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08 Aug 1996 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By Pius Muteekani Katunzi

08 Aug 1996 description
report Government of Kenya

Following the Regional Summit held in Arusha Tanzania on 31st July, 1996 and attended by the Presidents of Tanzania,

07 Aug 1996 description

RUSSIA

CHECHEN MILITANTS "IN CONTROL OF GROZNY." Heavy fighting in Grozny between Chechen militants and Russian forces continued during the night of 6-7 August, and as of mid-morning on 7 August the Chechen detachments were "in effective control" of the city, Reuters reported. On 6 August, the Russians lost four helicopter gunships and 23 Russian troops were killed and 91 injured, according to Reuters. Confusion persists over the identity of the Chechen commander coordinating the operation.

07 Aug 1996 description
report Associated Press

By STEFAN LOVGREN Associated Press Writer
KIRIBA, Burundi (AP) -- Villagers say the Tutsi soldiers came at dawn. Armed with machine guns and machetes, they took positions around the densely populated clusters of mud huts. Then, mayhem.

''I was looking down on the village,'' Onesphone Bugusu remembers. ''I saw soldiers kill my 90-year-old grandmother with a machete blow to the neck.''

Another Hutu villager, Mathilde Nyakana, shows where a Tutsi army bayonet slashed the head of her 1-year-old daughter.

07 Aug 1996 description
report Associated Press

By SUSAN LINNEE Associated Press Writer

07 Aug 1996 description

CWS partners in Central America are assisting with reliefefforts in the aftermath of Cesar, the hurricane-turned-tropical storm that killed dozens and uprooted tens of thousands throughout the region.
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07 Aug 1996 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
This document is prepared by the Central News Section of the Department of Public Information and is updated every week-day at approximately 6:00 PM.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported a new eruption of fighting in Chechnya. Citing UNHCR reports, the Secretary General's Spokesman Sylvana Foa said another 3, 400 people have arrived in Dagestan from Chechnya. Some 85 000 people reportedly fled Chechnya to get away from the fighting. The Agency is putting in place contingency stocks for 10 000 people.

07 Aug 1996 description
report LE SOIR Bruxelles

Depuis deux ans, Katia Hosting sillonne sans cesse l'Afrique centrale, et notamment le Zaïre, comme consultante pour l'organisation de défense des droits de l'homme Human Rights Watch. A chacune de mes visites, explique-t-elle, je trouve les villes plus délabrées. Cela fait longtemps que Kinshasa se déglingue, mais ce processus s'accélère. Quant aux villes de province, comme Kisangani, ou Bukavu, elles ressemblent à des villes fantômes. Les hommes d'affaires s'en vont, plus aucun service ne fonctionne, tout est désorganisé. La pauvreté est visible partout.

07 Aug 1996 description

GROZNY, Russia (Reuter) - Russian troops backed by helicopter gunships battled separatist rebels in Chechnya's capital Grozny Wednesday and moved to block attacks on the city's heavily-guarded government compound.

The rebels, who entered Grozny Tuesday and took control of much of the city, attempted to storm the headquarters of the pro-Moscow administration. The offensive followed weeks of Russian attacks against Chechen villages.

07 Aug 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=8/7/96
TITLE=RUSSIA / CHECHNYA (S)
BYLINE=PETER HEINLEIN

07 Aug 1996 description

Grozny, August 7 (RFE/RL) -- Chechen separatist fighters have seized the city's main telephone exchange in the second day of a battle for pro-Moscow government buildings in the center of the breakaway republic's capital, an Interfax correspondent in Grozny reports.

07 Aug 1996 description

MOSCOW (Reuter) - Chechen rebels launched an attack on the central compound of the pro-Moscow government in the Chechen capital Grozny Wednesday, Itar-Tass news agency said.

Its correspondent, holed up in one of the buildings together with other Russian journalists, said the rebels had attacked Russian positions protecting the complex and set the building of the regional interior ministry on fire with a grenade.

07 Aug 1996 description

NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuter) - The United Nations Wednesday made a passionate appeal to Tanzania and Kenya for permission to send food aid to more than 700,000 war refugees in landlocked Burundi, now hit by regional economic sanctions.

07 Aug 1996 description
report Associated Press

ROME (AP) -- Economic sanctions against Burundi by its neighbors are preventing humanitarian relief from arriving in the country and could fuel more violence, the U.N. food agency says.

07 Aug 1996 description

NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuter) - The United Nations Wednesday made a passionate appeal to Tanzania and Kenya for permission to send food aid to more than 700,000 war refugees in landlocked Burundi, now hit by regional economic sanctions.

07 Aug 1996 description

Despite claims by the new Burundi military leader, Major Pierre Buyoya, that he wants to stop genocide in Burundi, massacres by government forces and armed groups continue unabated, Amnesty International said in a report issued today.

07 Aug 1996 description
report Times

FROM RICHARD BEESTON IN MOSCOW

CHECHEN rebels launched a daring counter-offensive against Russian forces in the breakaway republic yesterday, capturing parts of the capital, Grozny, and laying siege to two smaller towns.

In the fiercest fighting witnessed in Chechenia since a similar guerrilla operation five months ago, hundreds of separatist fighters poured into Grozny in a dawn raid that underscored Russia's tenuous hold on the shattered city.

At least 20 Russian troops were killed and nearly 100 wounded.