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MOGADISHU — Somalia's Islamist rebels attacked government and African Union troops positions in the war-torn capital, killing four civilians and wounding 12 others, officials and witnesses said Friday.

Heavy fighting broke out late Thursday around four positions held by AU-backed government forces and included heavy machinegun fire and mortar rounds, with reports that civilian houses were caught in the crossfire.

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By cathyh on November 17, 2011

I confess I’ve avoided writing about the families in this post for weeks. I doubt I’ll ever get to the point where photos like these don’t disturb me, but I will say there are fewer that shake me up inside – mostly because I know we’re doing something to help.

By Tim Ledwith

TURKANA COUNTY, Kenya, 17 November 2011 – Akal Longor has brought her son Ekalale on one of their regular visits to the Kakwanyang Dispensary and health outreach centre. Ekalale is about a year old and small for his age, but he smiles and even takes a few steps when his mother sets him down on the floor. He is recovering from severe acute malnutrition.

LUBUMBASHI, DR Congo — Several people were injured when supporters of the government and the opposition clashed in Katanga, a province in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, witnesses told AFP days before elections are due.

The clashes in Kamina, 600 kilometres (380 miles) northeast of Lubumbashi, capital of Katanga, were between backers of President Joseph Kabila and those of his main rival in the November 28 presidential election, Etienne Tshisekedi.

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The aim of this joint statement is to:

  • draw attention to the vital role that the community-based health workforce plays in all phases of emergency risk management (prevention, preparedness, response and recovery);

  • promote the scale-up of the community-based health workforce by recognizing all those who make up this workforce, training and equipping them for action at the local level, and including them in planning for all types of emergencies;