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$300 million needed to help Gaza and West Bank

Palestinian refugees in Gaza and the West Bank continue to depend on outside help to survive.

The UN Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has appealed for just over $300 million to continue its projects in the territories.

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'Mass gatherings' pose health risks

People who gather in large crowds run a higher risk of catching communicable diseases, especially if that crowd is made up of people from different countries or cultures.

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Africa defies global downward economic trend

Africa’s economy continues to grow strongly defying the global trend according to a United Nations economic report.

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Noncommunicable diseases pose serious threat to public health

Millions more people are going to suffer from noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and heart attack, according to the World Health Organization, (WHO)

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Peace “tenuous” in West Africa

Progress towards building peace in West Africa has been described as “tenuous” by the top United Nations envoy in the region.

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IT sector sparking economic growth in Africa

Economic growth in Africa is getting a boost from the IT sector according to one young entrepreneur from Kenya.

Kariuku Gathitu is the founder of Zege Technologies, a software company specializing in mobile money transfers.

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Women in Azerbaijan defend property rights

Women’s groups in Azerbaijan are fighting back against property developers who are being accused of forcing women out of their homes.

Many residential properties have been declared too dirty or too old to live in, but many women say they are being driven out against their will.

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Breaking the silence around violence against women

Breaking the silence surrounding the issue of violence against women has been one of the greatest achievements of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

That’s according to the President of the grant-making body, Meryem Aslan.

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Algeria chairs bloc of developing countries and China

As the new chair of the Group of 77 and China, Algeria has vowed to combine efforts with developed countries to resolve the financial crisis.

The G 77 is a bloc of developing countries including China, whose goal is to advance their economic well-being.

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Job creation in Haiti key to development

The creation of jobs in Haiti is being seen as a key element in the recovery of the Caribbean island, two years after it was devastated by an earthquake.

Over 200,000 people were killed when the earthquake struck on January 12th 2010.

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