WEEKLY ALERTNET - Slim chances for success in Darfur talks, new hope for Congo and humanitarian crisis in north Niger
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Subject: WEEKLY ALERTNET - Slim chances for successful Darfur talks, new hope for Congo and a possible humanitarian crisis in north Niger Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 18:10:09 +0100 From: alertnet@... To: alertnet@...
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October 24, 2007
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Six Darfur rebel factions to boycott peace talks
Hopes for a ceasefire at talks due to start in Libya on Saturday look slim.
Militia attacks South Darfur refugee camp-witnesses
Government-backed militias have attacked a refugee camp over the past three days, killing six people and injuring 14 during their search for rebels from Sudan's Darfur region.
Darfur force has troops, needs helicopters-official
Despite intensive lobbying from the U.N., no country has yet made a credible offer to supply the 24 transport and helicopters needed for the Darfur peace force.
Turkey masses more troops, raids in Iraq confirmed
Military sources say that the cross-border raids are not a full-scale offensive.
Indonesians abandon plantations near volcano
The evacuation of 100,000 people is ordered - but the contract workers stay on.
Over 3,000 Somali refugees live in harsh conditions in Yemen
Somali refugees continue to suffer after arriving in Yemen.
Thousands flee homes in disputed region fearing renewed clashes
Increased tension between the self-declared republic of Somaliland and the neighbouring self-declared autonomous region of Puntland over the disputed region of Sool has led to the displacement of up to 20,000 people.
Somalia: Killings, Arrests Shatter Independent Media
The Somali government's systematic harassment of journalists, closures of media outlets, and failure to investigate the killing of eight journalists have deeply damaged independent reporting in Somalia.
Unravelling the meaning of latest ex-rebel revolt
U.N. news agency IRIN attempts to untangle the latest spate of fighting in Chad.
Chad says rebel clash will not deter peace efforts
Chad's government will push ahead with a peace process with eastern rebels despite a clash with rebel fighters near the Sudan border.
CONGO (DR) CONFLICT
Congo rebel says will send fighters to rejoin army
Congolese renegade General Laurent Nkunda says hell start sending his troops to an integration centre so they can rejoin the national army as part of a peace process.
FEATURE-Congo's faded copper town perks up in mining rush
International mining companies are scrambling to get a foothold now political stability is returning after a civil war that left most of the country in ruins, and some of the biggest ones - BHP Billiton and Anglo American are already back.
Palestinians live as "ghosts" in Gaza
What's it like when you don't officially exist?
SRI LANKA CONFLICT
Sri Lanka: Door open to talks despite Tiger assault
Sri Lanka's government still wants to talk peace with Tamil Tigers, despite the rebels biggest-ever suicide operation, with a ground attack backed by air strikes.
Tourism industry hit by renewed conflict
The sharp drop in the number of tourists in Sri Lanka, mainly because of security concerns has left thousands of people jobless or on part-time pay.
Many in Afghan optimistic, but mistrust government
Forty-two percent of those interviewed this year said things were moving in the right direction, marginally lower than the 44 percent in 2006, according to the U.S.-based Asia Foundation.
One month to avert mass displacement in Ghor
Tens of thousands of food-insecure people in several districts of Ghor province will be receiving assistance in central-west Afghanistan before the first snowfalls in November block the roads.
NIGER-MALI TUAREG UNREST
MSF ordered out of north after third hijacking
Nigerien authorities have ordered the French aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières to stop working in northern Niger after the hijacking of three of its vehicles in the past week.
Humanitarian crisis feared in north
Some humanitarian actors fear a humanitarian crisis is emerging in the troubled northern region of Niger, where thousands of people are thought to be cut off, with limited access to food, healthcare and humanitarian assistance, says U.N. news agency IRIN.
NORTHERN UGANDA VIOLENCE
VIEWPOINT: Growing military threat to peace in N. Uganda
Peter J. Quaranto, a senior researcher and conflict analyst for the Washington-based advocacy group Resolve Uganda, argues that recent talk about a military solution to the Northern Uganda crisis isn't helping.
Colombia watchdog says violence up, govt disagrees
Assassinations of candidates ahead of Colombia's Oct. 28 local elections are up sharply compared to the 2003 campaign as rebels hit by tougher security policies strike back.
ETHIOPIA OGADEN VIOLENCE
Ethiopia to ease Ogaden aid delivery-UN
Ethiopia has agreed to work with the United Nations in delivering humanitarian aid to its Ogaden region, where a crackdown on rebels had impeded the flow of supplies.
Mexican border on alert as U.S. wildfires rage
Southern California's raging wildfires have threatened to spread across the frontier with Mexico, as the small blazes break out on parched Mexican ranches and along the border.
AFRICA: Food to eat or to run your car?
As oil prices soar and biofuel production becomes more attractive, especially to poor countries, a debate is raging over its possible impact on food security.
Street children sniff glue to beat hunger pangs
The adhesive glue the children sniff dampens hunger pangs and wards off cold. But it also contains a neurotoxic toluene, which dissolves the membrane of the brain cells and causes hallucinations.
Sudan polio campaign targets 8 million children
More than 8 million Sudanese children will be vaccinated against polio, following the country's first case of the disease in more than two years.
INTERVIEW-Clan wars threaten truce in the Philippine south
Long-running clan wars in the south of the Philippines could affect a truce between the government and the country's largest Islamic separatist group, according to a senior rebel leader.
FEATURE-Messy endgame delays US exit from Kosovo
The U.S. hoped to be out of Kosovo by now, but faced with the deadlock over the provinces independence and the prospect of the Albanian majority striking out alone, an influential U.S. presence is still seen as crucial.
Public anger against Myanmar military grows-expert
Anger among people in Myanmar against the military government has reached a new level which could be a precursor to more unrest, says a U.S.-based academic following his visit to the country.
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