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  • Angola: Smart Relief Needed As Floodwaters Fall Wed Jun 3 2009
    The flood waters are starting to recede as the rainy season ends for another year, but while the emergency is over in southern Angola, the long term outlook is bleak.
  • Sri Lanka: UN raises issues of resettlement, reconstruction and reconciliation Wed Jun 3 2009
    Two top United Nations officials briefed correspondents at Headquarters today on the Secretary-General's recent trip to Sri Lanka and the steps that the United Nations will be taking to aid the country's reconstruction and reconciliation. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs....
  • WATER-ANGOLA: Smart Relief Needed as Floodwaters Fall Wed Jun 3 2009
    LUANDA, May 27 (IPS) - The flood waters are starting to recede as the rainy season ends for another year, but while the emergency is over in southern Angola, the long term outlook is bleak.
  • Emerging-market stocks drop on oil, North Korea missile tests Wed Jun 3 2009
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Emerging-market stocks fell for the first time in three days as energy shares dropped on lower oil prices and concern North Korea may step up missile tests weighed on Asian markets.
  • Emissions trading stand-off presses Labor election trigger Wed Jun 3 2009
    THE Rudd Government'#039;s emissions trading scheme is headed for defeat as a result of a Senate stand-off, handing Labor a trigger for an early, double dissolution election. The scheme is set to be vote...
  • Large Firms Call for Carbon Cuts Wed Jun 3 2009
    Efforts to secure a new U.N. deal on climate change got a boost when around 500 business leaders issued a call for greenhouse-gas emissions to be halved by 2050.
  • Somali forces attack Islamic insurgents in Mogadishu Wed Jun 3 2009
    Somali government forces attacked rebel strongholds in Mogadishu on Friday starting battles across the capital that killed at least 45 people the highest daily death toll for months.
  • UN humanitarian wing assisting Tajik flood victims Wed Jun 3 2009
    The worst affected area is the south-western province of Khatlon, which is also Tajikistan?s most populous province, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA ) said. Around 300 displaced families are currently sheltered in two tented camps near the town of Uyali, while the rest are staying with friends and relatives.
  • Tamils seek missing family Wed Jun 3 2009
    MANIK FARM, Sri Lanka (AP) Of all the hardships in this sprawling displacement camp, people most bemoan not knowing what happened to relatives who disappeared in the chaos of the decisive battle that ended the prolonged war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels.
  • NASA uses satellite to unearth innovation in crop forecasting Wed Jun 3 2009
    ( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center ) NASA researchers are using satellite data to deliver a kind of space-based humanitarian assistance. They are cultivating the most accurate estimates of soil moisture -- the main determinant of crop yield changes -- and improving global forecasts of how well food....
  • UN wants to force poppy farmers to switch to legal crops Wed Jun 3 2009
    United Nations (Agencies): United Nations officials in Afghanistan are attempting to create a "flood of drugs" in the country intended to destroy the value ...
  • Progress Made in Paris Climate Talks Wed Jun 3 2009
    French minister says meeting agrees to set up $100 billion 'green fund' to help limit pollution in developing countries
  • International community condemns North Korea Wed Jun 3 2009
    North Korea faced international condemnation and calls for fresh sanctions tonight following the “provocative” launch of two short-range missiles and an underground nuclear test.
  • Russia makes major shift in climate policy Wed Jun 3 2009
    Russia's government has quietly made a drastic change to its policy on climate change, accepting that anthropogenic global warming poses severe risks and requires immediate action to limit carbon emissions. Policy analysts believe that the new climate 'doctrine', adopted in late April, marks a historic turning point.
  • US Ambassador to UN: North Korea Will 'Pay a Price' Wed Jun 3 2009
    The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, says North Korea will "pay the price" for defying the international community with what she called "provocative" missile and nuclear tests. The U.S. Ambassador told U.S. television networks Tuesday that the United Nations Security Council is working on a "strong resolution with teeth.
  • NORTH KOREA: Japan Has Little Leverage Over Volatile Neighbour Wed Jun 3 2009
    TOKYO, May 26 (IPS) - North Korea’s nuclear tests are a grave security concern to Japan and have significantly raised tension in the region.
  • Sri Lanka: Displaced Tamils seek missing family Wed Jun 3 2009
    MANIK FARM, Sri Lanka (AP) — Of all the hardships in this sprawling displacement camp, people most bemoan not knowing what happened to relatives who disappeared in the chaos of the decisive battle that ended the prolonged war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels.
  • Afghanistan: Flood assistance stepped up Wed Jun 3 2009
    Floods and landslides in the five northern provinces of Faryab, Jawzjan, Balkh, Samangan and Sari-i-Pul have caused widespread destruction and casualties. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan (UNOCHA), floods caused by unprecedented heavy....
  • Emissions stand-off Wed Jun 3 2009
    The emissions trading scheme is headed for defeat, handing Labor a trigger for a double dissolution election.
  • UK & World News: North Korea causes further world outrage with fresh missile tests Wed Jun 3 2009
    PRIME Minister Gordon Brown yesterday warned the world was in danger after North Korea set off a nuclear explosion.
  • N.Korea tests more missiles Wed Jun 3 2009
    North Korea has defied world condemnation and test-fired two more missiles. Sources in South Korea said the short-range rockets were launched…

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