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Posted May 30 , 2013

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Top humanitarian headlines this week include

"Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fighting in Sudan's Darfur region displaces 300,000, thousands lack health services in northern Afghanistan, and European banks stop sending money to North Korea.


WAR AND CONFLICT: African leaders say they will immediately create a military rapid reaction force to deal with regional coups, rebellions and wars, seeking to reduce the continent's reliance on foreign troops and funds for its defence.

S.SUDAN: The United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan lacks sufficient troops and aircraft to protect civilians affected by fighting in an eastern region, the U.N. envoy says.

SUDAN: About 300,000 people have fled their homes due to a surge in fighting in Sudan's Darfur region this year and are now living in terrible conditions and short of food, the United Nations aid chief says.

KENYA: African nations have backed a request by Kenya for charges of crimes against humanity by its president to be referred back to the east African country, African Union documents show.

DR CONGO: Rebels in eastern Congo announce a ceasefire in fighting with government troops hours before a visit to the conflict-plagued zone by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.


NORTH KOREA: European aid groups say their banks in Europe have stopped sending money to North Korea in the wake of U.S. sanctions on Pyongyang's main foreign exchange bank, leaving them scrambling for a solution short of hand-carrying cash into the impoverished country.

AFGHANISTAN: Impoverished Afghanistan, already plagued by insurgency and struggling to contain crippling rates of opium addiction, faces another potential headache with spiralling usage of the synthetic drug crystal methamphetamine.

HEALTH AND DISEASE: The World Health Organisation has suspended its polio eradication campaign in a Pakistani city after two young workers have been shot as they administered drops, the latest attack aimed at the U.N.-backed operation.

MYANMAR: The city of Lashio in northern Myanmar is calm, residents and central government say, after violence between Buddhists and Muslims the previous day highlighted the tension between the communities after deadly unrest over the past year.


SYRIA: The top U.N. human rights official urges global powers not to supply Syria with weapons and to press both sides in its civil war to find a political solution to prevent more massacres and threats to regional stability.


REFUGEES AND DISPLACEMENT: Resolving land tenure issues, granting land titles and good urban planning are key ways to help internally displaced people in cities across Colombia and other parts of the world rebuild their lives, experts and U.N. officials tell a high-level conference on displacement.


AID AND DEVELOPMENT: A U.N. panel studying how to move on from the Millennium Development Goals on reducing poverty may focus more on controversial issues like good governance in a move that could irk environmentalists demanding primacy on battling global warming, a panel member says.

HEALTH AND DISEASE: The H7N9 bird flu virus may be capable of spreading from human to human and can be transmitted not only through direct contact but also through airborne exposure, researchers at the University of Hong Kong have found.

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION: The world is still not doing enough to protect people from disasters and prevent them happening, despite taking steps in the right direction in recent years, senior officials tell an international conference in Geneva.


Ethiopia diverts Nile for huge $4.7 billion hydro dam  Reuters

Q&A: Reproductive rights key to development - UNFPA chief  - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Hague court convicts former Bosnian Croat leader of war crimes  Reuters

Chile, Argentina order evacuation around stirring southern volcano  Reuters

Sudan's army seizes back town from rebels in oil state  Reuters

More than 70 killed in wave of Baghdad bombings  Reuters

Nigeria's "war on terror" wins tentative support  Reuters

Mangrove conservation pays off for Kenya's coastal communities  James Karuga, Thomson Reuters Foundation

People with disabilities fight for their rights in disasters  Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Disaster risk must be part of new development goals - global forum - Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation

INTERVIEW-Forced abortions, sterilisations in China persist: activist  Thomson Reuters Foundation

Chips for sex: Oxfam explores the lives of Kenya s hungry millions  Katy Migiro, Thomson Reuters Foundation

EITI will help Myanmar engage with world  minister  Luke Balleny, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Islamists kill 20 in suicide attacks in Niger  Reuters

Congo has chance for peace, U.N. ready to enforce-Ban  Reuters

Magnitude 8.2 earthquake strikes Russian Far East  Reuters

World Bank pledges $1 bln to aid peace in Africa's Great Lakes  Reuters

Plight of Myanmar s Rohingya like apartheid South Africa  British MP  Emma Batha, Thomson Reuters Foundation

West may boost Syria rebels if Assad won't talk peace  Reuters

UN warns of 'mounting reports' of Syria chemical arms use  Reuters

With Hezbollah coffins, Syria now exporting conflict  Reuters

Five killed, 50 wounded in Lebanon's Tripoli - Reuters

Warming driving accelerating river erosion in Bangladesh  Syful Islam

BLOG: Turning climate action into a reality  Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile

BLOG: What will the world look like 20 years from now?  Stella Dawson

BLOG: From forest harvest to bubbling businesses in the Congo Basin  Thomas Hubert


Bombs tear through markets in Baghdad's Shi'ite neighborhoods

H1N1 flu outbreak kills 17 people in Venezuela

U.S. urges safety transformation in Bangladesh factories

Diplomats struggle to bring Syrian sides together

Oklahoma tornado: the student's tale

Kerry warns Syria's Assad against rejecting political solution

Mugabe signs Zimbabwe constitution into law

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