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Famine strikes in South Sudan, as people in four countries face starvation

The South Sudanese government and humanitarian agencies on Monday declared a famine in parts of the country, which has been devastated by three years of war. The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries. The United Nations Mission...

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    War, conflict and persecution have forced about 60 million people worldwide to flee their homes, overwhelming the global humanitarian aid system designed to help them and exposing its shortcomings. Haphazard organization, inefficient spending and a lack of coordination in delivering aid are among...

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    South Sudan became independent on July 9, 2011. In December 2013, a power struggle within the government led to internal conflict and widespread civilian displacement. The conflict added to an economic crisis linked to the falling price of oil and a drop in exports by pipeline through its former...

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  • Millions hooked on illicit drugs, as nations debate policy to tackle the problem

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls for ban on full-face veils and for fewer migrants

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    Our ancient relative Lucy spent more time in trees than previously thought

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  • Texas becomes second state to confirm locally transmitted Zika infection

    Texas becomes second state to confirm locally transmitted Zika infection

    Texas reported a locally transmitted case of the Zika virus on Monday, making it the second U.S. state believed to have mosquitoes that spread the disease. Lab tests confirmed last week that a woman who lives in Brownsville, Texas, was infected with the virus, state health officials said in a statement...

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