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28 Jan 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11754-AFR/3060

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Cristián Barros Melet (Chile):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on 27 January against the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, resulting in several deaths and injuries. They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

28 Jan 2015 description
report African Union

CONCLUSIONS

1.- The International Contact Group for Libya (ICG-L) convened its second meeting, at ministerial level, in Addis Ababa, on 28 January 2015. The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU), and Mr. Haile Menkerios, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office to the AU (UNOAU). The list of countries and organizations that attended the meeting is indicated below1 :

28 Jan 2015 description

A former warlord, Emzar Kvitsiani, who was sentenced to 12 years in jail for forming illegal armed group and mutiny, has been released after court of appeals in Kutaisi approved a plea bargain deal between him and the prosecution on January 28.

28 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Daniel Bekele

If the African Union (AU) decides to keep its report documenting wartime abuses in South Sudan under wraps, it could hinder bringing those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity to account.

On Thursday, the AU Peace and Security Council is expected to consider the final report of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, its first-ever commission to document the conflict’s abuses and offer recommendations on justice and reconciliation. It should release this report to the public.

28 Jan 2015 description
report AlertNet

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Asia-Pacific region will not meet the goal of ending the HIV epidemic in 15 years unless it changes laws and attitudes hostile to people living with HIV, the head of the United Nations agency on AIDS said on Wednesday.

Governments need to spend more on programmes targeting key groups, improve access to lifesaving drugs and overhaul punitive laws that stop people seeking help, Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

28 Jan 2015 description

Goma 28 janvier 2015. Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations-unies en RDC, Martin Kobler est arrivé cet avant-midi à Goma, capitale du Nord-Kivu. Aussitot arrivé, le patron de la MONUSCO, assisté de son adjoint, en charge des opération dans l’est de la RDC, le général Abdallah Wafy, ont assisté à la conférence hebdomadaire de la Monusco qui se fait par Video-conférence à partir de Kinshasa.

28 Jan 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

January 27, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan will soon ignore threats for sanctions and embark on full-scale war against rebels if they continue violating the ceasefire, president Salva Kiir warned.

“Our patience is running out and next time when I come back from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I will tell you that any slight attack on our forces, we will breakout for offensive attack against Riek Machar’s forces,” Kiir told the ruling party’s (SPLM) national liberation council members on Monday.

28 Jan 2015 description

1/28/2015 - 19:17 GMT

More than 14,000 people fleeing Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria have streamed into Chad since the beginning of 2015, according to a United Nations report on Wednesday.

The report by the UN's Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) put the daily arrivals rate at 774 and said it expected 30,000 refugees to arrive in the country this year.

28 Jan 2015 description

Sumbe - At least 47,298 people affected by drought in 2014 in the province of Kwanza Sul, received support in various goods from the local department of Social Welfare.

According to a report of that institution made available to ANGOP, about 332,939 tons of food were channeled to 12 returnees, 297 vulnerable people in extreme poverty, 74 with disabilities with means of locomotion and other 184 inserted into the working generation projects and income for over 200 families.

28 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Polio experts cautiously optimistic, but warn that disease could make renewed comeback

BEIRUT, 27 January 2015 - A 12-month emergency immunization response across the Middle East appears to have halted an outbreak of polio that began in Syria and Iraq, according to health experts meeting in Beirut.

28 Jan 2015 description

On 26.01.2015, a helicopter operated by a Bulgarian air carrier working for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) made a forced landing near the town of Kadugli, the southern part of the Republic of Sudan. The helicopter was flying from Rumbek, Republic of South Sudan, to Khartoum, Republic of Sudan. The flight was cleared by the authorities of both Sudan and South Sudan.

28 Jan 2015 description

DAR ES SALAM CAMP, Chad, January 28 (UNHCR) – Thousands of Nigerian refugees have been arriving in western Chad by canoe this month with harrowing tales of the situation in north-east Nigeria, and UNHCR is preparing for a further influx of people amid the continuing violence.

More than 14,000 people have crossed Lake Chad since early January when militants attacked their homes in and around the north-east Nigerian town of Baga, torching homes, killing hundreds and kidnapping people.

28 Jan 2015 description

L’initiative 4R, mise en place par le PAM et Oxfam, vise à aider les communautés à faire face au changement climatique et aux catastrophes. Rencontre avec Fatou Ba et son mari qui participe au projet au Sénégal.

Fatou Ba a 22 ans, elle est mère de 4 enfants et vit avec sa famille dans le petit village de Koundiaw Souare à 100 kilomètres de la ville de Tambacounda au Sénégal.

« Mon mari est un paysan ; mais lorsque la récolte n’est pas bonne comme cette année, il nourrit sa famille grâce à la vente du bois de chauffage. »

28 Jan 2015 description

28 January 2015 - A few years ago, Anna*, now aged 24, and her friend Precious*, now 19, were brought from Nigeria to Okah, in northern Côte d'Ivoire, under the pretence of attractive jobs. With difficult living conditions back home, the choice of moving for a better life, earning some money and studying further was a seemingly easy one. The opportunity, however, was not as innocent as it seemed and Anna and Precious soon found themselves being trafficked.

28 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

KHARTOUM, 28 January 2015 – UNICEF flew in today emergency supplies in response to the growing influx of displaced persons into Um Baru locality, north east of the State capital, El Fasher, in North Darfur. Over the last two weeks some 4,000 additional people have arrived to the locality, most of them are women and children. Their number continues to increase daily.

28 Jan 2015 description
report Mizzima News

Written by Matt Roebuck

The four proposed bills to “Protect Nation, Race, and Religion,” have been accused of contravening a number of national and international frameworks, including the constitution of Myanmar, by 180 civil society organisations.

The organisations including; women’s networks that span the entire country, from multiple ethnic and religious backgrounds; generic pressure groups such as Generation Wave; and special interest lobbies such as the Sagaing Region Farmers Union, publicly released their comments in a January 28 statement.

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Arabic version

Jerusalem, 28 January 2015

The Special Coordinator is outraged by the assault on the UNSCO compound in Gaza this morning. During a pre-announced demonstration, of which Hamas was well aware, a number of protestors climbed the perimeter wall and entered the compound causing damage to United Nations premises and property. Due to precautionary measures taken, United Nations personnel working in the compound were fortunately unharmed.

28 Jan 2015 description

On 26.01.2015, a helicopter operated by a Bulgarian air carrier working for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) made a forced landing near the town of Kadugli, the southern part of the Republic of Sudan. The helicopter was flying from Rumbek, Republic of South Sudan, to Khartoum, Republic of Sudan. The flight was cleared by the authorities of both Sudan and South Sudan.

28 Jan 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Lovasoa Rabary

NAIROBI, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Madagascar's government appealed for international aid on Wednesday after a tropical storm earlier this month devastated large swathes of the Indian Ocean island, causing damage worth around $40 million.

Sixty-eight people were killed and 130,000 displaced when the tropical storm Chedza hit Madagascar on Jan. 16, the National Bureau of Risk Management and Disaster said.

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28 Jan 2015 description

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the European Union (EU) have committed to helping the Sri Lankan government repatriate Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu and resettle them in the Island nation, Sri Lanka’s ministry of Resettlement said.

The EU has already built 23,000 houses in the Tamil-majority northern and eastern provinces, and an additional 3,000 houses are due to be built. The EU has allocated 14 million Euro for this project. There are still 26,056 internally displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka.