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Update on the humanitarian situation in Darfur

The situation in Darfur is of grave concern. The UN estimates that over 1.2m people have been displaced within Darfur, and a further 180,000 have fled to Eastern Chad. There are disturbing reports of continuing attacks by rebels and the Janjaweed militia, prompting the international community to repeatedly call for both sides to fully respect the cease-fire and begin political talks. Urgent action is required by the international community.


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Hilary Benn welcomes launch of DEC appeal for Darfur

The UK government welcomes the launch of a DEC appeal for Darfur. The situation there is of grave concern and urgent action is required by all of us.


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UK to provide global aids funding and leadership

Gareth Thomas, UK International Development Minister today signalled a major boost in the UK's commitment to tackling AIDS when the Prime Minister launches the government's new AIDS strategy next week.


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UK welcomes Ghana's debt relief

The UK Government today welcomed news that Ghana's external debt could be halved as a result of its progress on poverty reduction.


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Commission for Africa

Comments on the recently launched Commission for Africa and a link to the Commission website.


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Polio Statement from Gareth Thomas MP

Eradicating polio is achievable but we need a further push to finish the job.


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Parliamentary Statement on Darfur

The Secretary of State for International Development (Hilary Benn): With permission Mr Speaker, I wish to make a statement on the humanitarian emergency in Darfur.


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UK presses Sudan Government for urgent action on Darfur

The UK Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn today told the Sudan Government of the urgent need to respond to the humanitarian emergency in Darfur.


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Speech by Hilary Benn on HIV/AIDS at the Church of England General Synod

Across the world, 60million people are HIV positive. 10% of the world''s AIDS cases are to gbe found in just one African country; Nigeria.


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