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2006-04-07 05:59:32

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Six months after an earthquake devastated northern Pakistan, some 300,000 people are preparing to return to their villages after spending the winter in tent encampments, relief agency Oxfam said on Friday. "You can see things getting better for the people here. They've started moving to their old houses, their old villages," said Britain's Olympics boxing silver medallist, Amir Khan, who is working with Oxfam to raise money for destitute Pakistanis. "I don't...

2006-04-07 02:42:32

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Recent rains across drought-hit east Africa are a mixed blessing which may help crops and grazing, but will also block aid routes and harm weak animals further, British-based charity Oxfam said on Friday. Millions of people across the region are facing hunger and hardship due to a drought since late 2005 -- which Oxfam estimates will take 15 years to recover from -- but rain has been falling in some parts in the last few days. "With the coming of the rains in...

2006-04-07 04:16:42

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Keira Knightley, who was nominated for a Best Actress award at last month's Oscars, has donated the Vera Wang dress she wore at the ceremony to Oxfam to raise money for their work in East Africa. Knightley, 21, wore a one-shouldered, deep-claret gown to the awards where she was nominated for her role in "Pride & Prejudice." The dress will be auctioned on the eBay Web site. Bidding will begin on April 21 and finish on April 30 with all proceeds going...

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2006-04-07 02:40:00

NAIROBI -- Recent rains across drought-hit east Africa are a mixed blessing which may help crops and grazing, but will also block aid routes and harm weak animals further, British-based charity Oxfam said on Friday. Millions of people across the region are facing hunger and hardship due to a drought since late 2005 -- which Oxfam estimates will take 15 years to recover from -- but rain has been falling in some parts in the last few days. "With the coming of the rains in certain areas, some...

2006-03-21 13:54:29

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's landmark elections must be open to all and run by the rules to ensure the results are accepted, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Tuesday. The U.N. chief said a promise by European countries to send a force to help secure the polls, scheduled for June 18 and meant to end a decade of war and chaos, showed the international community was committed to the Democratic Republic of Congo. But in a reminder of the conflict simmering in...

2006-03-10 13:02:01

By Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British rock star Chris Martin leapt onto the Washington stage, driving screaming fans wild as he belted out one crowd-pleasing hit after another. As dazzling lights and glitter burst around the charismatic Coldplay frontman, captivated fans could have been forgiven for missing the "Make Trade Fair" logo inscribed on the singer's piano at the concert. But if the hundreds of signatures collected by Oxfam volunteers during the Washington show...

2006-03-02 19:38:30

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations next week launches a new global emergency fund to provide swifter relief to victims of natural disasters, but with far less money on hand than the $500 million it had hoped to raise. The Central Emergency Response Fund will have just $188 million when it opens for business, which is nonetheless a significant improvement over an existing U.N. standby loan facility of $50 million. Donations to the new fund, which will be able to make...

2006-02-16 03:25:00

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI -- Drought in Somalia is putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk, with some forced to drink their own urine or walk the equivalent of two marathon races to find water, a relief agency said on Thursday. With east Africa facing its worst drought for years, arid Somalia is one of the worst-affected countries, with pastoralist families forced to exist on a twentieth of the daily water supply recommended by minimum standards, Oxfam said. "Many families are...

2006-02-08 08:57:45

By Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya needs $221.5 million in aid to help feed 3.5 million people threatened by starvation due to drought and avoid a "massive humanitarian catastrophe," the government and the United Nations said on Wednesday. Kenya and U.N. aid agencies launched a joint appeal for urgent donor support as Oxfam warned the food crisis in east Africa's most developed country could become its worst in more than four decades. "Failure to quickly fund the Kenyan aid...

2006-02-06 01:12:35

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Drought and food shortages in north Kenya are provoking clashes between nomadic tribes, with dozens already killed and violence set to spread unless more relief reaches them, an aid agency warned on Monday. "The knock-on impact of the crisis risks sparking conflict on a scale that Kenya hasn't seen for almost a decade," said Gezahegn Kebede, head of Oxfam in Kenya. Kenya is one of the worst-affected countries from a drought afflicting east...


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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'