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Syrien: Sechs Jahre Bürgerkrieg

(15.03.2017)

Vor sechs Jahren begann der Bürgerkrieg in Syrien. Seit 2011 sind mehr als 300.000 Menschen gestorben, 11 Millionen sind geflohen. Explosive Waffen richten verheerende Schäden an - und werden, ähnlich wie Landminen, noch Jahre nach den Angriffen Opfer in der Bevölkerung finden. weiterlesen >>>


Aserbaidschan: So lebt es sich in der stark verminten Grenzregion

(12.03.2017)

Seit einem Krieg in den Neunziger Jahren, also nach dem Zusammenbruch der Sowjetunion, ist die Grenzregion zwischen Aserbaidschan und Armenien stark vermint. Einst gab es regen Austausch zwischen den Gebieten - heute bedrohen die vergrabenen Waffen die Bevölkerung und sind Gewalt und Schusswechsel an der Tagesordnung. (auf Englisch) weiterlesen >>>


Eine Frau umarmt zwei kleine Jungen

Kanadischer Student baut Entminungsmaschine

(09.03.2017)

Ein kanadischer Student mit kambodschanischen Wurzeln hat gemeinsam mit Kommilitonen ein Gerät entwickelt, dass einzelne Minen selbstständig ausgraben und entschärfen soll. Er möchte damit helfen, dass künftig keine Menschen mehr ihr Leben bei der Minenräumung aufs Spiel setzen müssen. (auf Englisch) weiterlesen >>>


Daniel Craig lehnt an einem Aston Martin. In der Hand hält er ein Schild, auf dem steht: "This could be yours".

Ungewöhnliche Spendenkampagne

(05.03.2017)

Die UN Anti-Minen Agentur UNMAS und ihr Botschafter Daniel Craig machen es mit einer ungewöhnlichen Aktion möglich, gleichzeitig den berühmten James Bond Darsteller zu treffen, einen Aston Martin zu gewinnen - und am wichtigsten: Minen zu beseitigen. (auf Englisch) weiterlesen >>>


Ägypten: Mine tötet 2 Menschen

(05.03.2017)

Zwei Unbeteiligte sind Opfer einer Landmine geworden, die auf der Sinai Halbinsel in Ägypten vergraben war. Laut Medienberichten häufen sich in der Gegend Attacken des IS Ablegers "Sinai Province". (auf Englisch) weiterlesen >>>


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Video: In Bosnien liegen immer noch Zehntausende Landminen

(04.03.2017)

Über 80.000 Minen liegen mindestens noch in Bosnien-Herzegowina vergraben. Mehr als in jedem anderen Land der Welt. Oft liegen die Minen in Gebieten, die täglich von der Bevölkerung genutzt werden, wie Brunnen, Wälder etc. (Video auf Englisch) weiterlesen >>>


Mehrere Menschen stehen in einem Halbkreis. Einige von ihnen haben Krücken, Prothesen oder einen Rollstuhl. Sie zeigen die Medaille des Friedensnobelpreises.

Das Landminenverbot wird 18

(01.03.2017)

Heute vor 18 Jahren trat das internationale Verbot von Landminen in Kraft. Besonders in den 80er und 90er Jahren wurden diese Waffen teils millionenfach verlegt – die Folgen spürt die Zivilbevölkerung in den betroffenen Ländern heute noch. Doch das Landminenverbot brachte die Wende. Seit Mitte der 90er Jahre ging die Zahl der Opfer von Landminen und anderen explosiven Kriegsresten massiv zurück – alarmierend ist allerdings der erstmalige Wieder-Anstieg der Opferzahlen im letzten Jahr. weiterlesen >>>


Schulkinder stehen vor einem Minenschild

Kambodscha: Vollständige Kampfmittelräumung kostet mindestens 400 Millionen Dollar

(25.02.2017)

Kambodschas Premierminister hat die internationale Staatengemeinschaft aufgefordert, dem kleinen südostasiatischen Land mit 400 Millionen Dollar bei der Räumung von Kampfmitteln zu helfen. Dies sei nötig, um auch in Kambodscha das international vereinbarte Ziel zu erreichen, die Welt bist 2025 frei von Minen zu machen. (auf Englisch) weiterlesen >>>


Das Erbe des »geheimen Kriegs« (Laos)

(13.01.2009)

Laos ist das am meisten durch Streubomben gepeinigte Land der Welt weiterlesen >>>


India Approaches US for 40,000 Cluster Bombs: NGO (India)

(13.01.2009)

Srinagar, Jan 14, KONS: In the wake of the Mumbai attacks, India has requested the United States for the sale of 40,000 cluster bombs for its arsenal.  weiterlesen >>>


Statement by Ambassador Norihiro Okuda (Japan)

(13.01.2009)

Chargé d'affaires, Permanent Mission of Japan On Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict  weiterlesen >>>


Time runs short for deminers working in south Lebanon (Lebanon)

(12.01.2009)

BEIRUT: Mine- and cluster-bomb clearance teams in Lebanon are facing a funding crisis that could leave millions of square meters of land in the south of the country with no prospect of being cleared of dangerous explosives.  weiterlesen >>>


Cluster Bomb Treaty and the World´s Unfinished Business (World)

(12.01.2009)

The United States, Russia and China are sending a terrible message to the rest of the world by refusing to take part in the historic signing of a treaty that bans the production and use of cluster bombs. weiterlesen >>>


De-mining agency: Afghanistan to be mine-free within 5 years (Afghanistan)

(12.01.2009)

KABUL, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan would be cleared of mines within the next five years, Haider Riza, head of a de-mining agency Mine Action Center for Afghanistan said Monday.  weiterlesen >>>


500 Millionen Dollar für Minenräumung (Afghanistan)

(12.01.2009)

Afghanistan benötigt nach Einschätzungen der Vereinten Nationen 500 Millionen Dollar für sein Minenräumprogramm. Nach jahrzehntelangen Kriegen ist Afghanistan eines der weltweit am stärksten mit Landminen belasteten Länder. weiterlesen >>>


Marine killed in Afghanistan blast (Afghanistan)

(12.01.2009)

A PLYMOUTH-based Royal Marine has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan. weiterlesen >>>


More funds needed to rid Afghanistan of mines-UN Mon (Afghanistan)

(12.01.2009)

KABUL, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Afghanistan will not be able to reach its goal of being free from landmines and unexploded bombs by March 2013 unless urgent funding is received, the United Nations said on Monday. weiterlesen >>>


Medizin-Wunder Dieser Soldat verlor beide Beine ' jetzt ist er Spitzenathlet! (UK)

(11.01.2009)

Keuchend lag Derek Derenalagi (33) in Afghanistan in einer Blutlache. Eine Taliban-Mine hatte sein rechtes Bein abgerissen! In Todesangst sprach der britische Soldat ein kurzes Gebet. "Lieber Gott, wenn du willst, dass ich anderen Menschen Mut machen kann, dann lass mich leben!"  weiterlesen >>>


Isental-Autobahn: Minensucher bereiten den Boden (Deutschland)

(11.01.2009)

Pastetten - Der Weiterbau der A 94 München - Passau steht in den Startlöchern.©  weiterlesen >>>


Mozambique: Demining in Mozambique to Continue Until 2014 (Mozambique)

(11.01.2009)

Maputo - It is no longer possible to finish clearing land mines from Mozambican soil this year, as originally hoped, because of the discovery of further mined areas, reports Monday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". weiterlesen >>>


FACTBOX - Security developments in Pakistan (Pakistan)

(09.01.2009)

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan at 3:55 p.m. British time on Friday. weiterlesen >>>


Landmine recovered near Indo-Pak border in JK (India-Pakistan)

(07.01.2009)

Jammu: The BSF on Thursday averted a tragedy when they recovered and defused a landmine near the Indo-Pak border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, sources said. weiterlesen >>>


Canadian soldier killed (Afghanistan)

(07.01.2009)

Three others injured  weiterlesen >>>


Cambodian deminer proud to serve his country (Cambodia)

(07.01.2009)

Since he first learned how to demine in 1992, Kim Piseth has been putting his life on the line to clear thousands of mines in Battambang province weiterlesen >>>


GLOBAL: Does emergency education save lives? (World)

(07.01.2009)

DAKAR, 8 January 2009 (IRIN) - Education, a long-neglected sector in emergency response according to some aid groups, is gradually being seen as vital in crises, but donor reluctance to fund it persists partly because they do not see it as life-saving, aid experts say.  weiterlesen >>>


Over 2,000 explosive devices cleared in 2008 (Angola)

(07.01.2009)

Luanda ' A total of 2,518 explosive devices, among anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, were cleared and destroyed in Angola's eastern Moxico province in 2008 by the Mine Advisory Group (MAG). weiterlesen >>>


LTTE terrorists suffered damages in clashes (Sri Lanka)

(06.01.2009)

KILINOCHCHI: LTTE terrorists sustained damages in a confrontation in the DRIARUKULAM area around 2.10pm yesterday (06). Meanwhile the troops suffered minor damages due to an antipersonnel mine explosion in the IRANAMADU area around 1.50pm on the same day.  weiterlesen >>>


NPA admits abduction, bares offensive (Philippines)

(06.01.2009)

MANILA, Philippines-The communist New People's Army (NPA) on Monday confirmed it had seized three policemen as "prisoners of war" when it ambushed a car in Rodriguez, Rizal, on Saturday, killing one policeman and wounding two others. weiterlesen >>>


Land mines and a perilous crossing into Greece (Greece)

(05.01.2009)

KASTANIES, Greece: This is where migrants, and their dreams, perish. weiterlesen >>>


Leben mit der Bombe (Deutschland)

(05.01.2009)

Hottendorf - Karl Friedenstab hat einen explosiven Job. Seit mehr als 30 Jahren macht er Munition unschädlich. Wie viele Bomben er in dieser Zeit entschärft hat, vermag der 57-Jährige nicht zu sagen. «Es waren eine Menge», sagt der Sprengmeister, der nicht wie andere Kollegen darüber Buch führt. Routine ist der gefährliche Job aber nie geworden, Respekt vor jedem Fund gehört zur Arbeit.  weiterlesen >>>


Somalia: AU Peacekeeper Killed in Mogadishu (Somalia)

(05.01.2009)

Somalia - An AU peace keeper was killed and another one was injured in a landmine blast that hit an AMISOM convoy in Mogadishu, a spokesman said on Tuesday. weiterlesen >>>


Sudan: The Land is Fertile Yet Food is Scarce (Sudan)

(05.01.2009)

Kadugli - Southern Kordofan state used to produce surplus food and cash crops, but poor infrastructure, limited access to markets, conflict and landmines have left large numbers of residents without enough to eat or sell. weiterlesen >>>


Two security men killed in landmine explosion in SW Pakistan (Pakistan)

(03.01.2009)

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) --Two paramilitary soldiers were killed and four others injured in a landmine explosion in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, private TV channel DAWN NEWS reported. weiterlesen >>>


"Menschen ihre Heimat zurückgeben" (Afrika)

(02.01.2009)

Norbert Rossa arbeitet ehrenamtlich für humanitäre Minenräumung / Schlüsselerlebnis bei Jeepfahrt im Sudan. weiterlesen >>>


Cluster bomb campaigners honoured (World)

(31.12.2008)

Campaigners who helped secure a global ban on cluster bombs have been awarded the Tipperary International Peace Prize. weiterlesen >>>


Aktionsbündnis Landmine.de sagt: Danke EUROTRAMP!

(30.12.2008)

Die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter der Eurotramp-Trampoline Kurt Hack GmbH aus Weilheim-Teck haben in diesem Jahr mit einer tollen Aktion Landmine.de unterstützt und zudem 4.000,- Euro gespendet. Dafür herzlichen Dank an alle Beteiligten, auch im Namen der AL.de Trägerorganisationen. Die Eurotramp-Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter haben damit auch geholfen, das Verbot von Streumunition in diesem Jahr zu erreichen. Wir versprechen weiter engagiert zu bleiben! Hier einige Bilder der Aktion, die im Rahmen des 1. Stuttgarter DEE Firmenlaufes stattfand. Fotos: Eurotramp. weiterlesen >>>


"ONLINE-UMFRAGE: Jetzt teilnehmen!

(30.12.2008)

Im Rahmen eines Forschungsprojektes an der Universität Siegen wird Konzernkritik im Zeichen digitaler Kommunikation untersucht. Auch unsere Kampagne wird analysiert, deswegen ist es wichtig, dass Sie Ihre Meinung einbringen. weiterlesen >>>


Results of Azerbaijan Campaign against Mines 2008 presented (Azerbaijan)

(29.12.2008)

Baku, Fineko/abc.az. The press-conference of Azerbaijan Campaign against Mines Public Union devoted to the work done in 2008 and decisions made at the Conference in Oslo on ban for cluster bombs was held today. weiterlesen >>>


5 hurt in landmine blast in Masbate City highway (Philippines)

(28.12.2008)

MANILA, Philippines - Four Army personnel and a civilian were wounded in a landmine blast in Asid village in Masbate province in Bicol Monday noon, reports reaching the Philippine National Police said. weiterlesen >>>


India seeking cluster bombs from US (India)

(23.12.2008)

Indian Defence Ministry seeks fast-track purchase of 500 bombs If approved by the US, purchase to cost India $375 million weiterlesen >>>


Opportunistisch, profitorientiert, erfolgreich (Deutschland)

(21.12.2008)

Darf der Rüstungskonzern Diehl unserer Redaktion weiterhin den Mund verbieten? Am Mittwoch, 28. Januar, findet darüber eine mündliche Verhandlung vor dem Landgericht München I statt. weiterlesen >>>


Historical usage of cluster munitions: a weapon to terrorize civilian populations (World)

(21.12.2008)

Public details about cluster munition production, finance, trade and usage are very limited. What's known for certain is that billions of bomblets are in the arsenal of 78 countries worldwide. About half of these nations are supposed to destroy their stores under the conditions of the treaty, but the largest stockpilers did not sign. Thirty-four countries are known to have produced the weapons and sold them to dozens more. weiterlesen >>>


Afghan blast kills Danish troops (Afghanistan)

(20.12.2008)

Three Danish soldiers were killed and one wounded in Afghanistan when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb or mine, Danish military officials said.  weiterlesen >>>


COE: "Victims of the South Ossetia conflict need better protection" says Commissioner Hammarberg (Caucasus)

(18.12.2008)

"Despite some positive steps, the situation of the victims affected by the South Ossetia conflict remains worrisome" said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, publishing a report on his follow-up visit to the areas affected by the conflict. The report reviews the situation as regards the implementation of the six principles for urgent human rights and humanitarian protection presented by the Commissioner last September.  weiterlesen >>>


Cambodia rebuffs claim that it laid mines along border (Cambodia)

(18.12.2008)

Cambodian officials again deny that new land mines have been planted on the border, killing one Thai soldier and maiming two others weiterlesen >>>


France 'Arms to Africa' trial faces wall of silence (France)

(18.12.2008)

As the huge Angolagate trial passes the half-way stage, the accused -- some of France's most influential political and business figures -- are taking cover behind legal devices and uncooperative witnesses. weiterlesen >>>


Protesters continue cluster bomb campaign (UK)

(18.12.2008)

Anti-war protesters last night said they would continue to do all they could to stop American military chiefs from stockpiling cluster bombs after they were sentenced for breaking into a Suffolk airbase. weiterlesen >>>


Phase VI poll holds biggest surprise in J&K (India)

(18.12.2008)

ANANTNAG: Long queues were seen outside almost all polling stations in 10 south Kashmir constituencies which went to polls in the penultimate phase of the seven-phase polls in J&K on Wednesday. All seats improved their 2002 tally phenomenally. People in certain areas like Kulgam insisted that they should be permitted to vote even after polling hours.  weiterlesen >>>


SaladShooters and real bullets (US)

(17.12.2008)

Many makers of familiar products used to make weapons for the U.S. military. In tough times, the practice could be making a comeback.  weiterlesen >>>


Somalia: 2 Ethiopian soldiers died in an explosion (Somalia)

(17.12.2008)

Mogadishu -Two Ethiopian soldiers died in remote control landmine on Thursday morning between Mogadishu and Afgoi road.  weiterlesen >>>


Bomb thrown at military command successfully defused (Turkey)

(17.12.2008)

A package thrown onto the grounds of the Bağcılar Military Recruitment Command in the Güneşli Kirazlı district of western İstanbul early yesterday morning was successfully defused by bomb-disposal teams.  weiterlesen >>>


Cluster bomb treaty may effectively bind U.S. to rules despite lack of signature (US)

(17.12.2008)

UN WIRE -Although the U.S. refused to a sign a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs -- a treaty ratified by 94 countries, including such traditional U.S. allies as Britain, Germany and France -- the nation may still find itself bound by the treaty in the future. weiterlesen >>>


Perspectives: Peace movement has overwhelmed cluster bomb cynicism (World)

(17.12.2008)

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store embraces a 17-year-old Afghan youth who was injured by a cluster bomb. (AP) weiterlesen >>>


Mine kills health official (Pakistan)

(17.12.2008)

QUETTA, Dec 18: An employee of the provincial health department was killed when a landmine exploded in Baker town on Thursday night. weiterlesen >>>


Montreal's Tamil community instigates awareness campaign (Canada)

(17.12.2008)

TAC-tical pressure Montreal's Tamil community wants to raise awareness about the worsening conflict in Sri Lanka as well as protect Tamil refugee applicants in Canada who face deportation back to a war zone.  weiterlesen >>>


UPDF occupies Kony's camps (Congo)

(17.12.2008)

Kampala -They found traces of blood, burnt out huts and signs of human activity but no sign, whatsoever, of LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony. weiterlesen >>>


Officials: 2 police killed, 6 wounded in Chechnya (Caucasus)

(17.12.2008)

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia: Russian officials say two law enforcement officials died and six others were injured in a clash between militants and police in Chechnya. weiterlesen >>>


Mine clearing vehicle that could save lives of British troops delayed for two years (UK)

(17.12.2008)

A new vehicle which would clear mines potentially saving the lives of British troops has been delayed by more than two years because of the "same old failings" in defence programmes, a watchdog report has warned.  weiterlesen >>>


Harter Schlag für Minenräumer - Uno stellt zwei Programme ein (Schweiz)

(17.12.2008)

Die Stiftung Digger im Berner Jura, die seit zehn Jahren Minenräumungsmaschinen herstellt, erleidet einen harten Schlag. Die Uno hat zwei Programme zur Entminung im Sudan vorläufig nicht verlängert.  weiterlesen >>>


Humanitäre Minenräumung unter neuer Leitung (Schweiz)

(17.12.2008)

Sommaruga gibt GICHD-Leitung an Haering ab weiterlesen >>>


All is not normal in eastern Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)

(16.12.2008)

Column: Pursuit of Peace Colombo, Sri Lanka - More than a year and a half after the Sri Lankan government retook all inhabited territory in the east and dismantled the administrative apparatus of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam there, periodic reports of violence and killings continue in that former war zone. weiterlesen >>>


Sweden chooses SA's modified armoured vehicle (Sweden)

(16.12.2008)

THE Swedish army has ordered 60 more RG32M mine-hardened patrol vehicles from BAE Systems Land Systems SA - over and above the 200 bought between 2005 and last year .  weiterlesen >>>


Decade-old landmines block Peru-Ecuador road (Peru-Ecuador)

(16.12.2008)

LIMA, Peru -- Ecuador's ambassador to Peru says builders can't complete a planned roadway between the Andean nations because of anti-personnel mines planted during a 1990s border war. weiterlesen >>>


Afghanistan: Multilateral contribution, 17 Dec 2008 (Afghanistan)

(16.12.2008)

Rome December 17, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 550.000 euros in response to the "ICRC Emergency Appeal 2009", to support emergency humanitarian response of the ICRC in Afghanistan.  weiterlesen >>>


"Sri Lanka : Schwere Kämpfe bei Kilaly und Kilinochchi" (Sri Lanka)

(16.12.2008)

Das Armeekommando berichtet von zwei grossen Offensiven bei Kilinochchi und an der Jaffna-Front. An der Front bei Muhamalai und Kilaly rückte sie nach eigenen Angaben vor und zerstörte Teile der LTTE-Verteidigung, zog sich aber angeblich aus taktischen Gründen zurück. weiterlesen >>>


Army families lose fight for inquiry into deaths (UK)

(16.12.2008)

Westminster An appeal by Armed Forces families for a public inquiry into the deaths of 37 service personnel killed by roadside explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan while travelling in lightly armoured Snatch Land Rovers has been rejected.  weiterlesen >>>


Unmanned robotic ground vehicles being developed (India)

(16.12.2008)

T.S. Subramanian Infantry combat vehicles are being modified for the purpose  weiterlesen >>>


Georgia Lags in Its Bid to Fix Army (Georgia)

(16.12.2008)

WASHINGTON - The Georgian military, which was routed in August during a brief war with Russia, suffers from widespread mismanagement and unqualified leadership, and is in need of extensive reforms to become a modern fighting force, according to a classified Pentagon assessment conducted this fall. weiterlesen >>>


POLICY CRITIQUE: Cluster Bomb Treaty and the World's Unfinished Business (World)

(16.12.2008)

The US, Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan-a group that includes the biggest makers and users of cluster bombs-did not attend the Ireland treaty negotiations and showed no interest in signing the agreement. weiterlesen >>>


Pentagon official: Navy to buy more combat ships (US)

(16.12.2008)

ABOARD THE USS FREEDOM (AP) - The Navy is likely to buy more combat ships that can easily and swiftly maneuver in shallow waters as the threat of piracy and other dangers grow, according to the Pentagon's acquisition chief. weiterlesen >>>


Hold-Out Countries Should Join New Cluster Munitions Treaty (World)

(16.12.2008)

By signing the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) at a ceremony in Oslo earlier this month, 94 countries took bold action to end the use of highly indiscriminate weapons that have maimed or killed tens of thousands of civilians. Meanwhile, a separate international effort that would set less restrictive limitations on cluster munitions may be near collapse. It is time for hold-out countries, especially the United States, to join the emerging international norm and commit to the CCM.  weiterlesen >>>


Soldier to get extra £49,000 for injuries (UK)

(16.12.2008)

A SOLDIER who lost his leg after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan is to receive an extra £49,000 in compensation.  weiterlesen >>>


FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Dec. 16 (Afghanistan)

(16.12.2008)

Dec 16 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1100 GMT on Tuesday: weiterlesen >>>


UK troop casualties surge in Afghanistan (Afghanistan)

(16.12.2008)

KABUL (Reuters) - More British than U.S. soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in the past six weeks, despite America having four times more troops in the country. weiterlesen >>>


PRESS RELEASE: Examine the World Aerospace and Defense Industry Market (World)

(16.12.2008)

NEW YORK, Dec 16, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report related to the Aviation industry is available in its catalogue.  weiterlesen >>>


Deutschland ist weltweit drittgrößter Rüstungsexporteur (Deutschland)

(15.12.2008)

Nach dem Bericht der Gemeinsamen Konferenz Kirche und Entwicklung sind die deutschen Rüstungsexporte im letzten Jahr gegenüber 2006 um 13 Prozent gestiegen. weiterlesen >>>


Four-pronged attack on Tigers in Wanni (Sri Lanka)

(15.12.2008)

Intense fighting was reported throughout yesterday in the Wanni area, as the army launched a massive simultaneous operation on four LTTE defences in Muhamalai, Kilalai, Kilinochchi and Paranthan. weiterlesen >>>


Artillery duel in Northern Front, SLA closes roads to transport casualties in Jaffna (Sri Lanka)

(15.12.2008)

Clashes between Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which began with an SLA offensive advance through Ki'aali Tuesday around 1:20 a.m continued through the day with artillery duels and gunfire exchanges, sources in Jaffna said. Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopters were seen engaged in transporting casualties and injured soldiers while Kandy road and Palaali road were blocked several times during the day enabling ambulances to carry the dead and injured to Palaali SLA hospital.  weiterlesen >>>


Georgia: "Victims of the South Ossetia conflict need better protection" says Commissioner Hammarberg (Georgia)

(15.12.2008)

Strasbourg, 16.12.2008 - "Despite some positive steps, the situation of the victims affected by the South Ossetia conflict remains worrisome" said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, publishing a report on his follow-up visit to the areas affected by the conflict. The report reviews the situation as regards the implementation of the six principles for urgent human rights and humanitarian protection presented by the Commissioner last September.  weiterlesen >>>


4 Qassams land in Negev; child suffers shock (Middle East)

(15.12.2008)

One Qassam lands near school, another causes damage to factory in Sderot. IDF responds to rocket attack by hitting launcher used to fire Qassams Shmulik Hadad  weiterlesen >>>


Play safely: landmine-free sport areas for Azerbaijan's youth (Azerbaijan)

(15.12.2008)

Among its recent initiatives, the IOC, together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has launched a project in Azerbaijan to clear outdoor sports areas of landmines. These "safe play areas", which have been equipped with basic sports equipment, will enable the local youngsters to move freely and thus also promote a healthier lifestyle. weiterlesen >>>


Wir brauchen keine Erleichterungen für den innereuropäischen Rüstungs- und Militärmarkt! (EU)

(15.12.2008)

Zur heutigen Abstimmung des Europäischen Parlaments über die Direktive der Europäischen Kommission zur "Innergemeinschaftlichen Verbringung von Verteidigungsgütern" erklärt Tobias Pflüger (DIE LINKE), Mitglied des Auswärtigen Ausschusses (AFET) und Koordinator der Linksfraktion (GUE/NGL) im Unterausschuss Sicherheit und Verteidigung (SEDE): Heute stimmte das Europäische Parlament mit den Stimmen der grünen und sozialdemokratischen Fraktionen für eine Erleichterung der Rüstungsexporte innerhalb der Europäischen Union.  weiterlesen >>>


Afghan death soldier to be named (UK)

(15.12.2008)

A British soldier killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan on Monday is expected to be named. weiterlesen >>>


Renewed violence as Gaza truce nears end (Middle East)

(15.12.2008)

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Militants in Gaza fired rockets at Israel on Tuesday, prompting a retaliatory air strike, just days before the end of a truce the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers say they are unlikely to renew. weiterlesen >>>


Colombia Eradicates 550,000 Acres of Coca in 2008 (Colombia)

(15.12.2008)

"A record and historic figure in the war against the first link in the drug trade," the police said weiterlesen >>>


Tübingen/Strasbourg: GRUENE erleichtern Rüstungsexport aus dem EU-Bereich (EU)

(15.12.2008)

Zur heutigen Abstimmung des Europäischen Parlaments über die Direktive der Europäischen Kommission zur "Innergemeinschaftlichen Verbringung von Verteidigungsgütern" erklärt Tobias Pflüger (DIE LINKE), Mitglied des Auswärtigen Ausschusses (AFET) und Koordinator der Linksfraktion (GUE/NGL) im Unterausschuss Sicherheit und Verteidigung (SEDE): Wir brauchen keine Erleichterungen für den innereuropäischen Rüstungs- und Militärmarkt! weiterlesen >>>


Maoist attacks on rise in Malkangiri (India)

(15.12.2008)

MALKANGIRI: Maoist violence is on the rise in this tribal-dominated district. This year, a total of 55 police personnel, including 37 AP Grey Hound commandos, were killed in the MV-126 landmine blast and Alampekka ambush, while as many as 26 Maoists have been arrested and two shot dead in encounter. The information provided by the District Intelligence Bureau (DIB) speaks volumes about increasing Maoist violence in the area.  weiterlesen >>>


ISAF soldiers killed in Afghanistan (Afghanistan)

(14.12.2008)

KABUL: Three soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan, the military said on Sunday.  weiterlesen >>>


S. Yorkshire marine killed in bomb blast (Afghanistan)

(14.12.2008)

A SOUTH Yorkshire marine has been killed by a roadside bomb in war-torn Afghanistan. weiterlesen >>>


Cluster bomb treaty and the world's unfinished business (World)

(14.12.2008)

The United States, Russia and China are sending a terrible message to the rest of the world by refusing to take part in the historic signing of a treaty that bans the production and use of cluster bombs. In a world that is plagued by war, military occupation and terrorism, the involvement of the great military powers in signing and ratifying the agreement would have signaled -- if even symbolically -- the willingness of these countries to spare civilians' unjustifiable deaths and the lasting scars of war. weiterlesen >>>


Ghana signs convention on cluster bombs (CCM) (Ghana)

(14.12.2008)

Ghana has signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) that prohibits the use of cluster bombs, a type of weapon which scatters sub munitions over an area. weiterlesen >>>


Humanitarian mine action in Lebanon (Lebanon)

(14.12.2008)

DCA HMA started in November 2006 to address the threat from cluster munitions of the recent war July-August 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon through the implementation of a BAC project.  weiterlesen >>>


The Threat Of Comfortable Exile (Colombia)

(13.12.2008)

December 14, 2008: Leftist rebels are trying to adopt roadside bombs as a decisive weapon against the advancing police and army. weiterlesen >>>


5 troops killed, 2 hurt in Surigao del Sur ambush (Phillippines)

(13.12.2008)

MANILA, Philippines - Five soldiers were killed while two others were hurt following an ambush by suspected communist rebels in the southern Philippine province of Surigao del Sur Tuesday afternoon, the spokesman for the Philippine Army said.  weiterlesen >>>


Afghanistan still tops land mine casualty list (Afghanistan)

(12.12.2008)

KABUL: Afghanistan remains the country worst affected by land mine explosions, with an average of 50 people killed or maimed every month despite massive clearing efforts, the United Nations said yesterday.  weiterlesen >>>


Cluster bombs off super fund share list (New Zealand)

(12.12.2008)

DROPPING cluster bomb companies and firms involved in simulated nuclear testing has all but cleared the decks of problematic investments for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. weiterlesen >>>


Suicide bomber, 13, kills three Royal Marines (Afghanistan)

(12.12.2008)

Security Correspondent -Three Royal Marines were blown up in Afghanistan yesterday - by a suicide bomber aged 13. weiterlesen >>>


Perino Can't Explain Why Bush Administration Opposes Cluster Bomb Treaty» (US)

(12.12.2008)

Today in Oslo, Norway, over 100 countries began signing the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The nations signing the cluster bomb treaty argue that the unexploded munitions pose a "deadly hazard to children, farmers and others long after a conflict ends." In a surprising last-minute change of policy, Afghanistan agreed to join the treaty.  weiterlesen >>>


Ending the use of cluster bombs (World)

(12.12.2008)

About 100 countries, including Japan, signed a treaty Dec. 3 in Oslo to ban cluster bombs. It goes into effect about six months after 30 countries have ratified it. Japan should start the ratification procedure as soon as possible. weiterlesen >>>


N.Z. Fund to Sell Lockheed, Northrop Due to Cluster-Bomb Link (New Zealand)

(12.12.2008)

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand Superannuation Fund, which invests $6.6 billion for the government, will sell stakes in Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Goodrich Corp. because they are involved in making cluster bombs.  weiterlesen >>>


Obama will review cluster bomb ban treaty (US)

(12.12.2008)

The Obama administration will review the Bush administration's reasons for refusing to sign an international treaty banning the use of cluster bombs, its spokesperson announced the week.  weiterlesen >>>


Exclusion of Cluster Munitions, Nuclear Companies (New Zealand)

(12.12.2008)

Exclusion of Companies involved in manufacture of Cluster Munitions or Nuclear Explosive Devices weiterlesen >>>


Obama administration should sign the Cluster Bombs treaty (US)

(12.12.2008)

In 1994, President Bill Clinton promised to "seek a worldwide agreement as soon as possible to end the use of all antipersonnel landmines". But as officials from around the world met to sign the Ottawa Convention to ban landmines just three years later, no one from Washington joined them. weiterlesen >>>


Land mine found at recycling centre (Spain)

(11.12.2008)

A worker at a recycling company in Sagunto has discovered what appeared to be an anti-personnel mine that was dirty and probably defective when material from other waste centres was emptied in the area.  weiterlesen >>>


Pipkin: America must ban cluster munitions (US)

(11.12.2008)

Recently, in Oslo, Norway, I witnessed the historic gathering of over half the nations of the world - including many American allies - who joined together to sign an international treaty banning cluster munitions, a terrible weapon that has maimed and killed tens of thousands of innocent children. weiterlesen >>>


Ukraine refrains from signing Convention on Cluster Ammunition Ban: Foreign Ministry (Ukraine)

(11.12.2008)

Ukraine, Kiev, Dec. 11 / corr. Trend News Z. Novsvitski/ Presently, Ukraine refrains from signing the International Convention on Cluster Ammunition Ban (CA), the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in regards with beginning of signing of the Convention by Kiev  weiterlesen >>>