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Philippines: UN agency pledges long-term support for typhoon-stricken farmers, fishers

Noting the positive results of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) response programme in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, the agency’s chief today committed to long-term support for farming and fishing communities, earlier today during a visit to the region. Four months after the landfall of a typhoon that claimed over 6,000 lives and displaced millions, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva is traveling with Filipino Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala, and FAO Philippines Permanent Representative Ambassador Virgilio Reyes, personally distributing bags of fertilizer and tools to affected farmers and fishermen. "We are committed to ensure that affected…
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Unicef Declares 2013 the Worst Year for Syrian Children

The past year has been the worst for million children in Syria in terms of humanitarian issues, said Tuesday the UN fund for children and childhood, Unicef. This figure, which is twice that reported a year ago, including nearly one million children who are trapped in places besieged by armies, without access to food and medical care. Another data provided by UNICEF is that most refugee children start working at an early age and some girls are forced to marry because of financial issues. The report also warns that if the same situation is allowed for another 12 months, it…
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Amid Escalating Violence, UN Officials Urge Immediate Halt To Attacks In Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have voiced deep concern about the escalation of violence and its impact on civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region, and urged an immediate halt to hostilities. Since late February, fighting between rebel groups and local militia in South Darfur has left thousands of people homeless, with reports of looting and villages burnt. In North Darfur, over the past few days, thousands of people have fled inter-communal fighting and sought protection at the African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) camp in Saraf Umra. “The Secretary-General urges all parties to…
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Ukraine: Yanukovych Stated That His Removal Was “illegal”

Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych said Tuesday that his departure from the government of Ukraine, which occurred on 23 February was "illegal." He also said that he expects to return to power to restore order in the country, which is experiencing a political crisis with Russia after his departure from government. He added during a press conference, that he continues to be the current head of the Ukrainian military. After the dismissal of Yanukovych, thousands of inhabitants of the Crimea region in the southeast of the country, noted their desire to belong to the Russian Federation and called for a referendum…
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Malaysia Identifies Passengers Traveling with Stolen Passports

Two Iranian citizens of 19 and 30 years old were traveling with stolen passports in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared last Friday, Interpol said . The men were identified as Pouri Nourmohamadi and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza and did not have any links with terrorist organizations, as was initially suspected. Secretary General of Interpol, Ronald K. Noble, said that the young men showed no sign of belonging to a terrorist group and they are inclined to think that the disappearance of the aircraft is not related to such attacks. Meanwhile, the head of the Malaysian police, Khalid Abu Bakar…
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Rhode Island to Continue ‘Heat and Eat’ Benefit

Governor Chafee Responds Quickly to Consequences of New Farm Bill Requirements Providence, – In response to changes in federal law through the Farm Bill, which was recently signed by President Obama, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that Rhode Island would continue using a provision, commonly referred to as "heat and eat," in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Continuation of the program will allow Rhode Island to preserve nearly $69 million in SNAP benefits annually, or an average of $83 per month for those affected households in Rhode Island. "By taking advantage of 'heat and eat,' Rhode Island is…
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RI State Police Arrest Five Subjects for Driving While Intoxicated Over the Weekend

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, announces that as a result of an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of the motoring public by removing impaired operators from our roadways, members of the Rhode Island State Police arrested five operators over the weekend for Driving Under the Influence with a blood alcohol content greater than .15. • Benjamin Josue Saravia-Zelaya, age 34, of 124 Hartford Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, arrested on March 8, 2014, at 10:20 on Hartford Avenue, Providence, charged with Driving Under the Influence of…
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6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits California Coast

A magnitude earthquake shook northern California coast this morning (Sunday night pacific time), as Reported by the Geological Survey. The quake occurred at 9:18 pm local time about 4 miles under the seabed of the Pacific Ocean, about 50 miles west of Eureka. There was no danger of a tsunami, said the Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska.
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The White House Calls on Cuba to Release Alan Gross

The White House reiterated Monday that the arrest of American businessman Alan Gross in Cuba prevents a more constructive relationship between Washington and Havana. So said the White House spokesman, Jay Carney during the daily briefing at the capital. "We continue working to secure their release," Carney said. "Gross is a husband of 64 years, a father and a dedicated professional with a long history that has offered assistance to underserved communities in more than 50 countries." "We reiterate our call on the Cuban government to release Alan Gross." Gross was arrested by Cuban authorities in December 2009 and sentenced…
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UN Wants to Prevent Genocide in Central African Republic

Sectarian fighting began after a coup that brought to power the first Muslim president. The chief investigator for the United Nations for the Central African Republic said it hopes to prevent genocide in that country. Bernard Acho Muna added that the international community should not wait until genocide is committed but to ensure that those who encourage hatred are judged. The UN team will travel to the capital, Bangui, on Monday night. In December, the Security Council decided to launch an investigation into human rights violations committed in the Central African Republic. Around 650,000 people have been displaced in that…
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