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19 Oct 2017 description

KAMPALA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Uganda has confirmed one case of Marburg virus, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday.

Jane Ruth Aceng told reporters at a news conference in capital Kampala that the case, which led to a fatality, had been confirmed after a series of tests were carried out.

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18 Oct 2017 description

By Sonia Feng

SYDNEY, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

The Pacific Island nation is seen as particularly vulnerable to climate change, with some of its 300 low-lying islands susceptible to rising seas.

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18 Oct 2017 description

by Reuters Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:12 GMT

Ambulances break down, hospitals short of blood, communications jam.

  • More than 300 killed in worst bombing in Somalia's history

  • Country mired in conflict and clan warfare, lacks basic services

  • Military checkpoints often barred route for ambulances

  • Turkey, Qatar among those providing assistance

By Abdi Sheikh

18 Oct 2017 description

GENEVA (Reuters) - Children are starving to death in Central African Republic because violence has forced aid workers to pull out, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the country said on Tuesday.

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16 Oct 2017 description

Last week's floods were the worst in years, with thousands of homes submerged

HANOI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country's north and centre last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said.

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14 Oct 2017 description

New infrastructure should be low-carbon and built to survive disaster threats, a World Bank conference hears

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, Oct 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - D isaster-prone countries that keep rebuilding homes, roads and utilities are in danger of becoming uninsurable unless their new infrastructure is built to survive further catastrophe, experts said on Friday at a World Bank conference.

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13 Oct 2017 description

SANTIAGO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet welcomed more than 60 Syrian refugees to the country's capital of Santiago on Thursday, as Chile joined other Latin American nations in offering safe harbor to families fleeing Syria's civil war.

At a ceremony at the country's airport in Santiago, Bachelet greeted 14 newly arrived Syrian families, who will be resettled in furnished homes with social benefits, including monthly stipends, schooling, healthcare and language classes.

13 Oct 2017 description

HANOI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday.

Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. A typhoon wrecked havoc across central provinces just last month.

The floods that hit Vietnam this week starting on Monday are the worst in years, state-run Vietnam Television quoted agriculture minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong as saying.

12 Oct 2017 description

A quarter of the Yemen population is starving

By Selam Gebrekidan and Jonathan Saul

DJIBOUTI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Late last year, the Kota Nazar, a Singaporean ship with 636 containers of steel, paper, medicine and other goods, set sail to Hodeida, the largest cargo port in war-torn Yemen.

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12 Oct 2017 description

More than 17,000 households have been evacuated and more than 200 homes have collapsed

By Mai Nguyen

HANOI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Floods caused by a tropical depression in Vietnam killed 37 people, one of the highest death tolls recorded in the country from flooding, the disaster prevention agency said on Thursday.

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10 Oct 2017 description

Two and a half years of war have sapped Yemen of the money and medical facilities it needs to battle the contagion

By Abduljabbar Zeyad

HODEIDAH, Yemen, Oct 9 (Reuters) - One of the latest victims of the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in Yemen had yet to even take her first breath.

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10 Oct 2017 description

"They threatened to kill us if we didn't leave the village within 10 minutes"

By Ange Aboa

GUIGLO, Ivory Coast, Oct 9 (Reuters) - An ethnic-fuelled land dispute has driven thousands of farmers off illegal plantations in Ivory Coast's main cocoa belt, threatening the start of the harvest in the world's top producer.

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06 Oct 2017 description

Infrastructure is completely destroyed, water, electricity networks, bridges. There's not a single service functioning

  • Raqqa ruined as U.S.-backed forces battle Islamic State

  • New governing body faces huge challenge to rebuild

  • U.S. coalition aid slow with Raqqa's political future uncertain

  • New violence feared post-Islamic State

By John Davison

06 Oct 2017 description

Months of protests interrupted schools, leaving kids holed up at home or exposed to violence

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Venezuelan siblings Jeremias, 8, and Victoria, 3, were in their pajamas and preparing to go to bed when a tear gas canister smashed through their family's kitchen window in early July.

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06 Oct 2017 description

Already this year some 800 Libyans have reached Italy by sea, more than double the number for the whole of 2016

ABOARD SEEFUCHS RESCUE SHIP, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Just before the sun dipped into the Mediterranean on Saturday, rescuers spotted a tiny wooden boat on the horizon. It turned out to contain five young Libyans fleeing violence and turmoil who were waving their arms for help.

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05 Oct 2017 description

The U.S. territory is in a near blackout, its electricity grid shredded by the storm

By Hugh Bronstein and Gabriel Stargardter

BARRANQUITAS, Puerto Rico, Oct 4 (Reuters) - While his competitors wait for diesel to restart generators knocked out by Hurricane Maria, flower grower Hector Santiago is already back in business because of solar panels powering his 40-acre (16.2-hectare) nursery in central Puerto Rico.

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04 Oct 2017 description

Somali ties with wealthy Saudi Arabia have grown as it tries to rebuild after two decades of war and quell Islamist al-Shabaab insurgents.

By Abdi Sheikh

MOGADISHU, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Somalia has received $50 million in new aid from Saudi Arabia but the gesture does not change the central government's decision to remain neutral in Riyadh's dispute with fellow Gulf state Qatar, a senior Somali official said on Tuesday.

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04 Oct 2017 description

Officials may struggle to convince everyone to leave amid fears of losing vulnerable livestock and crops

SYDNEY, Oct 4 (Reuters) - The last residents on Vanuatu's northern island of Ambae will be evacuated on Wednesday, officials said, as a volcano that has been spitting rock and ash into the air for more than a week shows signs of stabilising.

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04 Oct 2017 description

Attitudes towards immigrants have hardened due to concerns about security and the economy

By Shadia Nasralla

VIENNA, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Ahmed Ali, a 34-year-old teacher, fled the war in Syria two years ago and settled in a quiet Austrian town on the hilly border with the Czech Republic. He was hoping to raise a family there.

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03 Oct 2017 description

Clashes have pitted an armed group previously known for migrant smuggling against the Operations Room to combat the Islamic State

TRIPOLI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - At least five civilians were killed and 12 others wounded among dozens of casualties comprised mostly of combatants in recent fighting in the west Libyan migrant smuggling hub of Sabratha, the United Nations said on Monday.

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