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Water Access Vital to US Foreign Interests, Congress Told

Sept. 13, 2015 - Access to water is critical to a secure world, subcommittees of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was told. More than 200 armed conflicts in recent history have been fought, at least in part, because of disputes about water, the committee was informed at a hearing last week. Watch the video at full story.

Syrian Market Bombing Death Toll Tops 100

Aug. 17 - The Syrian air force continued bombing north of Damascus Monday, one day after bombing a market area in the area. About 100 people were killed in that Sunday attack in Douma, an air raid which escalated fighting near the Syrian capital and was condemned by human rights and humanitarian workers.

Fighting Mars Peace Efforts for Syria, Libya

Aug. 13. - Despite diplomatic moves in Syria and Libya, fighting continued in the two countries. A truce in regions of Syria was extend an extra two days, and multi-faction fighting in Libya occurred during and after Geneva peace talks.

Syria: Food Aid in Crisis, Assistance Slow in Coming

Aug. 4, 2015 - A $65 million donation by the United States last week helped the World Food Programme continue its food program for Syrians fleeing war. But the UN food agency said it still requires more to provide food aid for about 4 million displaced Syrians.

Conflict Mineral Rules Becoming Established in Africa, Experts Say

July 14 - Despite challenges and initial suspicions, rules covering the international trade in conflict minerals are taking hold in Africa and are providing a legal framework for small enterprise mining operations to bring the minerals to the international market, experts said at a panel discussion in Washington DC.

Legal production and sale of tin, tungsten and tantalum is viable five years after a new US law began requiring companies to disclose whether they are obtaining minerals that had fostered violence in central Africa, said Yves Bawa, regional director and program manager for the NGO Pact in the central Africa.

Middle East Food Crisis Grows With Conflict

July 13 - As early harvests of grain come in from the fields in the Middle East, Iraq is facing shortages because of war-related problems farmers had in obtaining seed and also in distribution problems that began at the storage silos and continued through the supply chain to the point of household rations dispersals, according to press reports and UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports.

A July 12 Wall Street Journal story quoted the FAO's country brief on Iraq, which said "Food prices in Anbar are the highest of all governorates, around 58 percent above the prices in Baghdad."

Aleppo Fighting Continues As Other Fronts Flare in Syria

July 4, 2015 - Syrian moderate rebels fighting in Aleppo held on to a research center that the Damascus government had been using for military barracks, but a militant group reportedly had been pushed back from the gains it had made in another part of the city when government warplanes conducted dozens of air strikes against their positions.

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