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 http://yhoo.it/1KAN6yd)

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 http://bit.ly/1M0Crx4)

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 http://bit.ly/1M0GDNw)

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 http://yhoo.it/1M0BDbF)

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 http://bit.ly/1ALbw7W)

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 http://yhoo.it/1KALeFM)

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 http://yhoo.it/1KALkgz)

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 http://yhoo.it/1AL9PY3)

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 http://yhoo.it/1KALfJG)

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