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Week: October 11th- October 17th 2008


The weekly listing of important stories in the fields of peace, human rights, development, and humanitarian affairs.



Dear friend,


You find here fifteen issues you should know about:



1)      Official: Afghans probing 17 civilian deaths


“Afghan authorities are investigating the deaths of at least 17 civilians during a clash between NATO forces and militants in southern Afghanistan, an official said Friday.”


Source: Associated Press/ Yahoo News



2)     Ex-Khmer Rouge minister loses appeal for release


“Cambodia's genocide tribunal on Friday rejected an appeal by the Khmer Rouge's former foreign minister for release from pretrial detention on charges of crimes against humanity and war atrocities.”

Source: Associated Press/Yahoo News




3)               Cambodian PM says Thai border clash won't get worse


“”Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Friday this week's border clashes with Thailand around the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple would not escalate into a wider and more serious conflict..”

Source: Reuters



4)     Zimbabwe MDC says U.N., AU mediation needed in talks


“Zimbabwe's opposition MDC said on Friday the United Nations and African Union should step in to mediate between the country's rivals if talks aimed at rescuing a power-sharing deal remain deadlocked over cabinet posts.”

Source: Reuters



5)     European Nations Seek to Revise Agreement on Emissions Cuts


“Fears of a sharp worldwide economic slowdown are threatening a hard-won European plan on climate change that European leaders hoped would set an example for the rest of the world.”

Source: The New York Times



6)     Judge Orders Investigation of Executions in Franco Era


“The crusading investigative judge Baltasar Garzón opened Spain’s first criminal investigation into Franco-era executions and repression with an order Thursday to open 19 mass graves, including one believed to contain the remains of the poet Federico García Lorca.”

Source: The New York Times



7)     ANALYSIS-India rumbles over Sri Lanka war, but to what end?


“Indian political pressure on Sri Lanka to throttle back an offensive to wipe out the Tamil Tigers will do little to sway a Sri Lankan government increasingly confident it can end one of Asia's longest insurgencies..”

Source: Alertnet



8)     NEPAL: Poorest struggling to rebuild after floods


“The floodwaters in west Nepal have receded but the poorest communities who were the hardest hit are still suffering, according to local NGOs.”

Source: Alertnet




9)     PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Addressing the epidemic of domestic violence


“Some of the highest rates of violence and abuse of children and women in the world occur in Papua New Guinea. Seventy-five percent of children report physical abuse and about 80 percent report verbal abuse in the home, according to a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) regional survey.”

Source: Irin



10)   Georgia: Massive returns to buffer zone


“Over the past week, UNHCR has witnessed a massive return of Georgian internally displaced people (IDPs) to their villages in the buffer zone around the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia.”


Source: Reliefweb / OCHA



11)   Colombia: Rate of new displacement highest in two decades


“The protracted internal armed conflict in Colombia had by June 2008 displaced 2,649,139 people according to the government, and 4,361,355 people according to a reliable non-governmental source.”

Source:  Reliefweb / IDMC



12)   Biodiversity: Fewer creatures great and small


“Nature needs a bail-out, say those who fear that a poorer, hotter world will bode ill for life’s infinite variety”

Source: The Economist



13)   Pakistani politicians divided over action on terror


“A deep rift over anti-terror policy has opened up within Pakistan's political class, as extremist violence and an economic crisis push the country to the verge of collapse”

Source: The Guardian



14) US army withdrawal from Iraq could start next year

“Draft agreement between US and Iraqi officials would see complete withdrawal by the end of 2011.“


Source: The Guardian



15) Turkey claims killing PKK fighters

“The Turkish military has said that at least 35 fighters belonging to the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) have been killed in a military offensive earlier this week.”

Source: AlJazeera







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