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18 Aug 2017 description

Threat worsening as rainfall, deforestation increase

By Edward McAllister

DAKAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.

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17 Aug 2017 description

By Stephanie Nebehay and Abduljabbar Zeyad

GENEVA/HODEIDAH, Yemen, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) plans to send a test shipment of rice to Yemen this month in its first attempt since February to deliver food aid via the port of Hodeidah, held by Houthi fighters allied to Iran.

16 Aug 2017 description

The attack bore the hallmark of Boko Haram militants

By Ahmed Kingimi

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Aug 15 (Reuters) - A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and killed 27 others at a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, two local officials said, in an attack bearing the hallmark of Boko Haram militants.

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16 Aug 2017 description

At least 62 people have been confirmed dead in the attack on Mirza Olang village last week, with the number expected to rise

By Abdul Matin Sahak

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Afghan police have discovered mass grave containing the bodies of at least 36 victims of a recent militant attack on a village, officials said on Wednesday.

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15 Aug 2017 description

By Gopal Sharma and Ruma Paul

KATHMANDU/DHAKA, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 160 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as authorities rushed to rescue those missing or stranded in flooded areas.

In Nepal, the death toll rose to 115 amid more flash floods and landslides, with 38 people missing. Relief workers said 26 of Nepal's 75 districts were either submerged or had been hit by landslides after rain lashed the Himalayan nation.

15 Aug 2017 description

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - All of an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India are illegal immigrants, even those registered with the U.N. refugee agency, and the government aims to deport them, a senior government official told Reuters.

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14 Aug 2017 description

"The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken"

By Christo Johnson

FREETOWN, Aug 14 (Reuters) - More than 200 people were killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes.

The Red Cross said at least 205 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown. Police and military personnel were at the scene in the mountain town of Regent searching for people trapped in the debris.

14 Aug 2017 description

About 300 rebels from a group called Saraya Ahl al-Sham as well as about 3,000 refugees are to leave Lebanon

(Adds departure of convoy to Syrian border, background, details)

BEIRUT, Aug 14 (Reuters) - The evacuation of a group of Syrian rebels and refugees from a border enclave in Lebanon back into Syrian territory started on Monday, Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV reported.

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14 Aug 2017 description

About 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in Rakhine, but are denied citizenship and face restrictions on their movements and access to basic services

By Wa Lone

YANGON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets in western Myanmar on Sunday to protest against aid organisations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants, police and a protest leader said.

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14 Aug 2017 description

26 of Nepal's 75 districts either submerged or hit by landslides

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Elephants helped rescue hundreds of tourists from a flooded jungle safari park in Nepal, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rain rose to 70.

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14 Aug 2017 description

Burkina Faso sporadically targeted by jihadists

By Thiam Ndiaga

OUAGADOUGOU, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Suspected jihadists killed at least 17 people and wounded eight during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, the communications minister said, as security forces sought to free people still trapped inside on Monday.

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14 Aug 2017 description

Sunday, 13 August 2017 10:07 GMT

The heavy rain, which mainly hit the country's southern plains, led to the evacuation of 5,000 people

KATHMANDU, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Torrential rain battered Nepal on Sunday, causing widespread flooding and landslides and raising the death toll from three days of severe weather to 49 people, according to officials.

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11 Aug 2017 description

"At 5:00 am, SPLA-IO (Juba faction) forces came under heavy fire in Pagak ... Their main aim was to drive out our forces from the strategic town of Pagak"

NAIROBI, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Heavy fighting erupted on Friday in the South Sudanese town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia when rebels launched an offensive against government forces, the rebels said.

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11 Aug 2017 description

New Delhi says only around 14,000 of the Rohingya living in India are registered with the UN refugee agency

By Krishna N. Das

NEW DELHI, Aug 11 (Reuters) - India is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims it says are living in the country illegally, a government spokesman said on Friday, with state governments told to form task forces for the purpose.

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11 Aug 2017 description

More than 200 people a day are illegally walking across the border into Quebec to seek asylum

By Anna Mehler Paperny

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Quebec, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Dozens of army tents dotted the Canadian border on Thursday to house hundreds of asylum seekers, many from Haiti, streaming into the country from upstate New York to file refugee claims.

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11 Aug 2017 description

Sudden and severe flooding in Peru this year killed more than 100 people and wrought some $4 billion in damage to infrastructure

  • Some $2.2 bln to be awarded in 2018

  • Gov't "prefers" Grana y Montero not bid on projects

  • New works must help Peru prepare for extreme weather

  • Bidding process to expedite permits, construction

By Mitra Taj and Marco Aquino

07 Aug 2017 description

Many migrants try to enter Spain as a means of reaching other parts of Europe

MADRID, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Dozens of sub-Saharan migrants crossed into Spain from Morocco in the early hours of Monday after running through a border gate into the enclave of Ceuta, emergency services said.

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07 Aug 2017 description

Flooding has crippled four provinces, damaging water systems and farms, where rice and fruit are grown

HANOI, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Floods in northern Vietnam have killed 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes over the past week, causing damage estimated at more than 940 billion dong ($41 million), the government's disaster agency said on Monday.

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07 Aug 2017 description

The city is now one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan for civilians, with 209 killed and 777 injured in attacks in the first half of the year

By Hamid Shalizi and James Mackenzie

KABUL, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Afghan authorities are tightening security in the central area of Kabul housing foreign embassies and government offices after a string of suicide attacks that have caused hundreds of casualties and hit confidence in the Western-backed government.

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07 Aug 2017 description

Violence has raged across much of Congo this year, killing hundreds and displacing millions amid a political crisis

KINSHASA, Aug 6 (Reuters) - More than 50 people have been killed in clashes between ethnic groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, three local aid workers said on Sunday, the largest death toll in fighting between the two groups for months.

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