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03 May 2016 description
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By Robert Kibet

The Kenyan authorities have promised dire punishment for all those responsible for the collapse of a six-storey apartment building in Nairobi’s low-income Huruma suburb on Friday, in which at least 22 people died and scores are still missing.

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29 Apr 2016 description
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Once Syria’s most populous city, Aleppo is now a humanitarian disaster zone. As fighting intensifies in several districts and bombs again rain down from the sky, tens of thousands of Syria’s forgotten civilians try to survive on the frontlines, dodging missiles and hiding from snipers.

29 Apr 2016 description
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The new normal in quake-hit Ecuador

By Carolina Loza

More than a week after a powerful earthquake devastated communities along Ecuador’s Pacific coast and claimed more than 650 lives, 29,000 people made homeless by the disaster are still in shelters. Many others are choosing to sleep outside their damaged homes to ward off looters.

28 Apr 2016 description
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Jared Ferrie

The island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines is rich in resources as well as population diversity. It is also home to a violent patchwork of sometimes-overlapping armed groups. These include Islamist revolutionaries as well as extremist militants, communist rebels, paramilitaries, clan-based private armies, and networks of organised crime.

23 Apr 2016 description
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By Carolina Loza

Calls for donations have flooded social media since Ecuador’s worst earthquake in decades left a trail of destruction along the country’s Pacific Coast on 16 April.

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21 Apr 2016 description
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By Sebastian Strangio

The United States is set to boost funding for the removal of cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance in Laos, the fatal legacies of its “secret war” during the 1960s and 1970s.

20 Apr 2016 description
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By Tom Rollins

Mohamed Abdullah probably arrived in Europe some time last year.

In a picture purportedly uploaded to his Facebook page, which has since been deleted, the 31-year-old Syrian stands smiling in front of a car park that is traceable to Stockholm because of a phone number in the background. It’s an innocuous image, like the thousands of others uploaded by refugees after they successfully reach Europe — an announcement that they’ve made it; the beginning of a new life.

20 Apr 2016 description
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By Obi Anyadike

The female suicide bomber has become the signature weapon of the Nigerian jihadist group, Boko Haram.

Women have strapped explosives to their bodies in other recent conflicts – from Chechnya to Iraq, from Pakistan to Palestine, from Syria to Sri Lanka – but never at such a rate as in the Boko Haram insurgency.

20 Apr 2016 description
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Tom Westcott
IRIN Contributor

The simmering 25-year conflict between Azerbaijan and the Armenian-backed disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh saw a dramatic escalation early this month. It didn’t make many headlines, but more than 100 people were killed in fierce clashes.

As Azerbaijani forces shelled the border, the northern farming village of Talish was evacuated, its residents forced to abandon their homes.

19 Apr 2016 description
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Stephan Küffner
IRIN Contributor

Search-and-rescue teams continued to pull survivors from the rubble left by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on Saturday evening, but some remoter coastal communities remained out of their reach with roads collapsed or blocked by landslides.

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18 Apr 2016 description
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Annie Slemrod
Middle East Editor

Only 40 percent of the $3.5 billion donors pledged in October 2014 for Gaza's reconstruction has been delivered, new World Bank figures reveal.

15 Apr 2016 description
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No happy ending for Myanmar refugees

By Jonathan Vit

When Malaysia allowed hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants abandoned by their smugglers and left adrift on the Andaman Sea to come ashore last May, it marked the end of a regional diplomatic stalemate that had left thousands of lives in the balance and garnered international headlines.

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13 Apr 2016 description
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By Justin Lynch

JUBA, 13 April 2016

South Sudan may finally, perhaps, be on the road to peace. Rebel leader Riek Machar is expected in the capital, Juba, next week in the final step towards a government of national unity that seeks to end the fighting and glue together a country torn apart by more than two years of civil war.

13 Apr 2016 description
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By Kristy Siegfried
Migration Editor

Last Monday, 202 migrants were put on ferries from Greece and deported back to Turkey. As the first group to be returned under the EU’s migration deal with Turkey, their departure from the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios under police escort, and their arrival at the Turkish port of Dikili, took place under the full glare of the international media. But what happened to them next – and what is likely to happen to the thousands who will surely follow – is much less clear.

12 Apr 2016 description
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Ringing the alarm over Somaliland drought

By Mohamed Amin Jibril

BUS/SOMALILAND, 11 April 2016

The severe drought in Ethiopia has made headline news. But it has also scorched northern Somalia – a region far less able to cope with the impact.

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11 Apr 2016 description
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By Jennifer Rigby

DOLAKHA DISTRICT, NEPAL, 8 April 2016

Haribansa Thami gestures towards the ruined house where he used to live with his family on a mountainside in Nepal's Dolakha District.

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09 Apr 2016 description
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By Katarina Höije

BENI, 8 April 2016

Attacks on civilians in the Beni region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have killed more than 500 people in the past 18 months. Congolese officials accuse the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamist rebel group with links to Uganda, of committing the massacres. But it’s not that simple. Behind the narrative of an Islamist menace there is evidence of Congolese military involvement, with potential links to smuggling rackets.

08 Apr 2016 description
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BAGHDAD/FALLUJAH, 7 April 2016

Jameela al-Jassim was desperate, so she did the unthinkable.

Last month, the 26-year-old roped herself and her two young children to a rock and tossed it into a Fallujah river. Their bodies were found shortly after.

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07 Apr 2016 description
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By Justin Lynch

South Sudan is facing a critical shortage of drugs and life-saving medicines, according to Médecins Sans Frontières and a government official.

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06 Apr 2016 description
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By Kristy Siegfried

Zakir was just 14 when he fled pressure from Taliban fighters to join their ranks and embarked on the long and dangerous journey from Afghanistan to Britain.

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