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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.

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.

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.

25 Nov 2015 description
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By Tom Esslemont

BAMBARI, Central African Republic, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After gunmen burned down her village in scrubland of Central African Republic's Ouaka region, Marceline Wanou fled into the forest with her two young sons, hoping to return in a few days.

Nine months later Wanou has yet to go back, spending six months struggling to survive in the forest until a team of aid workers in July discovered her and 350 other members of her community, badly malnourished with many barely able to walk.

14 Nov 2015 description
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Author: Joseph D'Urso

LONDON, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About one million migrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty are expected to arrive on Europe's shores in 2015, with governments and aid agencies struggling to cope.

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07 Nov 2015 description
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By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone is set to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday, when the west African nation will have gone 42 days without any new cases.

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30 Oct 2015 description
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Benedetta Argentieri

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rules are clear in Al Obaidi in northern Iraq, the only United Nations refugee camp in Iraq operating in territory controlled by Islamic State.

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21 Oct 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Author: Astrid Zweynert

MANILA, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of people in Asia have been struck by dengue fever in recent months, putting medical services under strain and highlighting the need for a long-term strategy to fight the potentially lethal disease.

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21 Oct 2015 description
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DOUALA, Cameroon, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Cameroon's economic capital was hit by yet another devastating flood in June, health experts warned that the city would fall into a familiar pattern.

The flooding would leave behind contaminated groundwater and large areas of standing water that attract breeding mosquitoes, they said. As a result, the number of deaths from cholera and malaria would shoot up.

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13 Oct 2015 description
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DAKAR, Oct 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Supplying beds for Ebola patients to health facilities in Sierra Leone saved tens of thousands of lives by isolating patients, but providing them just one month earlier could have halved the number of reported cases, researchers said on Monday.

The delivery of nearly 3,000 beds by Britain, Sierra Leone and aid agencies between September 2014 and February this year prevented 57,000 Ebola infections and 40,000 deaths, according to experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

09 Oct 2015 description
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Author: Nita Bhalla

NEW DELHI, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghan aid workers and civilians will suffer the most after the deadly U.S. bombing of a hospital run by the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the northern city of Kunduz, experts said on Friday.

At least 22 patients and MSF staff were killed on Saturday when a U.S. aircraft attacked the hospital during fighting between Afghan government troops and Taliban forces.

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09 Oct 2015 description
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By Alisa Tang

RATTAPHUM, Thailand, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - T he strapping 23-year-old Rohingya Muslim was matter of fact as he described being forced onto a boat in Myanmar for a tortuous two-month-long journey, beaten and kicked by traffickers as he watched scores die of starvation and thirst along the way

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07 Oct 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 6 Oct 2015 23:01 GMT

By Alex Whiting

LONDON, Oct 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traumatised by his experiences as a child soldier in South Sudan, 14-year-old Peter decided to settle an argument with two other children by taking an AK-47 from the local military barracks to shoot them.

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06 Oct 2015 description
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DAKAR, Oct 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Maternal and newborn deaths in Sierra Leone have soared since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as fear of being infected and mistrust of health workers deter pregnant women from giving birth in health facilities, researchers said on Tuesday.

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05 Oct 2015 description
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By Emma Batha

LONDON, Oct 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Maha, a nine-year-old Palestinian girl living in Gaza, visited a doctor to seek treatment for mental health problems she was told not to come back or she would likely be stigmatised for life, ruining her marriage prospects.

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01 Oct 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:01 GMT

By Joseph D'Urso

LONDON, Oct 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Cat Carter interviewed young victims of torture on the Syria-Jordan border for aid agency Save the Children, she spent long days with her mind filled with one horrifying story after another.

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30 Sep 2015 description
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Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Burundian refugees risk unwanted pregnancies, dangerous deliveries and unsafe abortions when they move next week to camps without reproductive health services, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said.

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23 Sep 2015 description
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ource: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 21 Sep 2015 05:01 GMT
Author: Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Sept 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As far as the new U.N. development goals go, Colombia has done more than any other country - at least, in one respect.

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13 Sep 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:16 GMT

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Sept 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One million Africans will catch malaria this year because they live near a large dam and, at a time of booming dam construction on the continent, greater efforts must be made to protect people from the killer disease, a study in Malaria Journal said.

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05 Sep 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:39 GMT

Author: Kieran Guilbert

LONDON, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A spike in violence by Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria has forced almost 800,000 people to flee their homes since June, and stretched humanitarian efforts to breaking point, aid agencies said on Friday.

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