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Despite global truce appeal, 661,000 people newly displaced

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An international aid group said Friday that about 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary-general called for a global cease-fire to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing large-scale displacement hurts efforts to stem the outbreak and is a […]

US census stirs uncertainty for those displaced by virus

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It’s not meant to be a trick question, but many filling out their 2020 U.S. census form struggle to answer: How many people were staying at your home on April 1? The pandemic has fostered sudden, unexpected dislocation, making a typically easy question confusing for the newly displaced. Some people living […]

Group says Iraqi women fighting to return home face hurdles

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women who fled war and conflict are facing systemic inequalities in their fight to return to their homes, a rights report published Monday revealed about Iraq’s internally displaced population. The Norwegian Refugee Council’s findings show that up to 11% of Iraq’s female internally displaced population are facing […]

UN: Floods in central Somalia hit nearly 1 million people

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Flooding in central Somalia has affected nearly 1 million people, displacing about 400,000 people, the United Nations said Monday, warning of possible disease outbreaks because of crowding where the displaced are seeking temporary shelter. At least 24 people have died in the flash floods that hit Beledweyne and Jowhar, two agricultural […]

Vatican urges internal migrants get same rights as refugees

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says internal migrants should have the same legal protections as refugees and says their children should have the right to birth certificates, education and being reunited with their parents if separated. The Vatican on Tuesday published a booklet of pastoral guidelines to care for internally displaced people — migrants who […]

Strong typhoon slams into pandemic-hit Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Thursday, knocking out power and threatening food crops in a new emergency for a country already overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. Typhoon Vongfong blew into Eastern Samar province at noon with fierce rain and wind as tens of thousands of people were […]

Recovery begins after storm ravages India, Bangladesh coast

NEW DELHI (AP) — India authorities on Friday began assessing damage and clearing roads in the wake of Cyclone Amphan that killed more than 90 people and left millions displaced after barreling through the coastal communities of eastern India and neighboring Bangladesh. In West Bengal state, which bore the brunt of the storm that caused […]

Five displaced in structure fire in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Crews responded to a reported structure fire in Bridgeport early Sunday morning. Bridgeport Emergency Communications Center received notification at 3:51 a.m. of a fire in the 1000 block of Stratford Avenue. The fire was attended by personnel from Bridgeport Fire Department, American Medical Response, and Bridgeport Police Department. The home was […]

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