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Posted November 29, 2012

Thursdays Global Report

AlertNet Weekly Digest, a Thomson Reuters round-up of world development news.

Highlights this week include: Congo rebels begin withdrawing from captured towns, MSF medical teams work in Honduras Tegucigalpa slums and Syria s new opposition coalition holds its first full meeting.


SYRIA:  Syria's new opposition coalition has held its first full meeting to discuss forming a transitional government but disagreements broke out at the outset, showing that President Bashar al-Assad's foes remain deeply divided.

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned Israel that thousands of rockets would rain down on Tel Aviv and cities across the Jewish state if it attacked Lebanon.


DR CONGO: Rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have started withdrawing from towns captured since last week from government troops, following a deal brokered by Uganda, their military leader says.

MALI CRISIS: Burkina Faso, which is attempting to mediate an end to the crisis in its West African neighbour Mali, has called upon Malian President Dioncounda Traore to open direct talks with Islamist fighters in control of the country's north.


MYANMAR: The United Nations has asked for $41 million to respond urgently to the needs of more than 115,000 people displaced by communal violence in western Myanmar.


HONDURAS: Through painstaking efforts, medical teams from Doctors Without Borders (also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) have managed to gain access and are providing on-the-spot treatment to people living in Tegucigalpa s patchwork of crack dens, slums and rubbish dumps.


CLIMATE CHANGE: The fact that Arctic sea ice has melted this year to its lowest recorded level shows, along with other weather extremes, that "climate change is taking place before our eyes", the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says.

WAR CRIMES: Former Liberian President Charles Taylor should have walked free and not been jailed for war crimes because there was not enough evidence to prove he was guilty beyond reasonable doubt, a judge involved in his trial has said in a magazine interview.

HIV/AIDS: The number of new HIV/AIDS cases in China has jumped in the first 10 months of the year, as premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang promised to let non-governmental groups play a bigger role in fighting an epidemic spreading fast in vulnerable groups.


S.Sudan says Sudan refuses to route southern oil exports  Reuters

Climate finance falling short for adaptation  research  Megan Rowling, AlertNet               

Blog: The safety of civilians must come first in the Democratic Republic of the Congo  Paul O Brien

Nurses can help improve vaccination rates: study  Reuters              

UN talks seen falling short despite climate change fears  - Reuters

Son of slain Kenyan cleric denies grenade plot charge  Reuters

Afghanistan truck bomb kills 2, foreign troops among 70 wounded  Reuters

Earthquake survivors in Guatemala need shelter and aid  Reuters

Sudan arrests ex-spy chief, 12 others for inciting chaos   Reuters

Colombia FARC rebels free 4 Chinese captives held since mid-2011  Reuters

Magnitude 6.1 quake shakes central Chile, no damage reported  Reuters

World powers want new nuclear talks with Iran quickly - Reuters 


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