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19 May 2016 description
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By Max Bearak

Throughout history, each refugee crisis has played out according to its specific context. The current one, driven mostly by fighting in Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, is one of the most intractable. A full 80 percent of refugees over the past decade come from areas with conflicts that have no end in sight. At the end of 2014, more than half of refugees had been in exile for over 10 years.

28 Sep 2015 description
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LONDON — Malaria could be wiped out by 2040, despite the lack of an effective vaccine, previous failed attempts to eradicate the disease and drug resistance problems, the United Nations and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in a report released on Monday.

17 Aug 2015 description
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By Anthony Faiola

MEISSEN, Germany — In a gesture of German goodwill, the administration in this medieval city leased a newly renovated apartment building here to humanely — even comfortably — house dozens of desperate ­asylum-seekers. The newcomers from Syria and other war- ravaged nations would enjoy freshly redone floors, cute balconies and shiny, modern appliances in a cheerful building near a timber-framed pub.

Then Meissen’s goodwill went up in smoke.

05 Aug 2015 description
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By Griff Witte

NORTHEASTERN LESBOS, Greece — The heaving rubber raft, packed with 49 people, had motored more than halfway across the narrow strait that separates Turkey from Greece when it began to rapidly fill with water.

“Whoever can swim, get out or we will all die!” yelled an Iraqi woman near the front, her belly swollen with an unborn child conceived amid war and now facing mortal peril at sea.

Dutifully, four men jumped overboard into the wind-whipped waves as others blew whistles, flailed their arms and shouted prayers into the cloud-covered sky.

15 Sep 2014 description
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By Abby Phillip

Until this year's epidemic, Ebola did not exist in West Africa. Now with nearly 2,300 people dead from the virus, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, scientists still don't fully understand how Ebola arrived from Central Africa, where outbreaks of this strain of the virus had occurred in the past.

11 Sep 2014 description
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By Anthony Faiola September 9

POZZALLO, Italy — Clinging to a plank from the wreckage of his sinking raft, Ali Salib gazed into the cobalt blue of the open Mediterranean and began to speak to the dead.

To those who have gone before me, I go now to join you.

20 Jun 2013 description
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The world is experiencing its worst refugee crisis in nearly 20 years, according to a new U.N. report. Most of the growth is among internally displaced people, or IDPs, who face many of the same problems as refugees who flee their country for another, without the benefit of an international sanctuary.

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14 Nov 2012 description
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More than 10 percent of the medicines on sale in the developing world may be counterfeit, according to World Health Organization estimates, and medicines in the European Union are now the leading illegitimate product seized at the border, increasing by 700 percent from 2010 to 2011.

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