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    As Mali Teeters Closer to the Edge, the UN Mission Soldiers On

    by  • April 15, 2015 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    Facing a surge in violence that has made it the United Nations’ deadliest peacekeeping operations now, the UN mission in Mali is struggling to convince populations in the north of the country that it can overcome the remaining obstacles to ensuring that a peace agreement is signed soon and to help restore stability in...

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    For Elephants in Zimbabwe, a Deeply Troubling Present and Future

    by  • March 17, 2015 • Africa, Climate and Environment • 
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    An elephant in its natural habitat in the Kariba area of Zimbabwe, August 2014. TRISHULA PATEL

    HARARE, Zimbabwe — Elephants across the African continent face poaching, loss of habitable land and food supplies and culling. When World Wildlife Day was marked this month, the United Nations General Assembly discussed wildlife crime across the globe, including the threat to elephants, which are declining in number throughout Africa. Here in Zimbabwe, they...

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    A UN Resolution Is Being Readied for Boko Haram Fight

    by  • March 23, 2015 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Boko Haram

    Chad is not only leading the regional military assault on the Boko Haram terrorist group but it is also said to be leading the drafting of a United Nations Security Council resolution to authorize the multinational task force in West Africa already battling Boko Haram, a UN diplomat confirmed. The resolution is being pushed...

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    Mostly, Sahrawi Women Just Want to Go Home

    by  • March 5, 2015 • Africa, Refugees, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 
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    Sahrawi women's meeting

    NEAR TINDOUF, Algeria — Our goal was to understand the dynamics of women who live in the refugee camps here in the Sahara Desert, where tens of thousands of Sahrawi people reside in tents and mud-brick buildings, having fled their homeland up to decades ago. The camps originated in 1975-1976, when the Sahrawis first...

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    The 10 Youngest Nations by Population? They’re Mainly in Africa

    by  • February 10, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 
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    Men toss squash onto the banks of the Niger River in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY)

    While the graying population around the world is rising in countries like Japan and South Korea, along with much of the United States and Europe, other parts of the world — primarily Africa — are experiencing the opposite situation, with young people claiming the majority. The contrast between oldest and youngest populations can be...

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    The UN Dips Into the Fight Against Boko Haram

    by  • February 16, 2015 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Kano crowd in Nigeria, 2012

    As Boko Haram’s raging insurgency in northeast Nigeria shows no signs of letup, Nigeria’s neighbors are taking the lead in fighting back against the Islamic terrorist group, which has killed nearly 10,000 people from 2013 to 2014 alone and displaced a million people in the region. The United Nations is now directly involved, too,...

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    Maternal Death Rates Fall in Zimbabwe, With Outside Support

    by  • February 9, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    Midwives in Zimabwe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe – As maternal mortality remains the most lagging Millennium Development Goal and a new set of development goals is being written this year, one focus will undoubtedly stay fixed on decreasing maternal death rates in the developing world. Nations there account for 99 percent of global maternal deaths, with countries in sub-Saharan...

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    The UN’s Mission in Mali: A Deadly Fight Against Terrorists

    by  • January 18, 2015 • Africa, Libya, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, US Foreign Relations • 
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    A memorial head for two Minusma peacekeepers, from Burkina Faso, was held at the UN headquarters in Bamako, the capital, in August 2014. MARCO DORMINO/UN PHOTO

    The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, the most demanding and bloodiest operation in the organization’s global portfolio, is moving its major functions from its base in Bamako, the capital, to Gao, a remote city also on the Niger River, and other camps in the north. The goal is to keep a vigilant eye...

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    As Drugs to Fight Ebola Get Tested, Questions Linger About Medical Incentives

    by  • January 15, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population • 
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    As anti-Ebola vaccines and treatments finally undergo fast-track testing, public health advocates say that governments’ repeated failure to create global norms for coordinating and financing medical advances is a major reason behind the struggle to produce medicine fast enough to end the scourge quickly. Medical officials fighting Ebola in West Africa say the development...

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    Malnutrition, a Problem the World Over

    by  • December 11, 2014 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    A new report on global nutrition levels has found that malnutrition affects every country in the world except two, and that countries are facing more complex, overlapping forms of malnutrition that require more attention. The two exceptional countries, China and South Korea, made the data cutoff rates for levels of anemia, obesity and stunting...

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