Posted May 9 , 2013

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Thomson Reuters Top Humanitarian Headlines

Experts expect availability of safe drinking water in Bangladesh to worsen due to climate change, April was Iraq's bloodiest month in almost five years and eight of the 10 worst nations in which to be a mother are in West and Central Africa


CHAD: Security forces in Chad foil a coup against the government of President Idriss Deby that had been in preparation for several months, the West African desert nation's communications minister announces.

SOMALIA: Aid workers are wary of being co-opted into a Western political agenda in Somalia, even though experts say supporting the new government in Mogadishu could be the best way to improve security and prevent another famine.

DR CONGO: In forested hills in eastern Congo, rebels are honing their ambush skills to prepare to face a new United Nations force which has a mandate to go on the offensive.

MALI UNREST: Chad's President Idriss Deby, a survivor of countless rebellions, has stepped into a void left by Africa's traditional heavyweights and turned his desert nation into a powerbroker as France disengages from its former colonies.


MYANMAR: Myanmar needs to recognise the indigenous land tenure systems practiced by ethnic groups and take their concerns on land seriously if it is to build long-lasting peace, experts say on the eve of the first public meeting where ethnic views on land conflicts will be heard. 

BANGLADESH: The availability of safe drinking water, particularly in Bangladesh's hard-to-reach areas,  is expected to worsen as the country continues to suffer the effects of climate change, experts say.


SYRIA: The Syrian army captured a strategic southern town from rebel fighters  after a ferocious two-month bombardment, in an advance likely to result in President Bashar al-Assad's forces regaining control of an international transit route, opposition sources say.

IRAQ: April was Iraq's bloodiest month for almost five years, with 712 people killed in bomb attacks and other violence, the United Nations Iraq mission says.


FRAGILE STATES: Twenty of the world's most troubled countries have made progress in efforts that range from reducing poverty to improving the education of girls and cutting down on the deaths of women in childbirth, the World Bank says.

AID AND COMMUNICATION: Humanitarian responders must recognise that information and communication are basic humanitarian needs, just as much as food, water, shelter and sanitation, a new report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says.

HEALTH AND DISEASE: Eight of the 10 worst nations in which to be a mother are in West and Central Africa, and the two others are also African countries, according to a new report by the international children s charity Save the Children.


BLOG: Action to halt global warming will save my nation  Tony de Brum

Pakistani peacekeeper killed in eastern Congo -U.N.  Reuters

Drought-hit Panama orders power rationing, closes schools  Reuters

US envoy sees new plan energising global climate talks  Reuters

Canal cuts disaster risk in Cameroon's capital  Elias Ntungwe Ngalame, Thomson Reuters Foundation

BLOG: When the floodwaters hit home  Kizito Makoye

BLOG: India's drought: A natural calamity or a man-made one?  Nita Bhalla

Bolivia expels U.S. aid agency after Kerry 'backyard' comment  Reuters

New bird flu poses "serious threat", scientists say - Reuters

U.N. names team to investigate torture, camps in North Korea  - Reuters

BLOG: Green energy saves more than the environment  Helen Clark, UNDP

Scrap fuel subsidies and price CO2, urges World Bank  Reuters Point Carbon

Muslims in Myanmar barricade village as attacks spread - Reuters

BLOG: Corruption is a brutal enemy of Afghan women  Sima Samar

BLOG: Ten Commandments for using SMS in natural disasters  Tim Large

Moving Asian cities to public transport crucial, difficult  experts  Amantha Perera, Thomson Reuters Foundation

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