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute. A lack of water would limit the world's ability to feed a growing population, he argues. The Guardian (London) (7/6), The Guardian (London) (7/6)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Syrian rebel cause could be hurt by Egypt crisis
Some Syrian rebels are voicing disenchantment with democracy after the ouster of Mohamed Morsi as Egypt's elected president, and the crisis in Egypt could affect supplies to rebel forces. "Egypt was the transit point for some of those supplies and with the Egyptian army now in power, that might stop," said an unnamed activist. Meanwhile, rebels are hopeful advanced weapons from Saudi Arabia will arrive soon. Reuters (7/8), Reuters (7/7)
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UNICEF condemns killings in school attack in Northeast Nigeria. UN Radio (7/8)
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