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Action needed to save migrants from exploitative smugglers

A record 5,000 migrants lost their lives in 2014 as they attempted to reach other countries according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Pledges are made to UN emergency relief fund

The crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic dominated humanitarian relief efforts this year, a meeting of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was told on Wednesday.

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One million people could face food insecurity due to Ebola

The deadly Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa could leave up to one million people without enough food in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Afghanistan needs “unity of purpose and common vision”

Afghanistan needs to become a nation with a “unity of purpose and a common vision” if it is to develop peacefully according to the UN’s senior representative in the country.

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Women held for spouses’ crimes in South Sudan

Women are being jailed in South Sudan while their husbands are being tracked down for alleged crimes, according to UN experts.

They say this is just one of the challenges facing the country’s criminal justice system.

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Pakistan receives UN support following “most barbaric attack”

The authorities in Pakistan are to get the full support of the United Nations following what has been described as a “most barbaric attack” on a military school in Peshawar.

More than 130 people, mainly children, were killed by the extremist Taliban group on Tuesday.

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Broadband is “highway” to inclusivity

Broadband, or jigh-speed Internet access has been described by a senior Kenyan government official as “the highway to inclusivity” and economic development.

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Guinea faces “daunting” challenges in fighting Ebola

Community mobilization is essential to combat the deadly Ebola virus.

However in Guinea it is very difficult to ask people to change their behaviour

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Investment in agriculture needed to feed 9 billion people by 2050

Investment in agriculture and rural development is going to be crucial in fighting poverty and feeding a global population that is expected to reach nine billion in 2050.

That’s according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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South Africa's "economic challenges" after 20 years of democracy

The regular interruptions to electricity supplies in South Africa known as load-shedding are symptomatic of the economic challenges the country faces, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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