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Nepal: A year on from the earthquake

One year ago Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. It killed around 9,000 people, injured more than 20,000, left more than two million homeless and damaged over 900 health facilities and 8,300 schools. Only 5 percent of households in the hardest-hit areas had been fully repaired or rebuilt. What's going on?

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Fears grow in Burundi as executions and desertions undermine army

Murder of senior officers and secret defections weaken security forces that once symbolised national unity, heightening prospect of civil conflict

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Foreign aid cuts in budget 'the Donald Trump approach', CARE Australia chief executive says

Australia risks being seen as "building a Donald Trump-style wall" around its borders if it slashes a further $224 million from the already-depleted foreign aid budget, CARE Australia chief executive Julia Newton-Howes says.

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Save the Children's new high-profile head eyes global growth to give all children a chance

 As the new head of Save the Children International, Helle Thorning-Schmidt is on a mission to grow the charity globally and ensure all children have a chance in life.

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Venezuela raises minimum wage as high inflation bites

Pay rise of 30 percent comes amid runaway inflation and food shortages as socialist government hopes to calm tensions.

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Aleppo onslaught: Russia 'working' on extending truce

Officials say talks under way to extend "regime of silence" as Arab League mulls session to discuss ongoing bombardment.

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Australia at odds with Pacific neighbours over harsh immigration policy

PNG announced this week the closure of the detention centre it operates on behalf of Australia, which has pursued a hardline immigration policy criticised by the United Nations and international human rights organisation. The closure of the Manus Island facility - which holds asylum seekers fleeing violence in the Middle East, Afghanistan and South Asia - has the two South Pacific neighbours at loggerheads at a politically sensitive time for Australia.

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Western do-gooders need to resist the allure of 'exotic problems'

Problems in countries far from home can somehow seem far easier to solve, says Courtney Martin. Far better to lean in and embrace complexity.

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New strategies in social media marketing for non-profits

This article contains a round-up of articles on social media engagement strategies, including strategies for LinkedIn, Facebook and virtual reality, tools for effective social media writing, and web design mistakes to avoid.

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What's really holding back reconstruction in Nepal

A year ago this weekend, an earthquake in Nepal killed around 9,000 people and destroyed three quarters of a million homes, though many survivors feel like not much has happened since. It is easy to blame the Nepali government but it is also important to ask where the internationals stand in this fiasco.

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