Rebel group withdraws from South Darfur says UN

5 February 2009The leader of an armed group involved in recent combat in the South Darfur region of Sudan has pulled his militia out of the conflict zone as a result of the decision made by the hybrid African Union (AU) and United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to stay and protect civilians in the area. The leader of an armed group involved in recent combat in the South Darfur region of Sudan has pulled his militia out of the conflict zone as a result of the decision made by the hybrid African Union (AU) and United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to stay and protect civilians in the area.There have been renewed clashes since last month in Muhajeria involving the Government of Sudan and the rebel groups known as the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Army/Mini Minawi (SLA/MM).The fighting in Muhajeria has exposed about 30,000 people to previously unseen levels of violence, destroyed an aid agency’s office and forced the UN to relocate its staff.JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim said he made his decision to withdraw due to UNAMID’s decision to remain in Muhajeria and appeals by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping and the international community for blue helmets to protect the local population. Joint AU-UN Special Representative Rodolphe Adada today wrapped up a two-day visit to N’Djamena, the capital of neighbouring Chad, where he met with top JEM officials as part of UNAMID’s efforts to establish a good working relationship with all parties involved in the Darfur conflict.Mr. Adada commended the JEM decision to remove its forces from Muhajeria, noting that “the withdrawal no doubt saved many lives and prevented tragic consequences for civilians.”He stressed UNAMID’s absolute neutrality in dealing with all parties involved in the conflict, as this impartiality is the only way for the Mission to achieve its mandate. For its part, JEM praised the mission for refusing to evacuate Muhajeria in a bid to continue its humanitarian assistance for civilians.Fighting in Darfur erupted in 2003, which pitted rebels against Government forces and its allied Janjaweed militiamen, causing an estimated 300,000 deaths and forcing some 2.7 million people to flee their homes. read more

Honda quarterly profit slips on airbag recall related costs

by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 7:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Honda quarterly profit slips on air-bag recall related costs TOKYO – Honda’s quarterly profit slipped 19 per cent as costs related to air-bag recalls eroded the benefits from growing sales.Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. reported Friday an October-December profit of 124.1 billion yen ($1 billion).Sales for the fiscal third quarter edged up 3.4 per cent to 3.617 trillion yen ($30 billion).Tokyo-based Honda is the biggest customer for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp., which is behind the massive global recalls spanning nearly all the major automakers, over air bag inflators that can explode.Nine people in the U.S. and 10 worldwide have been killed because of defective air-bag inflators.Another death has been reported in a crash in which a Takata air bag exploded, but it’s unclear whether that was the cause of death.More than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. with defective Takata air bags are already under recall and the worldwide total is likely at least double that. And it’s possible millions more vehicles will need to be recalled.Speculation has bubbled in the Japanese media that some kind of bailout by Japanese automakers will be needed to rescue Takata, but that would come only on condition of a managerial change, including the resignation of the top executive. Takata denied the reports.Honda, which makes the Odyssey minivan, Civic sedan and Asimo humanoid robot, stuck to its forecast for profit to rise 3 per cent to 525 billion yen for the fiscal year ending March 2016.For the third quarter, Honda’s auto sales jumped nearly 5 per cent year-on-year, helped by introducing the Greiz sedan in China. Motorcycle sales slipped by about 3 per cent as fewer were sold in Indonesia and China.Honda acknowledged future costs from class action litigation related to the Takata air bags remained uncertain.Among the more positive news for the company, Honda began deliveries of its HondaJet corporate aircraft and the leasing of robotic legs called Honda Walking Assist.Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s top automaker in global vehicle sales, outselling Volkswagen AG of Germany and U.S. rival General Motors Co., reports earnings Feb. 5. Nissan Motor Co. reports Feb. 10.___Follow Yuri Kageyama: twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at: bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama read more