UNICEF's Photo of the Year draws attention to the plight of children who are suffering in wartorn Syria. Taken by Swedish photojournalist Niclas Hammarstroem, it shows a young, injured girl in the besieged city of Aleppo.
Nigerian group CJTF has released over 800 children from its ranks after agreeing to end child recruitment in its fight against Boko Haram. UN officials warn that many other militias still use children as fighters.
World efforts to lower hunger to zero by 2030 are being negated by warfare and climate change, warn nutritionists. Their latest global index categorizes 51 nations, mainly in Asia and Africa, where hunger is alarming.
The US has targeted an Iranian network of businesses that allegedly funded a paramilitary group affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard. The so-called Basij group reportedly trained and deployed child soldiers in Syria.
A Syrian war monitor has claimed Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 18,000 people over the past three years. But Russia says the figure is actually closer to 85,000.
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