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Number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide reaches a record-breaking 28.8 million

Thomson Reuters - The top humanitarian headlines this week include: the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide reaches a record-breaking 28.8 million, researchers unveil a database of China's aid to Africa and peace talks start in Sudan between the government and insurgents

AFRICA

SUDAN: The African Union brings together for the first time for peace talks Sudan and insurgents fighting government troops in two states bordering South Sudan, in a conflict that has affected almost a million people.

FLOODS: With 62 dead and almost 90,000 displaced by floods, Kenya s new government is coming under pressure to improve its response to natural disasters.

C. AFRICAN REPUBLIC: More than 1 million children in Central African Republic are not attending school because of the violent coup in March and chronic poverty, the U.N. Children's Fund says.

SAHEL: Despite early indications that West Africa s Sahel region would not suffer pangs of hunger this year, experts now worry that food insecurity could be worse than in 2012.

ASIA

NATURAL DISASTERS: An earthquake in Afghanistan s east and flash floods in the north has killed at least 33 people as hundreds of traditional mud-brick homes collapsed, officials say.

MYANMAR VIOLENCE: Hundreds of police and troops restore order in central Myanmar after a fresh outbreak of sectarian violence in which one man was killed after Buddhist mobs trashed property owned by Muslims following a minor street incident.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban fighters have killed a senior member of Afghanistan's peace council, officials say, dealing another blow to nascent peace efforts with the insurgency.

MIDDLE EAST

SYRIA: Aid workers in Syria are struggling to navigate a lawless archipelago of armed groups to get food to Syrians trapped in a fast-intensifying civil war, the head of the World Food Programme's Syria operation says.

AMERICAS

INDIGENOUS RIGHTS: Peru's mining minister is winning a crucial cabinet battle by swaying President Ollanta Humala to water down a law that gives indigenous groups more say over new mines and oil projects - and a deputy minister will likely resign in protest.

GLOBAL

DISPLACEMENT: In 2012, 2.4 million people were newly displaced within Syria, taking the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide to a record-breaking 28.8 million, according a report released by the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). 

DEVELOPMENT: Economic development researchers unveil a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance.

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U.S. FDA to launch tool to detect fake, substandard malaria drugs  Reuters

INFOGRAPHIC: Five facts about malaria - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Mali's Tuareg rebels reject elections, disarming before talks  Reuters

As wheat yields fall in Kenya, farmers turn to beans - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Against the odds, young Egyptians push for climate action - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Erosion a huge contributor to flood disasters  experts - Thomson Reuters Foundation

BLOG: Global community failing Syrian refugee children, CARE warns  CARE International

At-risk countries need shared climate solutions  experts  Thomson Reuters Foundation

Governments focus in on local solutions to climate change  Thomson Reuters Foundation

Poorest nations show low-carbon will in climate talks  Thomson Reuters Foundation

G8's biofuel use contributing to world hunger  ActionAid

Thai security chief dismisses southern rebels' demands  Reuters

BLOG: Asylum system humiliates gay refugees  Emma Batha

BLOG: Disasters, relief and the "third gender" in Nepal  Katie Nguyen

Tanzanian officials, drought-hit farmers exchange blame for crop failure  Kizito Makoye

Brazilian companies dragging feet on climate protection  survey  Rafael Spuldar

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