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12 Jan 2016 description
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by Dominik Stillhart, director of operations for the ICRC

In a year that saw millions of lives torn apart by armed conflict and violence across the globe, indiscriminate attacks against civilians, hospitals, water supplies and power infrastructures, and a failure by states to agree on a mechanism that would have strengthened the rules of war, 2015 was a particularly difficult one. Indeed, it feels as though the world is becoming more violent and turbulent, with not enough political will to stop the carnage.

23 Oct 2015 description
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En Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán y Nayarit se suspendieron las clases para este viernes; Guerrero, Oaxaca están atentos por el huracán

Viernes, 23 de octubre de 2015 -- Actualizada a las 08:12

CNNMéxico) — Unos seis estados del occidente y sur de México se preparan este viernes para el impacto del huracán Patricia categoría 5, con la suspensión de clases en cuatro de ellos, instalación de consejos de protección civil y activación de refugios para la población que sería afectada por el paso del fenómeno meteorológico.

23 Oct 2015 description
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"Este huracán es el más intenso que se ha registrado en la historia", dijo Roberto Ramírez, director general de la Comisión Nacional de Agua

Viernes, 23 de octubre de 2015 a las 07:30

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (CNNMéxico) — El huracán Patricia, que se convirtió en huracán categoría 5 la noche de este jueves, es el fenómeno meteorológico más intenso al que se ha enfrentado México en los últimos 50 años, informó este viernes Roberto Ramírez de la Parra, director general de la Comisión Nacional de Agua (Conagua).

25 May 2015 description
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El gobierno federal instalará un Comité de Evaluación de Daños para cuantificar los destrozos que causó el fenómeno en Ciudad Acuña

Lunes, 25 de mayo de 2015 a las 23:37

(CNNMéxico) — Un tornado dejó en segundos 13 muertos, 290 heridos y 750 hogares afectados en Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, al noreste de México, informaron autoridades federales este lunes al hacer una evaluación de los daños que dejó el fenómeno meteorológico.

05 May 2015 description
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ACAPULCO, Guerrero (CNNMéxico) — El gobierno del estado de Guerrero solicitó a la Federación la declaratoria de zona de desastre para cuatro municipios, entre ellos el puerto de Acapulco, por las afectaciones que ha dejado el fenómeno de Mar de Fondo desde el sábado pasado.

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10 Mar 2015 description
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(Notimex) — En las últimas 24 horas, la actividad del volcán Popocatépetl provocó la caída de ceniza en los municipios de Amecameca, Ecatzingo y Tepextlipa, en el Estado de México, informó el Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (Cenapred).

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26 Sep 2014 description
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El fenómeno meteorológico mantiene una trayectoria que podría llevarlo a la península bajacaliforniana afectada por el huracán 'Odile'

(CNNMéxico) — Mientras Baja California Sur intenta recuperarse del paso del huracán Odile, que dejó al menos seis muertos y cientos de viviendas y comercios dañados, la tormenta tropical Rachel se encuentra en curso hacia la misma península del noroeste de México en los próximos días.

15 Jul 2014 description
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By Elizabeth Ferris and Vittoria Federici, Special to CNN

In a scene reminiscent of Iraq’s 2006-2008 displacement crisis, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are again fleeing violent conflict for perceived safer areas. Indeed, more than 1.2 million Iraqis have been displaced since fighting erupted in Anbar Province between Sunni insurgents and the Iraqi army at the start of this year, a situation dramatically worsened by the lightning advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

11 Jun 2014 description
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CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Anote Tong, President of Kiribati. Tong speaks with Fareed about how climate change is critically effecting the island nation, and what role America plays in the debate.

30 May 2014 description
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Dos personas murieron en Zitácuaro, Michoacán, al ser arrastrados por una corriente; un hombre falleció en un incidente vial en Acapulco

(CNNMéxico) — Al menos tres personas han muerto en los últimos días por las lluvias provocadas por la tormenta tropical Amanda, revelaron autoridades estatales.

Dos personas fallecieron la madrugada de este miércoles en Zitácuaro, al oriente del territorio michoacano, luego de ser arrastrados por una corriente de agua, confirmó la vocera de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado de Michoacán (PGJEM), Magdalena Guzmán.

12 Nov 2013 description
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From Paula Hancocks. Anna Coren. Andrew Stevens and Ivan Watson, CNN

Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) -- Surrounded by rubble, children swarm around a public well in this storm-ravaged city, where bodies are still lying in the streets days after a deadly typhoon struck.

The children douse themselves with water and fill plastic cups and jugs.

"Even though we're not sure that it is clean and safe," Roselda Sumapit said, "we still drink it, because we need to survive."

01 Oct 2013 description
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In the midst of a bloody civil war, the biggest killer in Syria may not be the one you expect: chronic disease.

12 Jul 2013 description
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By Arion McNicoll and Stefanie Blendis, CNN

(CNN) -- "Drop to the ground; take cover by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and hold on until the shaking stops."

This is the official advice issued by FEMA for anyone unlucky enough to be caught in an earthquake.

But even following this advice isn't always going to be enough, particularly if you have nothing solid to shelter beneath.

07 Jun 2013 description
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Editor's note: Geneive Abdo, a fellow at the Stimson Center and a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, is the author of "The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide."

(CNN) -- When the influential cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi recently called on fellow Sunni Muslims to join the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, he effectively called for the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East to escalate in some countries and start anew in others.

25 Jan 2013 description
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(CNNMéxico) — Las poblaciones de 61 municipios de México han sido declaradas en emergencia por las bajas temperaturas que ha traído la temporada invernal en lo que va del año, la mayoría en la región norte del país en la cual en Chihuahua han fallecido 22 personas hasta ahora.

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31 Aug 2012 description
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A decade after a stinging failure, Colombia appears once again prepared to enter into peace talks in an effort to bring an end to Latin America's oldest insurgency.

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30 Jul 2012 description
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(CNN) -- Heavy rains in central and eastern Costa Rica have triggered floods that have forced evacuations and may be responsible for at least one death, relief workers said Sunday.

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17 Jul 2012 description
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By Madison Park, CNN updated 9:59 AM EDT, Tue July 17, 2012


North and South Waziristan have banned polio vaccines over use of U.S. drones

WHO estimates 280,000 children may not have access to polio vaccine

Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is still a problem

(CNN) -- A ban on polio vaccinations imposed by the Taliban could affect about 280,000 children living in tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, according to estimates from the World Health Organization.

05 Mar 2012 description
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By Hamadoun Toure, Special to CNN


  • Mobile broadband can help Africa reach Millennium Development Goals, says Hamadoun Touré

  • He argues that broadband can teach children information technology skills

  • Mobile technology is transforming healthcare and banking, Touré says

Editor's note: Dr Hamadoun Touré is secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union -- the U.N.'s specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

24 Jan 2012 description
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From Fernando Lima, for CNN

January 24, 2012 -- Updated 1312 GMT (2112 HKT)

Mozambique struggles after onslaught of two Indian Ocean storms

Tropical depression hit southern Mozambique last week; cyclone now lashing central coast The main highway to the northern part of the nation is cut off by floodwaters

Cyclone Funso forecast to strengthen as it meanders south through Mozambique Channel