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30 Jul 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Thursday 7/30/2015 - 05:20 GMT

by Anuj CHOPRA

The Taliban on Thursday distanced itself from peace talks that had been expected this week with the Afghan government, while making no comment on Kabul's reported death of their leader Mullah Omar.

Afghanistan on Wednesday said Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, in the first such official confirmation from Kabul after unnamed government and militant sources reported the demise of the reclusive warrior-cleric.

30 Jul 2015 description
report British Red Cross

A group of migrants arrived in Kent yesterday, after a harrowing journey through the Eurotunnel – with many injured and traumatised.

Most people required on-the-spot first aid after risking their lives to get to the UK.

There was also a need for basic supplies, such as blankets, as most arrived here with few or no belongings.

Crushed to death

According to news reports, there were around 1,500 attempts to cross into the UK from Calais on the night of Tuesday 28 July.

29 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

BUDAPEST/VIENNA , 29 July 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of migrants sit in the underpasses in front of Budapest’s Keleti station on a balmy Sunday morning. Every couple of hours, a few dozen rouse themselves and look up at the departures board, waiting for the platform number for the Vienna train to appear above.

The stakes are high.

29 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Mullah Omar not seen in public since 2001

  • His demise has long been rumoured in militant circles

  • Afghan statement casts doubt over tentative peace talks

  • Omar's death would deepen divisions within Taliban (Releads with confirmation)

By Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati

KABUL, July 29 (Reuters) - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, elusive leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, died more than two years ago.

28 Jul 2015 description

AQRABAT, Afghanistan, July 28, (UNHCR) – Bathed by constant winds from the majestic Hindukush mountains, the remote village of Aqrabat in Bamyan district, central Afghanistan, was for many years known as "Ergha-baad" (gentle wind) by locals.

Now as a result of modern technology, the town is capitalising on its ancient name.

28 Jul 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 18:06 GMT

About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais overnight in a desperate bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel, a spokesman said Tuesday.

"It was the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half," said the spokesman for Eurotunnel, which is battling often deadly efforts by migrants to smuggle into Britain.

28 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 July 2015

Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.

28 Jul 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

The European Union (EU) is facing unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants arriving by boat.

In 2014, 220,000 people arrived, almost double the combined total of 121,000 from 2011 through 2013. During just the first six months of 2015, 137,000 arrived, compared with 75,000 during the first six months of 2014. As seas are calmer during the summer months, many more are expected before the end of 2015.

27 Jul 2015 description


It is a reality that armed conflicts continue to define today’s world, with the accompanying toll of death, destruction and suffering.