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    • Violent crime 'continues to fall' April 23, 2014
      Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.
    • Three children found dead in London April 23, 2014
      A woman is arrested after three children are found dead at an address in south London.
    • US threatens more Russia sanctions April 23, 2014
      US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington will impose further sanctions on Russia if it does not de-escalate tensions in east Ukraine.
    • Breast cancer drug price cut urged April 22, 2014
      Campaigners urge pharmaceutical giant Roche to lower the cost of a pioneering breast cancer drug as the NHS prepares to rejects its use on price grounds.
    • UK non-Christian claims 'absurd' April 23, 2014
      The UK is a Christian country and those who deny it are "deluding themselves" and ignoring "reality", say two senior Conservative MPs.
    • Survivor's regret over ferry students April 23, 2014
      A survivor of the South Korean ferry that capsized last week says he saw students trapped inside the vessel's cafeteria as it capsized.
    • Blair warns West over radical Islam April 23, 2014
      Tony Blair is warning Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.
    • Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes April 23, 2014
      Violent protests break out in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro following the death of a young man allegedly beaten by police.
    • Renewable energy projects approved April 23, 2014
      Eight renewable energy projects, expected to support 8,500 jobs, are given the green light by the government.
    • 'High violence rate' at youth prison April 23, 2014
      A damning report into a young offenders institute finds violence levels too high, inefficient security and drug usage three times above targets.
    • Referendum pleas on St George's Day April 23, 2014
      Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron use the English feast day of St George to make their Scottish independence referendum appeals.
    • 'Irresponsible' holiday ad banned April 23, 2014
      A television advert for Center Parcs is banned for "irresponsibly" encouraging parents to take holidays during term time.
    • Adams 'gave IRA bomb order' - claim April 23, 2014
      A former IRA member makes new allegations about Gerry Adams, claiming the Sinn Féin leader ordered him to transport explosives to Great Britain for a bombing campaign in 1980.
    • Spotlight stays on Man Utd - papers April 23, 2014
      The papers continue to focus on Manchester United following the sacking of manager David Moyes, while there is interest in figures suggesting violent crime has fallen and the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.
    • Shakespeare 'a cultural icon' abroad April 23, 2014
      William Shakespeare is the UK's greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international survey released to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth.
    • Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved April 23, 2014
      The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.
    • Ferguson to help pick new Man Utd boss April 23, 2014
      Sir Alex Ferguson is to play a key role in selecting David Moyes's replacement as Manchester United manager.
    • Mourinho 'wants to rest players' April 22, 2014
      Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he wants to rest key players for Sunday's Premier League trip to leaders Liverpool.
    • Liverpool plan summer transfer spree April 23, 2014
      Liverpool will hand boss Brendan Rodgers a significant summer transfer kitty following qualification for the Champions League.
    • Higgins suffers shock loss to McManus April 22, 2014
      Four-time champion John Higgins is out of the World Snooker Championship after a 10-7 first-round defeat by Alan McManus.
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    • Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit April 23, 2014
      TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower.
    • California GOP hopeful wants free college for science, math students April 23, 2014
      BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari called for free college tuition for students pursuing math and science degrees, part of an education reform plan released Tuesday that would also model public schools after charter schools.
    • California congressman woos Sriracha pepper sauce factory after odor complaints heat up April 23, 2014
      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman from a Los Angeles community is seeking to lure the factory that makes the bestselling Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce to his district after residents in its current location complained about the smell.
    • Obama, Abe under pressure to salvage signature Pacific trade pact April 23, 2014
      TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman arrived in Japan earlier than expected on Wednesday, Japanese media said, for a last ditch push for a two-way deal seen as crucial to efforts to create one of the world's biggest trade pacts.
    • New Jersey governor's press aide subpoenaed in 'Bridgegate' probe April 23, 2014
      (Reuters) - A New Jersey legislative panel investigating the "Bridgegate" traffic scandal subpoenaed the press spokesman to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and three other officials on Tuesday.
    • Asia tensions simmer as Obama set to arrive in Tokyo April 22, 2014
      TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in a tense Asian region on Wednesday, faced with the delicate task of assuring Japan and other regional allies of America's commitment to their defense without hurting Washington's vital ties with a rising China.
    • U.S. top court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action April 22, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday further undermined the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a voter-approved Michigan law that banned the practice in decisions on which students to admit to state universities.
    • Colorado lawmakers move to tighten edible marijuana laws April 22, 2014
      DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado lawmakers are moving to tighten laws governing the sale of marijuana-infused edibles, an issue that has gained attention following two deaths possibly linked to the ingestion of cannabis products, the measures' main sponsor said on Tuesday.
    • Florida Senator holds Miami Beach hearing on rising sea level April 22, 2014
      MIAMI BEACH (Reuters) - Climate change is already impacting south Florida coastal communities, which could see a three-foot rise in sea level by the end of the century, a panel of officials and scientists testified at a Senate hearing on Miami Beach on Tuesday.
    • Georgia joins other U.S. states facing gay marriage lawsuits April 22, 2014
      ATLANTA (Reuters) - A federal lawsuit was filed in Atlanta on Tuesday, challenging the constitutionality of a Georgia law banning same sex marriage, the first such case in the southern U.S. state.
    • Missouri mayor quits after anti-Semitic remarks tied to Kansas killings April 22, 2014
      (Reuters) - The mayor of a southwestern Missouri town resigned on Tuesday in the wake of community anger over anti-Semitic comments he made in reference to recent killings at two Jewish community facilities in Kansas.
    • Senator Boozman undergoes heart surgery in Arkansas April 22, 2014
      (Reuters) - Senator John Boozman of Arkansas was recovering from heart surgery on Tuesday, his office said in a statement.
    • U.S. official responsible for reforming Medicare is leaving post April 22, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the departure of the top health official responsible for reforming Medicare under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law.
    • Supreme Court hears challenge to ban on 'false' campaign speech April 22, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum voiced doubts on Tuesday about a state law that prohibits false statements during a political campaign.
    • IRS's summons power faces test in Supreme Court April 22, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Internal Revenue Service will go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to defend the way it enforces its power to issue legal summonses to obtain sensitive documents from taxpayers who refuse to cooperate with audits.
    • Detroit bankruptcy judge taps consultants for city's plan April 22, 2014
      (Reuters) - The federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case tapped a top restructuring official at Phoenix Management Services on Tuesday to help the court determine if the city's plan to adjust its $18 billion of debt is feasible.
    • UAW suddenly retreats from fight at Tennessee VW plant April 21, 2014
      CHATTANOOGA, Tenn./DETROIT (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers, surprising even its supporters, on Monday abruptly withdrew its legal challenge to a union organizing vote that it lost at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February.
    • Court orders U.S. to release memo on drones, al-Awlaki killing April 21, 2014
      NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over key portions of a memorandum justifying the government's targeted killing of people linked to terrorism, including Americans.
    • U.S. court signals narrow bondholders win in Argentina subpoena case April 21, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated that creditors should be able to seek limited information about Argentina's non-U.S. assets in a case about bank subpoenas in decade-long litigation over Argentina's obligations to bond investors.
    • Supreme Court refuses to hear Florida appeal over worker drug testing April 21, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an executive order issued by Florida Governor Rick Scott that had required all state employees take random drug tests.
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    • Luxury shoes made in Ghana April 15, 2014
      Fred Deegbe was standing outside a shop window five years ago, marveling at the shiny pair of wing-tip Oxfords he'd just bought, when he started wondering whether such beautiful designer shoes could ever be produced in his country, Ghana.
    • Meet Nigeria's 'Mark Zuckerberg' April 3, 2014
      At 23, many people around the world are still at university -- at that age, Gossy Ukanwoke had already started one.
    • Why we need more geek girls April 3, 2014
      "It was like taking a big leap of faith."
    • 'Uncle Ebo' revives Ghanaian theater April 15, 2014
      African Voices meets James Ebo Whyte a passionate storyteller with a series of successful plays to his credit.
    • How medics saved lives at Westgate April 9, 2014
      When gunmen stormed into Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, Abbas Gullet was one of the first emergency responders on the scene. As head of Kenya's Red Cross, he was in charge of coordinating services for people in need.
    • Embracing Ghana's natural beauty April 1, 2014
      She started her business with just £100, lugging her beauty bag from door to door, but some 25 years later Grace Amey-Obeng has built a multi-million dollar cosmetics empire that's helping change the perception of beauty for many.
    • Africa's most endangered April 16, 2014
      Africa is home to much unique wildlife, but many of its iconic species are threatened. Find out more about its most endangered animals.
    • Secrets of 'gorilla whisperer' March 25, 2014
      Zain Verjee visits Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park -- the home of half of the world's endangered mountain gorilla population.
    • Savannah from the sky March 13, 2014
      It's almost impossible for a photographer to find fresh visual perspectives these days. Brooklyn-based Zack Seckler had to travel to a different continent and strap into an ultra-light aircraft to find one. His Botswana series presents the country from between 50 and 500 feet, providing a unique and captivating view of the savannah.
    • Is this the new Oprah? April 18, 2014
      Meet Mo Abudu: 'Africa's Oprah Winfrey.' The glamorous 49-year-old is conquering the continent one media empire at a time.
    • How to live healthy with gorillas April 22, 2014
      Veterinarian Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka on creating an environment where gorillas and the people who live near them, can coexist safely.
    • Ancient tribe living in the past April 18, 2014
      The Hadza are one of the oldest people on earth. Today, they battle for land, and continued survival.
    • Web dismantles stereotypes April 21, 2014
      The new Web series "An African City" is fun, trendy and over the top.
    • Why you should fear Boko Haram April 17, 2014
      Boko Haram's lethality is indisputable.
    • You gotta try South African BBQ April 17, 2014
      Grilled zebra anyone? Peri-peri warthog? This is how to barbecue, South Africa style.
    • Inside an Ebola isolation ward April 16, 2014
      Dr. Sanjay Gupta goes into an ebola clinic to find out what life is like for the patients inside.
    • Rating Pistorius's defense April 16, 2014
      After five days of intense cross-examination, has Olympian Oscar Pistorius helped or harmed his defense that he did not intentionally kill his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkam?
    • Pop art condoms saving lives April 15, 2014
      The Center for African Family Studies in Nairobi has teamed up with Kenyan artist Michael Soi to create eye-catching condom wrappers to promote safe sex and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among young people.
    • Ebola: A swift and bloody killer April 16, 2014
      It took only moments to feel the impact of what was happening here.
    • 'I lost my fingers, made new ones' April 14, 2014
      A South African carpenter lost his fingers in an accident -- now he's making mechanical fingers and hands for others.
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Street artist forged ‘masterpieces’

Posted by African Press International on April 23, 2014

  • April 22, 2014
    Spanish art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz helped convince wealthy buyers to shell out millions of dollars for works he claimed famous masters of modern art painted. But in reality, federal authorities allege, the works he sold as Rothkos and Pollocks were fakes painted by an artist he met on a Manhattan street corner. Street artist forged ‘masterpieces’ READ MORE…

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Somaliland Authorities arrest 3 Journalists in Las-Anod for Attending Rival regional State Conference

Posted by African Press International on April 22, 2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns in the strongest terms possible the act of suppression, arbitrary arrests, threats and intimidations against the media by the Somaliland authorities, following the arbitrary arrests of three journalists in the disputed town of Las-Anod town, the latest in a string of violence against the journalists and the media in Somaliland.

Somaliland police arrested Abdiqani Goox, a correspondent of a privately owned Somalisat Television based in London and two freelances namely Ali Yusuf Ahmed and Abdirashid Aideed on Sunday 20 April, 2014 at the disputed town of Las-Anod, local media reported.

According to deputy police commissioner of Las-Anod, Ahmed Abdi Gelle told the local media that the journalists were arrested for attending a rival conference that threats its peace and security.

The Secretary general of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim called on the Somaliland authorities to stop the media crackdown it is currently undertaking and expressed his outrage against the arrests of the three journalists and demanded their unconditional release.

On 07 April, 2014, Somaliland police stormed the offices of Haatuf newspaper in Hargeysa, following the orders of the regional court – after the newspaper published a series of articles accusing senior officials of corruption allegations.

In February, Somaliland Authorities suspended the operations of the privately owned Universal Television, after accusing the television for insulting its president. Police raided and closed indefinitely the daily Hubaal on December 13 following a court order that claimed the publication promoted insecurity in the nation. Both newspapers are still shut down.

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National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)

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Boko Haram: A bloody insurgency

Posted by African Press International on April 22, 2014

  •  April 22, 2014
    Boko Haram’s lethality is indisputable. Boko Haram: A bloody insurgency. READ MORE…..

 

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Teen stows away in Hawaii-bound jet 

Posted by African Press International on April 21, 2014

  • April 22, 2014
    A 16-year-old boy traveled from San Jose, California, to Maui, Hawaii, in the landing gear wheel well of a Boeing 767, Hawaiian Airlines said Sunday. READ…

 

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Visit of Mr. Yutaka Iimura, Special Representative of the Government of Japan to the Arab Republic of Egypt

Posted by African Press International on April 20, 2014

TOKYO, Japan, April 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – 1. Given the current situation of Egypt, Mr.Yutaka Iimura, Special Representative of the Government of Japan, visited Egypt from April 15th to 17th and met Mr.Nabil Fahmi, Foreign Minister of Egypt, Dr.Nabil El-Araby, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and others.

2. In the meeting between Mr.Iimura and Foreign Minister Mr.Fahmi,

(1) Mr.Iimura conveyed the following points.

(a) Japan watches closely the progress of roadmap towards the normalization of political situation in Egypt and hopes the coming presidential election will be conducted properly.

(b) While Japan is well aware of the efforts of the interim government for maintaining security and public order, Japan expects that issues such as human rights would be dealt with properly.

(c) Japan hopes to further strengthen the cooperative relations with Egypt. Japan will continue to extend assistance to Egypt for democratization and socio-economic stability.

(d) Japan hopes that socio-economic stability in Egypt will lead to further development of the bilateral relations such as investments from Japan.

(2) Both also exchanged views extensively on the Middle East Peace Process and regional situations.

3. Mr.Iimura also exchanged views with Marshal El-Sisi, former Defense Minister, and Mr. Sabbahi, President of People Current Movement, who have both announced their intention for the candidacy to the presidential election, and other Egyptian Intellectuals.

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Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Canada Announces Emergency Contribution to Fight Ebola Virus Outbreak

Posted by African Press International on April 19, 2014

OTTAWA, Canada, April 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced a joint funding contribution of $1,285,000 to address the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

“In a situation like the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, it is of critical importance to implement measures to end the chain of transmission,” said Minister Paradis. “We must ensure strong surveillance and investigation as well as a coordinated response to new or suspected cases. Canada’s support will play a critical role in responding to and preventing the spread of this deadly disease.”

“Biological threats such as the current Ebola outbreak do not recognize borders,” said Minister Baird. “They represent a global problem that requires coordinated international action across multiple sectors, including health and security. Canada’s contribution underscores the importance of obtaining cooperation from various sectors to help prevent, detect and rapidly respond to infectious diseases.”

“The Government of Canada welcomes the World Health Organization’s rapid efforts to address this outbreak of Ebola, one of the most virulent diseases known to humans,” said Minister Ambrose. “Canada is pleased to join other countries in this response and urges other donors to support the WHO.”

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Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Visit of Mr. Yutaka Iimura, Special Representative of the Government of Japan to the Arab Republic of Egypt

Posted by African Press International on April 18, 2014

TOKYO, Japan, April 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – 1. Given the current situation of Egypt, Mr.Yutaka Iimura, Special Representative of the Government of Japan, visited Egypt from April 15th to 17th and met Mr.Nabil Fahmi, Foreign Minister of Egypt, Dr.Nabil El-Araby, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and others.

2. In the meeting between Mr.Iimura and Foreign Minister Mr.Fahmi,

(1) Mr.Iimura conveyed the following points.

(a) Japan watches closely the progress of roadmap towards the normalization of political situation in Egypt and hopes the coming presidential election will be conducted properly.

(b) While Japan is well aware of the efforts of the interim government for maintaining security and public order, Japan expects that issues such as human rights would be dealt with properly.

(c) Japan hopes to further strengthen the cooperative relations with Egypt. Japan will continue to extend assistance to Egypt for democratization and socio-economic stability.

(d) Japan hopes that socio-economic stability in Egypt will lead to further development of the bilateral relations such as investments from Japan.

(2) Both also exchanged views extensively on the Middle East Peace Process and regional situations.

3. Mr.Iimura also exchanged views with Marshal El-Sisi, former Defense Minister, and Mr. Sabbahi, President of People Current Movement, who have both announced their intention for the candidacy to the presidential election, and other Egyptian Intellectuals.

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Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Tunisia, Council of Europe, IOM Host Counter Trafficking Conference

Posted by African Press International on April 17, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Tunisia’s Ministry of Justice, the Council of Europe and IOM will today (15/4) open a two-day international conference on “The Fight against Human Trafficking: A Multiple Response to a Multi-faceted Challenge”. The event will take place through April 16th at the Golden Tulip, El Mechtel Hotel in Tunis.

Participants will discuss the human trafficking in Tunisia, the Mahgreb and the Western Mediterranean and international measures to combat the problem, including the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. They will also share practical experiences and best practices.

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International Office of Migration (IOM)

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Japan Backs IOM Community Stabilization Project in Northern Kenya

Posted by African Press International on April 16, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ IOM has received USD 1 million from Japan to support a project that aims to enhance community stabilization for mobile populations and communities that host them in Northern Kenya.

The project was launched yesterday (14/4) by Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Tatsushi Terada and will be implemented in close cooperation with the local (county) governments of Turkana, Marsabit, Uasin Gishu and Garissa.

Turkana County is currently grappling with drought and an influx of refugees from South Sudan. The targeted counties have also had to contend with severe flooding, landslides and recurrent inter-communal conflicts.

About 30 per cent of people in the region are dependent on food aid in the course of a normal year, and conflict and sudden changes in the environment can have an immediate and devastating effect on their lives and livelihoods.

This project will contribute towards building the resilience of vulnerable mobile communities through improved human security. This will be achieved by addressing their shelter needs and improving small-scale infrastructure, such as livestock markets and water treatment systems, to support their livelihood activities.

Speaking at the launch, Ambassador Terada underscored the need to improve the livelihoods of women and youth in the region.

“Kenya’s government is tackling inequality and poverty through (its) Kenya Vision 2030 (development blueprint). This project will support that effort by improving the resilience of pastoralists affected by natural disasters and conflicts, and providing emergency aid to improve human security. It will offer practical, appropriate and affordable help, but will also give local communities the knowledge that they need to improve their lives by themselves,” he said.

The project will also emphasize the importance of peace and livelihood creation opportunities will aim to reduce resource-based conflict. There will also be a focus on the special needs of women and young people.

Japan has funded IOM projects to enhance peace-building and livelihood opportunities for migrants and host communities affected by natural and man-made disasters in Kenya since 2009.

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International Office of Migration (IOM)

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UK Foreign Secretary condemns bomb attack in Abuja, Nigeria

Posted by African Press International on April 15, 2014

LONDON, United-Kingdom, April 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Foreign Secretary condemns Abuja bomb attack and offers continued UK support for Nigeria.

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the bomb explosion in the east of Abuja. I unreservedly condemn those responsible and hope they are swiftly brought to justice.

“I offer the British government’s deepest condolences to the bereaved and those who have suffered injury. We will continue to work closely with the Nigerian government to help them tackle the threat from terrorism.”

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United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Kenya’s terror fight: 46 Ethiopians in court as illegal aliens

Posted by African Press International on April 15, 2014

Forty-six Ethiopians suspected of being in the country illegally were arraigned in court on Monday.

 

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South Sudan: Humanitarian situation critical before rainy season

Posted by African Press International on April 14, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Four months after the beginning of the conflict, humanitarian needs continue to increase in South Sudan. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced. Tens of thousands need medical care. With fighting continuing in several areas and the rainy season approaching, the ICRC is concerned.

“We are concerned about the worsening of the humanitarian situation. There is growing food insecurity since the production and marketing of food have been disrupted in many places by violence or displacement,” said Melker Mabeck, head of the ICRC delegation in South Sudan. “This, combined with disruptions to water and health services where they exist, means that needs will only become more critical.”

“The longer the conflict persists and security is lacking, the more difficult it will be for people to obtain food and meet their other basic needs,” he added. In addition to responding to the emergency by providing food, water and medical assistance, the ICRC is helping farmers and livestock herders in violence-affected communities to maintain their livelihoods wherever possible.

Fighting continues in some parts of South Sudan. “We remind the parties of their obligation to abide by the rules of international humanitarian law,” said Mr Mabeck. “They must respect civilians and their property. Civilians and people no longer taking part in hostilities must be spared. Commanders must enforce discipline, issue clear orders and punish those who break the rules.”

The ICRC is also reminding all parties to respect medical personnel and facilities. “Anyone who is wounded or sick, whether civilian or combatant, must be allowed access to health care, regardless of which side or ethnic group the person is associated with,” said Mr Mabeck.

“We know from long experience in southern Sudan that the approaching rainy season will have a direct impact on the population. It will also have an effect on the ICRC’s work, and that too may be felt by the population,” he said. Roads will become impassable and aircraft will not be able to use landing strips that have turned to mud. “We have boosted our logistical capacity and will continue to adapt our response, but it will still be a challenge to accomplish what we set out to do,” he added.

South Sudan is the site of one of the ICRC’s largest operations in the world in terms of resources committed. The organization currently has 600 staff in the country working in close cooperation with the South Sudan Red Cross. Its annual budget for the country comes to 64 million Swiss francs (around 72 million US dollars). Four ICRC mobile surgical teams – more than in any other country – are currently working in various parts of South Sudan.

“We will soon need more resources to respond to the ever-growing needs,” said Mr Mabeck.

Since the beginning of the latest emergency, in mid-December, in close cooperation with the South Sudanese Red Cross the ICRC has:

•    provided food for around 160,000 people in the states of Lakes, Unity, Upper Nile, Warrap, Jonglei, Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal and Western Equatoria, and in Juba;

•    supplied an additional 770 tonnes of essential food for patients and detainees;

•    provided household essentials for over 220,000 people throughout the country;

•    vaccinated nearly 44,000 head of livestock, benefitting an estimated 22,000 people in Northern Bahr el Ghazal who depend on the animals for their living;

•    provided over 24,000 people with seed and tools for their own farming and over 27,000 with fishing equipment in certain areas;

•    provided clean water for nearly 96,000 people in displaced and other conflict-affected communities as well as in health and detention facilities in various parts of the country;

•    performed over 1,200 operations and provided post-operative care in eight different health-care facilities around the country;

•    provided 24 first-aid and other health-care facilities with wound-dressing materials and other medical supplies;

•    visited over 1,800 people held in various places of detention;

•    arranged for nearly 5,000 phone calls to be made between family members.

SOURCE

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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Chadians Continue to Flee CAR, Often Destitute: IOM

Posted by African Press International on April 14, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Since late December 2013 IOM has registered and tracked over 95,000 often destitute Chadian returnees, Central African nationals and other Third Country Nationals (TCNs) arriving in Chad from the Central African Republic (CAR).

At least 10,000 Chadians and other TCNs, including Malians and Sudanese, have fled to Cameroon. IOM organized road convoys from the CAR-Cameroon border to Moundou in Chad on 30th March and April 2nd. These convoys facilitated the return home of 1,219 stranded migrants.

IOM has now helped some 4,900 stranded migrants to leave Cameroon by road and by air and is continuing to monitor developments on the Cameroon-CAR border, as well as the Chad-CAR border, to help stranded migrants.

Mohamed was among the Chadians who returned to Chad with an IOM road convoy from Kentzou on the Cameroon-CAR border.

He fled his home in the mixed quarter of Miskine in the CAR capital Bangui after his brother and nephew were brutally murdered by anti-balaka militia.

Initially he found sanctuary in Bangui’s Central Mosque and eventually managed to reach Cameroon, where he was stranded at the border for over a month, without shelter and with little food or water.

With IOM’s help, Mohamed reached Chad’s Moundou transit site and continued to Sarh, where he was reunited with family members sheltering at the Doyaba transit site.

But the family was separated during the journey, and Mohamed believes that his wife and two children, who left Kentzou after him, are still stranded at the border. He is now receiving medication for traumatic stress caused by his experiences.

As people continue to flee CAR, the limited resources of neighbouring countries are being placed under massive strain. The withdrawal of the Chadian troops from CAR could also result in new waves of arrivals in both Chad and Cameroon, according to IOM Chad Chief of Mission Dr. Qasim Sufi.

With approximately 96.5 per cent of migrants, refugees and other TCNs fleeing the CAR arriving in Chad and Cameroon, the CAR crisis has become a Chadian and Cameroonian challenge from a humanitarian, security and financial perspective, he notes.

“We expect people to keep coming in the coming weeks and months, unless the level of violence in CAR decreases. This means that we will need to continue to provide transport and other assistance to these people, most of whom are destitute, vulnerable and traumatized,” he adds.

IOM is appealing for USD 28 million for Chad, USD 30 million for CAR and USD 7 million for Cameroon.

SOURCE

International Office of Migration (IOM)

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Checkpoint 13.04.2014 : Insecurity in Kenya

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African Union commemorates 20th Anniversary of the Rwanda genocide (1994-2014)

Posted by African Press International on April 13, 2014

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/– Musical theatre and choir, stories, video documentaries, religious services and prayers from different religious denominations based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia were some of the activities that took place during the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide commemorated today, 11 April 2014 at the headquarters of the African Union.

The ceremony also included statements from Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Tewodros Adhano, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Aisha Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the AU, Mr. Hamadi Meimou, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Chairperson of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), Mr. Bulus Paul Lolo, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chair of the Peace and Security Council of the AU, and Mr Joseph Nsengimana, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda.

It was recalled that around 1,000,000 people lost their lives during the 100 day period of the genocide. The 20th anniversary was observed under the theme: KWIBUKA20 “Remember, Unite, and Renew”.

“We must renew our determination, and make the choice: that Africa shall be peaceful; that we will integrate; that we shall be prosperous and that we will never again tolerate genocide on African soil”, underscored Chairperson Dlamini Zuma, while emphasizing on the need for Africa to silence the guns by 2020. (See complete speech of the AUC Chairperson on the AU website:http://www.au.int ).

Minister Tewodros referred to the genocide as an unprecedented tragedy on the continent “never to repeat itself again”.

Ambassador Lolo on his part said Africa has pledged never again to stand and witness the tragedy that took place some 20 years ago”.

Ambassador Nsengimana expressed appreciation for the contribution of the African and international community in the reconstruction journey of his country. He shared his wish for an Africa free of conflict and genocide, “respectful of the fundamental human rights”.

The AU Staff Association president Mr. Salah Siddig Hammad recalled the horrific acts that took place during the genocide and urged everyone to take action to prevent such atrocities from happening in the future.

Also featuring in the celebrations was the lighting of the commemorative torch in remembrance of the victims of the genocide in the presence of the international community, AU Commissioners and AU staff, representatives of the civil society organizations, diplomatic corps and the Rwandan community in Addis Ababa among other invited guests.

SOURCE

African Union Commission (AUC)

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