World Bulletin / News Desk
Fighting over a gold mine in Sudan's Darfur region has forced 100,000 people to flee and brought the closure of all public offices and schools in one town to accommodate the displaced, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Violence has ebbed since a peak in 2003/2004 but has picked up again in the past few months.
This month heavy fighting broke out between two Arab tribes over gold in the Jebel Amer area in North Darfur, displacing or severely affecting 100,000 people, the United Nations said. It had previously reported 70,000 displaced people.
"Many of these people are living in the open in appalling conditions," the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report.
Some 65,000 people had fled to the town of El Sireaf, the United Nations said, adding that all public offices and schools had been closed in the area to shelter displaced people.
The United Nations said it had delivered more than 600 tonnes of food but had been unable to assess the scale of conflict because the authorities had not allowed a U.N. delegation to travel to the affected area.
Some 30,000 people were displaced by separate fighting between the army and a rebel group in the central Jebel Marra area, the United Nations said two weeks ago.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.
Moscow, which denies its troops have a role in the takeover of Crimea, says people there - a small majority of whom are ethnic Russians - should have the right to secede
With tourism down around 5 percent, pressure from business community expected to be a major reason.
If approved by EU foreign ministers at a meeting on Monday, they would be the first sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia since the end of the Cold War
Crimea, a southern Ukrainian region which is home to the Russian Black Sea fleet, will vote on Sunday on whether to join Russia.
South Africa said it would not tolerate attacks on its soil against exiled Rwandan opposition members
Finalised after months of political wrangling and likely to spark ultra-Orthodox rage, the legislation will be implemented fully in 2017
"I will serve until parliament chooses a new prime minister next week," caretaker Prime Minister Abdullahal-Thinni said.
"Today ... we will release another statement that will leave no doubts about the determination of G7 countries and the European Union," Barroso said
"The only source of power in any country is its people, and a president who lost his people's trust, who de facto lost his presidential authority and, moreover, who fled the country, cannot be legitimate," the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said.
Rival gangs killed 14 people, including eight women and three children
Human Rights Watch said if had to choose between Myanmar government report and UN one, would rather believe the UN.
The Bulgarian navy told Reuters the exercises started after a one-day delay due to unfavourable weather conditions.
The student died during a 200-strong protest march at Khartoum University against escalating violence in the western Darfur region
The four men had been granted bail by a Nairobi magistrate on February 12 but the prosecutors appealed the decision.
Mustafa Jemilev said he did not know exactly what Putin planned to discuss with him, adding that he would decide on whether or not he will meet Putin depending on what exactly Putin wanted to discuss.