Latest Humanitarian assistance News

In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, a malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. Houthi rebels in Yemen have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according to aid officials and internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Yemen's Houthi rebels impeding UN aid flow, demand a cut

Feb. 19, 2020 2:33 PM EST

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according...

In this Sept. 23, 2018 file photo, men deliver aid donations from donors, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. Houthi rebels in Yemen have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according to aid officials and internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Hammadi Issa, File)

UN: Houthi rebels impeding aid flow in Yemen

Feb. 19, 2020 5:15 AM EST

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according...

President Donald Trump gives thumbs up after speaking with the media as he boards Air Force One as he departs Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

GOP campaign donor in Texas among President Trump's pardons

Feb. 18, 2020 8:21 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's clemency actions Tuesday included pardoning the former owner of a Texas construction company who pleaded guilty to underpaying his taxes and whose family has donated to Republicans, including the president's reelection campaign last year. Paul Pogue,...

In this undated photo distributed on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, by the North Korean government, North Korean workers produce face masks to prevent infection of a new virus in Pyongyang, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

US says it's ready to help North Korea combat virus

Feb. 14, 2020 1:04 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States expressed deep concern about North Korea's vulnerability to the outbreak of a new virus and said it was ready to support efforts by aid organizations to contain the spread of the illness in the impoverished nation. North Korea has moved to strengthen quarantines...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2011, file, photo taken on a government-organized tour, airplanes are parked in the tarmac of the international airport in Tripoli, Libya. The only functioning airport in Libya's capital suspended its operations after coming under attack Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, airport authorities said, despite a tenuous truce that world powers have pushed warring parties to respect. Authorities at Mitiga airport said six Grad missiles crashed into the tarmac. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

UN says rival force is blocking OK for UN flights to Libya

Feb. 12, 2020 2:24 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday its regular flights have not been granted permission to land in Libya by the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. mission in Libya was concerned that its regular flights into...

Thailand yields to virus fears, bars docking of cruise ship

Feb. 11, 2020 7:58 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai health authorities have barred a cruise ship from docking that has already been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan out of concern over a new virus, although no cases have been confirmed on board. The chief of the Department of Disease Control, Suwanchai...

Review: Mercy Corps mishandled abuse claims against founder

Feb. 5, 2020 11:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Global humanitarian aid group Mercy Corps on Wednesday issued the results of an outside investigation into its mishandling of sexual abuse claims that a daughter of one of its founders made against the man. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Mercy Corps board of directors ordered...

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to supporters from a balcony at Miraflores presidential palace during a rally marking the anniversary of the coup that overthrew dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez in 1958, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP exclusive: Law firm dumps Maduro official amid outcry

Jan. 30, 2020 5:57 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S. law firm that was hired for $12.5 million by a top official in Nicolás Maduro's government has decided to dump the controversial Venezuelan client amid a major outcry by critics who accused it of carrying water for a socialist “dictator,” The Associated...

Syrian flee the advance of the government forces in the province of Idlib, Syria, towards the Turkish border, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Syrian government forces captured one of the largest and most strategic rebel-held towns in the country's northwest, the Syrian military and opposition activists said Wednesday, part of a Russian-backed military assault that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to safer areas. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

UN council members point fingers over Syria aid crossings

Jan. 29, 2020 6:04 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members clashed Wednesday over humanitarian needs in war-torn Syria, weeks after the group’s contentious decision to halve the number of border crossing points for aid. With U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warning that medical supplies unable to reach...

FILE - In this July 23, 2018 file photo, a truck carries aid on a road in Aden, Yemen. The U.N. says that a dozen humanitarian organizations in war-torn southern Yemen have suspended their work after a string of targeted attacks. Meanwhile, the country's rebel-led health ministry announced on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, that severe outbreaks of swine flu and dengue fever have killed close to 200 people since October. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

UN food agency says aid looted in Yemen's Houthi-held area

Jan. 28, 2020 6:16 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. food agency said Tuesday that one of its warehouses in the Houthi-controlled part of Yemen had been looted. The World Food Program statement described the culprits simply as “militias” and said 127.5 tons (over 115,000 kilograms) of aid were stolen in the northern...