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Polio Paralyses 17 Children in Mayadin and Raqqa

Earlier this month, the agency reported two polio cases in the Mayadin area of Deir al-Zour province, much of which is controlled by so-called Islamic State.

Fourteen new cases have now been confirmed in the same area, while another was recorded in Raqqa province.

It is the first re-emergence of polio in the war-torn country since 2014.

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South Sudan Famine Eases, But More Going Hungry: UN

"The accepted technical definition of famine no longer applies in former Unity State's Leer and Mayandit counties where famine was declared in February," according to a joint statement from the UN children's agency UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

The manmade famine, due to three years of conflict, has affected 100,000 people.

Deadly Clashes in Bria Despite Ceasefire Deal

The mayor of the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, spoke of bodies lying in the streets.

The truce, signed in Rome on Monday, included an immediate ceasefire.

It was intended to bring armed groups into the political process in exchange for ending attacks.

Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the CAR since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in 2013.

Kenya Building Collapse: Several Still Missing

Officials said they had evacuated most residents before the building came down late Monday, but the incident has rekindled the controversy over unregulated construction in the city.

The building collapsed in a poor neighbourhood near Nairobi's international airport southeast of the capital, Red Cross spokeswoman Noellah Musundi told AFP Tuesday.

"The collapse was not completely unexpected, which allowed us to evacuate most of the people," Musundi said of the disaster which struck the Kware area of Mukuru Kwa Reuben, one of Nairobi's biggest slums.

Brazilian Governor Sentenced to 14 years in Prison

Sergio Cabral was arrested in November on charges of receiving bribes and laundering money as part of a colossal graft probe roiling Brazil.

His sentence was handed down by Judge Sergio Moro who heads the investigation of the corruption-kickback scandal at Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras.

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Huge Fire Rips Through London Tower Block

More than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, where hundreds of people are thought to live.

London Ambulance said 30 people are receiving hospital treatment.

The BBC's Andy Moore said the whole 24-storey block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse.

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Lesotho PM Defeated

Mr Thabane's party won 48 of the 80 directly contested seats in the 120-strong parliament, the Independent Election Commission said.

Mr Mosisili's Democratic Congress came second with 30 seats. The ABC now needs to form a coalition in order to govern.

To read the article titled, "Lesotho election: Thomas Thabane's ABC defeats Mosisili's DC" click here.

Twelve Dead in Twin Attacks in Iran

The assault on the parliament building appears to be over, after hours of intermittent, audible gunfire there. A suicide bomber died at the mausoleum.

Iranian officials say they managed to foil a third attack.

The so-called Islamic State group (IS) has claimed it carried out the attacks, which would be a first in Iran.

To read the article titled, "Iran attacks leave 12 dead at parliament and Khomeini mausoleum" click here.

Mexico: 4 Killed in Prison Uprising in Northern Border State

Loud, sustained bursts of gunfire could be heard from just outside the gates of the lockup in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state, as heavily armed security forces stood guard.

A state police officer who emerged from the prison with scratches on his face and did not give his name said the inmates were armed with automatic rifles. He spoke briefly to The Associated Press while being taken to an ambulance for treatment.

600 000 People Displaced in Sri Lanka Flood

The state-run Disaster Management Center said around 600 000 people remained temporarily homeless on Wednesday following last Friday's landslides and floods.

Al Jazeera's Minelle Fernandez, reporting from Matara, around 160km south of the capital Colombo, said aid agencies were struggling to distribute fresh food to rural areas.

To read the article titled, "Sri Lanka floods leave 600 000 people displaced" click here.

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