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300 injured as police clash with protesters in Islamabad

08/31/2014 00:02 GMT

by Sajjad TARAKZAI

ISLAMABAD, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - At least 300 people were wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, hospital officials said Sunday, as a fortnight-long political impasse took a violent turn.

The violence, which began late Saturday and continued early Sunday, erupted after around 25,000 people marched from parliament to the prime minister's house, where some attempted to remove barricades around it with cranes, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
USAID contributes additional $2.5 million to Northern Waziristan’s Displaced People in Khost and Paktika [EN/Dari/Pashto]

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The United States Agency For International Development (USAID) contributed an additional $2.5m this week for emergency food assistance to 15,000 displaced families from Northern Waziristan residing in Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan.

USAID continues to work with the United Nations World Food Programme and our local and provincial partners to distributes emergency food assistance through the Afghanistan Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations.

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World Bank Helps Combat Malnutrition among Mothers and Children

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WASHINGTON- August 29, 2014- The World Bank approved US$47.95 million to help the Government of Pakistan improve nutrition status of children under two years of age, and of pregnant and lactating women in targeted areas.

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Pakistan: North Waziristan Agency - Internal Displacement (as of 27 August 2014)

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Statement to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

The government must ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

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Deteriorating Security in Libya May Result in More Migrant Boats: IOM

IOM is concerned that the number of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya by sea could increase in the coming weeks, as more people decide to opt for the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to escape ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital.

For the last six weeks, Tripoli has seen fighting between rival militias, including indiscriminate shelling of the main airport and surrounding areas. The increasing use of heavy artillery and missiles have caused an unknown number of casualties, many of them civilians.

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Impunity Marks Global Day for Disappeared

Government Fails to Provide Facts, Justice, and Reparations to Victims

(London) – On the eve of the annual International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urge Pakistan’s government to stop the deplorable practice of state agencies abducting hundreds of people throughout the country without providing information about their fate or whereabouts.

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World + 12 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388) [EN/FR]

Contents of this issue:

29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Assessing and mitigating the risks of outbreaks due to wild poliovirus in polio-free African countries, 2013-2014
  • 387 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- July 2014

29 août 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Evaluation et atténuation du risque de flambée due à un poliovirus sauvage dans les pays africains exempts de poliomyélite, 2013-2014
  • 387 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juillet 2014
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Gunmen kill six worshippers at Pakistan shrine

08/29/2014 07:54 GMT

QUETTA, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - Gunman opened fire on worshippers at a shrine in southwest Pakistan, killing at least six members of a minority Islamic sect and wounding seven others, officials said on Friday.

The attack came at a shrine of the Zikri community in Awaran district, around 650 kilometres southwest of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province.

Oil and gas rich Baluchistan is wracked by a separatist insurgency, Islamist militants and sectarian violence and attacks on minority groups are not uncommon.

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Pakistan army chief intervenes in political crisis

08/28/2014 19:25 GMT

by Nasir JAFFRY

ISLAMABAD, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan's army chief was named mediator Thursday in a fortnight-long political crisis, fuelling speculation that the military could use the protests against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to re-assert its dominance over the civilian government.

Thousands of demonstrators led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and politician Imran Khan have been camped outside the parliament building in Islamabad since August 15, demanding the prime minister step down.

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