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News in Brief 18 May 2015 (PM)

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Christian Iraqi family fled the town of Qaragosh, 30km east of Mosul, in June 2014. Photo: IRIN/Louise Redvers (file)

Families flee Iraqi city following militant advance

Humanitarian agencies say that more than 6,500 families have been displaced in Iraq following reports that militants of the Da’esh or ISIL terrorist group have reached the city of Ramadi.

Nearby Khaldiyah Hospital has reported receiving many casualties, and the local authorities have requested international assistance.

The UN and its humanitarian partners have responded by dispatching food rations and other relief supplies.

They’re now assessing the needs of families who have fled to safety.

UN “deeply concerned” by fighting in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says it’s deeply concerned by fighting that has taken place in Malakal in Upper Nile State.

The African country continues to endure instability after rebels took up arms against the government almost a year and a half ago.

Here’s the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

“The Mission strongly condemns this new cycle of violence and yet another violation of the cessation of hostility agreement. It calls upon all parties to conclude a comprehensive peace agreement at the earliest, and reiterates that there cannot be a military solution to the conflict.”

Eyewitness accounts report the rape and killing of civilians, including children.

Rebels surrender in DR Congo

Almost 450 members of the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Front, a rebel group based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have said they are willing to surrender, the UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO, has announced.

The Mission said that a group of armed men, women and children gathered to start the peaceful surrender in a town in the Eastern DRC province of Ituri on Sunday.

The DRC has experienced widespread instability and lawlessness over many years. MONUSCO has continued to support the peace process in the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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South Sudan: UN says 650,000 at risk due to renewed violence, as Security Council threatens sanctions

18 May 2015 – Gravely concerned at the ongoing violence in South Sudan, the Security Council has condemned both the renewed Government-led offensive in Unity state, as well as a recent large-scale attack by opposition forces on the war-torn town of Malakal, threatening to impose sanctions on all those threatening the country’s peace, security and stability.

In a press statement issued over the weekend, the Council condemned renewed and ongoing large-scale violence in Unity state caused by a South Sudanese Government offensive that has displaced more than 100,000 civilians and resulted in the suspension of nearly all aid activity to affected areas – impacting more than 300,000 civilians.

The members of the Council further expressed their condemnation of the large-scale attack initiated on 15 May by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/A) in Opposition on the town of Malakal, in Upper Nile state.

More than 50,000 internally displaced persons have sought shelter and assistance at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camp in Bentiu, and an additional nearly 25,000 at the UNMISS camp in Malakal, only further magnifying a dire humanitarian crisis,” the statement read, calling on all parties to engage meaningfully in the peace process so as to bring about a political solution to the crisis and an end to the conflict.

Against this backdrop, the Council “reiterated its willingness to impose sanctions against those who threaten the peace, security, or stability” of South Sudan as established in resolution 2206 (2015), and noted the 24 March 2015 African Union Peace and Security Council Communiqué, and the 12 May 2015 African Union Commission Chairperson’s Statement on South Sudan.

The Council’s broader concerns were echoed by UNMISS itself, which today said that it is deeply concerned by the fighting that took place in Malakal this weekend following the attack launched by opposition forces on Friday afternoon.

According to a UN spokesperson in New York, UNMISS strongly condemned this new cycle of violence and yet another violation of the cessation of hostility agreement. The Mission is calling on all parties to conclude a comprehensive peace agreement at the earliest, and reiterates that there cannot be a military solution to the conflict.

Relief workers report that in Malakal, armed groups have engaged in combat next to the UN civilian protection site and, as a consequence, civilians trying to stay out of harm’s way have been injured.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, warned that military operations in Unity and Upper Nile states over the past three days have again devastated countless lives. Eyewitness accounts report targeted rape and killing of civilians, including children.

The offensive in Unity state has left thousands of homes burnt and Leer hospital is again under threat of destruction.

UN agencies and their partners are working to address the immense humanitarian consequences of the violence, which has resulted in more than 650,000 civilians being left without life-saving aid.

In the coming days, humanitarian staff plan to travel to Leer and Malakal to assess the humanitarian situation, the spokesperson added.

Cdiscount extends its operations to Burkina Faso and now offers Euro payments on its African sites

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, May 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — France’s leading e-commerce company, Cdiscount has won over French customers with its innovative, wide-ranging product assortment and the lowest prices in the market.

Following the launch of new Cdiscount websites in Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Thailand, Vietnam, Belgium, Senegal, Ivory Coast and in Cameroon, Cnova N. V. (part of Groupe Casino) continues its internationalization in Africa. Cdiscount extends its operations to Burkina Faso.

Cdiscount develops its delivery service to Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. Customers from Burkina Faso will have access to more than 50 000 products, available on the website based on Ivory Coast: www.cdiscount.ci, which offers a home delivery guarantee.

Euro payments now available on Cdiscount’s African sites:

Cdiscount now offers African customers on all of its Africa-based sites the option to pay for their purchases in euros with certain French payment cards.

This new service also allows France-based customers to order directly on Cdiscount’s African sites (Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Cameroon) and to have their purchases delivered directly to their chosen destination in those countries.

About Cdiscount
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About Cnova N.V.
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