9 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian aid, including basic food and housing
By Mirwais Harooni
KABUL, Feb 20 (Reuters) - As many as 50 people have died in storms over the past three days in Afghanistan, including 25 shepherds lost in a blizzard, a government disaster management official said on Monday.
Also among the dead were 11 people killed in separate incidents in roof collapses in heavy rain in Kabul province, said Omar Mohammadi, a spokesman for the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Agency.
Anglican Bishop Paul Yogusuk said soldiers had attacked at least five women and girls a week ago following a deadly ambush on a military convoy
By Denis Dumo
JUBA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The South Sudanese military has launched a rare investigation into allegations that soldiers gang-raped villagers, a bishop told Reuters on Sunday, after a week of high-level army resignations by officers citing rampant abuse.
The close proximity of opposing sides and continued use of heavy weapons prompted leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine to call for renewed efforts to implement peace agreement
By Pavel Polityuk
AVDIYIVKA, Ukraine, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists appeared to be respecting a new ceasefire attempt on Monday after international powers called for shelling to stop and for the withdrawal of banned heavy weapons.
Eleven people were hospitalised after the jump over the 6-metre, barbed-wire fencing surrounding the North African enclave
MADRID, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Some 359 African migrants broke through the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta early on Monday, in a second mass push after about 500 migrants breached the fence on Friday.
More than 1,400 migrants are now waiting in the North African enclave to be processed, Ceuta authorities said, adding that tents had been requested to house the latest arrivals.
Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:45 GMT
Islamic State militants are essentially under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians
Iraqi forces have captured eastern part of city
New offensive targets western side of Tigris river
Mosul was Islamic State's de facto capital in Iraq
U.N. says up to 400,000 civilians could be displaced
Several thousand killed, wounded since October start