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UNICEF called today for a sea-change in the way the international community handles the protection of humanitarian aid workers. The call came one day after the killings in Burundi of the UNICEF Representative and a staff member from the World Food Programme.
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TAIPEI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Taiwan was shaken on Wednesday by a moderately strong earthquake just three weeks after a powerful tremor that killed 2,300 people. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Officials said the 9:42 a.m. (0142 GMT) quake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale and was centred in Hualien, a seismically active area on Taiwan's eastern shore.
Geneva, 13 October 1999
NEW YORK, UN (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked the Security Council to authorise a three-month winding up of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic, whose mandate expires 15 November.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
KIGALI, 13 October (IRIN) - The Rwandan government is moving ahead with its controversial villagisation effort throughout the country as international agencies grapple with what role they should play in a programme that is expected to have far-reaching implications on Rwandan society, aid officials said.
By Maria Eismont
GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Officials in separatist Chechnya reported heavy fighting Wednesday between Russian troops and Chechen fighters in a key district granting access to the regional capital Grozny.
Artillery blasts and air fire were audible throughout the night in Grozny, capital of the breakaway region. Russian forces have set up a security zone in the north and suggested they could push their way south toward Grozny.
Chechen officials said battles were raging in Garagorsky district, 30 miles northwest of Grozny.
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese defence ministry on Tuesday provided five tonnes of food and medicine to residents of Kindamba, about 150 km south-west of Brazzaville, a military source said on Wednesday.
This programme has been formally extended to 31 December 1999, after which it will be included in the 2000 Plan of Action. This replaces the announced extension to March 2000 as mentioned in Situation Report No. 2. The budget revision stated in that report, however, remains the same. The refugee population in Zambia remains constant and renewed fighting in the
News Update and WHO Surveillance Update
As INTERFET secures more territory, humanitarian organizations are building their stocks of relief materials in secure towns and are developing operational plans for expanding programs throughout the country.
Relief supplies are now reaching the towns of Dare, Manatuto, Ermera, Gleno, Los Palos, and Baucau on a regular basis.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has developed a rapid assessment form that each assessment team or convoy can complete upon travelling to a new location. The information will be entered into a World Health …
The United Nations' Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Somalia, Mona Rishmawi, called today on the members States of the European Union (EU) not to adopt an asylum policy that "could put the human rights and fundamental liberties of Somalis under further jeopardy".
LUANDA, 12 October (IRIN) - Three months ago Angola=B4s northern city of Malanje was a tragic symbol of the suffering inflicted by the country=B4s civil war: A ghost town where those that could afford it had left, and the more vulnerable among those those who could not, starved.
By Andrew Gray
PRISTINA, Oct 12 (Reuters) - An international staff member of the U.N. mission in Kosovo was shot dead in the centre of the capital Pristina on Monday, the United Nations said.
He was the first international staff member of the U.N. mission to be killed since it moved into Kosovo in mid-June to step up an interim administration.
The man had just arrived in the Serbian province earlier in the day to begin his assignment, U.N. spokeswoman Nadia Younes told Reuters.
"He went to his hotel, had dinner and went out for a walk," Younes said.
The Humanitarian Law Center said in a statement
on 10 October that Serbian authorities continue to hold 2,000 ethnic
Albanian prisoners. These include 25 minors, 11 women, about 200 wounded, and some 50 people who are sick. The statement stressed that "their immediate release is above all required on humanitarian grounds and is not subject to political
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for the killer of a UN international staff member shot last night in Kosovo to be brought to justice.
On May 25-28, 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden, the Inter-American Development Bank chaired a meeting of the Consultative Group for the Reconstruction and Transformation of Central America, a campaign launched to raise aid for the countries devastated by Hurricane Mitch.