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News Roundup – 26 August 2014

August 26, 2013

In Colombia peace talks advance despite crises

Amnesty International responded to the Rebel mortar attack killing at least three in eastern Congo,with the following statement: Warring parties must protect civilians after deadly shelling attack in and around Goma. A “retaliation” of the attack by the MONUSCO  which was justified with this ‘eye-for-an-eye’ explanation: “‘Of course we responded with artillery as we cannot accept any threat to the population. That’s why we retaliated,’ U.N. Lieutenant-Colonel Felix Basse told Reuters by telephone from Goma referring to Thursday’s fighting.” (see UN Intervention Brigade fires on Congo rebel positions)

Geneva Call’s annual report 2012 available online.

Security Council urges restraint, calls for humanitarian access in Jonglei (South Sudan)

Kurdish militias clash with al-Qaida-linked rebel faction in northeastern Syria

On the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria:

Syrian State TV: “Syrian soldiers enter rebel tunnels, find chemical agents”

UN inspectors visit chemical attack site

UN inspectors’ convoy hit by sniper fire

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