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Aghanistan: Ghani Warns Regarding Looming Water Crisis Threatening Kabul City

19 November 2017

Source: Khaama Press

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani warned regarding the looming water crisis threatening capital Kabul and other key cities of the country. Speaking during the 4th round national urban conference in Kabul, President Ghani said the lack of a strategy to manage resources is one of the worst legacies left to the Afghan government.

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Afghanistan: US-Funded 32 Irrigation Networks to Benefit 44,000 Afghans

19 November 2017

Source: Daily Outlook Afghanistan

Thirty-two modern irrigation networks are being established in eight provinces to cover about 7,000 hectares of land, officials said on Saturday. Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durani, the acting minister for agriculture, irrigation and livestock, signed contracts with 19 construction companies in Kabul for the 32 irrigation project worth 313 million afghanis. The minister said the USAID-funded irrigation...

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Afghanistan: Ghani Pledges to Resolve Land-Grabbing Issue

18 November 2017

Source: TOLOnews

Addressing the 4th Urban Conference in Kabul on Saturday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Afghanistan’s urban areas were facing numerous challenges but that these issues need to be resolved.  He pledged to resolve the issue of land-grabbing and said government will confiscate all land that has been usurped illegally.

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Myanmar: New Aquaculture Economy Emerged on Rising Fish Demand

17 November 2017

Source: Kang Wan Chern, Myanmar Times

Domestic demand for farmed fish in Myanmar has risen substantially over the past 10 years, with many small-scale fish farms emerging across the Ayeyarwady region. That’s led to a budding economy of aquaculture-related businesses along the value chain as well as more innovative uses of new farming methods and technology. Between 2004 and 2014, fish production...

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Conflict Minerals: Robin Wright’s Mission to End Conflict Minerals

16 November 2017

Source: Carl Shih, The Lily

Robin Wright has never been the type of woman to sit still. As an activist and now entrepreneur, Wright began channeling her Hollywood fame as a champion for the women and girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo following an eye-opening trip with Enough Project, a nonprofit seeking to end genocide.

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Iraq: Exclusive: Iraq Adds 400MW of Power as Flared Gas Recovery Kicks in

16 November 2017

Source: Jennifer Gnana, The National

Iraq has added around 400 megawatts (MW) to its power grid from the first wave of flared gas recovery this year, according to the US oil services firm Baker Hughes, a General Electric company (BHGE), which works with the country’s oil ministry to process gas associated with oil production from the country’s vast southern...

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Iraq/Kurdistan/Turkey: Iraq, Turkey Discuss Resuming Kirkuk Oil Exports

16 November 2017

Source: Rudaw

Top Iraqi oil officials met with a Turkish energy delegation in Baghdad to discuss resuming Kirkuk's oil exports through the Turkish port of Ceyhan which were halted early in November.

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Conflict Minerals: Apple Ranked as 'Clear Leader' in its Efforts to Source Conflict-Free Minerals from Supply Chain

16 November 2017

Source: Mitchel Broussard, MacRumours

Apple has been designated the "clear leader" in its methods of supporting a conflict-free minerals trade throughout its supply chain. The title was awarded to the company in a report published by the Enough Project, called the 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings, in which Apple sits at the #1 spot. Rounding out the top 5...

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Sudan/South Sudan: Security Council Extends Mandates of United Nations Interim Force for Abyei, Joint Border Monitoring Entity, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2386 (2017)

15 November 2017

Source: UN

The Security Council decided this morning to extend until 15 April 2018 the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force for Abyei (UNISFA), and to limit support for the disputed territory’s border monitoring mechanism to a further five months, while awaiting implementation of measures agreed by Sudan and South Sudan.

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Iraq: Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq

14 November 2017

Source: Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic

Around Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s northern Iraqi hometown, ISIS appears to have attracted much more support from water-deprived communities than from their better-resourced peers. In Tharthar subdistrict, a semi-arid expanse west of the Tigris, farmers with fields closest to the encroaching sands joined the jihadists in greater numbers than their counterparts near the river valley. Throughout 100...

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