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Pakistan struggling to cope with surge in polio cases

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Guardian

Once on track for polio eradication, Pakistan now faces a setback as a result of inaccessibility, violence and misinformation

Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the global polio eradication initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared with 28 at the same time last year.

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Preventing water wars: how to build bridges over river disputes

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Guardian

Dramatic reductions in water levels could lead to conflict. Will legal and diplomatic policies help countries to cooperate?

Ilmas Futehally in Mumbai

Fifty years ago, Lake Chad in Africa had a surface area of 25,000 square kilometres. Today, it has less than 2,000. The surface area of the Aral Sea in central Asia has dropped by half, from 66,000 to 33,000 square km, and the Dead Sea in the Middle East from almost 1,000 to 650 square km.

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World Bank accuses itself of failing to protect Kenya forest dwellers

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Guardian

Leaked document says World Bank violated its own safeguards in dealings with Sengwer people evicted from their lands

A leaked copy of a World Bank investigation seen by the Guardian has accused the bank of failing to protect the rights of one of Kenya’s last groups of forest people, who are being evicted from their ancestral lands in the name of climate change and conservation.

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Yemen child marriage: minister calls for ban after death of eight-year-old girl

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Guardian

Huriya Mashhoor urges parliament to set minimum age of marriage at 18 as international condemnation intensifies

Yemen's human rights minister has vowed to ban child marriage after the reported death of an eight-year-old girl on her wedding night.

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Ebola outbreak prompts food shortage fears in Liberia

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Guardian

Liberia’s government is struggling to secure food supplies as quarantines and border closures aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak disrupt its farmers and pile pressure on food imports.