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.
CONFLICT: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned
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.
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
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
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