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01 Jan 2019 description
report Deutsche Welle

Torrential rain has caused a landslide that buried dozens of homes in a village in West Java. Scores of people remain missing, and a young child is among those dead.

At least 15 people have been killed and dozens more are missing after a landslide hit the Indonesian region of West Java on Monday.

The tragedy took place in the village of Sirnaresmi in Sukabumi district shortly before sunset on New Year's Eve.

Tons of mud that poured down from the surrounding hills buried 30 houses in the village.

31 Dec 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

The Syrian Observatory on Human Rights has said 20,000 people were killed this year in Syria's civil war. It's a record low in a conflict that has already claimed half a million lives — and that could flare up again.

Around 20,000 people were killed in Syria in 2018, the eighth year of its ongoing civil war between the government of President Bashar Assad and rebel and jihadi fighters, the Syrian Observatory on Human Rights reported on Monday. Some 6,500 civilians were among the total killed, the group added.

31 Dec 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

A deadly ambush in a northern province on the border to Mali has prompted Burkina Faso's president to declare a state of emergency. Burkina Faso is battling increased attacks by Islamist militants in the Sahel region.

Officials in Burkina Faso announced Monday that President Roch Marc Christian Kabore is declaring a state of emergency in northern provinces following intensified attacks from Islamist groups in the area.

30 Dec 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

Storms and heavy rain have caused severe flooding and landslides in the center of the island nation. Authorities have warned of continuing heavy rain ahead of New Year's celebrations.

Rescue teams in the Philippines on Sunday searched for dozens of missing residents after Cyclone Usman swept through the Southeast Asian archipelago, leaving 22 people dead.

The tropical storm brought heavy rain to the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions, causing massive flooding and landslides, the country's civil defense office said.

13 Oct 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

A bus full of civilians was destroyed when the Saudi–led coalition targeted Houthi rebels in Yemen's port city of Hodeida. The latest bombing comes months after a coalition airstrike killed 40 children on a school trip.

At least 17 people were killed and 20 injured in a Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen's Hodeida on Saturday. The attack presumably targeted a Houthi rebel checkpoint in the city's Jebel Ras area, but instead destroyed a bus full of civilians, medical sources said. Other reports said another bus was also hit during the bombing.

08 Sep 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

Militants have attacked the northern Nigerian town of Gudumbali, with residents reporting several deaths. The Nigerian government had asked displaced people to return to the town in June.

Islamist militants reportedly traveling on motorbikes and pick-up trucks attacked the town of Gudumbali in northern Nigeria on Friday, with residents saying many people had been killed or forced to flee.

A vigilante, Baba Ali Musa, said the militants had shot sporadically as they entered the town.

02 Sep 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

Scores of people have been killed in ongoing clashes between rival militias vying for power. About 400 prisoners managed to escape from their detention facility by forcing the facility's doors open during the fighting.

Libya's UN-backed government declared a state of emergency in Tripoli on Sunday after days of fighting left at least 39 people dead and dozens more injured.

01 Sep 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

Chinese authorities have evacuated 127,000 people due to downpours in the southern Guangdong province, with rain destroying homes and ruining swaths of farmland. Casualties have also been reported.

At least two people have been killed and 43 houses destroyed as heavy rains lash southern China, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday, citing local authorities.

21 Jul 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

The Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip have said they reached an agreement with Israel to restore calm. It follows a day of deadly Israeli strikes after a soldier was killed along the border for the first time in years.

The ceasefire agreement was reached early Saturday, a spokesman for Hamas said.

"With Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (Israel) and Palestinian factions," Fawzi Barhoum told the Reuters news agency.

15 Jul 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

Some 450 migrants were rescued and moved from a fishing boat onto two patrol vessels in the Mediterranean. Italy's prime minister says Malta and France have agreed to take some of the migrants.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a breakthrough on Saturday in a dispute with Malta over the fate of 450 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy.

14 Jul 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

Gaza's armed groups have reportedly agreed a truce with Israel following a surge in cross-border violence. An Israeli military spokesman said its actions would be decided by what happens on the ground.

Islamic Jihad and Hamas said late Saturday that a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt and the UN, had been reached with Israel following a surge in violence on both sides of the Israel-Gaza border.

An Israeli defense official declined to comment on the reported ceasefire, but indicated that Israel's actions would depend on what happens on the ground.

29 Apr 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

For the second time in two days, Tuareg groups have reported an attack near the Niger border. Large tracts of the country remain lawless despite a peace accord signed with ethnic Tuareg leaders.

More than 30 Tuareg people were killed by suspected jihadists near Mali's northeastern border with Niger, the AFP and EFE new agencies reported on Saturday, citing local sources.

The attack happened just a day after motorbike-riding gunmen killed 12 people near Anderamboukane, the former Tuareg rebel group MSA and tribal leaders said.

02 Jan 2018 description
report Deutsche Welle

The three countries have issued the statement amid ongoing violations of the ceasefire from both sides. The civil war in South Sudan has now entered its fifth year, with the conflict leaving tens of thousands dead.

The United States, Britain, and Norway on Tuesday warned warring sides in the South Sudan conflict to stop violating a ceasefire that began on December 24.

19 Nov 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

For the first time in a decade — and for just three days — the Rafah border crossing is open under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority. It's an important step in the reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Half of all South Sudanese depend on food aid. This is not only because of droughts, but also bloody power struggles. The main victims in this cycle of violence and hunger are women and children.

07 Sep 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

A mudslide devastated the capital, Freetown, three weeks ago. Life is slowly returning to normal, but residents of the areas most affected are still coming to terms with what happened, as Olivia Acland reports.

In Kamayama, a community in Freetown built on and around steep riverbanks, life looked like it was slowly getting back to normal. Two local football teams were battling it out on a dry mud pitch. A hundred spectators stood by, watching keenly.

15 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

European right-wing extremists have chartered a boat and set sail for the Mediterranean to help obstruct the flow of refugees. The so-called Identitarians are just the latest player in a complex flotilla of groups.

Pan-European members of the right-wing group known as the Identitarian Movement announced this week that they had chartered a ship and were sailing to the Mediterranean to stem the flow of refugees and migrants.

08 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Fighting between rebels and government troops in East Congo most of all affects children and youths. They risk missing out on an education, warns World Vision.

More than 500 boys and girls have been recruited as child soldiers, according to the World Vision international child aid organization. Hundreds of cases of sexual abuse have been reported. More then 55,000 internally displaced persons have reached Tshikapa, the biggest city in the Kasai region. DW spoke to World Vision spokesman Ekkehard Forberg about the volatile situation.

02 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Marianna Karakoulaki (Chios), Dimitris Tosidis (Chios)

Thousands of refugees are stuck on the Greek island of Chios. Capacity in the camps is close to bursting and the authorities and NGOs seem unable to cope. Marianna Karakoulaki and Dimitris Tosidis report from Chios.

02 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Andrea Stäritz

In Nigeria, Mubi is known as the city of peace; half of the population is Christian, the other half Muslim. It has now become home to 100,000 Boko Haram refugees.

The city of Mubi is strategically located close to the Yedseram river, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Cameroon's northern border. It is a place bustling with energy and activity: the old trade metropolis is one of three cities in Nigeria with the fastest economic growth.