Thursday, Apr 24th

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WFP launches airlifts to provide saving food in Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia

Donors urged to come forward urgently and help WFP help victims in the two countries

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) plans airlifts in the coming days to provide life-saving food assistance to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Côte d'Ivoire and Ivorian refugees in neighbouring Liberia.

“We need to open up a humanitarian lifeline to the many Ivorians who are now the victims of alarming shortages of food, water and other basic needs,” said WFP's Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

WFP is airlifting food this week from Niger and Mali into Man, in western Côte d'Ivoire and Monrovia in Liberia as part of a plan to transport 15, 000 metric tons of cereals, vegetable oil and other food assistance.

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THT offers benefits advice to HIV positive people

Contact THTDirect helpline

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is urging anyone with HIV who currently claims incapacity benefit and receives a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions, asking them to be assessed on their ability to work, to contact its THTDirect helpline on 0845 12 21 200.

THTDirect will give initial benefits advice and, if people are in need of more in-depth support, refer them on to a local agency or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

THTDirect is open from 10am to 10pm weekdays and from 12pm till 6pm at weekends.

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Bishops act to prevent sham marriages

Green: Enforcement action has led to 155 arrests

The Church of England has launched a guidance aimed at preventing sham marriages in the church.

The guidance which was approved by the UK Border Agency is being sent to clergy and legal officers by the House of Bishops.

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IOM evacuates stranded migrants from Misrata, Libya

An IOM-chartered ship with a capacity to carry 1,000 passengers has left Brindisi in southern Italy to evacuate thousands of stranded migrant workers from the Libyan port of Misrata.

The ship will arrive in Benghazi, Libya later today, April 12th, to load humanitarian aid donated by aid agencies and local people, including blankets, food, water and medical supplies, before sailing on to Misrata, which is located 130 kms west of the capital, Tripoli.

Thousands of migrant workers are thought to be stranded by fighting between the government and rebel forces in the city, which is Libya's third largest and has been effectively under siege for the past month and a half.

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European Interior Ministers agree to assist Italy and Malta

Pintér: Italy also voted in favour of the conclusions

The Council of European Interior Ministers agreed on 11th April 2011 in Luxembourg on how the EU can help Italy and Malta with handling the mass influx of refugees from North Africa.

In its conclusions the Home Affairs Council reaffirmed “the need for genuine and concrete solidarity towards Member States most directly concerned by migratory movements”, and called on the EU and its Member States to continue providing the necessary support.

The Council welcomed the Commission’s intention to extend, with the support of the current and incoming Presidencies of the Council, the existing pilot project, on a voluntary basis, for persons who are beneficiaries of international protection in Malta.

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