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25 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 24 March 2017 10:00 GMT

East Mosul staggers back to life but the scars of IS rule remain * East Mosul staggers back to life

  • Men seek work, clear rubble

  • Scars of IS rule remain

  • Battle goes on across the river

By John Davison

MOSUL, Iraq, March 24 (Reuters) - Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle.

25 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 24 March 2017 20:31 GMT

The United Nations fears it could reach Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, March 24 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have started spreading across Uganda, authorities said on Friday, raising fears for the surrounding East Africa region already devastated by drought.

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24 Mar 2017 description

A two-year-old civil war has severely restricted the flow of food into the main Yemeni cargo ports of Hodeidah and Salif on the Red Sea

  • Dubai market one of Yemen's few lifelines

  • Import-dependent nation on brink of famine

  • Wooden dhows ply centuries-old trade route

  • Shipping graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2mzwp4z

By Maha El Dahan and Michael Georgy

24 Mar 2017 description

Rescuers managed to save seven people from the stricken vessel and the coast guard was searching for any other survivors

By Tuvan Gumrukcu

ANKARA, March 24 (Reuters) - Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday, the Dogan news agency said, the first such reported incident in months on an illegal migrant route meant to have been all but shut down.

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24 Mar 2017 description

Families streamed out of the Iraqi city in an ongoing exodus of people fleeing in their thousands each day, headed for cold, crowded camps or to stay with relatives

By Angus MacSwan and Patrick Markey

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq, March 24 (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are to deploy new tactics in a fresh push against Islamic State in Mosul, military officials said on Friday, after advances slowed in the campaign to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country.

22 Mar 2017 description

"We're not against the aid, but against people imposing their views. It's a friendly face, but the aim behind it is domination"

By John Davison

MOSUL, Iraq, March 22 (Reuters) - Aid convoys linked to paramilitary groups have begun making regular deliveries to Mosul districts recaptured from Islamic State, bringing much-needed relief but also fears that their Shi'ite backers are encroaching into the mostly Sunni city.

22 Mar 2017 description

By Goran Tomasevic

LOIYANGALANI, Kenya, March 22 (Reuters) - Villagers in northern Kenya have begun to burn piles of animal carcases, hoping to head off an outbreak of disease as their livestock starve to death in the region's worst drought in five years.

The smell of death hangs heavily over Lake Turkana and dried animal corpses dot the cracked mud where the lake has receded, leaving boats stranded on the dry land.

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22 Mar 2017 description

by Yasin Kakande

KATAKWI, Uganda, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Seven-year-old Esther Agutti weighs 7 kilos - a third of the weight of the average child her age.

She has been in hospital in Katakwi, eastern Uganda, for three days. She was painfully thin when she was admitted and had diarrhoea and vomiting, said Loyce Akelo, a senior doctor.

21 Mar 2017 description

The acute hunger gripping Jubbaland caused an exodus of hundreds of families into the capital Mogadishu seeking help

MOGADISHU, March 21 (Reuters) - At least 26 people died from hunger in the semi-autonomous Jubbaland region of southern Somalia in just a day an a half, federal government radio said on its website.

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21 Mar 2017 description

As many as 600,000 civilians remain in the western sector of Mosul, complicating a battle between Islamic State and Iraqi troops

  • Troops try to evacuate civilians

  • IS sniper fire comes from Old City

  • Abadi says US support will accelerate

By Patrick Markey

MOSUL, Iraq, March 21 (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces attempted to evacuate civilians from Mosul's Islamic State-held Old City on Tuesday so that troops could clear the area, but militant snipers hampered the effort, Iraqi officers said.

21 Mar 2017 description

Huddled in makeshift camps, dependent on food rations and fellow refugees, Rohingya mothers carry hope inspired by their newborn children

By Antoni Slodkowski and Mohammad Ponir Hossain

BALUKHALI, Bangladesh, March 20 (Reuters) - Scared, hungry and badly beaten, Rohingya women fleeing an army crackdown in Myanmar recount harrowing tales of destruction and death: a father burned alive, an uncle slaughtered with a machete, a brother arrested and not heard from again.

20 Mar 2017 description

"I hid my sons in the basement and told them if you want my sons you will have to kill me"

  • Forced recruitment sign of attrition

  • Residents pour out of eastern Mosul

  • Battle focused on Old City but IS hold other areas

By Patrick Markey and John Davison

20 Mar 2017 description

Kabila's decision not to step down when his presidential mandate expired in December was followed by a wave of killings and lawlessness across the nation

  • Militia insurrection has spread to five provinces

  • Congo violence rises since Kabila overstayed mandate

  • Government denies army is behind mass graves

By Aaron Ross

20 Mar 2017 description

Iraqis fleeing Mosul arriving at camps to find there is no room, forced to get back onto buses or hire taxis to reach other areas

By John Davison and Patrick Markey

MOSUL, Iraq, March 20 (Reuters) - Mohammed Ali and his family, carrying all their worldly possessions in a few bags, had been on the road for 18 hours since fleeing their home in an Islamic State-held area of Mosul.

They hoped to find shelter at a camp. So far, they have had no luck.

19 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 18 March 2017 21:17 GMT

Refugees travelling towards Sudan

  • Refugees travelling towards Sudan

  • UNHCR confirms deaths

  • IOM aware of survivors brought to Hodeidah (Updates with Somalia calling for an investigation)

DUBAI, March 18 (Reuters) - Forty-two Somali refugees were killed when a helicopter gunship attacked their boat off Yemen on Thursday, the United Nations refugee agency said, and Somalia called on the Saudi-led coalition fighting in the country to investigate.

19 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Sunday, 19 March 2017 00:02 GMT

At least 62 people have died and more than 70,000 homeless as Peru's rainy season has delivered 10 times as much rainfall than usual

By Mitra Taj

LIMA, March 17 (Reuters) - A sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific waters off Peru has unleashed the deadliest downpours in decades, with landslides and raging rivers sweeping away people, clogging highways and destroying crops.

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19 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 18 March 2017 16:21 GMT

As many as 600,000 civilians may be caught inside the city with the militants

  • Islamic State fighting to hold its last bastion in Iraq

  • As many as 600,000 civilians may be caught inside the city

  • GRAPHIC: Battle for Mosul http://tmsnrt.rs/2fd0nGE

By Abdelaziz Boumzar

18 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters Friday, 17 March 2017 16:20 GMT

Endorsed by European Union, Italy has pledged money, training to help Libya fight people smugglers

  • Migrant arrivals up 36 pct this year

  • Libya saw heavy fighting this week

  • European, African officials to meet in Rome

By Steve Scherer

17 Mar 2017 description

Children as young as 10 years old are among hundreds of Rohingya Muslims detained on charges of consorting with insurgents

  • Previously unreported document details charges against 423 men and boys

  • All detainees charged under colonial "Unlawful Associations" law

  • Police say 13 minors - the youngest only 10 - are accused

  • Two special courts set up to deal with Rohingya detainees

  • Map showing where detainees are from: http://tmsnrt.rs/2mrugDe

17 Mar 2017 description

By John Davison

MOSUL, Iraq, March 17 (Reuters) - After five months of intense fighting, Iraqi forces have begun to drive back Islamic State into the dense and narrow-alleyed Old City of Mosul, with the mosque where its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014 firmly in sight.

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