Top of the Morning: When the Peace Process Evaporated

Quote of the day: “Poof, that was sort of the moment,”–John Kerry before the US. Senate yesterday. He was referring to the Israeli government’s decision to advance plans to build new settlements while simultaneously reneging on an offer to release Palestinian prisoners. He believes this was the moment that he realized the peace process was doomed. (NYT


World Bank Chief Economist for Africa region says the bank is concerned about the growth rate in Africa which is not reflected in the pockets of many Africans with poverty ragging in many countries. (Front Page Africa

Tens of thousands of people in CAR displaced by months of violence are still living in displacement sites. They need to move out of the sites before their shelters are flooded by approaching rains. (OCHA

Nigeria alone bears the burden of over 25% of vector-borne diseases in Africa even as the country has made considerable progress in its fight against such diseases, says the WHO. (Leadership

WFP is warning a looming drought in conflict-ridden Syria could put millions of lives at risk. (VOA

A UN human rights expert urged international creditors to cancel the Philippines’ debt and give it unconditional grant aid instead of new loans to fund massive post-typhoon reconstruction. (VOA