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News in the Humanosphere: Thousands flee Myanmar for China

More than 20,000 people from Myanmar have flooded into border camps in neighboring China, seeking refuge from bitter fighting between ethnic groups and security forces in the country’s north, China said on Thursday. Thousands of people have crossed China’s border in recent months to escape the conflict, which threatens Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s top goal of reaching peace with minorities. (VOA)

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News in the Humanosphere: India forces Compassion International to shut down

The Indian government’s crackdown on foreign aid groups will claim its most prominent casualty this month with the shutdown of the charity, Compassion International, on suspicion of engaging in religious conversion, comes as India, a rising economic power with a swelling spirit of nationalism, curtails the flow of foreign money to activities it deems “detrimental to the national interest.” (NY Times)

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News in the Humanosphere: Islamic State carries out suspected chemical weapon attacks in Mosul

International organizations warned that Islamic State militants could be using chemical weapons against civilians in eastern Mosul. The International Committee of the Red Cross says testing is not yet conclusive, but symptoms of the hospitalized patients suggest the weapon was mustard gas. Two victims are in critical condition and at least five are children. (VOA)

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News in the Humanosphere: European countries not meeting refugee resettlement obligations

European countries have accepted less than 10% of the 160,000 refugees they promised to move to safety from unsanitary and cramped camps in Italy and Greece, leading the European commission to warn it will “accept no more excuses”. Only 13,546 relocations have been carried out so far – 3,936 from Italy and 9,610 from Greece – amounting to just 8% of the total the EU committed to relocate in 2015. (Guardian)

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