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This Planet Is Drying Up. And these Are the Consequences

Drought is one of the ‘most destructive’ natural disasters in terms of the loss of life, arising from impacts, such as wide-scale crop failure, wildfires and water stress. In other words, droughts are one of the “most feared natural phenomena in the world;” they devastate farmland, destroy livelihoods and cause untold suffering, as reported by […]

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UN launches record $51.5 billion humanitarian appeal for 2023 [EN/AR]

(Riyadh, 1 December 2022): Next year will set another record for humanitarian relief requirements with 339 million people in need of assistance in 69 countries, an increase of 65 million people compared to the same time last year, the United Nations and partner organizations said today. The estimated cost of the humanitarian response going into […]

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Amnesty International calls on M23 rebels to cease targeting civilians

Amnesty International calls on the Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) armed group to cease targeting civilians following the unlawful killing of dozens of civilians in towns in the east of the country in recent days in indiscriminate attacks and, in some cases, summary killings. Those killed during attacks in and around the communities of Bambo […]

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Racism: UNESCO removes Belgian d’Ath Festival from heritage list

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity decided to remove Belgium’s Ducasse d’Ath Festival from UNESCO’s representative list for these elements due to the racist behavior of one of its characters. Following protests and complaints from third parties, in particular non-governmental organizations, the 24-Member-State body addressed the issue in the continuation of […]

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West African Leaders Plan Peacekeeping Force to Counter ‘Coup Belt’ Reputation

West African leaders said on Sunday they would establish a regional peacekeeping force to intervene in member states to help restore security and constitutional order in a region that has witnessed several coups in the past two years. West and Central Africa has made strides in the past decade to shed its reputation as a […]