Agencies overwhelmed as Mindanao conflict flares again

Humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope with a growing number of people displaced by fighting in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says more than 120,000 have sought shelter in public buildings or informal camps. The latest conflict, sparked by a botched anti-terror raid, threatens the future of much heralded peace deal. full report

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NAIROBI, 13 March 2015 (IRIN) - As cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm, makes landfall today on the pacific islands of Vanuatu, humanitarian workers there say the urban poor are especially at risk. full report

Pakistani polio campaign under threat

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India-Pakistan: The new victims of an old border dispute

SIALKOT, 25 February 2015 (IRIN) - India and Pakistan’s decades-old territorial dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir is often portrayed as a dormant conflict. But for the people of the region it is anything but. full report

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Peshawar killings provoke crackdown on Afghans

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