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June 30, 2009

Yemeni passenger plane with 153 people onboard crashes into Indian Ocean

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Yemeni passenger plane with 153 people onboard crashes into Indian Ocean

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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According to reports, a Yemenia Airways Airbus A310 passenger jet has crashed into the Indian Ocean near the island nation of Comoros. At least 153 people were onboard the aircraft, 66 of them from Paris, France. So far the only reported survivor is a teenage girl. The plane crashed early Tuesday morning.

Yemenia Airways Flight 626 was traveling from Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, to Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport in Comoros.

Comoros lies nearly 200 miles from mainland Africa. The small, three island nation has a population of just under 800,000 with a combined military and police force of around 1,000. Comoros has no navy, leaving it with little to no sea rescue resources.

“We really have no sea rescue capabilities,” said an unnamed police official.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.



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Yemeni passenger plane with 150 people on board, crashes into Indian Ocean

Filed under: Comoros,Disasters and accidents,France,Yemen — admin @ 5:00 am

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

(File photo) A Yemenia Airways A310
Image: Aleks B..

According to reports, a Yemenia Airways, Airbus A310 passenger jet has crashed into the Indian Ocean near the island nation of Comoros. At least 150 people were on board the aircraft.

Conflicting reports say the flight number was Yemenia Airways Flight IY628 or Flight 626, traveling from Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, to Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport in Comoros. The flight originated in Paris, France. BNO News says the plane was flight 626 traveling from Comoros to Yemen.

Reuters quotes a senior Yemeni government official as saying “we don’t know if there are any survivors.” The plane crashed early Tuesday morning.

Comoros lies nearly 200 miles from mainland Africa. The small, three island nation has a population of just under 800,000 with a combined military and police force of around 1,000. Comoros has no navy, leaving it with very little, to no sea rescue resources.

“We really have no sea rescue capabilities,” said on unnamed police official.


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Yemeni passenger plane with 150 people onboard crashes into Indian Ocean

Filed under: Comoros,Disasters and accidents,France,Yemen — admin @ 5:00 am

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

(File photo) A Yemenia Airways A310
Image: Aleks B..

According to reports, a Yemenia Airways Airbus A310 passenger jet has crashed into the Indian Ocean near the island nation of Comoros. At least 153 people were onboard the aircraft, 66 of them from Paris, France. So far the only reported survivor is a small child. The plane crashed early Tuesday morning.

Yemenia Airways Flight 626 was traveling from Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, to Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport in Comoros.

Comoros lies nearly 200 miles from mainland Africa. The small, three island nation has a population of just under 800,000 with a combined military and police force of around 1,000. Comoros has no navy, leaving it with little to no sea rescue resources.

“We really have no sea rescue capabilities,” said an unnamed police official.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.


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Yemeni passenger plane with 150 people onboard crashes into Indian Ocean

Filed under: Comoros,Disasters and accidents,France,Yemen — admin @ 5:00 am

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

(File photo) A Yemenia Airways A310
Image: Aleks B..

According to reports, a Yemenia Airways Airbus A310 passenger jet has crashed into the Indian Ocean near the island nation of Comoros. At least 150 people were onboard the aircraft.

Conflicting reports say the flight number was Yemenia Airways Flight IY628 or Flight 626, traveling from Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, to Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport in Comoros. The flight originated in Paris, France. BNO News says the plane was flight 626 traveling from Comoros to Yemen.

Reuters quotes a senior Yemeni government official as saying “we don’t know if there are any survivors.” The plane crashed early Tuesday morning.

Comoros lies nearly 200 miles from mainland Africa. The small, three island nation has a population of just under 800,000 with a combined military and police force of around 1,000. Comoros has no navy, leaving it with little to no sea rescue resources.

“We really have no sea rescue capabilities,” said an unnamed police official.


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Learn more about Comoros on Wikipedia.


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March 26, 2008

African troops invade rebel-held island of Anjouan

African troops invade rebel-held island of Anjouan

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Location of Comoros

Comoros, backed by African Union forces, has invaded the island of Anjouan in an effort to topple the rebel leadership of Mohamed Bacar, who has been seeking independence from Comoros.

Around 450 troops disembarked on Monday, landing in the capital of Mutsamudu on Tuesday at dawn, where a jubilant crowd cheered for them. They joined the nearly 1,500 African Union forces from Sudan and Tanzania, with Libya, France, and the United States providing logistical support for the operation.

The Comoros government says they have already captured most of the island. “The operation started in the early morning hours and it is going smoothly and according to plan,” said Abdourahim Said Bakar, a government spokesman. “The military has taken control over most of the island – the airport and Anjouan’s capital, Mutsamudu.”

There have been no official reports of casualties, but two African Union soldiers appear to have suffered minor injuries, and one reporter saw an elderly man being carried away after apparently being hit by a stray bullet. Sounds of machine guns and heavy artillery could be heard throughout the island.

Mohamed Bacar seized control of Anjouan in a 2001 military coup. After his term expired in 2007, he held his own elections in which he declared himself the winner. This election was viewed as illegal by Comoros and the African Union.

“We hope that by the end of the day we will have the problem resolved,” the government spokesman said. “A special group has been selected to capture Bacar, arrest him and bring him to court. He has to pay for his crimes.”

The spokesman also outlined his priorities for Anjouan once the island is stabilized, which included holding elections within three months, disarming Bacar’s miltias, and putting Bacar on trial for corruption and human rights abuses once he is found.

The troops met some resistance from supporters of Mohamed Bacar, armed with assault rifles and rocket launchers and numbering around 400. Some loyalists gathered near Bacar’s residence in Barakani, but the military soon took control of the area. The residence was searched, but Bacar was nowhere to be found.

The Bacar loyalists have reportedly begun using guerrilla tactics against the invading forces. “I have over a hundred men and we will fight until we die,” said Lieutenant Ibrahim Moussa of the loyalists. “It’s God’s will that will decide who is to win and who is to die. The invaders won’t make it through.”

Cquote1.svg I have ordered the Comoran army and the forces of our country’s friends to bring Anjouan back under the rule of law and free her citizens. Cquote2.svg

—Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, President of Comoros

Though one Comoros soldier reports that three of Bacar’s highest-ranking supporters have been arrested, Bacar himself remains at large. The government spokesman says he has been seen fleeing to the island of Mayotte by canoe.

“Colonel Mohamed Bacar has been spotted in the village of Sadanpoini where he is heading without doubt for a place to flee on board a kwassa (small canoe) towards Mayotte Island,” Abdourahim Said Bacar said. “It seems, according to various sources, that he is dressed as a woman,” he added.

However, this information has not been confirmed. “The Comoran command will not confirm any information regarding the arrest of Colonel Bacar,” said reporter Franck Berruyer.

In a nationally televised address, Comoros president Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi said he had approved of the military operation. “I have ordered the Comoran army and the forces of our country’s friends to bring Anjouan back under the rule of law and free her citizens,” he said.

Meanwhile, South African president Thabo Mbeki denounced the operation. “It takes Comoros back to the use of force to solve a problem that could have been resolved with negotiations,” he said in a televised statement. “There was no need to deploy troops.”


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November 17, 2006

French inspection: North Korean ship has no illegal cargo

French inspection: North Korean ship has no illegal cargo

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Officials on the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte said that a North Korean vessel they searched today had no illegal cargo.

The ship was searched by French Customs to enforce sanctions imposed by an October 14 resolution of the United Nations Security Council.

The UN passed Resolution 1718, imposing new sanctions on North Korea, in response to a nuclear weapon test in October. The ship was searched at the small French island of Mayotte. The BBC reports that this may be the first search of a North Korean vessel under the new sanctions regime.

Update:Friday, November 17, 2006, Press agency AFP reported last night that French authorities plan to continue inspecting the ship until the end of the week.

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September 7, 2005

UN holding recruitment exams in under-represented countries

UN holding recruitment exams in under-represented countries

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Wednesday, September 7, 2005

In order to find P-2 level officers for the United Nations Secretariat, the international organization is holding competitive recruitment competitions in 42 countries. The examinations will take place in February, 2006.

Six occupational groups are being sought: Architecture, Demography, Library, Security, Science and Technology, and Statistics. There will be a written examination (both a general paper and a specialised paper) and an interview.

The written examination questions are given in English and French, the two working languages of the Secretariat. Candidates must write their answers for the general paper in English or French. However, they may write their answers for the specialized paper in English, French, or any of the other four official languages of the Secretariat, i.e., Arabic, Chinese, Russian, or Spanish.

The examinations will take place on February 28, 2006 in New York, Addis Ababa, Andorra La Vella, Athens, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, Monaco, Nairobi, Santiago, Vaduz, Valletta, and Vienna.

According to the UN, applicants “should hold at least a first-level university degree relevant to the occupational group in which they would like to take the examination. Furthermore, applicants should not be more than 32 years old on 31 December, 2006 … Fluency in either English or French is required.”

The following countries have been selected for the 2006 competition: Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Comores, Republic of Korea, Gambia, Japan, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Israel, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, San Marino, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tonga, Tuvalu, USA, and Vietnam.

The practice of scouting under-represented nations for highly-qualified employees is an annual occurrence.

The United Nations Secretariat is one of the principal organs of the United Nations and it is headed by the United Nations Secretary General and assisted by a staff of international civil servants worldwide. It provides studies, information, and facilities needed by United Nations bodies for their meetings. It also carries out tasks as directed by the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, the UN Economic and Social Council, and other UN bodies. The United Nations Charter provides that the staff be chosen by application of the “highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity,” with due regard for the importance of recruiting on a wide geographical basis.

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March 10, 2005

United Nations passes Declaration on human cloning

United Nations passes Declaration on human cloning

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

The declaration was passed at the UN general assembly

A divided UN General Assembly has voted to approve a nonbinding statement against all forms of human cloning.

The vote, held Tuesday, came after four years of debate and an end to attempts for an international ban.

In the 191-nation assembly, there were 84 votes in favor of a nonbinding statement, 34 against and 37 abstentions.

Proposed by Honduras, the statement was largely supported by Roman Catholic countries and opposed by countries with active embryonic stem cell research programs. Many Islamic nations abstained.

The UN Declaration on Human Cloning, as it is named, calls for all member states to adopt a ban on human cloning, which it says is “incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.”

The US, which has long pushed for a complete ban, voted in favor of the statement while traditional ally Britain, where therapeutic cloning is legal and regulated, voted against it.

The statement should have no impact on countries that allow therapeutic cloning, such as Britain and South Korea, as it is not legally binding.

“The foes of therapeutic cloning are trying to portray this as a victory for their ideology,” Bernard Siegel, a Florida attorney who lobbies to defend therapeutic cloning, said in a Reuters report. “But this confusing declaration is an effort to mask their failure last November to impose a treaty on the world banning therapeutic cloning.”

Breakdown of the vote

Of the 191 countries eligible to vote:

In favor

84 countries voted in favor of the declaration against cloning:

Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Chile, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Morocco, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uzbekistan, Zambia.

Against

34 countries voted against the declaration:

Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People`s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom.

Abstention

37 countries abstained from voting on the declaration against cloning:

Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Absent

36 countries were absent from and during the vote on the declaration against cloning:

Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bhutan, Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russian Federation, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Togo, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam.

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