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Palestinian toddler burned to death in ‘settler’ arson attack

A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and four family members wounded in an arson attack by suspected Jewish settlers on two homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday.


CAR: Unprotected Muslims forced to abandon religion

Muslims returning to ethnically-cleansed areas of western CAR have in some cases been forced to abandon their religion, said Amnesty International in a report published today. The report, “Erased identity:

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UN agencies and partners warn of ‘acute shortage’ of meningitis vaccines

West Africa is at risk of a large meningitis outbreak unless drug manufacturers increase vaccine production by 5 million doses before the 2016 meningitis season starts in January, the United


Cameroon : at least 19 killed in suicide attack in north

At least 19 people were killed in a suicide bombing in the northern Cameroonian town of Maroua on Saturday, a local military commander said, just three days after twin bombings

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In quake-stricken Nepal, ‘emergency is not over yet,’ warns senior UN relief official

Three months after the first of the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal, hundreds of thousands of survivors continue to require and rely on urgent humanitarian assistance, the top United Nations


Seven tortured bodies found in Mexico’s Guerrero

A statement from Guerrero’s prosecutor’s office said Thursday that the bodies, including a decapitated one, were all male and were discovered in the Zitlala township. The corpses had “visible signs


Dozens of African migrants feared drowned off Libya

Up to 40 African migrants are feared drowned off the coast of Libya. Survivors who came ashore in Sicily after being rescued by a German navy ship told aid agencies

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Afghan suicide bombing kills 15

A suicide bomber killed 15 people including women and children Wednesday when he blew himself up in a northern Afghan market, as militants intensify their annual summer offensive despite nascent

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Iraq: funding shortage forces UN to shutter critical water and sanitation responses

With more than 74,000 new people displaced by fighting on the move in Iraq, the United Nations humanitarian wing has warned that overall, some 40 per cent of critically needed

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UNICEF, UN health agency report increase in immunization figures for world’s children

An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the latest data released by two United Nations agencies. In a press release issued earlier today,