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12 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:43 GMT

Author: Anastasia Moloney

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants, including children, are deported by the United States each year to their home countries where they face gang violence and a lack of state services to help them reintegrate, researchers said.

12 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 11 Dec 2015 18:31 GMT

Author: Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scores of women rebel fighters were forced to undergo abortions under a policy of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in their five-decade war against the government, Colombia's top prosecutor said on Friday.

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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 10 Dec 2015 23:03 GMT

Author: Marko Phiri

By Marko Phiri

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thobekile Mpofu was 15 when she got pregnant to a 41-year-old man who quickly accepted responsibility and married her, avoiding possible legal action for having sex with an underage girl.

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11 Dec 2015 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Child marriage is on the rise in Ethiopia due to the worst drought in decades, the government and agencies said on Friday, as Oxfam warned of a "full-blown disaster" unless more than $1 billion in food aid is found for 10 million people.

Agencies predict the El Niño weather phenomenon will cause record levels of malnutrition in Africa's second most populous nation, famed for war- and drought-induced famine in 1984.

11 Dec 2015 description
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Author: Gopal Sharma

JHOR, Nepal, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With a large cone-shaped bamboo basket strapped to her back, Nirmala Bhandari treks two hours every day from her village to a protected forest in the hills, heaving it back filled with enough firewood to cook food for her three children.

Despite knowing timber collection in this forest is illegal and wood stoves cause deadly indoor pollution, the 35-year-old widow says she has no choice since a shortage of cooking gas hit Nepal more than two months ago.

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