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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Some 80,000 people flee Mali as clashes continue

Saturday - Mar 03, 2012, 12:06pm (GMT+5.5)
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Geneva - Some 80,000 people have fled the western African nation of Mali to neighbouring countries due to intense fighting between government troops and rebels, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said Friday.

Countries such as Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger continue to receive large number of refugees, as fighting between Malian Army and rebel Tuaregs, which started in mid-January, saw no sign of easing so far, Xinhua reported.

The Mauritanian government estimated that there have been now over 31,000 Malian refugees on its territory, and that the number is growing by 1,500 each day. In Burkina Faso, where authorities have already registered 18,326 Malian refugees, an average of 500 Malians are crossing the border daily.

Meanwhile, an additional 81,000 Malians are reportedly being internally displaced.

The UN High Commission for Refugees is working with humanitarian partners and governments concerned to bring aid to the region.





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