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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 newswireU.S. Urges Caution in Security Council Response to Gaza Crisis - Washington " U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, in a June 30 emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, cautioned that body against taking any steps that might exacerbate tensions over the recent Israeli incursion into the Gaza strip.
SOP newswireU.S. Agriculture Secretary "Worried" over WTO Tariff Negotiations - Washington -- The U.S. agriculture secretary has expressed alarm at developing countries' proposals in World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations that he says would preclude any new market access for U.S. farm exports.
SOP newswireReport Card: UN Human Rights Council's First Session - Geneva, June 30, 2006 — UN Watch issued a Report Card (see below ) grading the performance of the UN Human Rights Council's inaugural 2-week session, which has just concluded.
SOP newswireNATO Response Force passes its last test - With the conclusion of the active phase of Exercise Steadfast Jaguar on 28 June, the NATO Response Force (NRF) passed its last test before it is due to become fully operational in October.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)EPA Provides $3 Million for Gulf of Mexico Projects - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Regional Partnership Projects will benefit the health of the Gulf of Mexico by improving water quality and public health, protecting coastal habitat, increasing coastal environmental education, improving habitat data and decision support systems, and reducing nutrients. Projects must actively involve stakeholders and focus on support and implementation of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Governors' Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts, released March 28, 2006.
Alan GrayNewsblaze News with Alan Gray - Vol. 6 - Do you want to see your name in the newspaper? We are looking for one or more enthusiastic and educated book reviewers. You can review any books you want, but we will also provide you with books to review.
SOP newswireUpsurge Of Violence In Iraq - The recent upsurge of violence in Iraq over the past four months has uprooted a further 150,000 people across the war-torn country, bringing the total of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to 1.3 million, according to the United Nations mission there.
SOP newswireSmall arms trade in Africa fuels conflict - The United Nations conference targeting the $1 billion-a-year illicit trade in small arms continued today with speakers from the African continent among those calling urgently for a global crack down on illegal arms dealers and tighter arms regulations -- especially the activities of brokers -- whose deadly wares often fell into the hands of non-State actors and fuelled conflict, contributed to poverty, and stalled development in their fragile countries.
SOP newswireTo Walk the Earth in Safety - The 6th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a comprehensive report on United States efforts to clear landmines, assist landmine survivors, and reduce trafficking of small arms and light weapons, has been released by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. This publication catalogues the activities of the interagency U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program in 30 countries in 2004 and 2005.
SOP newswireTop officials witness Response Force demonstration - Over 200 journalists and senior officials witnessed a major show of force by the NATO Response Force, 22-23 June, including an amphibious landing, precision fighter jet bombing, special forces assaults and naval bombardment.
SOP newswireOfficials hail historic inaugural session of UN Peacebuilding Commission - In what United Nations officials hailed as an historic milestone in global efforts to help countries avert a relapse into bloodshed
SOP newswireU.S. Defense Official Says China's Military Buildup Raises Concerns By Susan Krause - Washington -- A lack of transparency about China's military buildup and the
SOP newswireEgypt To Cooperate with U.S. on Preventing Nuclear Smuggling - Washington -- Egypt is joining international efforts to prevent smuggling of nuclear and other radioactive materials by sea, U.S. official announced.
Alan GrayNewsblaze News with Alan Gray - Vol 4 - Do you want to see your name in the newspaper? We are looking for one or more enthusiastic and educated book reviewers. You can review any books you want, but we will also provide you with books to review.
SOP newswireU.S.-Africa Partnership Aims To Help Poorest of The Poor - Washington -- The nongovernmental organization (NGO) Africare, working in close cooperation with Africans in 26 countries, has made significant progress in combating some of the continent’s most urgent problems, such as poverty, famine and disease, said Julius E. Coles, Africare president, at a talk June 20 at the Woman's National Democratic Club in Washington.
SOP newswireU.S., Japan Reach Agreement on Resumption of Beef Trade By Susan Krause - Washington -- Following months of negotiations, the United States and Japan have reached an agreement that ultimately will lead to the resumption of sales of U.S. beef to Japan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced June 21.
SOP newswireProgress Reported in Fighting Coca in Andean Region By Eric Green - Washington -– More international aid is needed to help three nations in the Andean region -- Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru -- continue their recent successes in eradicating coca, the main ingredient used to make cocaine, says a drug agency of the United Nations.
SOP newswireAmerican-Arab Conference Honors Community Contributions By Afzal Khan - Washington – Prince Turki Al Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, urged Arab Americans to build “new and enduring bridges” between the Arab world and the United States. He made his comments in an address June 17 to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) 26th annual convention in Washington.
SOP newswireU.S. Energy Department Expects More Consumption Of Coal, Gas, Renewables - Washington -- A continued rise in prices is projected to dampen global demand for oil and spur use of more coal, natural gas and renewable energy over the next quarter century, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
SOP newswireQuartet Endorses Mechanism To Give Palestinians Needs-Based Aid By Peggy B. Hu - Washington -- The United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- jointly known as the Quartet when dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- have endorsed a European Union proposal for a temporary mechanism to provide needs-based assistance to the Palestinian people, according to a statement released by the U.S. Department of State June 17.
SOP newswireUnited States Support to European Union Conference on Darfur - The European Union has pledged that it will work for the full and rapid implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement as a precondition for lasting peace and security in Darfur and an end to the suffering of millions of the people of Darfur. The European Union has stated that it will continue to be at the front stage by organizing in Brussels a donors meeting on the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS). The United States intends to have senior represen
SOP newswirePeru's Economic Growth Praised by International Monetary Fund By Eric Green - Washington -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has praised the
SOP newswireU.S. Pledges $2 Million for South Ossetia Economic Rehabilitation - Washington – The United States has pledged $2 million for confidence-building measures and economic rehabilitation in Georgia’s South Ossetia region, the State Department announced June 14.
SOP newswireU.S. Promotes Integration of South and Central Asia By Louise Fenner - Washington -- New energy, transportation and trade links between the countries of Central and South Asia can help bring prosperity and long-term stability to the region and restore it as a cultural and commercial crossroads, says Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher.
SOP newswireSecretary-General Kofi Annan Today Appealed For Sustained International Engagement In Timor-Leste - “We have learned – at a painful price for Timor-Leste – that the building of institutions on the basis of fundamental principles of democracy and rule of law is not a simple process that can be completed within a few short years,” Mr. Annan told the 15-member body.
SOP newswireChertoff To Discuss Passenger Name Records at G8 Conference By Anita N. Wadhwani - Washington -- Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff plans to discuss security cooperation with his counterparts from the Group of Eight (G8) nations during the week of June 12, including the exchange of aircraft passenger name records (PNR) with European Union countries.
SOP newswireNigeria-Cameroon accord expected after Annan brokers talks on border dispute - Secretary-General Kofi Annan is conducting intensive diplomacy with the leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon in a bid to achieve a breakthrough over their border dispute, a United Nations spokesman said today, predicting that an accord could be finalized on Monday.
SOP newswireAdministration Transmits Proposed Legislation to Implement Agreement to Protect RMS Titanic Wreck Site - Today, on behalf of the Administration, the Department of State transmitted to Congress proposed legislation to implement for the United States an international agreement with the United Kingdom, Canada and France that will lead to increased protection of the RMS Titanic and its wreck site. Concerted action by the four nations most closely associated with the Titanic would effectively foreclose financing for, and the technical ability to conduct, unregulated salvage and other potentially harmful activities.
SOP newswireThe NATO-Ukraine Commission met in Brussels at the level of Defence Ministers on 8 June, to discuss Ukraine's defence policy - The NATO-Ukraine Commission met in Brussels at the level of Defence Ministers on 8 June, to discuss Ukraine"s defence policy and the ongoing
SOP newswireThe Defence Planning Committee and Nuclear Planning Group met in Ministerial Session on 8 June 2006. - As we look forward to the Riga Summit, we re‑affirmed our determination to employ the disciplines of defence planning to help ensure that the Alliance and our national forces continue to pursue transformation with the aim of further developing the capabilities needed to deal with the
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