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Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Saturday 8/1/2015 - 18:18 GMT

Turkey on Saturday said it has opened an investigation into claims that several civilians were killed in an air strike against militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

Iraqi Kurdish officials said Saturday six people had been killed in a pre-dawn strike by Turkish war planes on the village of Zarkel in northern Iraq.

Pro-Kurdish media described the attack as a "massacre" which had left at least nine civilians dead.

01 Aug 2015 description
report UN News Service

1 August 2015 – The top UN children's representative in Myanmar reminded candidates from more than 80 political parties running in historic elections 99 days from today “to make new commitments for children” to improve spending for health, education and social welfare that remains the lowest in the Southeast Asian region.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

July 31, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The African Union chief mediator, Thabo Mbeki, is expected to arrive in the Sudanese capital next Sunday for consultations with the government officials over the resumption of peace talks and preparations for the national dialogue process.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Viet Nam News
  • Flooded after rain
  • Lao Cai urgently evacuates residents from danger zones
  • Naval ship rescues stranded tourists
  • Whirlwinds, heavy rain damage trees in Binh Phuoc
  • Torrential rain costs Quang Ninh nearly $46 mil

QUANG NINH (VNS)— Forecasts of more heavy rain until Tuesday in northeastern provinces have authorities working hard to institute more measures to ensure residents' safety in the event of landslides and flooding.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

July 31, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has downplayed possibility of a peace agreement soon with the armed opposition faction led by his former deputy, Riek Machar, criticizing the compromise proposal from IGAD-Plus as a designed document to perpetuate the war in the oil rich Upper Nile region.

01 Aug 2015 description

LAHORE: The Indus is likely to be in high or very high flood at Guddu from Saturday onwards and the situation will continue for about a week, according to the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD).

It said on Friday that the Indus would have a flow ranging between 650,000 and 750,000 cusecs (denoting high to very high flood) at Sukkur from Sunday to Tuesday and the situation would persist for about seven days.

This was likely to be the highest flow (peak) to be recorded at the two points during the current monsoon season, the FFD said.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

PATHEIN, Irrawaddy Division — Torrential rains in Hakha have triggered landslides and caused many houses to collapse, blocking roads and leading to concerns of possible food shortages in the Chin State capital in northwestern Burma.

“We can no longer buy rice, charcoal or drinking water in Hakha. All roads have been blocked by landslides. People are in great trouble. Children at the relief camps were fed with plain rice and pickled tea-leaf salad,” said Sung Zi Mang, vice president of the Chin National League for Democracy, which is now carrying out relief efforts in Hakha.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Kazakhstan's largest city of Almaty surrounded by a majestic snow-capped mountains range has been hit by a mud flow on July 23. At around 2.15 a.m. morainic lake Bezymyannoye at Kargaly glacier that held 40,000 cubic meters of water burst releasing part of the water downhill. This triggered a series of mud flows, with part of them overtopping the dam on the Kargaly River.

01 Aug 2015 description

Arbil, Iraq | AFP | Saturday 8/1/2015 - 10:23 GMT

Kurdish rebels of the PKK should take their war with Ankara out of Iraqi Kurdistan to prevent Turkish air strikes from causing civilian casualties, the region's leadership said Saturday.

"The PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) must keep the battlefield away from the Kurdistan region in order for civilians not to become victims of this war," the office of the region's president Massud Barzani said in a statement.

01 Aug 2015 description

KILIS, Turkey, July 30 (UNHCR) – For a woman who fled war and arrived in Turkey wearing flip-flops, Najlaa Sheekh has come a long way. Today, as the driving force behind the only known Syrian-run women's community centre in southeast Turkey, she is proving just how far.

Najlaa's journey began in the midst of Syria's civil war, when armed men raided the apartment block in Damascus where she was living with her two sons. Grabbing them, she hid in the elevator until the men left. Then she escaped to Aleppo.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • They were admitted at Bimos dispensary where health workers confirmed the infection to be cholera.
  • At least 27 people have died of cholera in the county since January.

A primary school in Migori County has been closed indefinitely over cholera outbreak.

The county government said goldmines in Nyatike were also being closed as the disease spreads in the county.

01 Aug 2015 description

Asylum seekers who have had their claims and appeals rejected on Manus Island have been told to prepare for deportation.

Anyone found to be stateless will remain at the Australian-funded detention centre or be transferred to "any location, including correctional institutions".

In documents obtained by the ABC, Papua New Guinea Immigration told the so-called "double negatives" they have no option of remaining in PNG and will never go to Australia.

01 Aug 2015 description

I am very concerned by the extensive flooding that has caused loss of life and property in several areas of Myanmar over the past days.

On behalf of the United Nations, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families of victims and to all communities affected by the floods.

I commend the ongoing efforts being led by the Myanmar authorities and military, civil society groups, local organizations, and the Myanmar Red Cross Society.

01 Aug 2015 description

Aden, Yemen | AFP | Saturday 8/1/2015 - 12:07 GMT

by Fawaz al-Haidari

Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah flew into the devastated port of Aden from Saudi exile Saturday, two weeks after loyalist forces ousted Shiite rebels from the city, an airport source said.

He was followed by several more officials, whose task will be to restore normality and public services to a city battered by four months of ferocious combat.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Government of Peru

Con actividades de prevención se buscan minimizar los embates del fenómeno, explica titular del Minagri.

Un Plan de Acción Multisectorial de actividades para hacer frente al Fenómeno El Niño, de carácter fuerte, será presentado próximamente al Consejo de Ministros, anunció el titular del Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego (Minagri), Juan Manuel Benites.

01 Aug 2015 description

La Secretaría de Gestión de Riesgos (SGR), la Agencia de Cooperación Internacional del Japón (JICA), el Instituto Geofísico de la Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG-EPN) y el Instituto Oceanográfico de la Armada (Inocar), llevaron a cabo, hoy 30 de julio de 2015, el Segundo Comité de Coordinación Conjunto sobre la implementación del Proyecto de Mejoramiento de la capacidad de monitoreo de terremotos y tsunamis para la alerta temprana de tsunamis en Ecuador.

01 Aug 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 8/1/2015 - 11:13 GMT

Nearly 40 government and opposition fighters have been killed as Syrian regime forces pushed rebels back from an area bordering President Bashar al-Assad's heartland, a monitor said Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 regime forces and 19 rebels from the Army of Conquest alliance had been killed in 24 hours of clashes in Hama province's Sahl al-Ghab region.

The area borders Latakia province, a bastion of support for Assad and home to his ancestral village.

01 Aug 2015 description

Baghdad, 1 August 2015 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total number of 1,332 Iraqis were killed (including civilians, civilian police and casualty figures in Anbar) and another 2,108 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in July*.

The number of civilians killed is 844 (including 27 civilian police and casualty figures in Anbar), and the number of civilians injured is 1,616 (including 38 civilian police and casualty figures in Anbar).

01 Aug 2015 description

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Saturday 8/1/2015 - 20:23 GMT

Severe flooding across Myanmar hampered rescue efforts on Saturday as thousands sheltered at monasteries after rising waters triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people, officials said.

Heavy monsoon rain has battered vast swathes of the country in recent weeks and on Friday the government declared the four worst-hit areas in central and western Myanmar as "national disaster-affected regions", indicating the severity of the damage.

01 Aug 2015 description

Higher than normal rainfall in the north and east of Paraguay in the month of July has caused a significant increase of the Paraguay river levels. The river overflowed affecting the central departments of San Pedro, Guaira and Asuncion.

As of 30 July, up to 36 000 people are sheltered in public spaces in the worsed affected municipality of Asuncion. The river levels have also reportedly started decreasing. Over the next 48 h low rainfall is forecast for the whole country.