By Kevin Sieff
BANKI, Nigeria — The soldiers arrived in the middle of the night, tearing through the village of Nigerian refugees, barging into stick huts where families slept in knots on the floor.
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By Ledio Cakaj and Paul Ronan
In October 2011, President Obama sent 100 U.S. Army Special Forces personnel to central Africa to help the Ugandan military pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its notorious leader, Joseph Kony.
By Nick Miroff
SOACHA, Colombia — In the nation with more internal refugees than any other, you won’t find the uprooted and the dispossessed huddled in tent camps or fleeing in long caravans. Colombia’s war doesn’t look like that, at least not anymore.
The United Nations counts about 7 million “internally displaced people” here, more than in Syria, Iraq or any other war zone. Forced to flee their farms and villages, they have resettled at the edges of Colombia’s cities, finding refuge in places like this treeless, teeming slum on the outskirts of the capital, Bogota.
By Michelle Faul
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — An emergency polio vaccination campaign aimed at reaching 25 million children this year has begun in parts of Nigeria newly freed from Boko Haram Islamist extremists, with fears that many more cases of the crippling disease will probably be found.
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By Angela Fritz May 18 at 12:31 PM
Two landslides in central Sri Lanka on May 17 followed three days of heavy rain and floods. More than 150 people are feared dead as rescuers continue to try to save stranded victims. (Reuters) A storm that has been festering for days in the Bay of Bengal caused torrential rain, flooding and a deadly landslide in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. It could hammer parts of eastern India with over 20 inches of rain through the weekend as it tracks up the coast.
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.
By Antonio Olivo
KABUL — Among the many battles being waged in Afghanistan, the fight for a strong local press corps is losing soldiers by the dozens.
SHIVOOR, India — In the blistering sun and swirling dust, farmer Dhananjay Hanumant Suryavanshi squats on his empty land and caresses the parched earth.
“There is only one thought that runs over and over again in my head. Will there be good rain this year? Will there be good rain this year?” Suryavanshi, 25, said.
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By Haruna Umar
ABUJA, Nigeria — Cameroonian troops pursuing Boko Haram fired rocket-propelled grenades indiscriminately that killed a family of four, then shot and killed two other civilians, trapped Nigerian villagers said Tuesday.
By Associated Press January 7 at 8:32 AM
TIRANA, Albania — About 500 families have been evacuated in western Albania after a river broke its banks following heavy rain, flooding thousands of hectares, damaging homes and roads and killing livestock.
Police and soldiers have been deployed to Lushnje, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of capital Tirana, where the Shkumbini River flooded early Thursday.
By Pamela Constable
KABUL — The last time Ramzan Ali Tabason saw his 9-year-old daughter alive was the day he put her in a van, along with her aunt and five other people from their Afghan village. They were headed for the Pakistani city of Quetta, where the little girl, Shukria, was going to spend time with her ailing grandmother.
KOBANE, Syria — A heap of dust is all that remains of the house where Alan Kurdi was born and raised, before war sent his family fleeing and he drowned on the short sea crossing between Turkey and Greece.
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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.
BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s government says it is postponing regional elections that have been opposed by a separatist group in the north.
Mali ministers said late Monday that municipal and regional elections scheduled for Oct. 25 have been delayed because of insecurity in the north and a lack of administration in areas. The decision may calm tensions surrounding the vote.
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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.
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Mohamed Jlelati is not sure whether a de facto “safe zone” along the Turkey-Syria border will include his home town. But he is preparing for it. anyway.
Jlelati is a member of the Syrian opposition’s local government in Aleppo, about 40 miles from the Turkish border. And he has plans for his city.
“If people have water and electricity, they will feel stable,” he said, sketching out Aleppo’s water and power grids on a piece of paper. “Then you can provide food. And then start cleaning up the rubble.”
BEIRUT — Forces battling for control of three Syrian towns were observing a temporary cease-fire Thursday after a push by Iran to explore diplomatic solutions to end Syria’s civil war.
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.
By Joshua Partlow and Julia Symmes Cobb
BOGOTA, Colombia — The process of ending Colombia’s half-century war with leftist guerrillas has been its own multiyear struggle of halting talks, aborted cease-fires, frustration and distrust.
Deadly attacks by both sides and escalating rhetoric threw the process into doubt earlier this year, but experts say recent moves signal that a settlement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, could be within reach.
SANAA, Yemen — For months, citizens of this war-torn country have been terrorized by bomb explosions and mortar attacks. Now another threat is growing, which could be just as deadly.
Yemenis are running out of water.
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