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21 Mar 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

UN Should Insist on Justice, Rule of Law as Pre-Conditions

(Geneva) – The United Nations should urge the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and competing authorities in eastern Libya to create conditions conducive to a free and fair vote before rushing to hold general elections in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today.

21 Mar 2018 description

Depuis fin 2016 l’Italie – soutenue par l’Union européenne (UE) – a initié une double stratégie pour mettre un terme aux arrivées de migrant.e. s par la Méditerranée centrale : criminaliser les secours citoyens, et faire à nouveau de la Libye le gendarme de l’Europe. Ces deux dimensions se sont accentuées au cours de l’été 2017 avec l’imposition d’un « code de conduite » aux ONG et la mise sous séquestre des bateaux des organisations récalcitrantes.

21 Mar 2018 description
report UN News Service

Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) a appelé à soutenir d’urgence le nombre de Camerounais anglophones demandeurs d’asile au Nigéria qui a doublé depuis mi-janvier.

21 Mar 2018 description
report UN News Service

Le fardeau des migrations à travers le monde peut être atténué si l’on anticipe les problèmes de l’eau, selon une nouvelle étude de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) présentée à l’occasion du 8ème Forum mondial de l’eau qui se déroule à Brasilia cette semaine.

L'utilisation mondiale de l'eau a été multipliée par six au cours du siècle dernier, soit deux fois le taux de croissance démographique.

21 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Sophie Raynor

Walking hours per day for clean, safe water was a reality for hundreds of children in remote Timor-Leste not too long ago. But now, community-led efforts have seen water piped into the centres of some of the country’s most isolated hamlets, and its children accessing good health and secure education. Find out how UNICEF is supporting a tiny village in the country’s mountainous centre now.

21 Mar 2018 description

There's been a substantial increase in the number of homes in American Samoa reported to have been destroyed or damaged by Cyclone Gita last month.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

21 Mar 2018 description
report Frontier Post

LASHKARGAH: Security forces have occupied 20 school buildings and are using them as security posts in different areas of Helmand, the education director has said. Talking to Afghan media outlet, Helmand education director Daud Shah Safari termed it a great injustice with children to convert their schools into security posts.

He said the education system was struggling with other issues as well and the posts had multiplied their problems. He questioned how parents would send their children to schools where armed forces were stationed.

21 Mar 2018 description
report Frontier Post

KANDAHAR CITY: Afghan military officials organized and led a two-day humanitarian aid and disaster response planning exercise at the Kandahar airfield, the Resolute Support mission said on Tuesday.

Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, flooding, drought, landslides and avalanches. On average, such disasters affect roughly 200,000 people each year, according to a statement from the NATO-led mission.

The two-day exercise on March 18 and 19 was designed to review and develop Afghan responses and procedures for simulated drought, floods and refugee crises.

21 Mar 2018 description

By Lisa Barrington and Suleiman Al-Khalidi

BEIRUT/AMMAN, March 18 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited Syrian soldiers who appear close to defeating the last major opposition foothold near Damascus and met some of the many thousands of people uprooted during the government offensive.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

21 Mar 2018 description






  • A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 26 February 2018.

  • Hela and Southern Highlands are the worstaffected provinces. Western and Enga Provinces have also been impacted.

  • Water, food, shelter, medicine and the provision of health services are the priority needs.

21 Mar 2018 description

Situation Overview

On 22 December 2017, the monitored Low Pressure Area east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Severe Tropical Storm and was named “Vinta” (international name: Tembin). It exited Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on 24 December 2017.

Status of Affected Families / Persons

184,278 families or 871,757 persons are affected in 1,215 barangays in Regions MIMAROPA, VII, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA, and ARMM (see Table 1; details in Annex A).

21 Mar 2018 description


On 13 January 2018 at 4:21 PM, Mayon Volcano generated a phreatic eruption (steam-driven) that propelled a grayish steam and ash plume approximately 2,500 meters high that was drifted to the southwest. Based on seismic records the activity lasted approximately 1 hour and 47 minutes.

Characterized by a general decline in unrest reflected by moderate seismicity and degassing, deflation of the edifice, and a decrease in eruptive activity at the summit crater, the Alert Level of the volcano has been downgraded to Level 3 on 06 March 2018.

21 Mar 2018 description

AI Index Number: AFR 62/8104/2018

Statement delivered during the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council

Amnesty International is concerned by the ongoing suppression of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in the context of a disputed electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators.

21 Mar 2018 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, March 20 (Xinhua) -- A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit Tainan city of Taiwan at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The epicenter, with a depth of 14 km, was monitored at about 23.33 degrees north latitude and 120.52 degrees east longitude, the center said in a statement.

21 Mar 2018 description

19°32’0”S 169°26’30”E Summit 1184ft (361m)
Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level:** Level 2** 

Yasur volcano is continuing in the major unrest state. Its Alert Level remains at Level 2 .