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Julianna Margulies on her shocking Ebola drama: 'I panicked in my hazmat suit!'

The star of ER and The Good Wife is back – as a doctor fighting to save humanity. She gives her bodyguard the slip to talk about our imperilled planet – and her love of Sussex A-roadsBefore I meet Julianna Margulies, I spend three days staring at her bodyguard. He’s impossible to miss: one of those men whose every attempt to blend in flounders. Margulies and I are in Lille, judges at the Series Mania television festival, although our experiences differ a little. My cloak of anonymity allows me t...
Tags: Television, Drama, Ebola, Infectious diseases, Doctors, Culture, Society, Epidemics, Aid, US television, The Good Wife, Television & radio, Health, Global development, World news, Africa

Ebola in the DRC: everything you need to know

Key facts about the second largest outbreak of the disease in historyWith more than 1,600 cases and almost 1,100 deaths, the outbreak in the eastern DRC is the second largest in history. It has a 67% fatality rate and 10 months after it began, the case numbers are still escalating. It is disproportionately affecting women (55% of cases) and children (28%). The WHO says the national and regional risk levels are very high and containment of the spread to North Kivu and Ituri provinces is unlikely,...
Tags: Ebola, Africa, Society, World news, Aid, Global development, Who, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ituri, Drc, North Kivu, Global Health

Aid funding must recognise climate change emergency, say MPs

‘Extreme, huge, and existential’ threat posed by climate change must be a central consideration when distributing aidThe British government’s aid spending is failing to recognise the “scale and urgency” of the climate change challenge facing the world, MPs warn.Climate change must be placed at the centre of aid strategy and funding, if it is to address the seriousness of threats facing developing countries, the committee said. It urged a minimum spend of £1.76bn annually and a halt to funding fo...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Society, Aid, Global development

Kalashnikovs and no-go zones: east Burkina Faso falls to militants

Locals say they live in fear of violence and face harsh punishment for breaking rules When a stranger arrives in Bartiébougou, the Kalashnikov-wielding men in charge check his ID. But first they check his forehead. They are looking for the indent left by a beret – an instant indication he is a soldier and therefore an enemy spy.Like much of eastern Burkina Faso, the government has no control over what happens in Bartiébougou; local militants, backed by west African extremist groups, do. Continue...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Military, Aid, Global development, Burkina Faso, Bartiébougou

Red Cross aid to Venezuela to triple as Maduro stance softens

International Committee of the Red Cross to increase budget to $24m after president approves humanitarian assistanceThe International Committee of the Red Cross is to triple aid to Venezuela, a day after the crisis-riven country’s leader approved the delivery of humanitarian assistance.The organisation announced the increase in the face of mounting calls for the UN to recognise the scale of the crisis facing Venezuela, and amid continued moves by the Trump administration to persuade other countr...
Tags: Americas, Society, World news, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Venezuela, Red Cross, Nicolás Maduro, Trump, International Committee, Maduro, assistanceThe International Committee

Poorest countries bear the brunt as aid levels fall for second successive year

Experts warn of ‘step backwards’ in fight against global poverty as latest figures show 3% drop in aid to most vulnerable statesExperts have warned that the fight against global poverty has taken a backward step after the publication of new figures showing foreign aid has fallen for a second successive year.Aid levels dropped last year by 2.7% from 2017, with the poorest countries worst hit, according to figures published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Conti...
Tags: Africa, Society, World news, Aid, Global development, Sustainable Development Goals

Venezuela: Red Cross brokers Maduro-Guaidó deal to allow aid delivery

First shipment for 650,000 could reach Venezuela in two weeksRed Cross says aid must be ‘neutral, impartial and unhindered’The Red Cross has brokered a deal with representatives of Venezuela’s embattled leader Nicolás Maduro and his rival Juan Guaidó to allow humanitarian aid into the country, indicating a seldom-seen middle ground between the two men that contest the presidency.The first shipment of aid for about 650,000 vulnerable people could reach Venezuela in two weeks, Francesco Rocca, the...
Tags: Americas, Society, World news, Aid, Global development, Venezuela, Red Cross, Nicolás Maduro, International Federation of the Red Cross, Juan Guaido, Francesco Rocca

'The water took everything': Buzi evacuees tell of Cyclone Idai ordeal

People rescued by boat are arriving at Beira in hope of first aid, shelter and reunion with their familiesStanding in the fishing port in Beira, Mozambique, Jose Mala scans the faces of those evacuated by boat from Buzi – one of the towns hardest hit by Cyclone Idai – searching for anyone he knows.He had hopeful news the day before, says Mala, 27. He met a neighbour at the port who told him his sister and two nephews had survived the cyclone that destroyed large parts of their hometown. Continue...
Tags: Global development, Cyclone Idai, World news, Mozambique, Africa, Aid, Society, Humanitarian response

Self-interest must not guide UK aid | Letters

Britain’s aid budget must be about altruism, not narrow self-interest say the Rt Rev John Arnold and the Rt Rev Dr Christopher CocksworthYour article (Aid budget: Ex-minister joins calls for shake-up, 18 March) on the report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance offers an opportunity to reflect again on what we want and expect from our government.In the suffering of men, women and children caught up in conflict, dealing with the worst effects of climate change or leaving their homes in search of a safer fu...
Tags: Politics, UK, Religion, Society, Public finance, Britain, Pope Francis, Christianity, Aid, Global development, Jesus Christ, Priti Patel, John Arnold, Christopher CocksworthYour

UN plan for Syria should take priority | Letters

While there is no clear picture of what next for the situation inside of Syria, donors should not write blank cheques for reconstruction, writes Cafod’s Anne StreetThe third EU and UN conference being held in Brussels this week to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria has the optimistic title of “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” (Divisions over forced return of refugees to Syria expected at conference, 12 March).However, the future is bleak for millions of Syrians who fled the confli...
Tags: Eu, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Un, Brussels, Cafod, Anne StreetThe

Time for Comic Relief to hang up its red nose? | Letters

Guardian readers respond to David Lammy’s criticisms of ‘white saviour’ narratives in charity publicityIt concerns me that some 30 years after Save the Children first published a set of image guidelines to steer its staff in avoiding negative use of imagery, and to start a dialogue in the aid sector about negative aspects of imagery in use, it’s still a thorny topic (‘White saviours’ belong in the past. We need new storytellers, 1 March). I joined Save the Children as the photographic librarian ...
Tags: Politics, Media, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Bbc, Uganda, Culture, Aid, Global development, David Lammy, Richard Curtis, Save The Children, Comic Relief, Stacey Dooley

Infant mortality in Venezuela has doubled during crisis, UN says

UN security council officials clash over ‘politicised’ aid to troubled country as peace-building chief warns of ‘grim realities’Infant mortality in Venezuela has soared by roughly 50% during the prolonged political crisis in the country.Briefing the UN security council, the UN’s political and peace building chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, depicted a devastating collapse in Venezuela’s health system. She warned that 40% of medical staff had left the country and said hospital stocks of medicine had dwind...
Tags: Health, Europe, China, Russia, Americas, Society, World news, US news, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, UN Security Council, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Infant and child mortality

UN target of $4bn in aid for Yemen reliant on Saudi and US pledges

Dominant donors to record appeal to alleviate suffering of civil war will include countries leading aerial bombing campaignThe international community will gather on Tuesday to try to raise more than $4bn to help alleviate the suffering and famine caused by Yemen’s civil war, but will find itself heavily dependent on three combatants in the conflict – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the US – to reach its fundraising target for 2019.The $4.2bn (£3.2bn) target for 2019 – the largest sum...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, US, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Aid, Global development, Un, Geneva, Yemen

Trump has turned foreign aid into shabby political theatre | Peter Beaumont

Stalled relief supplies for Venezuela at the Colombian border are a stark illustration of Trump’s crudely transactional approach to aidIn their grey livery, the US Air Force C-17s shuttling into Camilo Daza airport in Cúcuta, Colombia, look more belligerent than friendly – which is, perhaps, the point.In the city itself, the planes’ cargo – boxes labelled USAid and intended for distribution by the Venezuelan opposition just across the border – are accumulating in the town’s warehouses. Continue ...
Tags: Americas, Society, World news, US news, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Venezuela, Usaid, US Air Force, Trump, Peter Beaumont, Cúcuta Colombia, Camilo Daza

A dead dog as a playmate? The plight of children in Rukban is heartbreaking | Marwa Awad

I witnessed the constant hunger and thirst of those trapped in the remote Syrian desert, where aid rarely makes it throughBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad

I witnessed the purgatory of people trapped in Syria's Rukban camp | Marwa Awad

Constant hunger and thirst haunt those stranded in the desert, where escape means paying vast sums to smugglersBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad

Trump's unseemly haste shows World Bank must no longer be in thrall to US

The race to head the World Bank opened with the US candidate already known. Other countries must stand up and be countedWith characteristic lack of restraint, the Trump administration last week jumped the gun on the World Bank presidential election process by naming David Malpass as its preferred candidate to succeed Jim Yong Kim.The formal nomination process, which did not begin until the following day, is based on selection principles agreed in 2011 that put the emphasis on an “open, merit-bas...
Tags: Business, US, Economics, Society, World news, Global Economy, Aid, Global development, World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, Trump, David Malpass

Aid agencies pull out of Idlib in face of new terror threat

Fear of aid money being diverted by Tahrir al-Sham has led donors to cut fundingIn Syria’s Idlib province, the dust has largely settled after last month’s dramatic takeover of the area by al-Qaida-linked fighters. As a result, however, international organisations have withdrawn aid and support for schools and hospitals – and Idlib’s 3 million residents are beginning to feel the pinch.Idlib, the last pocket of Syria that remains outside President Bashar al-Assad’s control, was spared an assault b...
Tags: Russia, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Moscow, Bashar Al Assad, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Al Qaida, Ankara, Idlib, Tahrir al Sham

Boris Johnson backs call for multibillion cut to UK aid budget

Tory report says DfID could be folded into Foreign Office and aid spending redefinedCalls for a multibillion-pound cut in the UK’s overseas aid budget and closure of the Department for International Development (DfID) as a separate Whitehall entity are set out in a new Conservative vision for a post-Brexit “global Britain” backed by the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.Current definitions of aid spending would be broadened to include peacekeeping, and the BBC’s World Service would be expan...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Bbc, Britain, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Department for International Development (DfID, World Service

Billions of UK aid failing to reduce poverty, report finds

Shortfall in standards casts doubt on transparency of Britain’s aid spendingToo much of Britain’s aid budget is being spent poorly by Whitehall departments on projects that fail the test of reducing poverty in the world’s poorest countries, a campaign group has said.The One Campaign – an advocacy organisation set up by the U2 singer Bono – said the huge gulf in standards across government was undermining the battle to build public trust that taxpayers’ money was being well spent. Continue readin...
Tags: Transparency, Politics, UK, Bono, Society, UK News, World news, Tax and spending, Britain, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Whitehall

UK aid funding must not be privatised | Letter

Proposals to refocus aid as private investment could weaken support for vulnerable people worldwide, says Claire GodfreyProposals by the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, to refocus UK aid towards for-profit investment risks weakening support for the people who need our help the most, and compromising the work Britain does to make the world a safer, healthier and more just place to live in (Report, 30 January). The Department for International Development has a long-standing h...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Britain, Aid, Global development, DFID, Department for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, Claire GodfreyProposals, Claire GodfreyHead

Penny Mordaunt criticised over call for aid to come from private sector

International development secretary says she wants DfID to become more a fundraising than a spending departmentPenny Mordaunt has been criticised by charities and MPs for suggesting the government’s international development spending should become more reliant on private sector investment and philanthropy.The international development secretary told cabinet ministers she would aim for her department to become a fundraising department rather than a spending department, telling them it was unsusta...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Aid, Global development, Penny Mordaunt, Mordaunt

'Real risk' of refugees freezing to death in Syria after rains destroy shelters

As temperatures fall, aid workers warn of danger to at least 11,000 people across Idlib, with storms also battering camps in LebanonAt least 11,000 child refugees and their families are facing a weekend of freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria’s Idlib province swept away tents and belongings.Aid workers warn there is a real risk people will simply freeze to death as temperatures have already dropped to -1C, amid a shortage of blankets and heating fuel. Contin...
Tags: Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Lebanon, Migration And Development, Idlib

UK aid to Yemen is eclipsed by weapons sales to the Saudi coalition

UK aid to Yemen is eclipsed by the billions brought in through the bungling, deceitful sale of British weapons to Saudi ArabiaThe war in Yemen has killed as many as 57,000 people since March 2015, left 8.4 million people surviving on food aid and created a cholera epidemic. The British government claims to have been at the forefront of international humanitarian assistance, giving more than £570m to Yemen in bilateral aid since the war began.Yet the financial value of aid is a drop in the ocean ...
Tags: UK, Saudi Arabia, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Arms trade, Conflict and arms

UK pledges £50m to help end FGM across Africa by 2030

Officials say funding is biggest investment in tackling practice and helping vulnerable girlsThe British government is to invest £50m in an attempt to end female genital mutilation by 2030, claiming it is the single biggest investment to tackle the issue by an international donor.The money, announced on Friday, will go to grassroots programmes working to stop the practice across Africa, where it is most prevalent. Penny Mordaunt, international development secretary, said the investment was also ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Fgm, Global Health, Penny Mordaunt, Female genital mutilation (FGM

Looming violence in Yemen as UN peace talks pushed back

Chances of famine exacerbated by escalating fighting between Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalitionPeace talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war have been pushed back to the end of the year, sparking fears that intense violence in Hodeidah will worsen and the country will be plunged into famine as the Saudi-backed coalition seeks to completely retake the vital port city.Fighting in Houthi rebel-controlled Hodeidah has flared in the past week as militias loyal to the Yemeni government attempt to break t...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, US, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Hodeidah, Jamal Khashoggi

UK accuses EU of Brexit bias as it refuses to endorse aid spending

Exclusive: in vote among 28 member states, UK declines for first time to back aid plansThe British government has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to endorse billions of pounds worth of EU spending on aid projects as it accused the European commission of discriminating against UK-based organisations over Brexit.In a vote among the 28 member states on the latest allocation of the bloc’s £26.5bn development budget, the UK government declined to give its support for aid spending for the fir...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Aid, European Commission, Brexit

UK accused of 'abandoning children to their fate' in world's deadliest countries

Government urged to ramp up aid spending on child protection after study shows it accounts for only 2% of budgetAn international charity has accused Britain of abandoning children in the world’s most dangerous countries to their fate, with minimal aid spent on their protection.Only 2.5% of UK aid, £35m, was spent on projects that protect children from violence in 2017, according to research commissioned by World Vision UK. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Children, Iraq, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Aid, Global development, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, World Vision UK Continue

'End war on Yemen's children': conflict escalates around Hodeidah hospital

UN warns heightening of hostilities following US ceasefire calls will have devastating impact on severely malnourished childrenFighting has intensified around the largest hospital operating in the port city of Hodeidah, preventing access to severely malnourished and vulnerable children, the UN’s children’s agency has warned.The escalation in conflict follows US calls for a ceasefire and suggestions that peace talks may be held in Sweden. On Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition said it had attacked ...
Tags: Sweden, Children, US, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Sana'a, Hodeidah, Conflict and arms

UK 'exaggerated number of lives saved' by maternal health aid project

Watchdog says many more deaths could have been prevented given level of investment in Department for International Development programmesThe UK government has been criticised by an aid watchdog for exaggerating the number of women’s lives it saved through its maternal health programmes.A review, published by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Icai) on Tuesday, also said the number of lives saved “were significantly below what they could have been, given the level of investment”. Continue...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, Aid, Global development, Maternal health, Department for International Development, Independent Commission for Aid Impact Icai, Reproductive rights (developing countries

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