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25 May 2017 description

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could spread to the neighbouring Central African Republic, where militia violence has forced thousands of people to flee across the border, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Two cases of the virus have been confirmed by the WHO in Congo's remote northeastern Bas-Uele province since early May. Four people have died so far among the 43 suspected and confirmed cases.

25 May 2017 description

By Sophie Hares

CANCUN, Mexico, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan has improved its capacity to respond to natural disasters but needs a drastic overhaul of its infrastructure to cope better with devastating earthquakes, floods and landslides, a top official said on Wednesday.

24 May 2017 description

Over 1,000 migrants are still scattered across the region and the numbers are growing, with 600 now living around Calais

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

LONDON, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping in the streets in "disastrous" conditions in northern France with no access to tents, showers or water since a fire ravaged the country's last major refugee camp, a charity said on Wednesday.

A fire destroyed most of the Grande-Synthe migrant camp near Dunkirk last month after fighting broke out.

24 May 2017 description

by Suresh Babu | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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During times of conflict, building robust food systems can improve access to food

About 20 million people face starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, the United Nations says. Armed conflict, combined with drought and natural resource degradation have led to the breakdown of resilience in the food system in these areas.

23 May 2017 description

Carbon taxes for using fossil fuels are one of the simplest, most market-friendly ways of driving climate action, experts say.

By Syful Islam

DHAKA, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangladesh is set to impose its own carbon tax on fuel next month – despite the hugely climate-vulnerable country producing relatively tiny per capita emissions.