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Conflict and climate change push 224 million Africans into hunger – U.N.

The number of hungry people in sub-Saharan Africa rose by 10 percent to 224 million in 2016, largely due to conflict and climate change, the United Nations said on Thursday. Swathes of Africa have been hit by prolonged droughts and floods over the last year, worsened by lower commodity prices …

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Togolese ‘fleeing human rights abuses’ to Ghana – UN

More than 500 Togolese nationals have sought refuge in neighbouring Ghana because of a government crackdown on opposition protests, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. “So far, 513 asylum seekers have been registered by the Ghanaian authorities,” UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said in a statement. They crossed the border …

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At least 650 people die in daily road accidents across Africa – United Nations

Jean Todt, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety has said at least, 650 people are killed daily in road accidents throughout Africa. He spoke at the 2017 Africa Road Safety Conference in Cape Town, South Africa saying road accidents in Africa were among the deadliest worldwide, urging more action. He also called …

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East Congo militia attacks U.N. base, two rebels killed

Militia fighters in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base on Friday, triggering clashes that left two of the fighters dead and two peacekeepers slightly wounded, the U.N. mission said. Thirty-four rebels from a Mai-Mai militia have been killed in fighting with Congo’s army in the past …

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Syria conflict: ‘Chemical attack’ in Idlib kills 58

At least 35 people have been killed and 60 wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke. …

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UN: $864m appeal for Somalia only 31 percent funded

The United Nations says the $864 million UN humanitarian appeal for Somalia where a worsening drought threatens millions of people with famine is only 31% funded. The UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters on Wednesday that “the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate”. He says nearly 257 000 people left …

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