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Italy to issue 10,000 temporary permits to irregular Tunisians

altTen thousand Tunisians who arrived in Italy illegally before 5th April are set to receive temporary residence permits, Mr. Alfredo Mantovano, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs has said.

Mr. Mantovano said the State printer was already preparing the permits which should be ready to be issued within a week, at most within ten days.

Each immigrant will be issued a plastic permit card with a microchip containing the holder’s personal data.

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Green: Rights of trafficking victims strengthened

"The UK has become a world leader in fighting trafficking"

The government is taking positive steps to ensure it remains a world leader in the fight against human trafficking, Immigration Minister Damian Green has said.

Responding to the case of a Moldovan trafficking victim who received substantial damages from the government this week, he explained that the rights of victims have now been strengthened.

“This very disturbing case shows why our approach to human trafficking has changed significantly since 2003. In recognition of the need to identify victims of trafficking the UK ratified and brought into force the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking,” Mr. Green said.

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IOM appeals for US$ 41.6 million to avert humanitarian crisis in Côte D'Ivoire

Funds will also be used to provide return assistance to 200,000 stranded migrants

IOM has appealed for US$ 41.6 million to provide urgently needed aid to thousands escaping the violence in Côte d'Ivoire and to avert a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

The situation in the capital Abidjan, and in the west and central regions of the country, has dramatically deteriorated due to continued heavy fighting. Thousands of civilians have been trapped inside their houses without food and water for more than a week. It is estimated that over 1 m people have left their homes in Abidjan and are now sheltering with relatives.

Reports from Abidjan indicate that large numbers of dead bodies are strewn in the streets and entire neighbourhoods are without electricity and water. The city, home to five million people, has a severe shortage of water treatment products. It is feared that this could lead to an early outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea.

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WFP launches airlifts to provide saving food in Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia

Donors urged to come forward urgently and help WFP help victims in the two countries

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) plans airlifts in the coming days to provide life-saving food assistance to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Côte d'Ivoire and Ivorian refugees in neighbouring Liberia.

“We need to open up a humanitarian lifeline to the many Ivorians who are now the victims of alarming shortages of food, water and other basic needs,” said WFP's Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

WFP is airlifting food this week from Niger and Mali into Man, in western Côte d'Ivoire and Monrovia in Liberia as part of a plan to transport 15, 000 metric tons of cereals, vegetable oil and other food assistance.

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THT offers benefits advice to HIV positive people

Contact THTDirect helpline

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is urging anyone with HIV who currently claims incapacity benefit and receives a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions, asking them to be assessed on their ability to work, to contact its THTDirect helpline on 0845 12 21 200.

THTDirect will give initial benefits advice and, if people are in need of more in-depth support, refer them on to a local agency or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

THTDirect is open from 10am to 10pm weekdays and from 12pm till 6pm at weekends.

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