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22 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:20 GMT

Rakban refugee camp in Syria near the border with Jordan is home to refugees and also to rebel groups

(Adds details, death toll)

BEIRUT, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A car bomb on Saturday killed at least four people and critically injured a number of others at the Rakban refugee camp in Syria near the border with Jordan, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring organisation.

21 Jan 2017 description

By Josh Smith

Amid rising violence, economic stagnation and social upheaval, the UN estimates nearly a third of the population will need humanitarian assistance this year

21 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 20 January 2017 15:33 GMT

Experts to be allowed to repair a pumping station damaged by the fighting, allowing water service to Damascus to be restored

BERLIN, Jan 20 (Reuters) - German diplomats helped broker a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in a mountainous valley near Damascus, a deal designed to restore water supplies to the capital, the German foreign ministry said on Friday.

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20 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 19 January 2017 18:09 GMT

The pillars of Lebanon's economy - remittances from overseas workers, tourism and real estate - have been damaged by the war in Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Lebanon's prime minister called on Thursday for "adequate and substantial" foreign investments worth nearly $10 billion to address the Syrian refugee crisis and upgrade the country's crumbling infrastructure.

20 Jan 2017 description

UNHCR said about 45,000 people, mainly children, have fled to Senegal

  • Mediators made final mediation attempt

  • 7,000 troops take part in regional mission

  • Streets of capital quiet (Recasts with comments from new president's advisor)

By Tim Cocks

19 Jan 2017 description

Yahya Jammeh, who took power in a 1994 coup, has ignored calls by world powers and regional leaders to step down

  • Barrow takes oath in Gambian embassy in Senegal

  • Veteran leader Jammeh refusing to step down

  • Senegal's army crosses border to support Barrow

  • Thousands have fled country fearing unrest (Recasts with Senegal army entering Gambia)

By Tim Cocks and Emma Farge

19 Jan 2017 description

"Migrants are often forced into lives of despair in their host communities because they cannot gain access to financial, healthcare and government services"

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Billionaire investor George Soros will partner with Mastercard Inc on a venture they said could help migrants, refugees and others struggling within their communities worldwide to improve their economic and social status.

19 Jan 2017 description

"We are optimistic that the coming period will see major developments in the peace process in Darfur"

KHARTOUM, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Sudan is ready to sign a peace agreement with a major rebel group in the longstanding Darfur conflict, a government official said on Thursday, just days after President Omar Hassan al-Bashir extended a unilateral ceasefire.

The development follows a U.S. decision to review a lifting of sanctions that have crippled the country's economy for two decades.

19 Jan 2017 description

About 56,000 Rohingya live in Malaysia having fled and unrest and persecution in Myanmar

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on Myanmar on Thursday to stop all discrimination and attacks on Rohingya Muslims, and urged the world's Islamic countries to act to end an unfolding "humanitarian tragedy".

18 Jan 2017 description

The ELN has been in on-and-off preliminary talks with the government since 2014

BOGOTA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Colombia's government will begin much-delayed formal peace talks with the country's second-biggest rebel group the ELN on Feb. 8, after the guerrillas release a politician being held hostage, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday.

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18 Jan 2017 description

With no chairs or desks, around 250 children huddled in classrooms on mats

By Khalil Ashawi

AL-RAI, Syria, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Sifting through ripped up textbooks and writing on broken whiteboards, Syrian children returned this week to a dilapidated small-town school that was used by Islamic State militants as a prison for more than two years.

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17 Jan 2017 description

Hundreds have crossed the Gambian border into Senegal since the election

BANJUL, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after refusing to hand power to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election last month.

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17 Jan 2017 description

"The bomb that exploded on Monday morning, it's our brothers responsible for it," an audio recording said

BAUCHI/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Islamist militant group Boko Haram has said it was behind Monday's twin suicide bombing at a university in north eastern Nigeria which killed two people.

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16 Jan 2017 description

"A worrying pattern is the way women have been targeted, both generally in the violence but also with sexual violence"

KINSHASA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - At least two dozen people, most of them women, have been killed over the past week in ethnic violence between Bantus and Pygmies in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.N. human rights official said on Monday.

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15 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Sunday, 15 January 2017 15:20 GMT

The water spring was knocked out of service in late December

BEIRUT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The Syrian army and allied militia clashed with rebels near Damascus on Sunday, threatening to disrupt planned repairs to a pumping station that supplies most of the capital's water, a war monitor said.

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15 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Sunday, 15 January 2017 14:35 GMT

The Alpine country was the last stop before Germany for many fleeing war and poverty at the beginning of the refugee crisis

VIENNA, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The number of migrants applying for asylum in Austria more than halved in 2016 and did not breach a cap introduced early last year to limit new arrivals, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

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15 Jan 2017 description

Heavy rain has triggered floods across the south, cutting road and rail links, threatening crops and affecting about 1.6 million people

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Thailand faces more hardship from unseasonable floods that have killed 40 people in its south, with more rain expected in the major rubber-producing and tourist region in coming days, a top disaster agency official said on Sunday.

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14 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 14 January 2017 20:08 GMT

Four people have been rescued but the survivors reported that more than a hundred were on board when the boat capsized

(Recasts to adds new rescue operation)

ROME, Jan 14 (Reuters) - At least eight migrants died when their boat overturned off the coast of Libya on Saturday but the death toll may be much higher, the Italian coastguard said.

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14 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 14 January 2017 14:10 GMT

"They receive great care ... Time is very important. The close proximity to the front lines, though it's more dangerous, is what's saving patients' lives."

  • New hospital some 20 km from Mosul battles

  • Treats victims of shrapnel, bullets, bombs

  • Some 145,000 displaced since operation began

By Girish Gupta

14 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:27 GMT

Migrants have tried to cross to Italy from the African coast, particularly from Libya, where people traffickers operate with relative impunity

CAIRO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Egyptian border patrol and coast guard forces stopped more than 12,000 people of various nationalities from illegally entering or leaving the country in 2016, the military said on Wednesday.

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