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25K Syrians Wounded Each Month, Many At Risk Of Illness As Winter Sets In, WHO Warns

Reuters: Wounded toll at 25,000 a month in Syria, medicines lacking, cholera feared: WHO “About 25,000 people are wounded each month in escalating warfare in Syria and it is getting harder to deliver medical supplies for civilians trapped in areas held by Islamic State insurgents, the World Health Organization said…

Kerry Discusses Global Impact Of, U.S. Response To Climate Change

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Climate Change: A Threat to Security and Stability Everywhere U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the global impact of climate change and U.S. action to address it, including an announcement he will be “convening a task force of senior government officials to determine how…

Ethiopian Government Begins Food Distribution, Says Supplies Will Last Through December

Associated Press: Ethiopia government distributes food to hungry people “Ethiopia’s government has started distributing rations of wheat and cooking oil to people facing hunger in the northern and northeastern parts of the country. … More than eight million people require urgent food assistance and the Ethiopian government says there is…

U.N.’s Ban Urges Nations Not To Shift Resources To Refugee Crises At Expense Of Development Aid

Inter Press Service: Refugee Crisis May Threaten Development Aid to World’s Poor “As the spreading refugee crisis threatens to destabilize national budgets of donor nations in Western Europe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday appealed to the international community not to forsake its longstanding commitment for development assistance to the world’s poorer…

Some Experts Criticize Republican Efforts To Block USAID Administrator Nominee, Say Attempts Weaken U.S. Humanitarian Responses

Al Jazeera: U.S. foreign aid becomes political pickle “…Critics say Republican attempts to block Gayle Smith, U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are weakening the American response to humanitarian crises in places like Syria and Ukraine…” (Sheridan, 11/6).

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