A three-day-old truce collapsed Friday in a new round of violence after Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel, drawing a wave of retaliatory airstrikes that killed at least five Palestinians, including three children.
The eruption of fighting shattered a brief calm in the monthlong war and dealt a blow to Egyptian-led efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire between the bitter enemies.
In an unprecedented move this week, President Obama played host to nearly 50 leaders from Africa — a continent which is home to six of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world, according to the Washington Post.
Analysts claim the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which took place in Washington, D.C., from Monday through Wednesday, was an important step by the president toprioritize relations with an increasingly influential region, as Reuters reported. But among talks of GDPs and business bottom lines, another vital angle of development was on the agenda: Human progress.
Here are six issues brought into the spotlight as a result of the summit this week, reminding the world that things are improving for the people of Africa.
"It’s heartbreaking to me that in our social media driven, increasingly-connected world, nearly 850 million people go to bed hungry each night. And this includes far too many children."
Four months of fighting between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatist rebels has exacted a heavy toll on residents of the country’s war-torn east.
A senior UN officialwarned on Tuesdaythat the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine continues to worsen. UN humanitarian operations director John Ging told an emergency session of the UN Security Council that civilians in the rebel-controlled cities of Donetsk and Luhansk only have access to water for a few hours per day. He added that many homes are destroyed and medical supplies are running low. “Immediate action is therefore required,” Ging said.
While Ukraine and its allies are holding Russia responsible for fueling the violence with fighters and weapons, Moscow is blaming the Ukrainian government in Kiev for the crisis. Ukrainestepped up its offensiveagainst the rebel fighters in July and has closed in on rebel-held territory in recent weeks, raising fears that civilians will increasingly be caught in the crossfire.
While Ukraine and Russia trade accusations of responsibility, five shocking figures show how the crisis has rocked the daily lives of thousands of Ukrainian civilians.