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Senate Approves Stopgap Spending Bill Before Adjourning

National Journal: Senate Approves Spending Bill and Syria Measure, Heads for Exits “…Congress completed its last preelection task Thursday as the Senate voted to send President Obama a stopgap spending bill coupled with an authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels for combat against the Islamic State. And then senators…

Obama Announces New Aid To Ukraine, Including $7M For Humanitarian Assistance

The Hill: Obama to offer $53M in new aid to Ukraine “President Obama will announce a new $53 million aid package on Thursday as he meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office. The package includes $7 million for international relief organizations providing humanitarian aid to civilians impacted…

Gaps In Donor Commitments Hold Back Progress In Reaching MDGs, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: Gaps in commitments by developed countries hamper progress on MDGs — U.N. “Despite improvements in the lives of millions of people around the world, the United Nations today reported that persistent gaps between promises made and those delivered by developed countries are holding back greater progress on…

U.N. Warns Of Food Shortage For Syrians Due To Lack Of Funds

News outlets report on the U.N.’s warning on Thursday that it is running out of funds for food programs in Syria, potentially affecting nearly six million Syrians. Associated Press: U.N. warns of food shortages for Syrians “The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to…

Donating Cash To Organizations Responding To Ebola Best Way To Help

Washington Post: Giving cash is the best way to combat Ebola Juanita Rilling, director of the USAID Center for International Disaster Information “Much has been reported on the Ebola outbreak, but little information has been provided on how the public can contribute to the relief effort. … The most effective…

House Passes Stopgap Spending Measure, Including $88M For U.S. Ebola Efforts

The Hill reports on the House’s passage of a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through December 11. The Hill: House approves $1T spending bill “The House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill to keep the government funded through December 11. … The $88 million included…

IMF Announces $127M Pledge For West African Nations Affected By Ebola

News outlets report the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in addition to the World Bank, has pledged funds to help West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Financial Times: IMF and World Bank pledge $300m for Ebola campaign “The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have pledged $300m in emergency aid…

With Open Society Foundations Funding, PIH To Open Ebola Treatment Facility In Liberia

Forbes: Does Paul Farmer Have the Ebola Solution? George Soros Is Spending $4 Million to Find Out “…In the next few weeks, the [Partners In Health Co-Founder Paul Farmer and the group] will open a top-notch treatment facility in one of Liberia’s most rural provinces, along with strategies designed to maximize…