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16 Dec 2009 description
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LUANDA, Dec 16, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The ongoing talks at the ninth session of the joint commission on border and refugee issues between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have made positive progress, commission spokesman Nelson Cosme said here on Wednesday.

At a press briefing on the two-day commission work in Luanda, Nelson Cosme said the commission had agreed to set up four sub- commissions to deal with urgent issues confronting the two nations.

The first sub-commission, dedicated to refugee and border issues,discussed illegal immigration, repatriation …

07 Nov 2009 description
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BEIJING, Nov 07, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- For children living in peace, war is the stuff of fast-paced action movies or high-adrenaline computer games. Yet today, an astounding figure released by UNICEF shows that more than 250,000 children are fighting in wars and armed conflicts worldwide and witnessing atrocities.

From the "little bees" of Colombia to the "baby brigades" of Sri Lanka, boys and girls, some as young as six, have been transformed into small but highly efficient killing machines.

But what happens to child soldiers when the guns fall silent?

02 Nov 2009 description
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By Luc Roger Mbala and Shu Shi

KINSHASA, Nov 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC) has entered into a decisive phase in the process of reconstruction and democratization, but the government still has much to do to get rid of insecurity.

In a recent press release, Congolese Defense Minister Charles Muando Nsimba announced the operation initiated by the armed forces FARDC and the UN mission MONUC to combat Rwandan rebels and other insurgents were on the right track with positive results.

The minister said the situation has much improved, especially …

28 Sep 2009 description
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LUANDA, Sep 28, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- At least 85 Angolans who fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during Angola's civil war returned to the motherland over the weekend, a senior official said on Monday.

Victor Kusonga, acting director of the Welfare and Social Reintegration Department of Angola's northern Zaire Province, told reporters in the provincial capital Mbanza Kongo that the 85 Angolan refugees returned home through Luvo land border.

The official said these former Angolan refugees are now staying in the temporary tents provided by the …

15 Jul 2009 description
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LUANDA, Jul 15, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Angolan Ministry of Health and the Italian Foundation of Oil Companies (ENI) signed here on Tuesday a five million euros memorandum of understanding (MoU) for assisting Angolan children through vaccination and nutrition programs.

The memorandum was signed by Director of the International Cooperation Office of Angola's Ministry of Health Augusto Neto and ENI Secretary General Vincenzo Boffi on behalf of their respective organizations.

After the signing of the accord, Augusto Neto told reporters that the five-million-euro aid accord …

01 Jul 2008 description
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LUANDA, Jul 01, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The Angolan government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are holding talks on returning Angolan refugees residing in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Tuesday.

UNHCR Antonio Guterres was quoted as saying that he met Angolan Prime Minister Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, analyzing the return of small groups who are still abroad and, eventually, support the reintegration of others in host countries where they might have …

04 Nov 2007 description
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LUANDA, Nov 4, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Angolan government has recently approved the project of building a 220-kv power transmission line between Gabela and Quileva as well as the construction of corresponding infrastructure.

Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Sunday that the government's resolution also approves the construction contracts for the project worth of over 77.78 million euro (about 116 million U.S.

02 Oct 2007 description
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LUANDA, Oct 2, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Over 400,000 Angolan refugees living in the neighboring countries have returned home since the civil war ended in 2002 in the country, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Tuesday.

Angola's Social Welfare Minister Joao Baptista Kussumua was quoted as saying that these former refugees are now leading a normal life through the government's program aimed at rebuilding their lives.

30 Aug 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Aug 30, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Zambian government has jointly kicked off a nationwide registration of refugees living in the sub- Saharan country.

The 70-day exercise kicked off Wednesday, which will extend to other provinces in Zambia soon, aims at updating specific information of the refugees residing in its urban areas, including age, gender, place of origin, marital status and other details, so that international humanitarian organizations, along with the Zambian government, are able to provide proper …

28 Aug 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Aug 28, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Zambian government in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will embark on a major exercise of registering all "self- settled" Angolan refugees residing outside refugee camps and settlements, as well as refugees from other countries, who have already been granted permission by the government to remain in urban areas, notably Lusaka.

The registration exercise is being undertaken under the Strengthening of Protection Capacity Project (SPCP), a Danish funded program.

The registration exercise, …

16 Jul 2007 description
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LUANDA, Jul 16, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Angola's National Commission for Civil Protection (NCCP) has set up a pre-warning system against floods in the areas of Catumbela, Cavaco and Coporolo rivers, an NCCP official said here on Monday.

Eugenio Laborinho, a coordinator of the NCCP, told reporters that the system "will monitor and control the floods through electronic means to avoid natural catastrophes."

The system, jointly financed by the Angolan government and the United Nations Development Program, will start operation soon, the NCCP official said.

Incomplete …

11 Jul 2007 description
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LUANDA, Jul 11, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Angola's southern province of Kuando Kubango and its neighboring region of Ohangwena of Namibia on Wednesday agree to enhance border cooperation in the fields of agriculture, cattle breeding, trade and promotion of free circulation of people and goods.

After a meeting with a delegation of Ohangwena from Namibia led by its governor Uso Nghaamwa, Joao Baptista Tchindandi, governor of Kuando Kubango told reporters that they both have reached a consensus on the above-said areas for cooperation.

"These areas for cooperation are the …

15 Jun 2007 description
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LUANDA, Jun 15, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Angolan government has made considerable achievements in carrying out a nutrition program which benefits at least 4 million people, or 28.57 percent of Angola's population of 14 million, the Angolan official news agency ANGOP reported on Friday.

Paulina Semedo, an official from the Angolan Health Ministry, was quoted as saying that "the project of nutrition in vitamin A has benefited around 3 million children and 1 million mothers."

Addressing the closing ceremony of the international seminar on food and rural development …

20 Mar 2007 description
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KINSHASA, Mar 20, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s National Assembly has created an inquiry commission to investigate the occupation of 13 villages by Angolan soldiers in Kahemba region of Bandundu Province.

"The commission's mission is to establish the facts on the ground, assess the consequences arising from the displacement of populations, and to make concrete proposals and recommendations to the relevant government authorities," a member of the commission told Xinhua on Monday.

The commission has 15 members, of whom nine are …

18 Feb 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Feb 18, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Zambian government will soon discuss with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees ( UNHCR) the issue of the reluctance of some Angolan refugees to be repatriated to their home country, Sunday Times of Zambia reported.

About 40,000 Angolan refugees are still in Zambia although the repatriation work was finished last month.

Zambian Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Peter Mumba said his country has a huge challenge in ensuring that the immigrants be educated on the benefits of returning to their home country following the return of …

08 Feb 2007 description
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JOHANNESBURG, Feb 8, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- At least 214 people were killed by devastating floods in Southern Africa since the beginning of January, according to a report released here on Thursday.

The flooding is also causing a marked increase in cholera cases in some areas. The most affected countries are Angola, Mozambique and Zambia.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said that they are increasing their support to Red Cross National Societies in southern Africa and releasing additional funds as a response to the disasters.

01 Feb 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Feb 1, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Over 74,000 Angolan refugees have returned home from Zambia since the Angolan voluntary repatriation from Zambia started in 2003, one year after the 27-year-old civil war ended in the country, a Zambian government official said here Thursday.

Ronnie Shikapwasha, deputy minister of home affairs, urged the international community to continue to render timely support to Angola, particularly to areas of return.

In a cocktail in honor of Marjon Kamara, director of the Africa Bureau of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), …

31 Jan 2007 description
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LUANDA, Jan 31, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday in Luanda handed several emergency aid items to the Angolan Health Ministry, to assist the victims of the heavy rains that hit Luanda and other parts of the country recently.

The UNICEF donation delivered by its Representative to Angola, Angela Kearney, comprised rehydration serum, material for construction of latrines, water purification drugs and vitamin A.

14 Dec 2006 description
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NAIROBI, Dec 14, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The 2nd International Conference on the Great Lakes region kicked off here Thursday with six African presidents joined by other African senior officials and representatives of international organizations meeting in an effort to promote peace and development in a once conflict plagued area.

The Great Lakes region initially included countries that share the lakes of Kivu, Tanganyika and Victoria, but later expanded to involve some countries that are actually away from the lakes.

13 Dec 2006 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 13, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An outbreak of a cholera epidemic in Uganda has claimed 92 lives out of the 4,386 cases recorded in the last 12 months, a report from the Ministry of Health has said.

The report, titled Status of Cholera Outbreak in Uganda, which captures reported and confirmed cases across the country from January to December this year put national accumulative figure of cases at 4,386 with Kitgum, at 1,460 and Kampala, at 463, as the most affected districts.

A total of 12 deaths were reported out of 508 recorded cases in November, while 13 deaths were …