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Political impasse adds ‘new layer of complications’ to Iraq’s complex challenges – UN envoy

A profound political crisis has engulfed Iraq, adding “a new layer of complications to the already complex set of military, security, humanitarian, economic and human rights challenges,” the United Nations envoy for the country has warned, urging the Government, constitutional and political leaders, and civil society to work together to break the impasse and advance reforms.

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Offshore finance: more than $12 trillion siphoned out of emerging countries

More than $12 trillion has been siphoned out of Russia, China and other emerging economies into the secretive world of offshore finance, new research has revealed, as David Cameron prepares to host world leaders for an anti-corruption summit.

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Is Rwanda stirring rebellion in Burundi?

The Democratic Republic of Congo accuses neighbouring Rwanda of recruiting former M23 rebels to help oust Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, adding a worrying international dimension to an already incendiary crisis.

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Tobacco firms pushed AIDS agenda to protect profits

Tobacco firms used the fight against HIV/AIDS as a smokescreen to distract from the health problems caused by smoking and prevent regulations restricting tobacco use in developing countries, researchers have revealed.

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Africa's Great Green Wall could halt youth migration, extremism - experts

A project to plant a wall of trees stretching across Africa aims not only to halt desertification, but also to improve food security, create jobs, and offer young people an alternative to migration and extremism.

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Syria conflict: Air strike on refugee camp kills at least 28, opposition activists say

On Thursday afternoon an air strike hit a refugee camp near Sarmada in the Idlib province of northern Syria killing at least 28 people, including women and children. While White House spokesman Josh Earnest has noted it was too early to determine whether the attacks had been carried out by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, the government's recent bombing campaign of Aleppo has been "the worst" in the 5 year conflict.

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MSF brands humanitarian summit 'a fig-leaf of good intentions' as it pulls out

"About 5,000 people, including political and business leaders, aid organisations and civil society groups," will attend the UN-backed World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul later this month. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff, however, will not be among them. Before describing The Summit as a "fig-leaf of good intentions," MSF announced their plans to withdraw, citing a lack of belief in The Summit's ability to address contemporary humanitarian action and emergency response issues.

 

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Budget 2016: Few surprises in foreign affairs, defence and aid and a bigger overseas network

Australia's recent 2016-2017 "no surprises budget" delivers what was expected; a reduction in aid spending and an increase in defence spending. But do the numbers add up? The Interpreter looks in-depth at how some agencies have fared.

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NDRF Release: Kiwi aid workers welcome step in right direction on ending hospital attacks

New Zealand aid workers are applauding the Government’s efforts today, after a resolution co-sponsored by New Zealand condemning attacks on hospitals and aid workers was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council. The resolution[http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/UNSC_Res2286_3May2016.pdf] (UNSC 2286)... Read more about 'NDRF Release: Kiwi aid workers welcome step in right direction on ending hospital attacks'...

Nepal: A year on from the earthquake

One year ago Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. It killed around 9,000 people, injured more than 20,000, left more than two million homeless and damaged over 900 health facilities and 8,300 schools. Only 5 percent of households in the hardest-hit areas had been fully repaired or rebuilt. What's going on?

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