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Sierra Leone appeals for help as mudslide death toll rises

Sierra Leone's president has appealed for urgent help after torrential rain triggered massive mudslides in the capital, where rescue workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies.
from DPA on Aug 16, 2017.
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Convention curbing mercury use is now legally binding

The Minamata Convention — a treaty on mercury use, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade – entered into force on 16 August.
from IPS on Aug 16, 2017.

'Live or die' choice for Yemenis

Yemenis, already on the tipping point after more than two years of war, are now being forced to choose between treating cholera and putting food on the table, says a new report.
from Oxfam on Aug 16, 2017.

China's continuing economic growth comes with a debt warning

China's growth is projected at 6.7 per cent in 2017, but the IMF warns that debt - expected to reach almost 300 per cent of GDP by 2022 - could lead to medium-term problems.
from IMF on Aug 15, 2017.

Opposition leader postpones his Kenya election announcement

Kenya opposition politician Raila Odinga today postponed his much-anticipated announcement about post-election tactics until Wednesday.
from Daily Nation on Aug 15, 2017.
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Colombia’s peace process enters second phase

The UN’s first mission as peace observers in Colombia ended today with the removal of containers full of arms from FARC camps. Next challenge: reintegrating fighters.
from Colombia Reports on Aug 15, 2017.

Is water the new drug for Mexico’s cartels?

What it's like when narcos run your privatised water system.
from New Internationalist on Aug 15, 2017.
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The Bengaluru flood

The Indian city of Bengaluru experienced its heaviest rain in 127 years and flooding on 15 August. The urban flood has been in the making for years.
from Down to Earth on Aug 16, 2017.
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