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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


One million face hunger in Gaza after US cut to Palestine aid

UN relief agency warns of crisis next month unless donor countries provide $60mMore than a million people in Gaza risk going hungry next month unless international donors fill a $60m (£46m) funding black hole largely created by cuts to Palestinian refugee aid by the Trump administration, a UN agency has said.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which provides food for more than 1 million people in the Gaza strip, is calling on the EU, Gulf states and large e...
Tags: China, Russia, US, World news, US foreign policy, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Palestine, United Nations, Aid, Un, Trump, EU Gulf


'Go and we die, stay and we starve': the Ethiopians facing a deadly dilemma

Rare access to Gedeb, home to 150,000 people who fled violence, has highlighted profound fears over state resettlement plansLast week, a car rolled through the town of Gedeb in southern Ethiopia, flanked by federal police. A local official made an announcement to roughly 150,000 people who, displaced from their homes, have sought sanctuary in makeshift camps in the town and across the surrounding farmland.In two days’ time, they were told through a loudspeaker, their shelters – mostly built of f...
Tags: Africa, World news, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Ethiopia, Internally displaced people, Gedeb


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


UN urges worldwide withdrawal of support for Myanmar military

World must ‘cut off money supply’ to commanders accused of war crimes and genocide against Rohingya, say investigatorsThe international community must cut off all support to Myanmar’s military as part of efforts to hold army commanders to account for crimes against humanity and genocide, UN investigators have said following a fact-finding mission in the country.In a statement, the UN said there had been no progress in protecting the Rohingya minority, more than a million of whom have fled milita...
Tags: Human Rights, World news, South and Central Asia, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, Myanmar, Rohingya, Rakhine


Labor pledge of extra $1.6bn for foreign aid falls short of long-term target

Commitment would lead to aid spending of 0.22% of gross national income, rather than the party’s target of 0.5%Labor has promised an extra $1.6bn over four years for foreign aid, but the Coalition has accused the opposition of failing to fully fund its target for development assistance and an increased refugee intake.The aid commitment – announced on Friday with the release of Labor’s costings – falls well short of the estimated $68bn over a decade that would be required to reach Labor’s long-te...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Aid, Labor party, Australian election 2019


Taliban suicide attack targets Kabul offices of US aid group

At least five killed and 24 wounded, amid fears over latest Afghanistan peace talksThe Taliban have killed at least five people in a suicide attack on the offices of a US aid group in the heart of the Afghan capital, claiming it targeted Counterpart International because it promoted women “mixing” with men.Coming as US negotiators try to reach a peace deal with the Taliban, the attack in Kabul is likely to fuel the concerns of critics who say the militant group cannot be trusted to protect women...
Tags: US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Aid, Kabul, Counterpart International


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


Rory Stewart defends UK aid target and vows to tackle climate 'emergency'

New development minister mounts staunch defence of 0.7% commitment and says DfID will keep spending on climate changeRory Stewart, the new secretary of state for international development, has reiterated his support for the government’s commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid.Stewart, the former prisons minister, who was appointed to his new role on Wednesday night after Penny Mordaunt replaced the sacked Gavin Williamson as defence minister, also pledged to put climate chang...
Tags: Politics, UK, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Aid, Global development, DFID, Rory Stewart, Stewart, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Gavin Williamson


Will the UK commitment to development become another casualty of Brexit? | Preet Kaur Gill

Uncertainty and the falling pound are jeopardising aid that millions of people worldwide rely on, says the shadow development ministerSince the 2016 referendum we have all learned a lot more about the depth of the relationship between the UK and the EU; whether it’s joint cooperation on research, or the potential impact of leaving the EU on agriculture exports.When considering the effects of Brexit, parliamentarians have focused their attention on our constituencies and the country as a whole. I...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Brexit, Department for International Development (DfID, Preet Kaur Gill


Cyclone Kenneth death toll in Mozambique rises as rain continues

Homes destroyed and provision of safe drinking water is becoming a challengeThe death toll from Cyclone Kenneth, the second tropical storm to hit Mozambique within weeks, has jumped to 38 as flooding continued.Rains from the storm pounded the north-eastern city of Pemba and surrounding areas on Monday, and more torrential rain was forecast for the coming days. Cyclone Idai, which hit central Mozambique in mid-March, killed at least 600 people. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Mozambique, Pemba, Cyclone Kenneth


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


'We're excluded from the table': Somali UN staff say they struggle in 'two-tier' aid sector

International organisations accused of ignoring local people’s knowledge and expertise and promoting foreigners to top jobsWhen Sahra Koshin first returned to Somalia from the Netherlands in 2008, she was full of hope and courage.Eager to use her expertise in gender development to rebuild her wartorn country, she immediately started work with one of the many UN agencies in Mogadishu. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Netherlands, Aid, Global development, Un, Somalia, Mogadishu, Somali UN, Sahra Koshin


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


Foreign aid declines further in Australian budget, with focus on Pacific

Advocates warn the repeated cuts to the aid budget risk making Australia irrelevant in Asia Foreign aid continues to be one of the losers of the federal budget, with projected falls of more than 11% over coming years, and a change in emphasis from Asia to the Pacific.The head of Australia’s peak foreign aid body has warned Australia risks becoming irrelevant in the Asian region, with other donors such as China taking its place. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Aid, Pacific, Marise Payne, Australian budget 2019


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


UN to explore wave of deaths linked to food aid porridge in Uganda

World Food Programme halts distribution of fortified cereal as four people die and hundreds suffer suspected food poisoningThe World Food Programme and Ugandan government have launched an investigation into deaths linked with the distribution of fortified porridge to refugees and people suffering from malnourishment.The health ministry was alerted to reports of possible food poisoning among people who had consumed Super Cereal, a blended food designed to prevent malnutrition, in the north-east r...
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, Hunger, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, North East, Karamoja, World Food Programme, Global Health


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


Priti Patel's brazen anti-aid agenda is ultimately all about Brexit | Peter Beaumont

Backing calls from the TaxPayers’ Alliance to face down ‘NGO cartels’ shows a profound misunderstanding of how the aid system worksPriti Patel is not known for her transparency or her subtlety.The former international development secretary was forced to resign over misleading prime minister Theresa May over an undeclared “family holiday” to Israel that – among other things – saw her fail to tell the British embassy that she would be meeting with Israeli politicians and visiting the occupied Gola...
Tags: Politics, Israel, UK News, Theresa May, Aid, Global development, Brexit, Patel, Golan Heights, Priti Patel, Peter Beaumont


Shadow falls over Ethiopia reforms as warnings of crisis go unheeded

Having fled violence, a million Ethiopians now face hunger and disease. Yet Abiy Ahmed seems intent only on their returnIn southern Ethiopia, tens of thousands of people are enduring what aid workers say is a full-blown humanitarian crisis. But the government of the new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, appears not to be listening.It is a stain on the record of an administration that, since Abiy’s appointment last April, has been lauded for opening up Ethiopia’s political space and making peace with n...
Tags: Africa, World news, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Internally displaced people, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy


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


UK policy on migration 'disconnected and incoherent', MPs warn

Report says aid to displaced people in Africa undermined by Home Office approach to asylum seekers and refugeesThe UK government’s migration policy is “disconnected and incoherent” and involves the pitting of one government department against another, a report by MPs has said. The international development committee (IDC) urged the government to double the number of vulnerable refugees offered resettlement in Britain, up to 10,000 a year. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Africa, UK News, Britain, Home Office, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Sudan, Libya, Idc, Department for International Development (DfID


Aid worker stranded in Syria after British citizenship revoked

Tauqir Sharif calls on UK to distinguish between humanitarian workers and potential security threatsA British aid worker and his family say they are stuck in Syria after his UK citizenship has been revoked and his eldest daughter refused a passport.Tauqir Sharif, 31, from Walthamstow, who lives and works in Idlib alongside his British wife, Racquell Hayden-Best, had his citizenship revoked in May 2017. Speaking to the Guardian this week, he called on the UK government to review its revocation po...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Syria, Aid, Global development, Walthamstow, Idlib, Tauqir Sharif, Racquell Hayden Best


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


More than half of $2.6bn aid to Yemen pledged by countries involved in war

Saudi Arabia, US and UAE among top donors at summit to ease crisis in country where they are fighting or selling arms More than half of $2.6bn (£1.9bn) in donations at a special one-day conference to ease humanitarian crisis in Yemen was pledged by countries that are either fighting in the civil war or selling arms to those undertaking the fighting.The UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres nevertheless hailed the money raised and the news that talks had led to the UN finally gaining access to a ...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Aid, Global development, Un, Yemen, Arms trade, Uae, Antonio Guterres, Hodeidah, Saudi Arabia US


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


Weakened aid budget may be used to fund $2bn Pacific island infrastructure bank

Aid groups fear money will be diverted from the aid budget, risking doors ‘closing to us in Asia’Aid groups fear the federal government is on the verge of taking more money from the strained aid budget to fund a $2bn infrastructure bank for Pacific island nations.Prime minister Scott Morrison announced the Australian infrastructure financing facility last year as part of Australia’s “Pacific step up”, which is aimed at combatting rising Chinese influence in the region. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Aid, Global development, Scott Morrison, Pacific