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Violence escalates in Darfur in recent months

Fighting in the Darfur region of Sudan has escalated in recent months, according to the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (

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UN honours fallen peacekeepers

They were civilians, police and peacekeepers of the United Nations, all with one goal in mind – to work for the sake of peace.

But 29 individuals lost their lives in that pursuit this year and the United Nations on Wednesday honoured their ultimate sacrifice.

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Human rights report details mass executions of civilians in eastern DRC

At least 264 people were arbitrarily executed by armed groups in attacks on villages in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo between April and September of this year.

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Women’s right to family planning focus of World Population Report 2012

More than 220 million women around the world would like to use family planning but cannot, says Richard Kollodge, editor of the State of the World Population Report 2012.

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The good life leads to rising diabetes rates in Qatar

Diabetes rates are escalating across the globe, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which observes World Diabetes Day on 14 November each year

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UN appeals for additional funds for hurricane-struck Haiti

Hurricane Sandy has been classified as the largest Atlantic tropical system on record. After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, it caused widespread damage to the east coast of the United States.

Gerry Adams reports.

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Young envoys study best environmental practices during Germany field trip

More than 40 students from developing countries recently took part in a week-long study tour of Germany where they learned first-hand about best environmental practices.

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DPRK survey shows improvements in harvest, persistent food insecurity

A recent food assessment survey in the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (

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Gambia’s first woman chief plants the seeds of change

The Gambia’s first woman village chief is not only changing perceptions of what a chief looks like, but also of what they do.

Fatou Danso, who is also a farmer, has redistributed land that previously was farmed solely by men so that women can grow crops to support their families.

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WHO sends experts to help Uganda stop the spread of Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever

Concerted efforts are underway in Uganda to control the outbreak of  Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever.

The first case of the deadly viral disease was reported on October 19 in Kabale district in southwestern Uganda.

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