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UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

Making facial transplants easier

Several facial transplants have been successfully completed. One of the on-going concerns is rejection by the recipient. Scientists have a new insight on the rejection process.

Haiti marks fourth anniversary of quake that killed 250,000

Port-au-prince - Haiti marked four years on Sunday since a violent earthquake shattered the impoverished nation, which is still struggling to recover from the widespread devastation that killed 250,000 people.

Four years after earthquake, Haiti still in ruins

Port-au-prince - Four years after Haiti was hit by a violent earthquake, the dragging pace of reconstruction is nowhere more apparent than the capital, where its landmark presidential palace and cathedral remain in ruins.

Op-Ed: Hockey sticks and climate change, what's the connection?

U.N. climate talks were initiated in 1992, when scientists warned we were pumping CO2 and other gases into the atmosphere at alarming rates. With the Warsaw talks nearing an end today, the world's still in a quandary over climate change and its effects.

Three years after quake, Haitians continue to suffer in camps

Three years after Haiti was hit by a disastrous earthquake, over 358,000 people continue to live in makeshift camps spread around Port-au-Prince, where they remain exposed to crime and diseases, such as the cholera outbreak affecting the country.

Penn's profanity-laden speech and Haiti's reconstruction efforts

Since the devastating 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti, actor and activist Sean Penn has been constantly involved in assisting the Caribbean country’s recovery.

Contemplation, connection, and hope at the 9/11 Memorial Special

New York - The tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 came and went in September. I'd been avoiding going to the memorial - until recently. I'm glad I did.

After Libyan conflict, race is on for Libyan oil

Tripoli - Libya is positioning itself as for an economic revival after recent social unrest is leading to an apparent regime change, with five international oil companies already back in the country, having resumed operations to get its oil into their pipelines.

US cannot account for billions of Iraq reconstruction dollars

The US Department of Defence can't account for $8.7 billion which were supposed to go toward reconstruction in Iraq. No central organization oversaw how the funds were dispersed.

Development and Aid in Haiti: Looking into the shadows Part I

Curtained behind the bloated non-profit sector working in Haiti are the for-profit corporations who work for USAID. Not much is known about the for-profits because they are accountable only to the organizations that give them funding.

'Don't forget Haiti,' relief organizations urge

Port-au-prince - It's been four months since Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake. In spite of millions of dollars given to Haiti and relief organizations to help the quake-struck victims, reconstruction is slow and difficult.

Billions pledged to Haiti for rebuilding, will poverty end too?

A meeting of the world at the United Nations Wednesday saw nations pledging billions to Haiti for reconstruction. The pledges will cover the first 18 months of reconstruction in all sectors.

Saving Haiti, your donations at work Special

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, with devastating results in the capital city, Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns and villages. Millions of impoverished Haitians were left without homes.

Canada seeks lead role in Haiti reconstruction

Canadian Ambassador Gilles Rivard met with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Marc Bellerive to discuss Canada's role in Haiti's reconstruction.

Op-Ed: Message to Congress: Apologize for Slavery and Reconstruction Special

America elected an African American as President. Even as suspicion and distrust arose in the South, the aftermath of election could be used for healing. That’s because reconstruction as well as slavery needs to be part of an apology.

Report: Reconstruction of Iraq a 100-billion failure

A 513-page report to be published soon bills Iraq’s reconstructions a big failure. Most of the rebuilding efforts were nothing more than restoration on what was already destroyed.

Ex-British Army Chief in Iraq Confirms Peak Oil Motive for War

A former senior British Army official in Iraq, James Ellery, admitted the link between peak oil and occupation of Iraq. Currently director of British security firm and US defence contractor AEGIS, Ellery whitewashed corruption in Iraq reconstruction.

Data to Aid Afghanistan Reconstruction Being Collected

Policymakers, potential private investors, and the public received valuable new information today to help identify fault lines and the potential location of undiscovered water, oil and gas, and non-fuel mineral resources in Afghanistan

Uganda: Government Plans To Reconstruct the North

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is seeking $600 million US in order to carry out the reconstruction of the war torn North. Twenty years of struggle between the Lord's Resistance Army and the government have devastated the countryside and the peo

Chechnya reborn: The Russians won the war, human rights the issue

The Chechen wars were murderous, but Grozny, the destroyed town so familiar for so long, has been practically rebuilt. By any standards, it was a vicious war, but the maimed republic is being reconstructed with incredible speed.

Auditors Report Billions in Reconstruction Waste and Fraud in Iraq

"Government auditors told Congress Thursday that waste and fraud in the reconstruction of Iraq have been rampant. "

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