Journalists injured in accident

Meanwhile the driver of the truck had fled the scene soon after the accident but he was later arrested and is to be produced in court. Among those injured was a presenter of Sirasa TV and journalists attached to the News First website, the official said. A group of journalists attached to the Maharajah organization were injured when a container truck collided with the van they were travelling in late last night.The accident had occurred opposite the Sugadathasa Stadium, an official of the media organization said adding that seven people were in the van at the time of the accident. The seven employees were admitted to hospital following the accident and three are reported to have suffered serious injuries while one of them was critical. read more

Political uncertainty forces tens of thousands people to flee The Gambia for

The UN agencies have separately voiced concern about the long-term impact of the crisis, if it is not resolved peacefully. Some families are hosting up to 50 people and will soon need support as they may run out of resources, Ms. Baloch said. In addition to people from The Gambia fleeing, the country had hosted some 8,000 refugees who are “anxious and worried” about the political situation, the spokesperson noted. “Over 75 per cent of arrivals are children, accompanied mainly by women. They are staying with family members, host families or in hotels. Some families are hosting up to 40 to 50 people and will soon need support as they may quickly run out of resources,” said Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Briefing journalists in Geneva, Mr. Baloch said UNHCR and humanitarian partners are working to support authorities in Senegal, which surrounds The Gambia. The support includes distribution of food and relief items ranging from mattresses to sheets and soap. As the situation continues, UN officials are voicing particular concern about children, and their access to health care, water, sanitation and education. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is setting up support for about 40,000 people for three months, and is locating host communities in the border areas to provide shelter to families and potentially provide temporary schooling. VIDEO: Political crisis in The Gambia: UNHCR says already 45,000 people have fled to Senegal. Credit: UN News The agency is also working with partners to supply water and sanitation services to the most affected areas on the border. “Our teams in Senegal and The Gambia are on standby to ensure that children’s needs are at the centre of any response as the situation evolves,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. Some 40 tons of food aid arrived in the Ziguinchor region of Senegal on Thursday 19 January 2017 for distribution to recent arrivals from Gambia and host families. Photo: UNHCR/Hélène Caux read more

UN Security Council toughens sanctions on DPR Korea over ballistic missile launches

In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member body strongly condemned the DPRK’s ballistic missile launches on 3 July and 28 July, which the country has stated were of “intercontinental” range. The Council reaffirmed previous Council decisions that the DPRK not conduct further launches using ballistic missile technology, nuclear tests, or any other provocation. The Council moved to significantly strengthen the sanctions on the DPRK, imposing a full ban on the export of coal, iron and iron ore from the DPRK. Previously these items could be exported for livelihood purposes, for a limited amount. The Council also prohibited countries from increasing the total number of work authorizations for DPRK nationals. It banned new joint ventures or cooperative entities with DPRK entities or individuals as well as additional investments in existing joint ventures. Member States are requested to report to the Security Council, within 90 days of the adoption of this resolution, on concrete measures they have taken to effectively implement this resolution. The Council also designated several additional individuals for a travel ban and assets freeze, as well as designating entities for an assets freeze. On the political front, the Council calls for resumption of the Six-Party Talks and reiterated its support for the commitments set forth in the Joint Statement of 19 September 2005 issued by China, the DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States. The commitments included that the goal of the Six-Party Talks is the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner, and that the United States and the DPRK respect each other’s sovereignty and exist together peacefully. read more