Army Says Only 30% of Americans Could Join | Military.com


Army Says Only 30% of Americans Could Join | Military.com.

The U.S. Army now says that seven out of 10 young people between the ages of 17 and 24 are ineligible to become soldiers.

The alarming reduction in the pool of prospective soldiers worries Army brass and they largely attribute it to three issues: obesity or health problems; lack of a high school education; and criminal histories.”

BBC News – Burkina Faso Political crisis; Central African Republic, A Failed State; Other Africa News


A round up of West and Central Africa news. /wr

BBC News

Protests to demand the removal of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore. Photograph by the BBC's Laeila Adjovi.

Protests to demand the removal of Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore. Photograph by the BBC’s Laeila Adjovi.

Burkina Faso crisis: Opposition urges Compaore to quit.

“Demonstrators are angry Mr Compaore has been seeking to amend the constitution to stay in power beyond next year.

He has now agreed not to seek another term but says he will remain till 2015.

Mr Compaore’s decision came after protesters set fire to parliament and government buildings on Thursday.”

IRIN Africa | Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel

“Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Nearly five million more people have joined the ranks of the food insecure since the beginning of the year, bringing the estimated total to 24.7 million – more than double the number in 2013, says OCHA. 

“The dramatic rise in insecurity across the region over the last year has generated a tremendous number of people that need to be fed and housed and given health care, because they’ve been ripped from their livelihoods, as well as their homes,” said Robert Piper, the UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel. “

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched operations in May 2014 to transfer thousands of Central African Republic refugees from border transit camps into sites set up within villages in eastern Cameroon.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched operations in May 2014 to transfer thousands of Central African Republic refugees from border transit camps into sites set up within villages in eastern Cameroon.


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IRIN | In-Depth: Central African Republic – A failed state implodes | MULTIMEDIA: Central African Republic – A failed state implodes 

Since President Francois Bozizé was ousted in a coup in March, the Central African Republic has descended into chaos. With the collapse of law and order, and the spread of deadly violence between disbanded rebels and self-defence groups, more than half a million people have fled their homes. For the first time in the country’s history, large-scale atrocities are being committed along Muslim-Christian lines. “

Photo of the Day (below):

Health workers outline the day's activities at the IFRC Ebola treatment centre outside of Kenema, Sierra Leone. (Oct 2014)  © Anna Jefferys/IRIN

Health workers outline the day’s activities at the IFRC Ebola treatment centre outside of Kenema, Sierra Leone. (Oct 2014)
© Anna Jefferys/IRIN