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31 Jul 2015 description

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. Mongi Hamdi, met with the Minister of Solidarity, Humanitarian Action and Reconstruction of the North, Mr. Hamadou Konaté, this morning.

31 Jul 2015 description

MINUSMA notes with concern that acts contrary to the spirit of the agreements and arrangements relating to the ceasefire and the Peace Agreement as well as allegations of grave human rights violations and abuses have been recorded in several locations, in particular in the regions of the north. These acts are attributed to elements of movements who have signed the Agreement.

31 Jul 2015 description

Above-average temperatures and rainfall lead to flooding in Central Asia

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Central Asia Weather Hazards

  1. High temperatures during the first half of July have led to mudflows and flooding, damaging infrastructure and displacing populations across eastern Tajikistan.

30 Jul 2015 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 02:28 GMT

by Ola Awoniyi

Nigeria on Thursday named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped.

The announcement came as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was in Cameroon in a bid to forge a stronger regional alliance against the Islamists, while the Nigerian military said it had rescued dozens of people held hostage by the militant group.

30 Jul 2015 description

N'Djamena, Tchad | AFP | jeudi 30/07/2015 - 18:36 GMT

par Stéphane YAS à N'Djamena et Célia LEBUR à Libreville

Le Parlement tchadien débattait jeudi d'un projet de loi antiterroriste élaboré après les premiers attentats sanglants de N'Djamena le mois dernier, un texte qui inquiète l'opposition et les défenseurs des droits de l'Homme.

30 Jul 2015 description

N'Djamena, Chad | AFP | Thursday 7/30/2015 - 18:39 GMT

Chad's parliament was to vote Thursday on a controversial anti-terror bill after a string of deadly Boko Haram attacks, raising fears among opponents and rights activists that the law may be used to curtail freedoms.

After suffering two suicide bombings in a month, including one in a bustling market in the capital N'Djamena, Chad has beefed up security in recent weeks.

30 Jul 2015 description

1. Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$35.7 million of humanitarian assistance to Mauritania so far in 2015. The European Union (EU)’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is the largest donor in 2015, having contributed or committed US$13.2 million to the crisis.

30 Jul 2015 description

In a break from recent tradition, European member states are currently contributing significant military capabilities to a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operation in Africa. Europeans are providing more than 1,000 troops to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) by staffing a wide range of operations including an intelligence fusion cell, transport and attack aircraft, and special forces.

30 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.

· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.

· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.

30 Jul 2015 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 7/30/2015 - 12:28 GMT

Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday.

"On Monday around 4 pm (1500 GMT), Boko Haram attacked three villages on the shores of Lake Chad where they slaughtered 10 people, all of them fishermen," Abubakar Gamandi, head of the fishermen's union in Borno State, told AFP.

The account was confirmed by a local fisherman, Buhari Dan-Malam, who lives in Doron Baga.

29 Jul 2015 description

Abnormally wet conditions are continuing for several nations in the western Gulf of Guinea region

Moisture deficits worsen further in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.

29 Jul 2015 description

CAMEROON

33 KILLED IN SUICIDE BLASTS
On 25 July, 20 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck a bar in Maroua town, the capital of the Far North Region. The attack, the most deadly of its kind so far, was the third in the region in two weeks. Cameroon’s Far North Region has been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram insurgents. No gap in terms of medication and medical material is reported so far, but MSF estimates that in case other attacks occur, capacity of health centres will be overwhelmed.

CHAD

29 Jul 2015 description

Yaoundé, Cameroon | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 11:57 GMT

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.

Security was tight for the 24-hour visit, after a surge of Boko Haram violence in Cameroon including an unprecedented series of five suicide bombings in the far north.

29 Jul 2015 description

Over the last six months, Child Soldiers International has found worrying evidence of child rights violations by the Chadian army, and non-compliance with child protection commitments by the Chadian authorities.

29 Jul 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

Germany's defense minister Ursula von der Leyen is in Mali. On Tuesday she was present at a ceremony to mark the handover of command of the European Training Mission in Mali (EUTM).

Germany has now replaced Spain as the country in command of EUTM. Spain had previously occupied this role under General Alfonso Garcia-Vaquero Pradal.

29 Jul 2015 description

UNITED NATIONS DESTROYS 290 TONS OF OBSOLETE AMMUNITION IN MALI