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08 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

Nairobi, 8 février 2016 (IRIN) - Depuis quelques semaines, les forces de l’ordre sont sur le qui-vive dans la capitale sénégalaise, Dakar. La police et l’armée, présentes dans les rues, procèdent à des fouilles de voiture et appréhendent les militants islamistes présumés.

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08 Feb 2016 description

European Red Cross Societies are working with the ICRC to find missing family members, restore contact and reunite families.

As hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants pass through several European countries, often very rapidly, the Red Cross Societies have deployed staff and volunteers to border crossings, railway stations and other locations where migrants and refugees pass through or are accommodated.

08 Feb 2016 description

Skopje, Macedonia | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 11:24 GMT

Macedonia has begun building a new razor-wire fence parallel to an existing one on its border with Greece to make it harder for migrants to enter the Balkan country, an army official said Monday.

Since November only refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have been allowed to cross the border on their journey to western Europe, but migrants from other countries have still tried to get across.

08 Feb 2016 description

WHO is currently mapping existing R&D for Zika in order to prioritize medical products and approaches that should be fast-tracked into development. These will be reviewed by expert advisory committees as soon as possible. As of today, most research that could be useful for Zika has been carried out on other flaviviruses – such as dengue or yellow fever.

08 Feb 2016 description

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 16:34 GMT

Twenty-seven people including 11 children drowned on Monday after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coastguard said.

The coastguard said it discovered the boat -- carrying 40 people -- half capsized after it set off from Edremit in the western province of Balikesir in an apparent bid to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

08 Feb 2016 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Between January and December 2015, open sources reported 29 times on administrative decisions by states (26) or non-state actors (3) that affected aid agencies’ abilities to deliver aid. Seven reports referred to newly introduced bills, laws or regulations and 22 described specific measures using existing laws or regulations that affected the work of humanitarian organisations or their local partners.

08 Feb 2016 description

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 13:55 GMT

Around 30,000 Syrians are at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russia-backed regime offensive on the northern region of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

With his country facing mounting pressure to open its border, Davutoglu said the refugees would be admitted if need be, although Turkey should not be expected "to shoulder the refugee issue alone."

08 Feb 2016 description

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 07:49 GMT

Shocking images of a Taiwan apartment complex felled like a tree by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake have highlighted what is needed to build a structure that can withstand seismic shocks.

Like Taiwan, Japan is quake-prone -- it suffers about a fifth of the world's most powerful tremors. It has used a mix of ancient and modern technologies to make its buildings increasingly quake-proof.

08 Feb 2016 description

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe concluded his term as African Union (AU) chair with a speech that had delegates attending the 26th AU summit in Addis Ababa on their feet, applauding especially his calls for the reform of the United Nations (UN).

08 Feb 2016 description

Beth Dunford, Assistant to the Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future

The Super Bowl is a tradition that many Americans welcome as a high point in February after the memory of holiday celebrations has faded. And, as with many celebrations in the United States, family and friends gather and food features prominently -- from tables to tailgates.

08 Feb 2016 description

• Heavy rains affected several areas of Ecuador over the past few weeks, causing floods and landslides.
• As of 2 February, there were nine dead, over 3 900 people affected (most of them in Esmeraldas), 2 400 people displaced, 1 200 houses affected and 40 destroyed.
• Over the next 48 h, heavy rains may still affect central-western Ecuador.

08 Feb 2016 description

8 February 2016

The Australian Government will provide up to $1 million for innovative emergency supplies to save lives and provide relief during humanitarian crises.

This new initiative will encourage Australian industry to identify innovative products that can help people in the aftermath of a disaster.

The Government will work with industry to design and test new products, with a focus on helping people access clean water and energy. Successful products will then be stocked in our warehouses to enhance Australia’s humanitarian relief supplies.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

The number of Syrians coming to the EU from Turkey has decreased considerably in January, according to a German newspaper. More Iraqis and Afghans are fleeing to the bloc, but have slim chances of receiving asylum.

Nearly forty percent of migrants who entered the European Union (EU) in January do not have a realistic chance of getting asylum, the Sunday paper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung" (FAS) quoted a senior European Commission official as saying.

07 Feb 2016 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 20:12 GMT |

The mayor of the Greek island of Kos on Sunday called on the government to abandon its plans to build a migrant registration centre as demanded by the EU, warning that local opposition could lead to "uncontrollable" protests.

"There is a present danger that we will mourn victims and be led to uncontrollable situations," Kos mayor Yiorgos Kyritsis said in a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, made public by the state agency ANA.

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan 2015 - 3 Feb 2016): 924,1746

Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2016: 7,521

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 1,254

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,952

Total asylum applications during Dec 2015: 1,314

Dead and missing

272 dead - 152 missing (2015)

96 dead - 34 missing (28 Jan. 2016)

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Chios (Jan 2015 - 06 Feb 2016): 135,159

Total arrivals in Chios during Feb 2016: 1,796

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 299

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 413

% of arrivals in Chios compared to total: 21%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations by UNHCR and partners' field activities): 50

Estimated departures to mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 230