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Hi, this is Kasmira. The International Committee of the Red Cross is bracing itself for more upheaval ahead after revealing its director general will be stepping down next year.

Further afield, efforts are underway to rekindle the Black Sea grain deal while in Sudan, the UN makes a new appeal for aid as record numbers of people flee the violence.

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Kasmira Jefford


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Robert Mardini addressing the Security Council in 2019. (Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

👋Robert Mardini to stand down as ICRC director general. Mardini, who will have served four years at the helm of the organisation, will not be standing for a second term, Le Temps has learnt. News of his departure comes as the ICRC undergoes a difficult financial crisis.

Le Temps (EN)

⛔WTO chief criticises rich nations for embracing protectionism. Speaking at a conference in Berlin, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said unilateral protectionist measures being practised by western countries were seen as “cynical and hypocritical” by developing countries.

Bloomberg (EN)

🚢Erdogan visits Putin in bid to revive Ukraine grain deal. In the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Turkish president is seeking to persuade his Russian counterpart to rejoin the agreement, which allowed Ukraine to export farm goods across the Black Sea.

Al Jazeera (EN)

🇸🇩UN expects 1.8m people to flee Sudan by year-end. The UN Refugee Agency appealed for $1bn to provide essential aid to those fleeing the violence in Sudan – more than twice the amount it projected in May it would need at the start of the conflict.

Reuters (EN)

💰Floods in Pakistan: Swiss Solidarity raises CHF5.3 million. A campaign to collect donations for Pakistan was launched a year ago after one third of the country was submerged by its worst monsoon season in three decades.

Swissinfo.ch (EN)

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