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08 Feb 2016 description

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | 2/8/2016 - 00:23 GMT

Nigeria's army on Sunday said it has launched a probe into recent attacks by Boko Haram militants which claimed dozens of lives of lives near Maiduguri, capital of northeast Borno state.

At least 85 people died when insurgents stormed and torched a village on January 30, the third attack in four days defying President Muhammadu Buhari's claim Nigeria had largely defeated the jihadist group.

08 Feb 2016 description

Port-au-Prince, Haiti | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 00:04 GMT

by Amelie BARON

Michel Martelly ended his presidential term Sunday without handing power to a successor, in an electoral crisis highlighting Haiti's long struggle to keep democracy on track in the 30 years since the Duvalier dictatorship ended.

Martelly was able to leave office thanks to a last-minute agreement hours before to install a transitional government after prolonged protests that sometimes turned violent.

08 Feb 2016 description

Civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of deadly violence and instability unless serious weaknesses in the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, are urgently addressed, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

08 Feb 2016 description

Port-au-Prince, Haïti | AFP | 08/02/2016 - 01:21 GMT

Michel Martelly a achevé dimanche son mandat présidentiel sans remettre le pouvoir à un successeur en raison du report des élections en Haïti, ce qui plonge le pays dans une crise politique profonde, 30 ans jour pour jour après la fin de la dictature des Duvalier.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Group runs seven unofficial schools teaching 3,000 children

  • Schools are in rebel-held areas under heavy government attack

  • They are sited in basements with some shelter from bombardment

By Estelle Shirbon

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - At the unofficial schools run by Syrian activist group Kesh Malek in opposition-held districts of Aleppo, the children don't go outside to play during breaks in case a barrel bomb should drop from the sky.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE— As a child, Anne-Marie Caulkner was forced to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, which some people refer to as female circumcision.

The traditional practice removes some or all parts of the external female genitalia. It is seen by some as a rite of passage for girls and a way to make a girl more appealing to a husband.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON— The Zimbabwe Exiles’ Forum (ZEF) has commended the South African government for making changes to its asylum seeker permit procedures that have been introduced by the Department of Home Affairs at Marabastad Refugee Reception Office.

Gabriel Shumba of the ZEF said, “Not only do these changes make the application for asylum easy and convenient, they also remove rampant touting and corruption that was being experienced outside Marabastad.”

07 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

Sudanese in various parts of the country are still suffering from a shortage of flour and cooking gas. They also complain about sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities.

Housewife Zahra Mohamed told Radio Dabanga from Khartoum that the price of an LPG cylinder reached SDG95 ($16). She also condemned the soaring transportation tariffs because of the rise of fuel prices.

In most districts of the capital of El Gezira state, people are queueing for hours to obtain some pieces of bread, an angry listener reported from Wad Madani.

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

En vue du 2ème tour du scrutin présidentiel couplé avec le 1er tour des élections législatives prévu pour le 14 février 2016, deux vols cargos en provenance de Dubai et Cotonou transportant le matériel sensible sont arrivés aujourd’hui à l’aéroport international de Bangui M’Poko.

07 Feb 2016 description
report African Union

Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 571ème réunion tenue le 29 janvier 2016, au niveau des chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement, a adopté la décision qui suit sur la situation au Burundi:

Le Conseil,

07 Feb 2016 description
report AlterPresse

Par Emmanuel Marino Bruno

P-au-P, 7 février 2016 [Alter Presse] --- L’accord de sortie de crise, signé le 6 février 2016 entre l’exécutif et le parlement est loin de faire l’unanimité ou même de favoriser un consensus.

Des secteurs divers dont le Groupe des huit candidats à la présidence (G-8) le désapprouvent alors que d’autres, à des degrés divers, le soutiennent.

07 Feb 2016 description

Au terme d’une visite officielle de quatre jours au Bénin, le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire Général de l’ONU pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a appelé tous les acteurs impliqués dans le processus électoral à organiser un scrutin apaisé, crédible et participatif.

07 Feb 2016 description

Le Secrétaire général salue l'accord conclu par les acteurs haïtiens qui prévoit des dispositions immédiates pour préserver la continuité institutionnelle du pays ainsi qu'une feuille de route pour la conclusion rapide du cycle électoral en cours.

Reconnaissant que l'accord est conforme à l'esprit de la Constitution haïtienne, le Secrétaire général réitère son appel à tous les acteurs concernés à le mettre en œuvre afin d’assurer le transfert démocratique du pouvoir à des représentants élus.

07 Feb 2016 description

New York, 7 February 2016

The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached by Haitian stakeholders, which provides for immediate arrangements to preserve the institutional continuity of the country as well as a roadmap for the swift conclusion of the ongoing electoral cycle.

Acknowledging that the agreement is in the spirit of the Haitian Constitution, the Secretary-General calls on all actors concerned to implement it in order to ensure the democratic transfer of power to elected officials.

07 Feb 2016 description

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 19:04 GMT |

Tens of thousands of civilians fleeing weeks of clashes between troops and rebels in Darfur's Jebel Marra area face "dire" humanitarian circumstances, the United Nations said on Sunday.

Fighting in the Jebel Marra has flared between forces loyal to President Omar al-Bashir, wanted on war crimes charges relating to the Darfur conflict, and the Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdelwahid Nur (SLA-AW), which has been battling him since 2003.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Redhum

Argentina, 07 de Febrero 2016
Fuente: Los Andes

Se trata del cálculo de la Municipalidad de San Martín luego del granizo que precipitó sobre Chapanay. “A pocos días para la cosecha, no nos quedó nada”, lamentan los productores.

Una fuerte tormenta de lluvia, viento y granizo afecto a San Martín y puntualmente a los distritos de Alto Salvador y Chapanay, donde hubo pérdidas importantes en más de mil hectáreas de cultivos y también unas 450 familias afectadas, según informó el área de Desarrollo Económico de la comuna.

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
report Salvation Army

THE Salvation Army is supporting people affected by the 6.4 magnitude earthquake which struck the island of Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday 6 February 2016. The quake, which had its epicentre close to the southern city of Tainan, has caused several buildings to collapse and interrupted power and water supplies. Many Taiwanese people had travelled to the city this weekend ahead of Monday’s Chinese New Year celebrations, swelling the numbers involved. Media reports suggest that 26 people died and 500 were hurt, although the number of deaths is expected to rise.

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)