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Cyclone Idai Devastates Africa

The full scale of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in south-west Africa is becoming clearer, the UN said on Tuesday, warning that the emergency "is getting bigger by the hour."

SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Expresses Concern About Escalation of Fighting in Yemen - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern about the escalation of fighting in Yemen in a telephone conversation with the country's President, the United Nations has confirmed.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Urges Peaceful Resolution of South China Sea Disputes - The United States will continue to remain the principal security power in the Pacific region for decades to come, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Hawaii today.
SOP newswire3Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3National Guard Responds to Floods in Texas, Oklahoma - Texas National Guard engineers rescued three people here May 26, and searchers continue hunting for survivors and victims of raging flood waters.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Boko Haram's Violence on Women - The UN has condemned Boko Haram militias in Nigeria for waging war on women`s physical, sexual and reproductive autonomy and rights by repeatedly raping their female captors and treating them as vessels for producing children for fighters.
SOP newswire3500,000 Homes and Temples Across Nepal Damaged by Earthquake - As teams of trekkers and Nepalese sherpas are now reaching remote, high-altitude villages with humanitarian aid, a senior United Nations development official today drew attention to the post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction needs of more than 500,000 homes and cultural heritage sites in the rural areas.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Begins 10-Day Trip to Hawaii, Singapore, Vietnam, India - Defense Secretary Ash Carter began a 10-day international trip yesterday that will take him to U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii and on to Singapore, Vietnam and India, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
SOP newswire3Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Why President Obama Is Taking Steps to Demilitarize Local Police Forces - Today, President Obama traveled to Camden, New Jersey -- a city that has struggled with one of the nation`s highest violent crime rates.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Welcomes Survivors of Fallen to Pentagon - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to the Pentagon last night, telling them the sacrifices they`ve made for the nation will never be forgotten.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns String of Suicide Attacks in Libya - The UN condemned a spate of suicide bombings committed by Islamist terrorists in Libya.
SOP newswire3UN: Boko Haram Militants Must be Brought to Justice - Ban Ki-moon has said he is troubled by Boko Haram`s continuing horrific attacks against the civilian populations of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Visits Vietnam - In a year of critical efforts against climate change and growing global security challenges, Viet Nam's strong commitment to sustainable development and international peace have made it a natural partner of the UN, Ban Ki-moon said.
SOP newswire3U.S., Coalition Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Appoints Expert Panel to Address Humanitarian Funding Shortfalls - Ban Ki-moon has appointed a high-level United Nations panel to address the yawning gap between resources and financing for the world`s ever-pressing humanitarian efforts.
SOP newswire3UN: 2015 Year of Fear for Children - The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that shocking figures relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.
SOP newswire3UN Brings Relief Supplies to People Displaced by Conflict in Libya - Ten trucks carrying vital relief supplies have crossed the border between Tunisia and Libya, as the United Nations hunger relief agency said today that it has resumed providing assistance in support of displaced people affected by the ongoing conflict in Libya.
SOP newswire3DoD Likely Lessened Nepal Quake`s Effects, Official Says - Defense Department efforts in Nepal to mitigate future disaster impact likely lessened the scale of the humanitarian disaster following the Himalayan mountain nation`s recent earthquakes, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for stability and humanitarian affairs said on Capitol Hill yesterday.
SOP newswire3Dempsey: Iraqi Forces Not Driven From Ramadi, They Drove Out of Ramadi - Iraqi security forces weren`t driven from Ramadi, they drove out of Ramadi, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Escalated Fighting in South Sudan - The United Nations has strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between Government and opposition forces in Unity and Upper Nile States in South Sudan.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Israel to Halt Plans to Transfer Palestinian Bedouins - The UN expressed concern over the Government of Israel`s rapidly advancing plans to transfer Palestinian Bedouins in the central West Bank from their current communities.
SOP newswire3Nepal Joint Task Force Begins Drawing Down - Joint Task Force 505 is drawing down its earthquake relief operations as the Nepalese government and international aid agencies have postured for long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts.
SOP newswire3Centcom Officials 'Confident` Iraqi Security Forces Will Recover Ramadi - The loss of Ramadi is a setback, but U.S. Central Command officials are confident Iraqi security forces will take back the city in the near term, a Centcom spokesman said today.
SOP newswire3UN: Women and Children Being Victimized in South Sudan - Almost two years since the eruption of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation continues to deteriorate with women and small children making up the majority of most recent casualties.
SOP newswire3Dempsey Arrives in Brussels for NATO Committee Meeting - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived here today to join his NATO counterparts in discussing a range of issues confronting the alliance.
SOP newswire3Coalition Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN: Most Workers Now Employed in Part-time or Temporary Jobs - The International Labour Organization warned of widespread insecurity in the global employment market, saying that some 75 per cent of all workers are employed on temporary or short-term contracts in informal jobs often without any contract.
SOP newswire3Nearly 25,000 Flee Ramadi Amid ISIL Attacks and Heavy Fighting - With stocks running low and funds running out, United Nations aid agencies are rushing humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the city of Ramadi in central Iraq for the second time this month.
SOP newswire3Syria Operation Was Highly Successful, Official Says - The U.S. Special Operations Forces raid that killed a senior leader of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria May 15 was a highly successful operation, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.
SOP newswire3Burundian Refugees in Tanzania Dying of Disease - The UN announced it is taking measures to contain the spread of a severe watery diarrhoea outbreak among newly arrived Burundian refugees in Tanzania.
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