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DRC: MONUC secures key locations to ease aid delivery
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as MONUC, has secured two strategic points that would enable a convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid to reach hunger-stricken population in parts of the eastern province of South Kivu.
SUDAN-CHAD: Sudanese bombs dropped on Chadian town, three killed
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), Sudanese bombs fell on the border town of Tine Chad on Thursday morning, instantly killing two Chadian civilians, one of them a two-year-old child, and wounding 15 others. One of the wounded died later in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), following surgery to remove shrapnel.
BURUNDI: Plea for hunger-stricken residents of Kirundo
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), Residents of Burundi's northern province of Kirundo urgently need relief aid following months of poor rainfall that has resulted in low crop yields, an administrative official told IRIN on Friday.
SOMALIA: Annan appoints arms-embargo monitors
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a four-man panel of experts to monitor violations of the arms embargo against Somalia over the coming six months.
DRC: Thousands of illegal diamond miners expelled
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), At least 10,000 Congolese, mostly illegal miners, have been expelled from Angola since December 2003 under inhumane conditions, a Congolese human rights organization said on Thursday.
UGANDA: Peace groups and government officials worried about ICC probe into LRA
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), Peace groups and officials from the government’s Amnesty Commission have warned that the impending probe by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into war crimes committed by Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels could make a peaceful settlement of the 18-year conflict impossible.
UGANDA: Journalists react angrily to accusations of being rebel collaborators
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), Journalists from the independent daily The Monitor have reacted angrily to accusations by the defence ministry that they are Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) collaborators.
RWANDA-TANZANIA: Defence lawyers at UN tribunal suspend strike
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), Defence lawyers at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda suspended their strike on Friday, after receiving assurances from the tribunal's registry that some of their demands would be met and "serious" negotiations would begin.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Hospital strike forces hundreds of patients to go home
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), A strike by doctors and nurses demanding the payment of salary arrears paralysed government hospitals in Guinea-Bissau for three days this week, forcing hundreds of patients to go home or seek treatment in private clinics if they could afford it.
ANGOLA: Aid suspended as rains close roads
30 January 2004 (IRIN ), Ongoing heavy rains have forced the closure of five roads in Angola's central Huambo province, leaving as many as 830,000 aid beneficiaries stranded, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report.

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