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Floods in DR Congo kill at least 50: provincial governor
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Floods in DR Congo kill at least 50: provincial governor

KINSHASA - Floods triggered by heavy rains and a river bursting its banks have killed at least 50 people and left thousands more homeless in southwestern Congo, a provincial governor said Thursday. Torrential rains caused the Kalamu river, which flows through the city of Boma into the River Congo, to overflow for two hours before the waters receded, washing some of the victims across the border...


Nepal drops two notches in economic freedom

Nepal has ranked 108 out of 159 countries and territories included in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report, released on Thursday by Samriddhi Foundation in conjunction with Canadas Fraser Institute. Samriddhi Foundation is releasing the report in Nepal for the ninth consecutive year. Last year, Nepal was at the 106th position with a score of 6.56. With an overall score of ...


UNHCR to mark Team Refugee's participation in Olympics
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UNHCR to mark Team Refugee's participation in Olympics

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is all set to organize sports event in the country to mark Team Refugees first ever participation in the Rio Olympics 2016. The Olympics features 10 refugee athletes from four countries including two swimmers from Syria, two judokas from Congo, six runners from Ethiopia and South Sudan. On Saturday, a 7.5 km road race will be organized in Jh...


Rio Olympics 2016: 31st Games set for opening ceremony
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Rio Olympics 2016: 31st Games set for opening ceremony

The 31st Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 31 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions. The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the citys security, infrastructure and venues. But it is ti...


Democratic Republic of Congo arrests group over child rape

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested 75 suspected militiamen for murder and rape in the province of South Kivu. They are accused of targeting very young girls, reportedly associating them with supernatural protection. Those detained include the groups alleged leader, Frederic Batumike, who is a provincial deputy. Most of DR Congo has recovered from nearly a de...


Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali dies aged 74

He was fast of fist and foot lip, too a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He was The Greatest. Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74, according to a statement from the family. He was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory pro...


Ex-Maoists in NA to start training for UN missions this month
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Ex-Maoists in NA to start training for UN missions this month

First batch of Nepalese Army consisting of former Maoists combatants to join the United Nation peacekeeping mission will start pre-deployment training from the last week of April. Of the total of 1,420 combatants, integrated into the national army as a key part of the peace process in July 2013, more than 80 will be prepared for peacekeeping operations within the current fiscal year 2072/073. ...


US group says 98 girls in CAfrican Republic sexually abused

A U.S.-based advocacy group said Wednesday that 98 girls in Central African Republic reported they were sexually abused by international peacekeepers, and three girls told U.N. staff they were tied up, undressed, and forced to have sex with a dog by a French military commander in 2014. AIDS-Free Worlds Code Blue Campaign to end sexual abuse and exploitation said the three girls told a U.N. huma...


Australian quality of life ranked second in the world

Australia has been ranked as the second-best country in the world for its quality of life by a UN report which assessed economic, education and life-expectancy data. The nations Human Development Index (HDI) was measured at .935 out of a maximum score of one, coming second to Norway and beating Switzerland, which has held on to third place in 2015s annual report. Australias impressive score ...


World’s refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million
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World’s refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have far surpassed a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday. The estimated figure includes 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution, the most since 1992, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report. Nearly 2.5 mill...


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