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Kenya passes law to step up fight against human trafficking

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Bill will provide better support for victims and campaigners say it will make securing convictions easier

Kenya has passed a law that will make it easier to secure convictions for human trafficking by providing greater support to victims, encouraging them to give evidence, campaigners said.

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15,000 Kashmiris take shelter as cross-border tensions escalate

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Local villagers flee as ceasefire fails and Indian and Pakistani troops trade shells and gunfire across the Kashmir border

Thousands of Kashmiris stayed in shelters near the disputed region's de facto border on Thursday after Indian and Pakistani border troops traded gunfire and shelling overnight, despite an attempt by their commanders to defuse escalating tensions.

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Ethiopians' plight: 'The toilets are unhealthy, but we don't have a choice'

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Officials plan to build extra public conveniences in Addis Ababa, which has just 63 loos for its 3 million inhabitants

Addis Ababa has more than 3 million people, but there are just 63 public toilets. At one, in the oldest part of the city, there is constant activity and bustle as people queue to pay varying prices for a urinal, full cubicle or shower in the white-tiled facility inside a circular yellow building. For many, this is the only option because of the lack of provision in their own homes.

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Burundi’s crackdown on dissent must not go unnoticed

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The government is repressing activists such as Pierre Claver Mbonimpa ahead of elections, and donors must respond

Several years have passed since the end of Burundi’s 12-year civil war, which cost tens of thousands of lives. The period following the end of the conflict in 2005 was marked by a huge sense of relief as peace gradually returned to the country.

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Yazidis still stranded on Mount Sinjar: 'We need weapons now more than food or water'

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The US has said little about Mount Sinjar since 14 August, when Obama declared the siege broken, but recent satellite imagery and interviews with Yazidis still on the mountain indicate a humanitarian emergency continuing to unfold

Spencer Ackerman, Mona Mahmood, Ian Saleh and Kenton Powell

For the US and its allies, Mount Sinjar is a success story: a humanitarian disaster alleviated by US air power. But hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqis – mostly sick and old – remain atop the mountain, with no relief on its way.

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Free Guardian seminar: building effective partnerships in fragile states

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Registration deadline: 15 Sep 2014 Training date: 15 Sep 2014 Guardian

How can governments, civil society and the private sector work together to bring stability and growth to fragile states? Register now to attend on 15 September, 5:30pm – 9:00pm