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Summary by the International Peace Institute (IPI):
As the regional implications of the crisis in Mali become apparent, there has been speculation as to whether Niger will be the next country in the region to be undermined by Islamist insurgency and separatist rebellion, transnational organized crime, and weak governance practices.
The mandate of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission is to initiate and promote policies that can contribute to the development of rural economy and improve livelihoods through increasing agricultural productivity, ensuring food security, and enhancing sustainable use and management of Africa’s natural resources.
Background to the Assessment
« Plus qu’un centre administratif, Rabuni est un «bidonville» administratif, facilement accessible du désert. Les ravisseurs des trois coopérants espagnols et italiens enlevés la semaine dernière n’ont eu aucun problème à éviter deux postes de contrôle placés sur le seul accès routier.
This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 18 — 24 October 2011, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Governance & Rule of Law
ALGIERS — Suspected Islamist militants kidnapped two Spaniards and an Italian working at a refugee camp in western Algeria overnight, officials and security sources said Sunday.
A colleague of one of the Spanish hostages said over Spanish radio that "several gunshots were heard" and two people were wounded during the kidnapping from the Rabuni camp near Tindouf, mainly inhabited by Sahrawi refugees from Western Sahara who seek greater autonomy.
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Committee Wraps Up General Debate on Decolonization Issues, Speakers Focus on Question of Western Sahara, Special Committee on Decolonization
Forwarding five consensus draft texts to the General Assembly, including on the questions of Western Sahara, Gibraltar, New Caledonia and Tokelau, the Fourth Committee reaffirmed the inalienable right of all people to self-determination and independence, as it concluded today its general debate on decolonization matters.
Committee Also Hears Petitioners on Question of Western Sahara, With Speakers Urging Stepped-up Efforts to Protect Human Rights of Saharan People
The many decolonization achievements of the United Nations over the years could not be considered truly global while some peoples continued to live under colonial rule, Jamaica’s representative told the Fourth Committee today as it continued its consideration of decolonization issues.
Sixty-sixth General Assembly
4th Meeting (PM)
Despite the dire need for humanitarian assistance in the Tindouf refugee camps in Algeria, much of that aid was misappropriated and wound up in the markets of Algiers and Timbuktu, one of 33 petitioners on the question of Western Sahara told the Fourth Committee today as it continued its debate on decolonization.
ALGER — Les intempéries qui affectent le sud de l'Algérie depuis vendredi ont fait dix morts et 150 familles sinistrées, selon un nouveau bilan, tandis que le préfet du département d'El Bayadh (700 km au sud-ouest d'Alger) a parlé lundi de 600 millions d'euros de dégâts.
"Les dégâts enregistrés sont évalués provisoirement à 6 milliards de dinars (600 millions d'euros), hors habitations. Les habitations vont faire l'objet d'un constat", a indiqué le wali (préfet) Selim Semmoudi à la radio algérienne.
The desert locust (SGR 1 ) situation remained relatively calm in most of Sahel West Africa and northern Africa in September due to poor rainfall. Only limited breeding occurred during this period and isolated adults were reported in northeast Morocco. Good rains were reported in northern Chad and western lowlands in Eritrea where ecological conditions are expected to improve and small-scale breeding will likely begin.
Flooding in Algeria has killed at least 10 people and destroyed hundreds of homes, officials have said.
Eight people were killed in the town of el-Bayadh, 700km (435 miles) south of the capital Algiers, reports say.
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ALGIERS, Oct 2 (KUNA) -- Heavy rain and floods striking a number of Algerian states have left 10 people dead and many injured on Sunday.
A statement by Algerian regional state of Al Bayadh said that civil defense forces found a number of dead bodies, ranging from 3-17 years old.
The statement added that a number of people were considered as missing due to the heavy flooding, which caused material damage to schools and main roads.
Two eastern Algerian states, Al-Agwat and Batna, have also witnessed a number of injuries in various cities, the statement added.
ALGER — Cinq personnes sont mortes, trois autres portées disparues et trois ponts se sont effondrés en Algérie à la suite d'intempéries qui ont touchés les dernières 24 heures la wilaya (préfecture) d'El-Bayadh (700 km au sud-ouest d'Alger), a annoncé dimanche la protection civile.
Parmi les victimes, un enfant de 13 ans est mort noyé samedi, après avoir été emporté par un oued en crue qu'il tentait de traverser dans la région d'El-Bayadh.