"An attack on a public gathering in Kabul attended by thousands of mourners commemorating the Shiite occasion of Ashura has left more than 50 dead. A bomb in Mazar-i-Sharif has killed several, while another attack in Kandahar seems to have missed the Ashura mourners but still caused casualties."
"Somali refugees continue to flood into Kenya, outpacing the ability to process them for formal registration. The registered population of the Dadaab camps is now over 400,000, with more than 30,000 awaiting processing by the Government of Kenya."
"For decades, organizations such as the World Food Program (WFP) have been donating millions of tons of food to populations in need. While the value of giving food to starving people is not debatable, models of food aid procurement and distribution have been criticized."
"Sudan's first national elections since 1986 are set for next week. To put it lightly, these elections are facing something of a credibility problem. Opposition parties have been restricted in their ability to campaign; the main opposition party has chosen to boycott the elections; and Sudan's president threatened to cut off the fingers of election monitors dispatched by the Carter Center."
The man who became the face of UN climate negotiations leading up to the December Copenhagen climate summit announced that he will retire in July. Now, the race is on to replace Yvo de Boer as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. ... Conventional wisdom suggests that the next climate chief will come from the developing world, since each of the last three were Westerners.