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09 Dec 2015 description

Five people were shot dead today in the Cibitoke area of Burundi's capital Bujumbura. The area is considered a stronghold of the opposition against President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose decision to run and obtain a controversial third term in office sparked protests that left hundreds dead.

Witnesses told the media that the 5 victims were shot by policemen who arrived in the area on a pickup truck, during a search for suspects connected to a grenade attack against security forces.

20 Nov 2015 description

Las comisiones del Senado y de la Cámara de Diputados de Colombia han aprobado por gran mayoría la convocatoria de un referéndum popular para convalidar los acuerdos que surjan de las históricas negociaciones de paz que se llevan a cabo en La Habana (Cuba) entre el gobierno colombiano y el movimiento guerrillero de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC).

“Felicito a las comisiones… por este debate que demuestra el total apoyo al proceso de paz bajo la guía del presidente Juan Manuel Santos”, dijo el ministro del Interior colombiano, Juan Fernando Cristo.

19 Nov 2015 description

Swaziland could soon become malaria free, indicates data from a national control program, specifying that between 2000 and 2014 the number of cases dropped by 99%.

The statistics also indicate that in 2013 the nation only registered 230 cases. According to Richard Feachem, director of the Global Health Group at the University of California in San Francisco, Swaziland could eliminate malaria by the end of 2016 or in early 2017. Malaria-free certification from the World Health Organization (WHO) will however take another three years.

16 Nov 2015 description

Over 43,700 Haitians living in Brazil will obtain permanent residency. The decision was announced by the government, specifying that immigrants registered with police and the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE) will benefit from the residency. The accord between Port-au-Prince and Brasilia was signed by the respective Ambassador and Justice and Labor minister.

Just in February of this year, 2,000 Haitians arrived in Brazilian territory. An inflow, particularly in Acre State, that increased since 2010 after the devastating earthquake that hit the country, killing 300,000.

06 Nov 2015 description

A national peace fund, to be called Fonapaz, to remain open for at least a decade with a “special account” in the State budget: this is the proposal made by the negotiators of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group in the peace process underway with the government in Havana, Cuba.