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August 14, 2013
UN Wire
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UN secretary-general condemns Egypt violence after forces clear protester camps
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the violence that occurred as Egyptian security forces cleared pro-Mohamed Morsi demonstrators from an encampment today. Dozens of people died amid the violence, and world leaders encouraged both sides to exercise restraint. Reuters (8/14), Al Jazeera (8/14), Reuters (8/14), Al Jazeera (8/14), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/14), Reuters (8/14), The Guardian (London) (8/14)
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UN Dispatch
"This is key because the 12,600 peacekeeping mission is shaping up to be one of the most complex and potentially difficult in modern history. A French led intervention force routed al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Mali's north, and now the French are largely withdrawing as a UN force takes over. The peacekeeping force must rapidly fill a security vacuum and prevent a brewing insurgency from taking hold." UN Dispatch (8/13)
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Ban heads to Middle East after wrapping up Pakistan visit
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Jordan, Ramallah and Jerusalem this week to show support for the recently restarted Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a UN spokesman said. Ban is scheduled to finish a two-day visit to Pakistan today. France 24/Agence France-Presse (8/13)
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Health & Development
MSF leaves Somalia, receives threats in DR Congo
Attacks have led Medecins Sans Frontieres to shutter its aid operations in Somalia. "The closure of our activities is a direct result of extreme attacks on our staff, in an environment where armed groups and civilian leaders increasingly support, tolerate or condone the killing, assaulting and abducting of humanitarian aid workers," said MSF President Unni Karunakara. Meanwhile, MSF aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are receiving threats and the group has suspended its operations there. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (8/14), (free registration) (8/14)
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Climate and Energy
More effort is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, report says
Countries need to go beyond their current emissions pledges if the world is to meet its goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and lowering the global temperature, according to a report from Germanwatch. The pledges would fall more than halfway short of keeping the planet within the 2-degree-Celsius limit necessary to avoid potentially dangerous climate effects, the report says. Thomson Reuters Foundation (8/14)
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Malians benefit from wetlands conservation education
Malian fish traders, fishermen and farmers say they are benefiting from being educated about wetlands conservation by the Mali government and Wetlands International. Further, small loans are helping promote new activities such as community cereal banks that have less impact on the ecosystem. Thomson Reuters Foundation (8/14)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Fighting continues in Syria as peace talks likely pushed back to October
Fighting in Syria on Tuesday left at least 120 dead from clashes near Damascus, Homs and Aleppo. Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that more preparations for the Syrian peace talks will take place this month, with the actual talks unlikely to take place before October. Reuters (8/13), Al Jazeera (8/13)
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