Published On: Wed, Jun 3rd, 2015

Taliban once again target aid workers

AfghanistanGunmen killed nine Afghan employees of a Czech aid organisation in their beds during an overnight raid Tuesday on their guesthouse in northern Afghanistan, the latest attack on humanitarian workers in the war-battered country…The nine victims were shot as they slept in a guesthouse belonging to People in Need (PIN), a Czech organisation that has been active in Afghanistan since 2001, delivering aid to remote communities in the east and north. (AFP

Stat of the day: Multinational companies deprive African governments of $11 billion in taxes each year, and G7 world leaders should set up a new global body to regulate corporate taxation, Oxfam International said. (Reuters

Quote of the Day: “Although there are concerns that the funding may be mismanaged and that AFESIP’s shelters may be lacking in quality care, Somaly Mam’s efforts still represent a positive alternative to the severe sexual abuse victims would otherwise be facing.” – From a newly uncovered U.S. diplomatic cable from 2012 detailing the problems with the Cambodian anti-trafficking activist and her organization. (VOA

Police fired on protesters who took to the streets of Burundi’s capital on Tuesday in renewed protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office, witnesses said. (Reuters

An epidemic of meningitis has killed 545 people in Niger, out of 8,234 people who caught the disease, but has now peaked, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. (Reuters

Alarmed by the rising tide of refugees fleeing Burundi, the United Nations moved to help Rwanda and Tanzania cope with the influx with $15 million in aid. (AFP

Sudan is likely to have supplied weapons by air to rebels battling the government in neighbouring South Sudan, a report released Tuesday said, despite Khartoum’s denials of involvement in the conflict. (AFP

Five South Sudanese dissident politicians who in 2013 faced accusations of mounting a failed coup have returned home from Kenya following talks mediated by African leaders, raising hopes for peace despite new fighting near the country’s oil fields. (AP

Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari will this week make his first foreign trip since taking office, travelling to Chad and Niger for talks on Boko Haram, his spokesman said. (AFP

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