UN official visits South Asia in bid to drum up more peacekeeping

Jean-Marie Guéhenno’s trip comes as demand for soldiers to serve in the world body’s operations outstrips supply. “He’s trying to drum up troop contributions for anticipated peacekeeping missions this year,” explained UN spokesman Fred Eckhard in New York.Mr. Guéhenno flew to Bangladesh today after spending a few days in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, where he met with President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mahmoud Kasuri.The two South Asian countries are the UN’s top contributors to peacekeeping. Pakistan had 5,343 military observers, civilian police and troops on UN duty and Bangladesh 4,274 as of the end of last November.

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Wallaby among animals killed on major roads Highways England says

first_img194 deer were found dead on England’s roadCredit:Niall Carson/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The 10 most frequently killed animals also included cats, dogs, otters and swans.The figures, released in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association, included road death totals for 19 different animals.One wallaby – a kangaroo-like creature primarily found in Australia – was among the fatalities.The location of the death was not given, but there have been several sightings of wild wallabies in recent years, including in Devon, Norfolk and the Peak District.Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity RAC Foundation, said: “When it comes to hazard perception, drivers might not give much thought to animals straying into their path, but these figures show why they should. A wallaby, a pig and a cow were among the animals killed on motorways and major roads in England last year, new figures show.Highways England said 2,143 dead animals were found in 2015 on the 4,300 miles of motorways and major trunk routes that form the Strategic Road Network.Partial data for the types of animals killed suggests deer were the most common, being involved in around one in four cases. The M1 motorwaycenter_img “Many of the animals hit will be family pets, and both Highways England and animal owners need to do their best to keep them off our roads – which have never been busier.”The Deer Initiative charity estimates that up to 74,000 deer-vehicle collisions occur on Britain’s roads each year, injuring as many as 700 drivers and passengers.Wildlife expert Dr Jochen Langbein said: “There’s obviously a significant problem.”He explained that a range of potential measures can be deployed to protect deer – including enhanced fencing, better signage to warn drivers and building animal overpasses and underpasses.But he warned: “There’s not a simple solution.”Department for Transport figures show that eight people were killed on Britain’s roads last year in accidents where the presence of an “animal or object in carriageway” was a contributory factor.’Tried and tested plans’A further 179 people were seriously injured, with a total of 1,363 casualties.The most common region for animal-related crashes was south-east England with 211, followed by the South West (133) and the east of England (126).A Highways England spokesman said: “The safety of road users and road workers is our top priority, which is why keeping roads as clear as possible is essential.”The number of incidents involving animals on our roads is extremely low.”We have tried and tested plans to deal with animals which come into difficulty while being transported. When building and improving roads, we also include measures to prevent wild animals getting on to our roads.”She added that the organisation is working with a number of charities to provide further training for traffic officers handling and recovering animals.The animals found dead on motorways and major roads in England last year:Deer (194)Badgers (180)Foxes (126)Cats (71)Dogs (47)Owls (41)Otters (29)Pheasants (29)Swans (15)Birds (10)Sheep (five)Polecats (nine)Rabbits (three)Ferret (two)Cow (one)Duck (one)Horse (one)Pig (one)Wallaby (one) The M1 motorwayCredit: Source:  194 deer were found dead on England's roadlast_img read more

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