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Bruno Donat, Chief, UNMAS Geneva, Press Briefing, April 1, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11th International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action "Mine action is humanitarian action" Geneva, 1 April 2016 - “Landmines kill at least 10 people every day around the world, and severely maim countless more, and 40% of these casualties are children”, said Bruno Donat, Chief of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Geneva office, during a press briefing on Friday 1 April. “In 2015, 64 sq. km of land were cleared. It’s equivalent to 16,000 football pitches,” added Mr. Donat. “Mine action is humanitarian action” is the theme for the 11th commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Mine action saves lives and ensures that landmines and explosive hazards in war-torn areas are found and destroyed, making possible the delivery of humanitarian assistance -- so that people and supplies reach those most in need. In Geneva, UNMAS is marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action with an exhibition showcasing a selection of photos and art pieces that illustrate the pillars of mine action (clearance, stockpile destruction, mine risk education, victim assistance and advocacy). It will be on display from 4 to 8 April at the Palais des Nations (Serpent Bar area), and is organized by UNMAS in partnership with the Permanent Missions of the Federal Republic of Germany and Italy (Chair of the Mine Action Support Group). The exhibition will also feature a digital mine field, an interactive virtual reality exhibition that uses Bluetooth technology to simulate an area contaminated by explosive hazards through the use of the “Sweeper” mobile application, developed pro bono by Critical Mass. During the week, at the same location , UNMAS will also host seven live interactive sessions, open to the public, with country programmes from Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria. These will provide an opportunity to address any mine action-related questions directly with UNMAS colleagues in operations. In addition, Mr. Donat encouraged the use of hashtag #MAHA (Mine Action is Humanitarian Action) and tagging @UNMAS through social media. END
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Russia ready for US talks on Aleppo
Russia’s foreign minister has said Moscow is ready for talks with the United States about the fate of militants holed up in eastern Aleppo. Lavrov made the remarks following talks with his Japanese counterpart in Moscow. The Russian foreign minister went on to discuss his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on Friday. Lavrov says Kerry made some proposals on Aleppo that are in line with Russia's stance. However, foreign-backed militant groups have reportedly said they will not withdraw from east Aleppo. Previous negotiations between Moscow and Washington have failed to halt the fighting. Russia has blamed the US for failing to separate what the White House calls moderate opposition from terrorists in Aleppo. James Jatras Fmr. U.S. Senate Foreign Policy Analyst Watch Live: http://www.presstv.com/live.html Twitter: http://twitter.com/PressTV LiveLeak: http://www.liveleak.com/c/PressTV Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PRESSTV Google+: http://plus.google.com/+VideosPTV Instagram: http://instagram.com/presstvchannel Dailymotion: http://www.dailymotion.com/presstv
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Lao NEW on LNTV: DanChurchAid supports to reduce UXO.9/3/2015
VO DanChurchAid supports to reduce UXO risk which will cost over 579,000 euros INTRO: The Danish NGO DanChurchAid has begun a project to mitigate the risk of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and support victims in the provinces of Xieng Khuang and Huaphan. STORY: The National Regulatory Authority and DanChurchAid signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project, which will cost over 579,000 euros. Programme Manager for DanChurchAid's Humanitarian Mine Action in Southeast Asia, Bjarne Ussing and Director General of the National Regulatory Authority, Phoukhieo Chanthasomboune signed the agreement. The project is funded by the European Union and DCA and will be implemented by DCA and Norwegian Church Aid in collaboration with the Lao Buddhist Monkhood. It will take place in Kham and Paek districts of Xieng Khuang province and in Khua and May districts of Phongsaly province. According to Bjarne Ussing, Lao people had suffered from UXO-related accidents for decades after the munitions were dropped in a conflict that Laos was not even a part of. He said farmers who want to cultivate food for their communities, poor people who want to help their families through income earned from the sale of scrap metal from cluster bombs, and curious children who just want to explore the world have all been victims of death or in jury from explosions. The project is being realised thanks to strong commitment from local people and the support of the authorities, who will take part in the fight against accidents from these explosive devices. From 2008 to 2014, 13 people had died and 12 were injured in Phongsaly province in UXO-related accidents. In Xieng Khuang province, 38 people were killed and 197 were wounded. According to the National Regulatory Authority, over 44,000 hectares of land have been cleared of UXO since 1996. Up to 37 percent of the country's total land area, about 87,000 km2, may be contaminated with various types of unexploded ordnance.
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Iraqi Kurdish Forces Receiving Western Training
A top Iraqi Kurdish security official says his forces have begun receiving training from western allies including the United States as they seek to beef up their capabilities against the Islamic State militant group. Helgurd Hikmet, general director of the ministry overseeing Kurdish military forces known as peshmerga, tells The Associated Press that France, Italy and Germany are also among countries providing training to help Kurdish forces use new machine guns, mortars, rockets and demining robots they have received. The U.S. launched airstrikes and humanitarian missions in August to aid Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq. The French last week joined in the aerial campaign. http://hosted2.ap.org/apdefault/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2014-09-22-ML--Iraq/id-37e1038ab87d4efcb6bfac1138152b17 http://www.wochit.com
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Remarks at the Counter-ISIL Ministerial Meeting
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter host foreign and defense ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL for a joint ministerial plenary in Washington, DC. Additional remarks from Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL at the U.S. Department of State on July 21, 2016. A transcript is available at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/07/260362.htm.
War in Afghanistan (2001–present) | Wikipedia audio article
This is an audio version of the Wikipedia Article: War in Afghanistan (2001–present) 00:05:16 1 Before the start of war 00:05:25 1.1 Origins of Afghanistan's civil war 00:08:20 1.2 Warlord rule (1992–1996) 00:09:31 1.3 Taliban Emirate vs Northern Alliance 00:13:35 1.3.1 Al-Qaeda 00:15:25 1.3.2 Change in U.S. policy toward Afghanistan 00:18:17 1.3.3 Northern Alliance on the eve of 9/11 00:20:01 1.4 11 September attacks 00:21:26 1.5 U.S. ultimatum to Taliban 00:23:32 2 History 00:23:41 2.1 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan 00:26:54 2.2 Post-Anaconda operations 00:28:50 2.3 2003–2005 Taliban resurgence, war with Afghan forces 00:32:12 2.4 2006: War between NATO forces and Taliban 00:35:41 2.5 2007: US build-up, ISAF war against Taliban 00:39:47 2.6 Reassessment and renewed commitment 2008 00:42:29 2.7 Taliban attacks on supply lines 2008 00:43:11 2.8 US action into Pakistan 2008–2009 00:45:35 2.9 2009 US reinforcements, Taliban progress 00:45:46 2.9.1 Northern Distribution Network 00:48:02 2.9.2 2009 Increase in U.S. troops 00:50:36 2.9.3 Kunduz airstrike 00:51:02 2.9.4 Operation Khanjar and Operation Panther's Claw 00:52:08 2.9.5 Taliban gains 00:55:11 2.10 2010: American–British offensive and Afghan peace initiative 00:56:59 2.10.1 Troop surge 00:59:08 2.10.2 Battle of Marjah 01:00:01 2.10.3 WikiLeaks disclosure 01:01:02 2.10.4 Pakistan and U.S. tensions 01:01:55 2.11 2011: U.S. and NATO drawdown 01:02:02 2.11.1 Battle of Kandahar 01:02:57 2.11.2 Death of Osama bin Laden 01:03:17 2.11.3 Withdrawal 01:04:46 2.11.4 2011 U.S.–NATO attack in Pakistan 01:05:34 2.12 2012: Strategic agreement 01:05:57 2.12.1 Reformation of the United Front (Northern Alliance) 01:08:04 2.12.2 High-profile U.S. military incidents 01:09:20 2.12.3 Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement 01:10:33 2.12.4 NATO Chicago Summit: Troops withdrawal and long-term presence 01:11:14 2.13 2013: Withdrawal 01:11:23 2.13.1 Karzai–Obama meeting 01:13:24 2.13.2 Security transfer 01:14:22 2.14 2014: Withdrawal continues and the insurgency increases 01:19:37 2.15 2015 Taliban resurgence 01:23:55 2.15.1 Kabul Parliament attack 01:24:54 2.15.2 Kunduz Offensive 01:26:43 2.16 Taliban negotiations, 2015–2016 01:28:05 2.17 Taliban infighting, 2015–2016 01:30:04 2.18 Taliban offensive in Helmand Province, 2015–2018 01:39:39 2.19 2016 01:54:08 2.19.1 2016 peace deal 01:54:56 2.20 2017 01:55:05 2.20.1 Events 02:05:06 2.20.2 Donald Trump's Afghanistan policy 02:08:11 2.21 2018 02:08:20 2.21.1 Events 02:11:13 3 Impact on Afghan society 02:11:23 3.1 Civilian casualties 02:15:46 3.2 Health 02:16:01 3.3 Refugees 02:16:36 3.4 Interpreters 02:16:59 3.5 Drug trade 02:19:30 3.6 Public education 02:19:57 3.6.1 Girls' education 02:20:28 4 War crimes 02:21:01 4.1 Taliban 02:21:56 4.2 Northern Alliance 02:22:36 4.3 NATO & Allies 02:26:46 5 Costs 02:27:55 5.1 Criticism of costs 02:28:57 6 Stability problems 02:31:39 7 Afghan security forces 02:31:49 7.1 Afghan National Army 02:35:30 7.2 Afghan National Police 02:36:11 8 Tactics/strategy of anti-government elements 02:37:08 8.1 ISAF conception of Taliban strategy 02:38:09 9 Insider attacks 02:39:26 10 Reactions 02:39:35 10.1 Domestic reactions 02:43:55 10.2 International reactions 02:46:03 10.3 Public opinion in 2001 02:47:34 10.4 Development of public opinion 02:50:46 10.5 Protests, demonstrations and rallies 02:51:42 11 Human rights abuses 02:51:57 11.1 Taliban 02:53:21 11.2 White phosphorus use 02:54:09 11.3 Human rights abuses against Afghan refugees 02:56:08 12 Environmental legacy 02:56:42 13 See also Listening is a more natural way of learning, when compared to reading. Written language only began at around 3200 BC, but spoken language has existed long ago. Learning by listening is a great way to: - increases imagination and understanding - improves your listening skills - improves your own spoken accent - learn while on the move - reduce eye strain Now learn the vast amount of general knowledge available on Wikipedia through audio (audio article). You could even learn subconsciously by playing the audio while you are sleeping! If you are planning to listen a lot, you could try using a bone conduction headphone, or a standard speaker instead of an earphone. You can find other Wikipedia audio articles too at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuKfABj2eGyjH3ntPxp4YeQ You can upload your own Wikipedia articles through: https://github.com/nodef/wikipedia-tts "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Socrates SUMMARY ======= The War in Afghanistan (or the U.S. War in Afghanistan), code named Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan (2001–14) and Operation Freedom's Sentinel (2015–present), followed the United States invasion of Afghanistan of 7 October 2001. The U.S. was supported initially by the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia and later by a coalition of over 40 countries, including all NATO members. The war's public aims were ...
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