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U.K. MPs Back Law To Commit 0.7% Of National Income To Foreign Aid

The Guardian: MPs back law committing 0.7% of national income to foreign aid “The U.K. is a step closer to having laws that commit 0.7 percent of national income to foreign aid after the Conservatives finally backed a Liberal Democrat bill that is also supported by Labour…” (Mason, 9/12).

WFP To Launch Food Aid Operation In Ukraine

News outlets report on the World Food Programme’s announcement that it would launch its first food operation to communities affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Agence France-Presse: U.N. begins food aid to Ukraine’s war-torn east “The U.N.’s World Food Programme announced Friday the launch of its first food aid operation…

Health Systems Cannot Keep Up With Ebola Cases, WHO Says; Death Toll Passes 2,400

News outlets report on the rising Ebola death toll in West Africa. CNN: West African health centers can’t keep up with Ebola outbreak, WHO says “The number of new Ebola cases is growing faster than the ability of health officials to handle them, the head of the World Health Organization…

Number Of Ebola Cases, Deaths Rise In DRC, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the rising Ebola death toll in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Associated Press: 35 deaths attributed to Ebola outbreak in Congo “The World Health Organization says that an Ebola outbreak in Congo is thought to have killed 35 people of the more than 60 sickened. ……

Flooding In Pakistan, India Displaces Nearly 1M People

News outlets report on flooding in Pakistan and India that has displaced nearly one million people. The Guardian: Kashmir monsoon floods leave 460 dead and displace almost a million “Authorities in Pakistan and India are struggling to cope with raging monsoon floods which have killed more than 460 people, displaced…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding West African Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Washington Post: The world yawns as Ebola takes hold in West Africa Richard Besser, chief health editor at ABC News “…There’s no cure for Ebola, but supportive treatment as simple as supplementary fluids can save lives and…

Economic Growth Projections Cut For Ebola-Affected West African Nations

News outlets report on the impact of the Ebola outbreak on West African economies. Agence France-Presse: Health services, economies overwhelmed in Ebola-hit Africa “Sierra Leone, which has reported some 500 deaths from 1,400 cases, said the crisis had devastated its economy, with growth pared back to single digits for the…

Humanitarian Assistance In 2014 On Track To Match Or Set Record High

Devex: Humanitarian assistance in 2014: Another record high? “It’s looking more and more like humanitarian assistance in 2014 will match — if not top — 2013 figures. Last year, funding for emergencies soared to a record of $22 billion, nearly $5 billion more than in the previous year, according to…

International Cooperation Needed To Address Humanitarian Crises In Syria, Iraq

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the humanitarian crises in Iraq and Syria. Huffington Post: Iraq, Syria Plan Must Include Food for Hungry William Lambers, author and blogger “As President Obama sets forth a plan to destroy the terrorist army ISIL, a broader initiative must be in place to…

U.S. DoD Makes $500M Request For Ebola Efforts, Humanitarian Crises In Iraq, Syria

Foreign Policy: Shifting Priorities: Pentagon Wants to Move Money for Ebola, Ukraine, and Iraq “…The Defense Department is making a big lump sum request of $500 million for humanitarian assistance to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa and to address the suffering the Islamic State is inflicting upon…