REG. NO. 98/0008
AI INDEX: AFR 47/4/98
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's recent calls for executions of perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda is deplorable and will only serve to perpetuate the cycle of bitterness and revenge in the Great Lakes region, Amnesty International said today.
Following a devastating earthquake in its Hebei Province on 10 January, China will be receiving temporary housing and emergency supplies in a relief effort being coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The earthquake, which registered 6.2 on the Richter scale, killed 49 people and left 44,000 homeless. Since 10 January, extreme cold has been exacerbating the suffering of the victims.
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IRIN: Bulletin quotidien no 339 d'information sur l'Afrique Centrale et de
l'Est (du samedi 24 au lundi 26 janvier 1998)
* La violence au cours du week-end fait 12 morts
MOSCOW, Jan 26 (IPS) - Russian president Boris Yeltsin has sent a special envoy to Iraq to ease the crisis between Baghdad and the United Nations over weapons inspection teams.
Deputy foreign minister Viktor Posuvalyuk left for Baghdad Monday. In November a similar Moscow mission to Baghdad won
a temporary halt to an earlier crisis over weapons inspections.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the Security Council consider establishing a United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic.
Press Release WHO/13
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is widely distributed in Kenya and Somalia, primarily in animals but also in humans, World Health Organization (WHO) officials investigating the disease outbreak in the two countries say. The estimated number of deaths in Kenya is now 350-400. These deaths are concentrated in Kenya's Northeastern Province and in southern Somalia, where after a critical review of the data from Somalia, a revised count indicates that 80 deaths are suspected to be due to haemorrhagic fever.
by Fabian Schmidt
Recent unrest sparked by local policemen in the northern city of Shkoder highlights the continued weakness of government institutions in Albania. Control over the police is a sensitive issue
for a cabinet trying to establish public order and confidence
following last year's widespread public disorder. Observers fear
that the country may once again experience a vicious circle of
lawlessness and violence if the government is unable to crack
down on organized crime. To achieve that goal, it needs a reliable
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IRIN-WA Update 131 of Events in West Africa, (Saturday-Monday) 24-26 January 1998
LIBERIA: Liberians say farewell to ECOMOG
By Manoah Esipisu
NAIROBI, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The long-term cost of heavy unseasonal rains blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon was brought home to Kenyans on Monday with the agriculture ministry forecasting massive output declines in a variety of commodities. The ministry said in a statement that coffee production would fall to 65,000 tonnes in 1997/98 (Oct/Sept) from 68,000 tonnes in 1996/97 because of the effects of bad weather. Production in 1996/97 was 97,575 tonnes.
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IRIN Update No. 340 for Central and Eastern Africa (Saturday-Monday 24-26
RWANDA: 12 killed in weekend violence
Ref: DHAGVA - 98/0144
1. The UN Resident Coordinator in Maputo reports that the landslides occurred in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia on 20 January. According to the latest information, 47 people were killed, while another 40 remain missing in Milange district.
2. Heavy rains and landslides also interrupted connections between the provincial capital and smaller towns in Tete and Sofala province.
3. The Government's inter-sectoral brigade is presently in Milange district, assessing the situation.
INTRO: REPORTS FROM AFGHANISTAN SAY TALEBAN WAR PLANES HAVE ATTACKED THE CENTRAL AFGHAN CITY, BAMIYAN, KILLING CIVILIANS AND DESTROYING HOMES AND GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS. V-O-A CORRESPONDENT MEREDITH BUEL HAS DETAILS.
TEXT: THE PAKISTAN-BASED AFGHAN ISLAMIC PRESS REPORTS FOUR WARPLANES DROPPED BOMBS ON RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN CENTRAL BAMIYAN.
BAMIYAN IS THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE HEZB-I-WAHDAT FACTION -- ONE OF THE MAJOR GROUPS IN THE ALLIANCE FIGHTING THE TALEBAN.
Appeal no. 22/97 - period covered: 1
December 1997 - 23 January 1998
The focus of the relief operation in the wake of Typhoon Linda has been switched to rehabilitation and reconstruction, as the health status and access to food among the beneficiary population is not as bad as was first feared. More than CHF 500,000-worth of relief items are being distributed this week, on top of the large-scale distributions of rice, clothing, mosquito
nets, blankets , medical kits and corrugated iron sheets already allocated to the 150,000 beneficiaries.
Update on Floods in Somalia.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean's
peace-keeping forces serving in angola returned home on Sunday after
completing their tour of duty.
The three companies of nearly 450 men flew from diamond-rich northeastern Angolan town of Saurimo straight to Harare.
The companies were part of the United Nations Angola Observer Mission (MONUA) which served in the north eastern
Lunda-Sul and Lunda-Norte provinces.
Reports from Indonesia say hundreds of
new fires have broken out, with more are expected because of the continuing
The reports have rekindled fears of the return of the smog that blanketed much of Southeast Asia last year.
The Antara news agency says satellite photographs showed the latest fires are in East Kalimantan, where smoke had reduced visibility and officials were preparing for new outbreaks.
In Rwanda, about 300 rebels have launched
an attack in the country's north, killing eight civilians.
Two rebels were also killed.
The Rwandan news agency, citing military sources, says the rebels were armed with rifles and machetes.
The attack ended after the Rwandan Patriotic Army intervened.
Rwanda continues to be plagued by clashes between government forces and Hutu militiamen.
The Rwandan Patriotic Front ousted the Hutu regime in 1994 after a devastating civil war which left more than 500,000 people dead.