Increased violence in southern Syria is reducing the number of refugees crossing into Jordan, says the United Nations refugee agency. Meanwhile, Turkey announced a monthlong closure of a key border crossing with Syria.
Indian aid workers have been issued guidelines on how to address the health of women and girls after natural disasters. The guidelines were developed by the United Nations Population Fund and show aid workers how to reduce sexual violence, the transmission of HIV and maternal and child mortality.
The Islamist militancy in Africa's Sahel and Sahara is being compared by some Western leaders to a global threat like that of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But militants in Africa are often focused on local grievances, Aidan Lewis argues, do not necessarily act in unison and often driven more by opportunism than ideology.
The United Nations trade and development agency on Monday said that more young Africans will be out of work within a few years, portending more unrest, if governments do not shift from agriculture toward mining, manufacturing and other industries. "Africa is losing ground in labor-intensive manufacturing, which is generally the entry-level step in industrial development, and is a category especially important in Africa, where jobs are needed in rapidly growing cities," said the author of a recent agency report.
Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai are close to penning a constitutional amendment that will form a unity government for Zimbabwe, according to South African officials. As frustration within Zimbabwe's security apparatus mounts, opposition from other African nations against Mugabe gathers, and cholera spreads, the likelihood is that a failure to forge a resolution could lead to the state's failure.