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Attacks Kill Dozens of Displaced People in Eastern DR Congo

GENEVA — The U.N. refugee agency has expressed outrage at the sharp rise in deadly attacks by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri and South Kivu provinces. Dozens of people have been killed and scores wounded in the last month...

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World Reacts to New COVID Variant

U.S. President Joe Biden announced the United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other African countries, effective Monday. Any non-U.S. citizen who has been in one of the eight nations during the 14 days before coming to the...

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In Syria Camp, IS Ideology Molds Forgotten Children

At the sprawling al-Hol camp in northeast Syria, children pass their days roaming the dirt roads, playing with mock swords and black banners in imitation of Islamic State group militants. Few can read or write. For some, the only education is from...

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UN Airlifts Aid Into Kabul, Warning Afghanistan Is Plunging Deeper Into Crisis

The U.N. refugee agency this week began airlifting aid into Kabul for the first time since the Taliban overran the country, with a plane carrying 33 tons of supplies for displaced Afghans. Two additional flights are scheduled this month, but U.N....

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Sudan Coup Leader Says Will Appoint New Premier Within Week

CAIRO, EGYPT — The Sudanese general who seized power in a coup this week said the military he heads will appoint a technocrat prime minister to rule alongside it within a week. In an interview with Russia's state-owned Sputnik news agency published...

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Still Dangerous, Boko Haram Hanging On in West Africa

The United States is monitoring reports militants aligned with Boko Haram are taking over communities in north-central Nigeria, part of what appears to be an attempted revival by the al-Qaida-linked terror group. Officials in Nigeria’s Niger state...

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UNICEF: 10,000 Children Killed or Maimed in Yemen Conflict

GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund reports 10,000 children in Yemen have been killed or maimed since the conflict erupted in March 2015 between the Saudi Arabia-backed government and Iranian-supported Houthi rebels. UNICEF calls this a “shameful...

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Anatomy of a Kidnapping: Haitian Woman Recounts Abduction

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — When Doris Michel steps outside her home in Haiti, she packs her bulletproof vest and tries to use a bulletproof car. Ever since her father was kidnapped last month in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the 34-year-old Haitian...

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Haitian Gang With Past Abductions Blamed for Kidnapping US Missionaries

A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings was accused by police Sunday of abducting 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. Five children were believed to be among those kidnapped. The 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the...

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Thousands of Afghans Flee to Iran as Uncertainty Grows Under Taliban

WASHINGTON — A former Afghan policeman who says he is out of work under the new Taliban government is one of thousands of Afghans who have fled over the border to Iran in recent weeks. Abdul Ahad, a 22-year-old former officer, told VOA that he is...

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