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Kenya delays closure of Dadaab refugee camp by six months
Nairobi (AFP) - The Kenyan government announced Wednesday that it has agreed to extend the deadline for the closure of Dadaab refugee camp -- the world's largest -- by six months, having originally planned it for November.
Interior minister Joseph Nkaissery said the move follows a request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
"I wish to announce that the government has accepted the request to extend the deadline for the completion of the repatriation of Somali refugees and the eventual closure of Dadaab refugee complex by six months," he told a news conference.
Nkaissery said a comprehensive repatriation programme would be rolled out next month at the camp, which is home to hundreds of thousands of mostly Somali refugees.
"The repatriation will continue to be carried out in a humane, safe and dignified manner," he said.
The government announced in May that the vast Dadaab camp in north-east Kenya would be shut down, citing security concerns.
Authorities have repeatedly alleged that the camp is a breeding ground for Islamist terrorism but has not provided evidence to back the claims.
Refugees will be returning to a country that already has over one million people displaced from their homes, where five million lack enough food and where African and Somali forces are still fighting Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants.
Vietnam to ease reliance on China, import more from South Korea
Analysts have noted signs of a decrease in imports from China, while imports from South Korea rose by 7.9 percent in the first six months of the year. The improt turnover from South Korea (blue line) and from China since 2011 “There is a growing tendency of Vietnam shifting to import goods from South Korea instead of China,” the report by VEPR (the Vietnam Institute for Economic & Policy Research) said. According to MOIT, Vietnam imported in the first half of the year more than $4 billion… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Farmers, retailers join hands to compete with foreign goods
Nearly 250 Vietnamese businesses have decided to work with each other to bring high-quality products to Vietnamese consumers, a move that will help them compete with foreign goods flooding the home market. Under the cooperation agreement signed by the enterprises on June 1, Vingroup, the retailer, would be responsible for distributing products made by Vietnamese enterprises in seven fields, including food, cosmetics, toys, stationary, household-use goods, fresh food and fashion to consumers… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam among 10 most optimistic countries globally: Nielsen
Vietnamese continue to be optimistic about the local economy, Nielsen says. Photo: Diep Duc Minh/Thanh Nien Though consumer confidence in Vietnam dropped slightly in the second quarter, the country is the seventh most optimistic country globally, according to the latest survey from information and measurement firm Nielsen. In the online study, consumers in Vietnam scored 107 points in the Consumer Confidence Index, down two points from the previous quarter. Nguyen Huong Quynh, managing… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions.The European Commission also said Thursday that it believes Britain and Germany "broke the law by refusing to disclose, when requested by the Commission, all the technical information" they gathered on Volkswagen emissions.It said the technical information concerns "potential nitrogen oxide… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Eight dead in raids on rebel-held Syrian town: monitor
Beirut (AFP) - Air strikes on a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria killed eight people on Saturday, a monitor said, the latest to hit the area where Al-Qaeda's former affiliate has a strong presence.Most of those killed in the Idlib province town of Maarat Masrin were civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Their deaths came after those of three civilians, one of them a child, in strikes on the nearby town of Orum al-Joz late on Friday, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman… chat_bubble_outline Read More...