Center for Peace and Democracy (CPD)

Monday, October 31, 2005

InterWorld Radio News Bulletin

India has launched a hunt for the attackers who killed at least 60 people in a series of bomb blasts in the Capital Delhi on Saturday. The three blasts came within minutes of each other on Saturday night, when many people were out shopping ahead of Diwali and Eid. A little-known group called Inqilabi, thought to have links with Muslim militants operating in Kashmir, has said it carried out the attacks. The claims are yet to be verified. India is home to a huge variety of militant groups, some with very localised campaigns of violence.
Three girls have been beheaded and another badly injured on their way to school in central Indonesia on Saturday. The teenagers were walking to their Christian school near the town of Poso, in Sulawesi province, when their unidentified assailants struck. The girl who survived the attack is reported to be in a stable condition. The area has a long history of violence between Muslims and Christians. Central Sulawesi and Poso in particular was the scene of bitter fighting between Muslims and Christians in 2001 and 2002.
A Roman Catholic priest accused of four counts of genocide in Rwanda is due to start his defence at the war crimes tribunal in Tanzania. Father Athanase Seromba denies telling some 2,000 ethnic Tutsis to seek shelter in a church and then ordering its destruction. Father Seromba’s trial began in September 2004. He was the first Catholic priest to go on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered in the 1994 killings.
Human Rights Watch has accused Côte d'Ivoire of recruiting former child soldiers and other fighters from war-ruined Liberia. 19 ex-combatants including three children from Liberia's 1989-2003 civil war, told the international rights group how they had been offered hundreds of dollars and clothing by recruiters, to cross into the neighbouring country to bolster their army. Ivory Coast has been in turmoil since rebels seized the north in 2002. Widespread fighting ended in early 2004 when a peace deal was struck, but few of the pact's tenets have been put into place and the country remains divided. The Ivorian government has denied Human Right Watch's allegations.
Warlords in control of the lawless Somali capital have threatened to shoot down planes they believe to have been redirected away from their airstrips. The Prime Minister of the nation's transitional government, Ali Mohammed Ghedi, ordered the closure of airtrips controlled by the warlords, in an attempt to bring law and order to Somalia. Somali warlord Musa Sudi Yalahow said the ban was an illegal attempt by the Prime Minister to undermine his enemies. The airstrips have been an important source of revenue for warlords since the central government collapsed in 1991. Some 10 plane loads of the mild narcotic leaf, khat, arrive in Mogadishu every day.
Mozambique has become the latest African country to announce a ban on poultry imports from European countries that have reported cases of the bird flu virus. The ban comes amid fears that the H5N1 virus could spread to Africa from Europe as birds migrate. The move follows similar measures taken by Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia to prevent the spread of the virus from affected countries. Recent cases of the deadly strain of avian flu have emerged in birds in Croatia, Romania, Turkey and Russia. No human cases have been reported in Europe.
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