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30 Apr 2010 description
report Save the Children

1. Background

In October 2009, the Pakistani military launched a ground offensive against militants in South Waziristan. Thousands of inhabitants of the conflict-affected areas fled to neighboring districts, particularly Dera Ismail Khan (D.I. Khan) and Tank in the southern area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have taken refuge with friends, relatives and local community members. The government reports that 25,037 displaced families2 have been registered in D.I. Khan.

30 Apr 2010 description

Highlights:

- During the Epidemiological week 17, 2010, total 6 alerts (5 for suspected measles and 1 for suspected malaria) were received and responded.

- Five hundred seventeen (517) health facilities in the DEWS network reported 165,040 patient consultations.

- Acute Diarrhea accounts for 19,554 (12%) of the total patient visits in all age groups (dropped by 1% as compared to the previous week).

- In children less than 5 years age Diarrhea recorded in 23% visits while in patients above 5 years age diarrhea recorded in 8% visits

- Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (ARI) …

30 Apr 2010 description

Overview

This summary document provides information about Office of Inspector General (OIG) oversight activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan since fiscal year 2003.

OIG has strengthened its focus in Pakistan since the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reopened its mission in 2002 and since that year has been providing oversight of USAID activities in Afghanistan as well. OIG covers a wide spectrum of USAID programs in the two countries, covering such areas as relief and stabilization, reconstruction, sustainable development, education, and health care.

30 Apr 2010 description

In brief

This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies.

30 Apr 2010 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

Next week will mark for us the first anniversary of the initial stage of the emergency in northwest Pakistan's Swat Valley and surrounding districts.

30 Apr 2010 description

This Humanitarian Update covers the period from 15 to 28 April 2010. The next Update will be issued on or around 14 May.

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

h Around 1 million people face losing access to healthcare in D I Khan and Tank.

h A Shia registration point was the target of a suicide bombing. 40 people were killed.

h 10% of young children in Upper Swat are suffering severe malnutrition

30 Apr 2010 description

Executive Summary

Religious extremism and militancy in Pakistan is concentrated in the country's north?west; comprising the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and parts of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Balochistan. In April 2009, the military launched a series of major operations, expelling militant groups from their strongholds in NWFP's Malakand division (covering the districts of Buner, Swat, Shangla, and Upper and Lower Dir).

30 Apr 2010 description
report Internews Network

1 Introduction

This handbook is designed to prepare journalists to cover natural and man-made disasters - and their impact on people, communities and countries - in an informed and balanced way. The handbook presents a combination of standard professional reporting techniques and a basic education in the mandates, roles and operational modes of key actors in the humanitarian sector.

The background information, guidelines, examples and resources offered here are intended for …

30 Apr 2010 description

Contents

Front Page

Developing Countries Respond to Climate Change

For two decades, a fierce battle raged in the media and public square pitting environmentalists against industry leaders as the world struggled to understand and react to the changing climate.

30 Apr 2010 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

30 Apr 2010 14:17:51 GMT

SRINAGAR, India, April 30 (Reuters) - Violence flared in India-ruled Kashmir on Friday, a day after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan signalled a thaw in relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

One civilian was killed when anti-India protesters attacked a bus in Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, and at least a dozen were injured when police fired teargas shells to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators, authorities …

30 Apr 2010 description

Polio outbreak in Tajikistan: Wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been detected in Tajikistan, representing the first importation of poliovirus in the WHO European Region since it was certified polio-free in 2002. The virus is most closely related to viruses originating in Uttar Pradesh, India. 199 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) have been reported, the majority of these having had onset of paralysis in April. To date, WPV1 had been isolated in 32 of these cases.

30 Apr 2010 description

The key goal of the upcoming Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was "to complete negotiations on defining individual responsibility for the crime of aggression", William Pace, Convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, said today at a Headquarters press conference ahead of the Review slated for 31 May to 11 June in Kampala, Uganda.

The Review Conference was being held in accordance with the Court's mandate to review its work seven years after the …

29 Apr 2010 description

BOB MCMULLAN MP
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

29 Apr 2010 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

29 Apr 2010 14:18:30 GMT

By Robert Birsel

April 29 (Reuters) - The prime ministers of nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India held their first meeting in nine months on Thursday in Bhutan and asked their officials to take steps as soon as possible to normalise relations.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh's meeting signalled some improvement in relations between the two rivals.

28 Apr 2010 description

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28 Apr 2010 description
report Voice of America

Police in northwestern Pakistan say a suicide car bomber has killed four police officers and wounded at least eight other people.

Local authorities say the attacker blew up his explosives-laden car early Wednesday on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw province.

The blast came a day after Pakistani security forces killed 11 militants in clashes in nearby Orakzai tribal region.

Pakistan's military launched an …

28 Apr 2010 description

WASHINGTON: Increases in terror attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan triggered a spike in the number of civilians killed or wounded there last year and pushed South Asia past the Middle East as the top terror region in the world, according to new figures compiled by a US intelligence agency.

Thousands of civilians - overwhelmingly Muslim - continue to be slaughtered in extremist attacks, contributing to the instability of the often shaky, poverty-stricken governments in the region, the statistics compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center show.

The struggling nations provide …

28 Apr 2010 description

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide car bomb attack hit a Pakistani police checkpoint on the outskirts of Peshawar before dawn Wednesday, killing four police and wounding 10 people, including a woman, police said.

The attacker struck close to the control post in Tir Bala village, on the main road from Pakistan's northwestern capital to Mohmand, one of seven districts in the Al-Qaeda and Taliban-infested tribal belt on the Afghan border.

"The vehicle was coming from the tribal area.

27 Apr 2010 description

Sudan, Russia and the Philippines are this year's top three major risers in the internationally-acclaimed global ranking 'Peoples under Threat', Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says.

The international human rights organization says that the list of states that have risen most prominently in the table this year are those which have all been the scene of past mass violence, and whose fall down the risk register in recent years has now suddenly been reversed - putting the lives of tens of thousands under threat.

'Those governments who are most likely to kill …