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Famine looming in Somalia as people flee
Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighboring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia.
 
100,000 starve while South Sudan buying weapons: UN
South Sudan's government is spending at least half its budget on security and weapons while 100,000 people are dying of starvation as a result of famine caused mainly by an upsurge in government military operations, U.N. experts said in a new report.
 
Pirates release oil tanker crew: officials
Somali pirates who seized a Comoros-flagged oil tanker earlier this week after five years without a major hijacking in the region have released the ship and its crew without conditions, officials said late Thursday.
 
Car bomb blast kills 6 near hotel in Somalia capital
A suicide car bomber detonated near a hotel in Somalia's capital Monday morning, killing at least six people and injuring four others, police said.
 
Toll at 50 after landfill in Ethiopia collapses
The death toll has reached 50 from the collapse of a mountain of trash at a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, officials said Monday, as relatives waited for news of the dozens said to be missing.
 
46 killed, dozens missing in Ethiopia garbage dump landslide
A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 46 people and leaving several dozen missing, residents said, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill home.
 
'World facing biggest crisis since 1945'
The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Friday.
 
6-pound tumor removed from 12-year-old's mouth
Twelve-year-old Janet Sylva of Gambia wants to be a doctor when she grows up, she says with a broad grin -- one that surgeons in New York gave back to her after removing from her mouth one of the largest tumors they'd ever seen.
 
New Zealand and South Africa evenly poised at stumps
The first cricket test between New Zealand and South Africa was evenly poised after an eventful second day Thursday.
 
Still smiling
A Somali boy pushes a wheelbarrow across the sand at dusk in the former pirate village of Eyl, in Somalia's northeastern semiautonomous state of Puntland, Monday, March 6. Somalia is in the grip of a famine crisis. The country over the weekend announced its first death toll since declaring a national disaster last week, saying 110 people had died in a 48-hour period in a single region.
 
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