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Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

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TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a ‘massive relief effort is underway’

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 27, 2017) — US President Donald Trump defended the government relief response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 26, and promised to visit the island next week. Continue reading Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes

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This file photo taken on March 26, 2017 shows Iraqis cleaning up the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Mosul’s al-Jadida area. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

The chaotic mess caused by the conflict that devastated Mosul must be cleared away first, before rebuilding starts

MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 19, 2017) — The battle over, it’s now time to start rebuilding Iraq’s second city, parts of which were literally flattened during the offensive against holed up jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS) group. Continue reading After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes

Over 55,000 people forced to flee homes in Marawi

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DISPLACED. Residents of Marawi City fleeing the clashes between government forces and the Maute Group pass through a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will provide assistance even to evacuees staying in their neighbors’ or relatives’ houses

MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — At least 55,095 people or 11,458 families have fled their homes in Marawi City since Tuesday, May 23, following clashes between government troops and the Maute Group. Continue reading Over 55,000 people forced to flee homes in Marawi

West Mosul fighting pushes over 28,000 Iraqis to flee

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An Iraqi woman walks down a road carrying a baby as families flee Mosul on February 28, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

West Mosul is the largest population centre still controlled by the Islamic State (ISIS) group, and its recapture would mark the effective end of the cross-border ‘caliphate’

MOSUL, Iraq (Mar 2, 2017) — Over 28,000 people have fled since the start of a drive to retake west Mosul, as Iraqi forces closed in Wednesday, March 1, on a road linking the city with a jihadist-held town to the west. Continue reading West Mosul fighting pushes over 28,000 Iraqis to flee

10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

LONDON, United Kingdom (Oct. 4, 2016) —  Ten countries accounting for 2.5% of world GDP are hosting more than half the world’s refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday, October 4, as it slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations.  Continue reading 10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

Floods kill 60, displace 44,000 in North Korea

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The country reported that a northeastern river suffered its worst-ever flood

SEOUL, South Korea (Sept. 6, 2016 ) — Flooding following heavy rain has killed 60 people and left over 44,000 homeless in North Korea, the United Nations said Tuesday, September 6, after the country reported that a northeastern river suffered its worst-ever flood.  Continue reading Floods kill 60, displace 44,000 in North Korea

What’s at stake in the World Humanitarian Summit for PH

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DISASTER RESPONSE. The Philippine delegation participates at the first World Humanitarian Summit. Photo from DRRNET Philippines

As one of the biggest recipients of humanitarian aid during disasters, the Philippines acknowledges its crucial role in the summit and pushes for localized response

MANILA, Philippines (May 25, 2016) — What is the country’s stake at the first World Humanitarian Summit? Continue reading What’s at stake in the World Humanitarian Summit for PH

Quake-hit Ecuador announces drastic economic measures

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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa looks on as he attends a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, April 20, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA

The quake comes as a big economic blow to oil-producing Ecuador, which has already taken a huge hit from the drop in global crude prices

PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Apr. 21, 2016) — Ecuador announced drastic economic measures late Wednesday, April 20, including a hike in some taxes and mandatory wage contributions, to deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 500 people and injured over 5,000.

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Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake

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DANGER. General view of the damages after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA
The death toll climbs to 350, while the number of people injured also rose

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (Apr. 19, 2016) — Rescuers and desperate families clawed through the rubble Monday, April 18, to pull out survivors of an earthquake that killed 350 people and destroyed towns in a tourist area of Ecuador.

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Refugee conditions in Greece ‘deteriorating’

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MOBBED. US actress and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie (C) visits the temporary refugee facilities at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, March 16, 2016. Pantelis Saitas/EPA
Jolie also meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who tells her there are ‘30,000 people trapped in the Greek mainland because of unilateral actions by the countries on the Balkan route’

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 18, 2016) — Hollywood star and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie turned the spotlight of celebrity Wednesday, March 16, onto the plight of thousands of refugees crowded in camps in Greece.

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