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People eating termites and clay as UN says acute malnutrition has almost doubled this year in south. Madagascar’s worst drought in 40 years has left more than a million people facing a year of desperate food shortages.
The south of the island will produce less than half its usual harvest in the coming months because of low rains, prolonging a hunger crisis already affecting half the Grand Sud area’s population, the UN estimates. Read more HERE.
The judgment, which overturned the decision of a court to dismiss the case, was welcomed by victims’ families, who expressed their “immense satisfaction” at finally having their voices heard. Read more HERE
A US coast guard ship fired about 30 warning shots as a group of 13 Iranian fast boats sped toward US navy vessels in the strait of Hormuz, in what the Pentagon called “unsafe and unprofessional” maneuvers by the naval arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGCN).
The incident marked the second time within the last month that US military vessels have had to fire warning shots because of what they said was unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels in the region, after a relative lull in such interactions over the past year. Read more HERE
At least 58 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in a bomb attack on girls leaving their school in a largely Shia Muslim neighbourhood in Kabul.
Officials said doctors were struggling to provide medical care to 150 of the wounded, who were mostly students. Residents said they heard multiple blasts just as girls were leaving classes at the Sayed ul-Shuhada school in the Afghan capital to return home and break their Ramadan fast. Read more HERE
The mayor of a town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and two officials in her administration have been arrested over the disappearance of an anti-corruption activist who went missing after a protest outside the local town hall.
Claudia Uruchurtu Cruz, 48, whose sisters live in Sheffield, disappeared on 26 March after participating in a demonstrations over allegations of arbitrary detention by local police in the municipality of Nochixtlán, about 375km south-east of Mexico City. Read more HERE