Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 13:13 GMT
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen disguised as traders opened fire Monday at a crowded market in a northeast Nigeria border town, a military officer and a local official said.
It was not yet possible to give a death toll, the senior officer with direct knowledge of the raid told AFP. The shooting began at about 11:00 am (1000 GMT).
"The terrorists disguised as traders and opened fire on unsuspecting traders at a market in Damasak" in Borno state near the border with Niger, the officer said.
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded a three-day mission to South Sudan, calling on all parties to the conflict to respect their ceasefire commitments, and urged for more international support to enable humanitarians to scale-up and expand critical aid operations.
The security situation in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Malakal remained relatively calm, as community elders engaged the warring youth to defuse the tensions.
By Sara Rajabova Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and plight of refugees and internally displaced people have been highlighted in Italy’s capital Rome.
A seminar titled “Azerbaijan: rights of IDPs and refugees” has been held at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, AzerTag news agency reported.
24 - 25 Nov 2014
One year on from Typhoon Yolanda, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Wilton Park will organize a workshop on Disaster prevention, preparedness and response in South and Southeast Asia: maximizing a gender-inclusive approach on 24−25 November.
Over 120 gender experts and disaster risk reduction practitioners from across the region, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam, will come together to discuss how to make disaster risk management more gender-inclusive.
Since Typhoon Yolanda hit Philippines on Nov.8th, 2013, AMDA has been supporting the affected people through different activities such as medical missions, distribution of food items and others. In collaboration with local officials, AMDA was able to support local elementary school and preschool students by distribution of school items and stationaries in Leyte from July to October, 2014, which was funded by students of 33 high schools in Hiroshima.
Kaboul, Afghanistan | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 12:47 GMT | 745 words
by Emal HAIDARY
Survivors of a horrific suicide attack which killed 57 people at a volleyball game in Afghanistan told Monday how a bomb packed with ball bearings ripped through spectators enjoying the final moments of the match.
In the country's deadliest single attack since 2011, the bomber detonated his explosives as hundreds of young men and boys attended a tournament on Sunday featuring three local teams in the volatile eastern province of Paktika.
On 17 November 2014, a Thai delegation led by Mr. Piriya Khempon, Ambassador of Thailand to Palestine resident in Amman, paid a visit to Ramallah, Palestine, to deliver USD 100,000 contribution from the Royal Thai Government to Palestine Red Crescent Society in response to humanitarian situation in Gaza strip, where hostilities occurred in July-August 2014, leading to more than 2,000 civilian casualties.
Moderate to heavy rains are expected in most parts of south and central Somalia as well as in the Ethiopian highlands in the coming three days. The northern parts of Somalia may receive light or no rains during the forecast period.
Background: The 2014 West African Ebola outbreak has evolved into an epidemic of historical proportions and catastrophic scope. Prior outbreaks have been contained through the use of personal protective equipment, but such an approach has not been rapidly effective in the current epidemic. Several candidate vaccines have been developed against the Ebola virus, and are undergoing initial clinical trials.
DAVAO CITY, November 24 (PIA) Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon guaranteed to provide shelter to all families affected by typhoon Pablo on December 4, 2012 in the towns of Banganga, Cateel and Boston.
Speaking to reporters, she said that the shelter assures affected families to be resilient.
Malanyaon said having their own homes will help the victims to strive and to realize their dreams for a better life.
She also praised the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the provincial government’s partner in the relief and rehabilitation efforts.
24 November 2014 - The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released today in Vienna and in various UNODC field office locations across the world shows that one in three known victims of human trafficking is a child - a 5 per cent increase compared to the 2007-2010 period. Girls make up 2 out of every 3 child victims, and together with women, account for 70 per cent of overall trafficking victims worldwide.
According to UNHCR 3,249,401 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 52.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,699,436 refugee children in the region.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and the Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced new funding of over €220,000 to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Today’s funding, to the NGO Plan, will support families in Sierra Leone who have been quarantined as a result of Ebola by providing food packages, fuel and other vital supplies.
PHOENIX (Nov. 20, 2014) – On December 1, individuals around the world will unite for World AIDS Day. Established by the World Health Organization in 1988, World AIDS Day is dedicated to the fight against HIV, showing support for people living with HIV and commemorating people who have died from the disease.
This study estimates the prevalence of key livestock diseases in district Faisalabad and evaluates the effects they have on livestock productivity and farm incomes. All five tehsils of district Faisalabad are included in the study. From each tehsil three villages were chosen, and from each village 10 livestock farmers were chosen randomly to collect survey information. Three categories of farmers were formed on the basis of the adult animal units (buffaloes and cows): small (1-3 animals), medium (4-6 animals), and large farmers (greater than 6 animals).
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 10:57 GMT
About 100 people were slaughtered last week in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the latest massacres to shake the restive region, regional deputies told AFP on Monday.
The carnage took place on Thursday near the town of Beni in the North Kivu province, where mainly Muslim Ugandan rebels have been blamed for killing more than 200 civilians in gruesome attacks since October.
Donetsk, Ukraine | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 09:56 GMT
by Clément ZAMPA
There was a blinding flash, then complete darkness and thick clouds of dust. A missile had just hit Ivan Balabanov's house in rebel-held east Ukraine.
Stunned, Ivan groped around in the pitch black to find his flashlight.
His ears ringing from the explosion, he took a few seconds to regain his senses and remember what was around him.