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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.

05 Nov 2015 description

El gobierno y las FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) iniciaron una nueva ronda de negociaciones con el objetivo común de avanzar hacia una tregua bilateral, para abrir el camino hacia el acuerdo definitivo de paz el próximo mes de marzo.

21 Oct 2015 description

At least 15 people were killed in unrest over last weekend in Port-au-Prince, as tension mounts ahead of next Sunday's presidential election, as only confirmed yesterday by local officials to Alterpresse.

According to the news agency, the victims were killed in the same episode last Friday night in the large slum of Cité Soleil, in the north of the Haitian capital, when units of the special national police Operative Brigade of Departmental Intervention (BOID) intervened to disperse the protesters. The circumstances remain unclear.

21 Oct 2015 description

El Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) se está preparando para apoyar al gobierno colombiano en la búsqueda de los al menos 45.000 desaparecidos (esta es la cifra más confiable, pero no definitiva) provocados por la larga guerra civil. Este proceso durará años, y previamente se realizará una nueva y más precisa recopilación de datos para trabajar con las cifras exactas.

14 Oct 2015 description

Los pasos de frontera con Colombia en el estado occidental de Táchira, que fueron cerrados el 19 de agosto, permanecerán de ese modo hasta que se construya “una frontera de paz” entre Caracas y Bogotá. Lo anunció el presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro, precisando que se aplicarán nuevas medidas para combatir “el terrorismo” en las ocho zonas en las que fue cerrado el paso.

12 Oct 2015 description

Durante el fin de semana sumaron ya 273 las víctimas oficiales del alud que el 1º de octubre arrasó cientos de viviendas en el municipio de Santa Catarina Pinula, en un asentamiento ubicado al este de la capital, por el que se estima que aún hay 267 personas desaparecidas.

08 Oct 2015 description

Se elevó a 208 el número de muertos confirmados hasta el momento por un desprendimiento de tierra la semana pasada, que arrasó con 125 viviendas en Santa Catarina Pinula, 15 kilómetros al este de Ciudad de Guatemala, mientras que 150 personas continúan desaparecidas, según informó la portavoz de la Fiscalía de Estado, Julia Barrera.

05 Oct 2015 description

After the violent clashes of the past days, peace efforts are mounting in Bangui to reduce tension in the city. The latest initiative was a meeting attended by various hundreds of residents, both Christians and Muslims, in the PK-5 area where the violence was largely concentrated.

22 Sep 2015 description

The Mozambican government has signed an accord with international institutions and donors for an aid package regarding the 2016-2020 period, reports the AIM national news agency.

The deal was signed by the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Union Commission, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Austria and Canada. In respect to the previous accord for 2009-2015, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Denmark did not sign.

11 Sep 2015 description

A “humanitarian crisis” has unfolded on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, said the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) director for Latin America, Jessica Faieta, in regard to the bilateral crisis that has culminated in mass expulsions ordered by Caracas authorities.

“This is not the only border where there are movements of populations and contraband problems, but there are structural matters that need to be discussed”, added the UN official.

07 Sep 2015 description

Con el acercarse del tercer aniversario del inicio del difícil proceso de paz entre la guerrilla y el gobierno, aumenta también el deseo de los colombianos de que se llegue a un acuerdo lo más pronto posible. El proceso de negociación comenzó formalmente el 18 de octubre del 2012 en Oslo (Noruega), para luego trasladarse a Cuba.

19 Aug 2015 description

The Israeli bulldozers are at work on the separation wall in the Cremisan Valley, despite the protests of the Palestinian population and an Israeli supreme court ruling that in April blocked the project after a long legal battle.

The 'green light' arrived on July 8 for the bulldozers from the same high court, which previously had defended the rights of the Palestinians to safeguard the area, for the construction not only on land of 58 Christian families, but also a monastery and a Salesian convent, with an adjoined primary school.

18 Aug 2015 description

Borno State authorities set up a panel of 13 experts assigned to reopen schools in this north-eastern area of Nigeria, closed for over a year due to the violence and attacks by the Islamist Boko Haram group.

According to Lagos's Guardian newspaper, the panel will present an action plan to the government within the next three weeks. The decision will then be immediately applied, in an aim to reopen all schools across the state by the start of the next school year.

04 Aug 2015 description

At the closing of a round of peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana, the delegation head of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), Iván Márquez, announced that the guerrilla group will release minors under the age of 15 from its ranks.

Márquez stressed the renewal of hope over the progress made in the works concluded yesterday, however adding that “the state should take into consideration a unilateral truce in attacks against political and social opposition leaders”, which President Juan Manuel Santos has so far excluded.

19 Jul 2015 description

Luego del ofrecimiento del presidente uruguayo Tabaré Vázquez a su par colombiano Juan Manuel Santos, el gobierno de Bogotá solicitó a la ONU y a la Presidencia de la Unión de los Estados de América del Sur (Unasur) que envíe delegados a Cuba para participar en las conversaciones paz con la guerrilla de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC).

16 Jul 2015 description

Expertos ejército colombiano y guerrilleros de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) implementarán juntos un programa de desminado en el departamento de Antioquia, en el noreste del país.

El programa prevé que para fines de este año el área que rodea la localidad de El Orejón sea declarada zona libre de minas antipersonales. Según el general Rafael Colón, quien fue designado por el gobierno para dirigir el desminado, la zona debe ser considerada como una de las de mayor riesgo en cuanto a minas en el país.