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Global terrorism fatalities up 30%, risk of attacks increase most in China, Egypt, Kenya, and Libya

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Maplecroft

Over the last 12 months, global fatalities from acts of terrorism have risen 30% compared to the previous five year average, according to a new security monitoring service from global risk analytics company Maplecroft, which also identifies China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya as seeing the most significant increases in the risk of terrorist attacks.

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Five migrants accused of 'massacre' on refugee boat: reports

07/22/2014 21:35 GMT

ROME, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Five migrants were arrested on Tuesday by Italian police accused of killing fellow passengers aboard a boat in which 30 bodies were found by rescuers earlier this month, Italian media reported.

Italian and Maltese naval crews who rescued more than 560 refugees -- most of them Syrian -- from the ship on July 19 made the grim discovery. The dead, who included a baby, had apparently been overcome by heat and engine fumes having been locked in the hold by the crew.

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Clashes between Libya army, Islamists kill 16: sources

07/22/2014 00:44 GMT

BENGHAZI, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Sixteen people, most of them soldiers, were killed and 81 injured in clashes between the Libyan army and Islamist fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, medical and military sources told AFP Tuesday.

"Most of the dead and injured are soldiers. Three civilians, including an Egyptian, were killed when a rocket hit their house," a hospital source said on condition of anonymity.

A military official said fighting broke out after an alliance of Islamist militia attacked an army barrack, killing five soldiers.

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Five bodies found as Italian navy rescues hundreds of migrants

07/21/2014 11:07 GMT

ROME, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - More than 800 migrants were rescued overnight while attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said on Monday, while five bodies were recovered in the operation.

The latest rescue comes amid a surge in the number of migrants attempting to reach Europe from Africa, as traffickers take advantage of calm summer seas to make the dangerous crossing.

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Battle for Libya airport leaves at least 47 dead

07/21/2014 00:03 GMT

by Imed LAMLOUM

TRIPOLI, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - Islamist-led militiamen have stepped up their assault on Libya's main airport, controlled by rival fighters, which the health ministry said Monday had left at least 47 dead in a week.

The fighting, which erupted on July 13 and shut Tripoli international airport, also injured 120 people, according to figures for the week until Saturday.

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UNSMIL Condemns Assassination of Former Congress Member Fariha Barkawi, Urges Protection of Civilians

Tripoli, 18 July 2014 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemns the assassination of former member of the General National Congress Fariha Barkawi in Derna, in eastern Libya, on Thursday 17 July 2014.

While the Mission deplores the escalating violence in Benghazi and Tripoli causing casualties among civilians and driving families out of their homes, and while it reiterates its call for the cessation of hostilities, UNSMIL is particularly disturbed by the deliberate targeting by assassination of women activists.

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Libyan militia says ceasefire reached to end airport battle

Source: Reuters - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:11 GMT

Author: Reuters

  • Fifth day of fighting between rival militias

  • Air controllers halt work, deepening Libya's isolation

  • Eastern politician is second woman to be assassinated (Adds details of agreement, background)

By Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum

Reuters - AlertNet:



For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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Security Council Press Statement on Libya (17 July 2014)

SC/11479
AFR/2937

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Eugène-Richard Gasana (Rwanda):

On 17 July, the members of the Security Council heard a briefing from Tarek Mitri, Special Representative of Secretary-General, about the situation in Libya. The members of the Security Council also took note of the statement from the Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Abdulaziz.

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Libya Violence Forces Airport Shut-Downs, Evacuation of United Nations Staff, Security Council Informed in Briefing

SC/11478

Security Council
7218th Meeting (AM)

Foreign Affairs Minister Urges 15-Member Body To Take Situation Seriously ‘before It Is Too Late’

Fighting between rival brigades in Libya’s capital and airport represented a sharp escalation that had forced withdrawal of United Nations staff and was threatening the country’s political transition, the world Organization’s top envoy to the country told the Security Council this morning.

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3 dead, nearly 100 saved as migrant boat sinks off Libya

07/17/2014 13:18 GMT

TRIPOLI, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - Libya's navy said it retrieved the bodies of three would-be migrants and rescued almost 100 others after their boat sank on Thursday.

"One of the migrants called us on a satellite telephone to tell us that their boat was about to sink off Garabulli," east of Tripoli, navy official Issa Zarruk told AFP.

"We have saved more than 90 migrants. Three have died probably from suffocating in the panic that ensued on board the boat."

The Libyan navy was seen taking the survivors ashore in dinghies.

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Lebanon + 6 others
Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 6 -12 July

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Planning for the 2015 Syrian refugee response has commenced. The regional response in 2015 will be organized in the form of a Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (RRRP) combining a refugee pillar, addressing the specific and distinct protection and assistance needs of refugees, and a strong resilience pillar, aimed at supporting national capacities and local communities.

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Physicians for Human Rights Annual Report 2013

The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) 2013 Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of our work between July 2012 and June 2013 (PHR’s fiscal year).

As mass atrocities and serious human rights abuses continue around the world, PHR remains committed to exposing and preventing such violations and ensuring that those responsible are brought to justice. In 2013, PHR gained significant ground on a number of global human rights issues, while also making successful transitions as an organization.

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Amidst fierce clashes in Libya, Ban urges need for dialogue

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UN News Service

14 July 2014 – Extremely concerned by the dramatic increase in violence against civilians in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a halt to the fighting and a return to the country’s political objectives.

Rival militias vying for control of Tripoli International Airport triggered heavy clashes yesterday in what media reports describe as the worst fighting in the capital for six months. At least seven people were reportedly killed and dozens others wounded.

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UNSMIL Temporarily Withdrawing Staff from Libya Because of Security Situation

Tripoli, 14 July 2014 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya has been reducing its staff in Libya for the past week because of the prevailing security conditions in the country. We made an announcement about that a few days ago. The reasons behind this are purely due to concerns for the safety and security of the staff.

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Neighbours urge dialogue to end Libya turmoil

07/14/2014 14:04 GMT

HAMMAMET, July 14, 2014 (AFP) - Libya's neighbours called Monday for dialogue in the North African nation, which has been wracked by violence since the 2011 overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi that has intensified since a controversial June election.

The six governments agreed to set up twin commissions to broker talks and attempt to prevent any spillover of the unrest from the key oil producer, which remains awash with weapons from the NATO-backed uprising against the longtime dictator.

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UN mission calls for immediate halt to hostilities in Libya

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UN News Service

13 July 2014 – The United Nations mission in Libya on Sunday called for a cessation of hostilities in the capital, Tripoli, as well as in Benghazi and other parts of the country, amid reports of heavy clashes and several deaths.

Media reports say that heavy fighting broke out between rival militias vying for control of Libya's main airport, resulting in at least seven deaths, in what is described as the worst fighting in the capital for six months.

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Main Libya airport closed as rival militias clash

07/13/2014 17:08 GMT

by Imed LAMLOUM

TRIPOLI, July 13, 2014 (AFP) - Deadly clashes raged Sunday around Libya's main international airport, closing it down, as the anti-Islamist militia that control it came under attack, airport officials said.

The exchanges of fire with heavy weapons killed at least six people and wounded 25, a health ministry official said.

It was not immediately known if civilians were among the casualties.

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Opinion: Unleashing African Young People’s Potential

By Adebayo Fayoyin Reprint

This is part of a series of special stories on world population and challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals on the occasion of World Population Day on July 11.

JOHANNESBURG, Jul 10 2014 (IPS) - An African proverb says “a child that we refuse to build today will end up selling the house that we may build tomorrow.”

The moral of this is clear. Unless we invest in our children and young people today, they might become a threat or a burden in the future.

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Italy + 3 others
EU wants to help Italy with boat migrants, but not share burden

07/08/2014 16:42 GMT

by Christian SPILLMANN

MILAN, July 8, 2014 (AFP) - As EU ministers met Tuesday to discuss how to help Italy deal with thousands of boat immigrants washing up on its shores, the European Commission said the refusal of member states to be flexible on asylum requests was fuelling the crisis.

"We must open legal routes to allow refugees to come to the European Union, otherwise they resort to illegal immigration channels," Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said ahead of a meeting of EU interior ministers in Milan.

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Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa (S/2014/442 )

S/2014/442
Distr.: General
26 June 2014
Original: English

1. Introduction

  1. In a letter dated 23 December 2013 (S/2013/759), the President of the Security Council agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) until 31 December 2016 and requested that I report to the Council every six months on the implementation of the mandate.