Counter-terrorism, Afghanistan, top priorities for UN cooperation with Eurasian security body (UN)

Conflict prevention, counter-terrorism and support to Afghanistan, top the list of issues on which the UN and the Collective Security Treaty Organization – a Eurasian regional...

Haiti at ‘crossroads’ entering post-earthquake reconstruction (UN – Americas)

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Rebuilding Haiti: The post-earthquake path to recovery (UN – Americas)

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Climate change ‘aggravating factor for terrorism’: UN chief (UN)

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Hot meals helping Haiti’s children recover from the earthquake (UN)

The children of families who were affected by the massive earthquake which devastated large parts of south-west Haiti in August this year are receiving...

Lake Chad Basin: Fighting terrorism, ‘decisive test’ on biggest challenges of our time (UN)

The situation in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin region remains highly volatile, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Friday, spotlighting a rising tide...

First Person: Earthquake brings out ‘heartwarming resilience’ of Haitians (UN – Americas)

Haitians who were affected by the devastating earthquake which struck the southwest of the country in August have demonstrated their “heartwarming resilience” according to...

Yemen | FAO and the World Bank collaborate to restore lost hopes and agricultural livelihoods in flood-affected areas (FAO in Emergencies)

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Syria committed to ‘combating and eradicating terrorism’, General Assembly hears (UN)

In his speech to the high-level debate at the UN General Assembly on Monday, Fayssal Mekdad, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Syria, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to combat terrorism an...

Iraqi President warns against complacency in the fight against terrorism (UN)

International cooperation and solidarity are the only way to combat terrorism, Iraqi President Barham Salih said in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, warning against...

Niger hunger ‘worse than 2005’

Niger is now facing the worst hunger crisis in its history, the UN’s World Food Programme says, with almost half the population – or 7.3 million people – in desperate need of food.

A WFP spokesman said villagers in Niger described the situation as worse than 2005, when thousands died of hunger.

After a prolonged drought, heavy rains have now hit parts of the country, killing at least six people.

The WFP says 17% of children, or one in five, are acutely malnourished.

The figure – based on national surveys in May and June – is well above the WFP’s normal 15% threshold for declaring an emergency.

It is appealing for $213m (£136m) in aid, but is still 40% short of its target, a spokesman said.

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Russia to impose temporary ban on grain exports

Russia is to ban the export of grain from 15 August to 31 December after drought and fires devastated crops.

“I think it is advisable to introduce a temporary ban on the export from Russia of grain and other agriculture products made from grain,” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.

Russia, one of the biggest producers of wheat, barley and rye, exported a quarter of its 2009 grain output.

Mr Putin’s announcement sent wheat prices to a 23-month high.

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