Fighting rages in Sudan’s Darfur

Fierce fighting between rival Sudanese forces rocked the western region of Darfur yesterday, witnesses said, as US and Saudi observers noted “improved respect” for a fragile ceasefire now in its fourth day.

Magnitude 7.1 quake strikes east of New Caledonia

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck yesterday in the Pacific Ocean to the east of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey said, a day after a major quake hit the same area.

15 children drown, 25 missing in Nigeria boat accident

Fifteen children drowned and 25 others were missing when their overloaded boat capsized in a river in northwest Nigeria, a local official said yesterday.

‘Large number of children’ killed in Sudan

The UN yesterday warned that large numbers of children were dying in the Sudan conflict, pointing to reports indicating that seven children were being killed or injured every hour.

UNHCR calls on govts not to send back people to Sudan

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday called on governments to allow civilians fleeing Sudan into their territory and not to send them back to the conflict-torn country

Clashes rock Sudan truce

Persistent fighting between Sudan’s rival generals undermined efforts to firm up a truce yesterday, as a senior UN official arrived for talks on providing relief to millions of trapped civilians.

Landmine kills 7 soldiers in Niger

Seven soldiers were killed Sunday after their vehicle ran over a landmine in the Niger's western Tillaberi region, said the National Guard of Niger (GNN)

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Strife-Torn Sudan: UN aid chief in KSA for talks as fighting flares

The UN’s top humanitarian official arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday for ceasefire talks between Sudan’s warring generals, as gun battles and air strikes flared in the Sudanese capital at the start of a fourth week of fighting.

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Sudan conflict: 135 Bangladeshis flown to Jeddah

At least 135 of the about 700 Bangladeshis, who were evacuated to Port Sudan from conflict-stricken Khartoum on May 3, were flown to Jeddah by three special aircrafts of Royal Saudi Air Force today

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Alberta declares state of emergency over wildfires

Alberta on Saturday declared a provincial state of emergency after tens of thousands of Albertans have been forced to evacuate their homes as "unprecedented" wildfires rage on in Alberta, Premier Danielle Smith, head of the ruling United Conservative Party (UCP) said at a press conference

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Wildfires in Western Canada force thousands to flee

Thousands of people have been forced to flee wildfires in western Canada that were triggered by abnormally high temperatures, sometimes exceeding seasonal averages by 10°C (50°F) in early May, according to government reports

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Floods kill over 170 in east DR Congo

More than 170 people have died after heavy rains and flooding in eastern DR Congo's South Kivu province, officials said Friday, after torrential downpours killed dozens in neighbouring Rwanda

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Sudan Conflict: Bangladeshis start leaving Khartoum

“There is a ray of hope at last. I can’t express my feeling, my gratitude to the Bangladesh government. We went through hell in the last 15 days. We did not even think we could return home alive.”

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Sudan conflict may trigger refugee crisis, UN says

The United Nations has warned of an influx of refugees fleeing to Sudan's neighboring countries

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Australia to ban recreational vaping in e-cig crackdown

Australia today proposed to tighten e-cigarette laws, including introducing new controls on import and packaging to stamp out vaping especially among kids, in the biggest crackdown on the tobacco industry in more than a decade..The federal government will take steps to ban all disposable v

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Thousands of Sudanese make perilous trek to Chad for safety

On donkeys or horses, by cart or by foot, hundreds of Sudanese, most of them women and children, each day cross a small, dry stream to find safety in neighbouring Chad

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