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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 newswireRally for Dafur Needs to Continue By David Rubenstein - You've written your local paper. You've called the White House. You've worn a green wristband. In whatever way you've chosen to help, you've already made a difference in the effort to stop the genocide in Darfur.
Kirwin WatsonGobble-Necked Oil Bastards Lower Prices: Want A Cookie? - When gas prices are falling, you know something fat and evil is lurking.
SOP newswireActor George Clooney, Nobel laureate Elie Weisel focus attention on crisis - United Nations -- Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and award-winning actor George Clooney pleaded with the Security Council September 14 to act decisively to end the suffering in Darfur.
SOP newswireUnited States Seeks To Double Trade with India - Washington – Implementation of the civil nuclear agreement between the United States and India would signify “an enormous increase in generating capacity that will help India meet its growing demand for electricity without relying on dirty, carbon-emitting coal, improving India’s economy and the lives of all Indians,” U.S. Ambassador to India David C. Mulford says.
SOP newswireTimor-Leste: UN commissioners near completion of probe - The United Nations Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste is close to finishing its report into the violence earlier this year that engulfed the country, causing 37 deaths and forcing more than 150,000 people – or about 15 per cent of the national population – to flee their homes.
SOP newswireIsrael-Hizbollah war showed need for a wider Middle East accord - September 2006 – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the recent conflict in Lebanon had been a “wake-up” call to the governments he visited during his recent diplomacy in the region, highlighting the need for a wider Middle East peace settlement.
SOP newswireNASA Sees Rapid Changes in Arctic Sea Ice - NASA data show that Arctic perennial sea ice, which normally survives the summer melt season and remains year-round, shrunk abruptly by 14 percent between 2004 and 2005. According to researchers, the loss of perennial ice in the East Arctic Ocean was even higher, nearing 50 percent during that time as some
SOP newswireUN Force Commander briefs Lebanese Prime Minister as Israeli troops withdraw further - The United Nations military commander in Lebanon today briefed Prime Minister Fouad Siniora on the latest troop movements in the south of the country, while Israeli forces continued their withdrawal as stipulated by the Security Council resolution that ended the month of conflict in the region on 14 August.
SOP newswireWorld Migration Trends Top Agenda of U.N. Meeting - Washington -- The U.N. General Assembly will hold its first-ever plenary session on the issue of migration September 14-15, with an emphasis on how to maximize the development benefit of migration.
SOP newswireIraqi Security Forces Chart Country's Course to Self-Sufficiency By David McKeeby - Washington -- Iraqi Security Forces" continued improvement is setting the country on a "firm path to self-sufficiency," top Defense Department officials told members of Congress September 11.
SOP newswireUN Emergency Relief Coordinator spotlights peace efforts in northern Uganda - The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today met with internally displaced people in northern Uganda, where peace efforts offer hope to end a rebel-fueled conflict notorious for abuses against children.
Juliet MaruruFolk Tales from the Agikuyu of Kenya- Part 1: Gikuyu and Mumbi - This is the story of creation through the mythical stories of Agikuyu. My grandma's version was more religious than mythical. I find it to be a close reflection of the biblical version of the beginning of life.
Juliet MaruruThe Two-Rorse Race-Kenyan Politics. - Narc Kenya and ODM Kenya, major political parties in Kenya, are now officially competing for power come 2007 general elections.
SOP newswireNATO solidifies co-operation with Afghanistan - On 6 September 2006, in the presence of the North Atlantic Council, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan signed the “Declaration by NATO and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”, setting out a Framework for Enduring Co-operation in Partnership.
Casey GaleCrocodile Hunter's Deadly Stingray Encounter - The king of creatures, commonly known as the "Crocodile Hunter", was killed Monday, September 4th while filming off the Great Barrier Reef for an upcoming television series,
Juliet MaruruTransport crisis coincides with back-to-school week in Nairobi - A crackdown on matatus [public taxis] in Nairobi has come at a time when school children and their parents are frantic trying to get shopping and other important
Juliet MaruruHome Sweet Home - Senator Barack Obama's visit to Kenya - Barack Obama Sr.was a native of Nyagoma Kogello. For this reason his son, though an American citizen and a U.S. Senator is considered
Juliet MaruruCrocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Killed by a Sting Ray - World renowned eccentric Australian Naturalist is dead at 44. He is believed to have been killed by a sting ray while filming an underwater film documentary of Port Douglas.
SOP newswireOn-the-Record Briefing on Sudan - Good afternoon, everybody. What I would like to do today is start the briefing off with two guest briefers, Assistant Secretary Jendayi Frazer, our Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. She can talk to you a little bit about her recent trip to Sudan. She just returned yesterday to the United States. And then also Assistant Secretary Kristen Silverberg, our Assistant Secretary for International Organization
SOP newswireSecurity Council receives UN watchdog's report on Iran's nuclear activities - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today sent a new report on Iran to the United Nations Security Council, which has threatened sanctions if the country does not suspend uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and take steps to assure
SOP newswireSecurity Council votes to set up UN peacekeeping force in Darfur - The Security Council agreed today to deploy a United Nations peacekeeping force of more than 17,000 troops in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region by the end of the year to try to end the spiralling violence and displacement there that has led senior UN officials to warn of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe.
SOP newswireEPA Cites the Virgin Islands Government For Widespread Hazardous Waste Violations - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cited the U.S. Virgin Islands for widespread violations of federal rules for the proper management of certain hazardous wastes at many government facilities on all three islands. According to an Administrative Consent Order issued by EPA, government operations as diverse as schools, office buildings and motor pools, as well as the Virgin Islands Department of
Ann PoludenkoUkraine Celebrates Anniversary of Independence - The very thing that unites people around the world is a desire to be free. Independence is a great value for all the citizenry, no matter what country they are from.
Elyse FrankoLearning to Love East Germany - My head was pounding as my host mother drove me through the streets of Rathenow, Germany. Jet lag was beginning to hit hard and I could barely keep my eyes during her mini-tour of the city.
SOP newswireEthiopia: UN agencies provide emergency grants in response to flooding - With continued heavy rains spawning renewed flooding across Ethiopia, the United Nations" humanitarian and development agencies are
SOP newswireUNICEF works to help Lebanese children back to school - With Lebanon’s education sector suffering around $70 million damage because of the recent conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to ensure hundreds of thousands of pupils receive notebooks and other supplies before classes resume, while other UN agencies have stepped up their humanitarian efforts and more
SOP newswireSudan: UN helps launch programme to improve capacity of independent judiciary - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and Sudan’s Ministry of Finance have launched a programme designed to strengthen the judiciary in the strife-torn African country.
SOP newswireSecurity Council decides to proceed with scheduled meeting on Darfur - The Security Council will proceed with plans to meet on Monday to discuss the deteriorating situation in Sudan’s impoverished and strife-torn Darfur region, despite a request from the Sudanese Government to postpone the meeting, the Council’s President said today.
SOP newswireFBI Sting Operation Nets Suspects in Sri Lanka Arms Trafficking By Lea Terhune - Washington – An investigation involving law enforcement agencies in three countries has landed alleged participants in a scheme to obtain arms for Sri Lanka’s rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in jail without bail.
SOP newswireSecurity Council met today to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question - IBRAHIM GAMBARI, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said that it was necessary to step back from the events of the past month in the Middle East, especially the situation in Lebanon, and consider the state of the overall peace process in the region in light of the developments during the past year. This time last year, Israel had been in the process of disengaging from Gaza and part of the northern West Bank, and the international community, led by the Quartet, had
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