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Record number of children killed in Syria last year, U.N. reports

A record number of children were killed in Syria last year, more than a third of them in or near a school, the U.N. children’s agency said ahead of the sixth anniversary of the war. More than 850 children were also recruited to fight – more than double the number in 2015 – with some used as executioners and suicide bombers, UNICEF said.

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Deadly clash in Myanmar kills 30 as fears grow of another refugee crisis

At least 30 people are dead after a day of intense fighting between Myanmar’s security forces and ethnic rebels in the town of Laukkai in northern Shan state, government officials reported Monday evening. The conflict is the worst to hit the Chinese-speaking Kokang region since 2015, stoking fears of escalation and another mass exodus of refugees into neighboring China.

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Ecuador rejects annual U.S. State Dept. human rights report

Ecuador’s government has called out the U.S. government on multiple human rights failures in a rejection of a recent annual report issued by the U.S. State Department. Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry rejected the report Friday in a statement on its official online portal, calling on the U.S. “to demonstrate a real commitment to international human rights law” through adhering to treaties it has so far refused to sign.

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Bangladesh’s new loophole in child marriage law is ‘devastating,’ rights groups say

Bangladesh took a “devastating” step back this week from its pledge to end child marriage, Human Rights Watch officials said Friday. A new provision in the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929 adopted by parliament on Monday allows girls under the age of 18 to marry under “special circumstances” with their parents’ and the court’s permission. The provision is now awaiting the president’s approval to become law.

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Lagos passes law making boreholes illegal amid water crisis

In the midst of a water crisis, the government of the Nigerian state Lagos made it illegal for people to fetch water. A bill passed last week bans the digging of new boreholes and criminalizes selling or transporting water. Nigerian activists condemned the rules saying that they prioritize efforts to privatize water in the city.

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