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23 Nov 2014 description

The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five on Sunday, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued.

The quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province at 0855 GMT Saturday.

The latest toll was reported Sunday by state news agency Xinhua, which also adjusted the number of injured from 60 to 54. Three were said to be in critical condition.

23 Nov 2014 description

Based on the information received from the Proofing of Refugees Cards Centers in Quetta to the Public Relations and Communications Department of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, 2354 renewed refugees cards were distributed from first to end of October 2014 and also 595 refugees cards were given after the proofing the specific forms to those who were eligible.

23 Nov 2014 description

With a cost of AFN three million and 78 thousand one retaining wall project of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development was recently completed in Samangan province.

This project includes 83-m long retaining wall that has been completed in Taht-e-Haqan village of Aibak the capital city of Samangan province. Approximately, 430 families have benefited from this development project.

23 Nov 2014 description

Ampatuan, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 09:57 GMT

Top officials vowed on Sunday to deliver justice as the Philippines marked the fifth anniversary of a political massacre that killed 58 with no one yet convicted and several would-be witnesses murdered.

Under a burning sun hundreds of relatives and supporters of the victims, guarded by scores of military men, congregated on a hillside in the town of Ampatuan on the southern island of Mindanao where the bodies were dumped on November 23, 2009.

23 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

SIRBA (21 Nov.) - The internally displaced people living in the camps in West Darfur's Sirba locality have boycotted the registrations for Sudan's national elections. They were offered food and security in exchange for the registrations, according to a coordinator.

23 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

NEW YORK (21 Nov.) - A researcher at the Cornell University in the United States has demanded the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session as soon as possible, to discuss the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur, and take the necessary measures to protect civilians in Darfur. “The situation in Darfur is a shame on humanity's face.”

23 Nov 2014 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 10:38 GMT

Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria's restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association told AFP on Sunday.

"Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the fishing village of Doron Baga on the shores of Lake Chad on Thursday and killed a group of 48 fish traders‎ on their way to Chad to buy fish," Abubakar Gamandi said.

23 Nov 2014 description

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 10:04 GMT

Some 220 Syrian migrants crammed onto a fishing boat were rescued off the northern coast of Cyprus on Sunday as the vessel hit rough seas in the Mediterranean, authorities said.

Turkish Cypriot authorities were able to rescue the passengers, who were aboard a Tanzanian fishing boat with a number of children among them, after an operation lasting several hours in bad weather and rough seas, local police said in a statement.

23 Nov 2014 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

BAMAKO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist fighters kidnapped 10 children and killed two others who tried to escape near two towns in Mali on Saturday, capping a week of violence in the West African country's desert north, a senior Malian military official said.

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23 Nov 2014 description

El Fasher, 22 November 2014 – More than 140 women representing the five states of Darfur participated in a Global Open Day forum on the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 organized by the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in El Fasher, North Darfur. The event that took place on 20 November 2014 was held under the theme “Women count for peace.”

23 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

22 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the brutal killing of 28 people on a bus in Mandera, Kenya in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African nation.

In a statement issued today by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban conveyed his “profound condolences” to the families of the victims while pledging the UN's “continuing support” to Kenya and the countries of the region “in their multidimensional efforts to address the scourge of terrorism.”

23 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

21 November 2014 – An upsurge in violent attacks this week between communities in a town near the Central African Republic’s border with South Sudan has left at least 10 people injured and thousands more displaced, marking the first major inter-community incident in the region since the country’s crisis began in 2012, the United Nations humanitarian relief office said today.

23 Nov 2014 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese leaders have urged all-out rescue efforts after a 6.3-magnitude quake hit the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The provincial and civil affairs authorities must be swift in organizing rescue and relief work and do their best to minimize casualties, said President Xi Jinping, who was visiting Fiji.

Two people had been confirmed dead and another 54 injured as of 6:30 a.m. Sunday after the earthquake hit Kangding County of Garze at 4:55 p.m. Saturday.

23 Nov 2014 description
report Xinhua

CHENGDU, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of a 6.3-magnitude earthquake which hit Kangding County in southwest China's Sichuan Province had risen to four as of 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The quake struck at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, with its epicenter in Tagong Town, Kangding, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, about 37 km from the county seat, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

23 Nov 2014 description

Kenema, Sierra Leone | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 04:17 GMT

by Anne CHAON

Cocoa farmer Sam Turner grips tight as his bike wobbles along the country track in Ebola-hit eastern Sierra Leone, groaning under the weight of beans harvested a month late.

The arable district of Kenema -- at the centre of the outbreak of the deadly epidemic in May -- has been under quarantine for three months and its once-abundant, verdant landscape is going to seed.

23 Nov 2014 description

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | dimanche 23/11/2014 - 10:46 GMT

par Antoine LAMBROSCHINI

Les Tunisiens votaient dimanche pour élire leur président pour la première fois depuis la révolution de 2011, un scrutin auquel participent 27 candidats dont le chef de l'Etat sortant et le dirigeant du parti vainqueur des législatives.

23 Nov 2014 description

Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 02:46 GMT | 537 words

by Jung Ha-Won

North Korea's top military body warned Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of a UN resolution censuring its human rights record, as state media reported its leader presiding over a fresh military exercise.

23 Nov 2014 description

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 10:55 GMT

by Antoine Lambroschini

Tunisians voted Sunday in their first presidential election since the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring, in a ballot set to round off an often fraught transition to democracy.

Among the 27 candidates the favourite is former premier Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old veteran whose anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party won a parliamentary election last month.

23 Nov 2014 description

Washington, United States | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 02:46 GMT

by Dan De Luce

The US military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola -- a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light.

Resembling a taller, skinnier version of R2D2 from "Star Wars," the robots are operating at three military medical centers and about 250 other American hospitals are using the machines to destroy pathogens.

23 Nov 2014 description

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | Friday 11/23/2014 - 02:31 GMT

by Romaric Ollo HIEN

The delayed announcement of Burkina Faso's interim government ministers is expected on Sunday, with the country waiting to see the extent of military influence under civilian President Michel Kafando.

Kafando, the interim president, issued a statement Saturday that planned first meetings of the cabinet and the National Transitional Council, or parliament, were "delayed and will take place at a date to be announced".