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24 Jul 2016 description
report AlertNet

Suicide bombers set off twin blasts at a demonstration by Hazaras protesting against the planned route of a power line

By Mirwais Harooni

KABUL, July 24 (Reuters) - Relatives of some of those killed in a big suicide attack in Kabul searched through a bloodied assortment of belongings left after the twin blasts as they prepared for funerals on Sunday in a mood of growing anger with political leaders.

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24 Jul 2016 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Sunday 7/24/2016 - 15:57 GMT |

by Emal HAIDARY

Kabul was plunged into mourning Sunday after its deadliest attack for 15 years killed 80 people and left hundreds maimed, reigniting concern that the Islamic State group was seeking to expand its foothold in Afghanistan.

Tempers were frayed a day after the twin bombings that tore through crowds of Shiite Hazara protesters, as many anxiously searched hospitals and morgues, looking among the mutilated bodies for missing relatives.

24 Jul 2016 description

Lesbos, Greece | AFP | Saturday 7/24/2016 - 03:01 GMT

by Louisa GOULIAMAKI

When a sea of humanity landed on their island's rocky shores last year, the people of Lesbos turned out with blankets and hot food to help thousands of refugees emerging from the cold waters of the Aegean.

In the months that followed, Lesbos' citizens were hailed for their compassionate response by everyone from Pope Francis to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Queen Rania of Jordan and Angelina Jolie.

24 Jul 2016 description

New York, 23 July 2016

The Secretary-General condemns today’s terrorist attack in Kabul. This despicable crime targeted citizens peacefully exercising their fundamental human rights.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Afghanistan. He calls for those responsible for this attack to be brought to justice.

24 Jul 2016 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Sunday 7/24/2016 - 02:48 GMT

by Usman SHARIFI

In his blue cap and green Scouts shirt, 16-year-old Aref Qasemi sits in a room in Kabul with dozens of other boys and girls, his eyes barely making it over the shoulders of his fellow Scouts.

Under the dim lights they at first appear like any other giggling Scout troop. Then the subject of the bright images projected on the wall sinks in: mines, of different shapes and sizes, and other pieces of unexploded ordnance.

23 Jul 2016 description
report UN News Service

23 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA), Tadamichi Yamamoto, have strongly condemned today's attack on a peaceful demonstration in Kabul that killed at least 59 people and injured some 245 others.

23 Jul 2016 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Saturday 7/23/2016 - 22:27 GMT

by Usman SHARIFI

Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001.

The bombings during a huge protest over a power line mark the first major IS assault on Kabul, apparently aimed at sowing sectarian discord in a country well known for Shia-Sunni harmony.

22 Jul 2016 description

The ICRC's work with disabled people in Afghanistan helps them live an active role in society through physical rehabilitation, education, employment, micro-credit loans, vocational training and sport.

22 Jul 2016 description
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Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 20 Jul 2016): 159,297

Total arrivals in Greece during Jul 2016: 920

Average daily arrivals during Jul 2016:**46**

Average daily arrivals during Jun 2016:**52**

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland:**68**

22 Jul 2016 description

Paris, France | AFP | Friday 7/22/2016 - 09:29 GMT

Police in Paris on Friday dismantled a tent camp under a railway housing over 2,600 people mainly from Afghanistan and east Africa, part of an ongoing drive to remove camps sprouting up around the French capital.

The operation in northern Paris was the 26th of its kind over the past year in the city, which is struggling to accommodate asylum-seekers.

22 Jul 2016 description
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242,179 arrivals by sea in 2016
2,977 dead/missing
published 07:30 CET 22 July
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

22 Jul 2016 description

NEPAL
• Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past few days causing floods and landslides.

22 Jul 2016 description
report Voice of America

Ayaz Gul

July 21, 2016 10:43 AM

ISLAMABAD— Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have overrun a remote northern district after days of intense clashes with government forces, officials confirmed to local media on Thursday.

The Taliban first assaulted the district of Qala-e-Zal in Kunduz province earlier this week and both sides have since claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties.

21 Jul 2016 description
report World Bank

Story Highlights

  • Previously un-cultivable lands are now producing good harvests as a result of the reconstruction of an ancient irrigation canal, benefiting hundreds of families.

  • The rehabilitation of the irrigation system was undertaken by the Irrigation Restoration and Development Project (IRDP) under the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). IRDP has benefited over 63,000 farmers across the country.

21 Jul 2016 description

Every day, 10 people are killed by landmines. Besides claiming such a substantial number of lives, landmines form an obstacle to post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘The devastating impact of landmines doesn’t stop when the violence ends. Emergency workers are left unable to reach the places where they’re needed, refugees can’t return home and farmers can’t access their land.

21 Jul 2016 description

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Scope of the Remaining Problem: Due to the fact that only 35 percent of the communities have been surveyed, the exact scope of the contamination remains unclear. The table below indicates the scale and scope of captured mines/ERW contaminated areas in the region.

Casualties: 412 incidents containing 758 causalities have been reported under the ACAP III project. 487 Immediate Assistant Packages (IAP) were distributed to 487 eligible household in Hirat, Badghis, Ghor and Farah provinces.

21 Jul 2016 description

At the beginning of January 2016, there were 4,287 hazards with a total area of 589 sq km recorded in the national mine action database. During this quarter, 46 hazards making 3.2 sq km were released and returned back to communities. However over the past three months, the nationwide MEIFCS survey resulted in the addition of 44 previously unrecorded hazards with an area of 31.2 sq km, bringing the remaining contamination to 4,285 hazards and 617 sq km of contaminated area by the quarter end.

21 Jul 2016 description

This brief intends to provide background information regarding food security and livelihoods in Ghor, as the Food Security Cluster has been informed of a potential humanitarian emergency provoked by a locust infestation in the province. Ghor is a highly food insecure province, which has displayed in previous years - and continues to display - high rates of unviable coping strategies, whereby households deplete their assets year after year in order to cater to basic needs.

21 Jul 2016 description

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) will establish new health facilities in rural and underserved areas of Afghanistan, said Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health in a press conference here in Kabul on Wednesday.

20 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • So far this year more than 231,000 people crossed the Mediterranean. While the trend of decreased arrivals through the Eastern Mediterranean continued during the month of June, with only 1,500 new arrivals in Greece, some 22,250 people were rescued in Italian waters during the same period of time.