A coalition of West African nations is closing off the borders of Mali to protest a recent military coup that ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure. How could that affect the landlocked country?
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Humanitarian groups warn that about 6 million North Koreans face severe food shortages but international donors say they want better oversight before giving more, alleging that most aid is diverted by the regime.
By John M. Glionna and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2011, 3:14 p.m.
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The Egyptian military has set up refugee camps near its border with Libya, an Egyptian state news agency reported Monday.
Egyptian military officials have also set up two mobile hospitals at the Salum border crossing to assist Egyptians fleeing the protests in Libya, according Egypt's state-run news website EgyNews.
The powerful earthquake in southeastern Iran also damages 1,800 homes.
Nearly 300,000 have fled war-torn Somalia, leaving behind livelihoods and lost loved ones for the grim, overcrowded refugee camps of Kenya.
The separatist movement complains of economic, political and cultural oppression by the north. Much of the south and east is beyond government control.
By Haley Sweetland Edwards, Special to The Times
May 17, 2010
Reporting from Aden, Yemen
There is war talk along the southern Yemen coast and the flag of rebellion is painted on the stocks of guns. The separatists call this land South Arabia, and villagers say it's only a matter of time before insurgency erupts.
"We are ready to fight.
A January referendum is expected to create a country independent from the north. Then it would have to struggle with crushing poverty and tribal animosities.
By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
May 16, 2010
Reporting from Terekeka, Sudan
The future of southern Sudan lies somewhere between the dreams of a man in striped pajamas and a woman dying of a snakebite in a thatched hut.
Twelve miles separate Clement Samuel and Pita Wani, but the space between their lives is much wider.
As Somali troops prepare to dislodge Islamic militants from Mogadishu, some soldiers have deserted. The task ahead will be difficult and will endanger a vulnerable population.
By Lutfi Sheriff Mohammed and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2010
Reporting from Mogadishu, Somalia, and Cairo
On streets and alleys whittled by gunfire, Col.
Bombings are mainly to blame for the deaths of 173 civilians in the last month, a 33% jump over the same period in 2009. The news is considered worrisome in light of an upcoming U.S. offensive.
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2010 | 4:51 p.m.
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan
Civilian deaths in the last month jumped by one-third over the same period a year ago, the Afghan government said Sunday.
The surge in noncombatant fatalities is considered particularly worrisome in advance of a major Western military offensive in Kandahar province this spring and summer.
Three months after the earthquake, schools and businesses want their land back.
By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2010
Reporting from Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
Displaced and homeless, the 10,000 earthquake victims crowding the school grounds of the Lycee Jean Jacques are feeling the sting of a new label: unwanted guests.
Administrators and students at the private high school are eager to resume classes after a pause of more than three months.
But they can't as long as the schoolyard, now churned to mud and strewn with trash, remains jammed with …
With many displaced people still living in tent camps, floodwaters could wash away what the temblor didn't destroy.
By Joe Mozingo
April 18, 2010
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Every afternoon the clouds pile up on the high ridges above this collapsed city and the breeze descends with a telltale earthy smell.
As California and Mexican officials work to assess harm to infrastructure, a series of 'robust' aftershocks have added to emotional turmoil in the area hit hardest by the 7.2 earthquake.
By Tony Perry
Reporting from the Calexico-Mexicali region
Residents and public officials on both sides of the border were assessing damage and looking to repair shattered nerves Sunday amid aftershocks from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck on Easter, the strongest to hit the region in more than a century.
In the California city of Calexico, most of the city's downtown …
Mexicali residents flee north as hundreds of aftershocks jolt the region. The U.S-Mexico border reopens to northbound vehicle traffic.
Assessment teams inspect buildings and cleanup crews sweep up glass in Mexicali and its smaller California neighbor, Calexico, both of which sustained modest damage.
A U.S. group provides hands-on training to 10 top government engineers, who will teach Haitian inspectors how to determine whether a property is safe to live in.
By Ken Ellingwood
March 9, 2010
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti - Hector Marie Suze and her family have bunked on a bare lot with 22 other families since the Jan.
Fleeing civil war and poverty, Somalis take rickety boats to Yemen, the poorest Arab country. Yemen officials say they have a 'moral obligation' to accept the refugees, many of whom don't make it.
By Haley Sweetland Edwards
February 15, 2010
Reporting from Mukalla, Yemen - Holding her baby above her head, Rihanna Mohammed tumbled out of a boat in rough seas and swam to the Yemeni shore.
"It is a wicked, wicked journey," said the refugee from Somalia, her feet wrinkled and yellowed, her face speckled white with sand.
The higher volume of migration is largely driven by increased levels of drug-fueled violence in Colombia.
In the village of Bilin, Palestinians will regain 170 acres. Residents celebrate, but foes of the barrier say they'll continue to protest until it's completely gone.
Reporting from Jerusalem - The Israeli military has begun rerouting a hotly disputed section of the West Bank security barrier, marking a victory for Palestinians who fought for five years to win back access to their land, officials said Thursday.
By Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Mexico City - Freak winter rains across Mexico collapsed hillsides, sent rivers over their banks and left at least 15 people dead, officials said Friday.
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