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28 Apr 2017 description

A formal announcement of the settlement plan could come around the time Trump is scheduled to visit Israel next month

  • Announcement could come around time of planned Trump visit

  • Palestinians see "deliberate sabotage" of any new peace push

  • Trump has asked Israel to hold back on settlement-building

  • Housing Ministry in "advanced talks" over construction

By Ori Lewis

28 Apr 2017 description

by Siddharth Chatterjee & Aida Mengistu | @sidchat1 | United Nations
Friday, 28 April 2017 09:17 GMT

After three years of drought and failed harvests, Kenya is in the grip of a national crisis.

All eyes are on neighbouring Somalia and South Sudan – where the needs are indeed greater and more acute – but we must not forget the nearly 3 million Kenyans whose lives have been blighted by these extreme conditions.

26 Apr 2017 description

About 500 municipalities are constantly in medium or high alert for flood and landslide risks - minister

By Luis Jaime Acosta

BOGOTA, April 25 (Reuters) - Climate change has put nearly 12 million Colombians at risk from natural disasters like flooding and landslides, which could kill hundreds and cause serious infrastructure damage, the environment minister said on Tuesday.

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26 Apr 2017 description

More than 2,000 people died from an outbreak of the disease in Nigeria in 2009

ABUJA, April 26 (Reuters) - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people so far this year, the country's health minister said, as Africa's most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections.

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25 Apr 2017 description

The attacks came as Syria's air force and Russian jets intensified their bombardment of Idlib

BEIRUT, April 25 (Reuters) - Syrian or Russian air strikes killed more than a dozen people and severely damaged a hospital in and around a town in rebel-held Idlib province on Tuesday, local medical workers and a monitoring group said.

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25 Apr 2017 description

Parts of the war-ravaged country are suffering famine

JUBA, April 25 (Reuters) - South Sudan has secured $106 million from the World Bank and the African Development Bank, in part to pay for food imports as millions face starvation and to fund the construction of a road to trade partner Kenya, its finance minister said.

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25 Apr 2017 description

Myanmar's march to democracy, beginning in 2011, uncorked long-suppressed ethnic and religious tensions between Rakhine's Buddhists and the Rohingya

By Antoni Slodkowski, Wa Lone, Simon Lewis and Krishna N. Das

BALUKHALI CAMP, Bangladesh, April 25 (Reuters) - When army helicopters fired on Rahim's village in northwest Myanmar one day last November, the Rohingya schoolteacher told his pregnant wife to take their three young daughters and leave. He stayed behind with his 72-year-old mother.

24 Apr 2017 description

At least 173,000 people, mostly Syrians, landed in Greece in 2016

ATHENS, April 24 (Reuters) - At least 16 people, including two children, drowned after an inflatable boat carrying refugees and migrants sank off Greece's Lesbos island, authorities said on Monday.

They are believed to be the first confirmed deaths in Greek waters this year of migrants or refugees making the short but dangerous crossing from Turkey on overcrowded rubber dinghies.

23 Apr 2017 description

"We left because of darkness, hunger, and death. There are bullets and air strikes. We were injured, our children were injured"

By Ahmed Aboulenein

MOSUL, Iraq, April 23 (Reuters) - Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road on Sunday as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas seized back from Islamic State.

22 Apr 2017 description

Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still trapped in western Mosul

By Maher Chmaytelli

MOSUL, Iraq, April 22 (Reuters) - Pushing carts loaded with bags, babies and the elderly, hundreds of people fled Mosul on Saturday after Iraqi forces retook two more districts in the west of the city from Islamic State.

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21 Apr 2017 description

The evacuation of Syrian civilians and fighters from four besieged towns is part of a swap deal between the warring sides

BEIRUT, April 21 (Reuters) - The evacuation of Syrian civilians and fighters from four besieged towns, part of a swap deal between the warring sides, resumed on Friday after a 48-hour halt, state media and a monitoring group said.

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20 Apr 2017 description

The army will also offer humanitarian aid to the region including medical support

ABUJA, April 19 (Reuters) - The Nigerian army on Wednesday launched a month-long operation to reduce violence in the centre of the country, as ethnically charged fighting pressures a government already tackling Boko Haram in the northeast and militants in the oil-rich south.

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20 Apr 2017 description

Migrants find shelter in old rusting carriages on the outskirts of Greece's northern city of Thessaloniki.

THESSALONIKI, Greece, April 19 (Reuters) - It was Mohamed Khaleuf's third attempt to cross the Greek-Macedonian border hiding in a freight train and he had no plans to give up trying.

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19 Apr 2017 description

Islamic State militants were driven out of Qayyara in August last year

By Isabel Coles

QAYYARA, Iraq, April 19 (Reuters) - Most of the bodies that wash up on the bridge in northern Iraq have their hands bound, eyes blindfolded and a bullet to the back of the head.

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19 Apr 2017 description

Evacuations had been suspended following a weekend bomb attack on a convoy of evacuees which reportedly killed 126 people.

BEIRUT, April 19 (Reuters) - The last rebel fighters have left the Syrian town of Zabadani near Damascus as part of a reciprocal evacuation deal for four besieged towns that had been interrupted after a bomb attack hit one convoy, state media and a war monitor said on Wednesday.

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19 Apr 2017 description

**The investigation relates to the use of funds intended to help people in the northeast where 4.7 million need rations to survive*:   

ABUJA, April 19 (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country.

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18 Apr 2017 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:18 GMT

Ethiopia has faced criticism over its authoritarian approach to economic development

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, April 18 (Reuters) - A total of 669 people were killed in unrest that gripped Ethiopia for several months until authorities imposed a state of emergency last October, according to an investigation report presented to parliament on Tuesday.

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18 Apr 2017 description

"We want to learn, we do not want to be ignorant"

  • Schools reopen in Mosul areas retaken by Iraqi forces

  • Islamic State changed curriculum, focused on jihad

  • Most children stayed at home during militants' occupation

By Ulf Laessing

MOSUL, Iraq, April 17 (Reuters) - Iraqi schoolgirl Manar Mahmoud is eager to resume classes after years of life under Islamic State in Mosul, ignoring the nearby rattle of artillery fire.

17 Apr 2017 description

by Reuters
Monday, 17 April 2017 11:11 GMT

"More than 166,000 teachers in the country that have not received a salary since October last year"

DUBAI, April 17 (Reuters) - Two years of war may deprive a generation of Yemeni children of an education, the U.N. warned this month, putting them at greater risk of being married off or recruited as child soldiers for a conflict which has killed at least 10,000 people.

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16 Apr 2017 description

"We have limited supplies left"

THIBANIYA, Iraq, April 16 (Reuters) - Flooding has made all bridges across the Tigris in and out of western Mosul impassable, cutting off aid supplies and escape routes for people fleeing the Islamic State-held part of the Iraqi city.

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