Maria Rodriguez's daughter has spent a month in Caracas's JM de los Rios children's hospital with hydrocephalus, a buildup of spinal fluid in the brain, but staff there have faced an uphill battle treating the girl because of a nationwide power outage.

"It has been horrible since

Beirut, Lebanon
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Last year was the deadliest yet for children in Syria, with more than 1,100 killed by fighting, the United Nations said on Monday, with the bloody conflict about to enter its ninth year.

UN children's agency UNICEF said it had been

Nairobi, Kenya

The Catholic Church in Kenya has refuted claims that it has been condoning corruption and allowing corrupt politicians to donate what they have stolen from public coffers to the church.

Archbishop Philip Anyolo told Religion News Service that the church does not allow politicians or


The number of people killed in heavy rains and flooding in southern Malawi has risen to 28, an official said on Sunday, while the estimated number of people affected has roughly doubled. 

Chipiliro Khamula, a spokesman for Malawi's Department of Disaster Management in the Ministry of Homeland Security, said that

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Lured by false promises of good jobs serving tourists or cleaning city apartments, Peru's Indigenous women and girls often end up being sold for sex - a fate that the government said last week it hopes to avert through a new radio drama.

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UK-based rights organisation Christian Concern has launched a petition calling for the Home Secretary Sajid Javid to launch an investigation into the training police are given to ensue they protect freedom of speech following the arrest of a street preacher in London last month.

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Negotiations for the release of the Orthodox Syrian Metropolitan of Aleppo, Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim - reportedly being held by members of the so-called Islamic State in their last stronghold around the village Baghouz in eastern Syria - are underway, according to a Syrian Orthodox priest in Germany.

The priest, Samuel


An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board and raising questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October.

Sunday's flight left Bole airport

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India is considering legalising unauthorised tenements in New Delhi, a move that could give hundreds of thousands of poor migrants land rights in the country's most populous city.

A committee will study nearly 1,700 such settlements in the capital and make recommendations within 90 days


More and more Venezuelans are seeking asylum abroad, with nearly a quarter of a million applications lodged in 2018 alone, double that of the previous year, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.

In all, 414,570 asylum claims have been filed by Venezuelan nationals abroad since 2014, UNHCR said.

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Switzerland, which promotes equality at home and in the workplace, has been ranked the best country for women's rights, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said in a report on Friday.

Denmark, Sweden, France and Portugal were the next best-performing countries, according to




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