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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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12 Dec 2015 description
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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.

10 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 10 Dec 2015 21:07 GMT

By Laurie Goering

PARIS, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As weather extremes strengthen and seas rise around the world, forced migration linked to climate pressures is poised to become a "mega-problem" that could dwarf existing flows of conflict refugees, migration experts warned on Thursday.

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10 Dec 2015 description
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Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Former child soldiers in South Sudan said they took up arms to defend themselves after being beaten and almost drowned by government soldiers, and they might return to the battlefield if their lives do not improve, a UNICEF ambassador said.

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09 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 9 Dec 2015 19:04 GMT

By Marko Phiri

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Janet Dube knows the pain of raising a child born with HIV.

Her four-year-old son is one of an estimated 170,000 children living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, and figures released by the country's statistics agency on Wednesday showed the virus is the leading cause of death among children under five.

08 Dec 2015 description
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By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A series of suicide bombings in Lake Chad in recent months, blamed on Boko Haram militants, has hindered healthcare and aid delivery and left tens of thousands of displaced people living in fear of further violence, aid agencies said on Tuesday.

Four female suicide bombers attacked Koulfoua island on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 130, the latest in a wave of bombings that prompted Chad last month to declare a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region.

07 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:08 GMT
Author: Megan Rowling

PARIS, Dec 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Creeping deserts, loss of trees, barren soils and water shortages are pushing poor farmers off their land from Africa to Latin America, forcing people to seek new ways to survive, experts said.

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07 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:52 GMT
Author: Laurie Goering

PARIS, Dec. 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bolivia produces national, regional and even city weather predictions and warnings. But getting that information into the hands of people in the path of an oncoming drought or flood quickly and in a form they can use has long been a problem.

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05 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 2 Dec 2015 19:21 GMT

Author: Megan Rowling

By Megan Rowling

PARIS, Dec 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Hurricane Katrina brought storm surges crashing into New Orleans in August 2005, Beverly Wright lost all her family photographs, going back to her great grandparents, in the flood.

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05 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:18 GMT

Author: Megan Rowling

PARIS, Dec 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ending hunger by 2030, one of 17 global goals adopted in September, can only happen if more money and effort are invested in helping people cope with climate change impacts, the head of the U.N.'s food aid agency said.

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05 Dec 2015 description
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Tue, 1 Dec 2015 09:27 GMT

Author: Lelio Marmora, Executive Director of UNITAID

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Anton Chekhov, the great Russian playwright famous for his biting aphorisms, once said: any fool can handle a crisis, what wears you out is day- to- day living. It was a sharp insight into how emergencies fill us with energy and purpose, and a warning that it is much harder to persevere when immediate danger fades.

03 Dec 2015 description
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By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Dec 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 100,000 people uprooted by violence and living in camps in northeast Nigeria are set to return home soon, but many fear for their safety and ability to rebuild their lives, aid agency staff said on Thursday.

The Nigerian government plans to close in the coming months camps housing 150,000 displaced people in Borno and Adamawa states as security improves in the north, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

02 Dec 2015 description
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Author: Stella Paul

YAVATMAL, India, Dec 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When residents of a city in one of India's most water-stressed regions banded together with authorities to de-silt their local reservoir, they were trying to secure the future of their drinking water supply.

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02 Dec 2015 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Dec 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children will be more likely to survive tuberculosis (TB), the world's most deadly infectious disease, once new strawberry- and raspberry-flavoured medicines are available early next year, experts said on Wednesday.

TB killed 140,000 children and 1.37 million adults last year and infected a further one million children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), but a lack of market incentives has hindered the development of drugs for children, the TB Alliance campaign group said.

01 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 1 Dec 2015 12:16 GMT

Author: Kieran Guilbert

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of schools in northeast Nigeria have reopened for the first time in a year and a half, though many teachers and pupils are reluctant to return because of persistent violence in the region, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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01 Dec 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 1 Dec 2015 13:03 GMT

Author: Emma Batha

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - European countries must stop locking up stateless people like criminals, human rights campaigners said, describing their detention as "a preventable tragedy" that risks being worsened by the migrant crisis.

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01 Dec 2015 description
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Author: Laurie Goering

QUDENI, South Africa, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Eunice Khanyile opened a soup kitchen in a rural village in South Africa last year to help HIV-positive residents get the nutrition needed to stay healthy, not one person came.

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