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FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, Wanda Ahasteen stops by a memorial for a 6-year-old boy in Flagstaff, Ariz. Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty against the family of the 6-year-old Flagstaff boy who was locked in a closet and died of starvation. The boy's parents and paternal grandmother have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and child abuse charges in the boy's death. An autopsy determined that Deshaun Martinez died of starvation in early March 2020. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP, File)

State won't seek death penalty in starved Flagstaff boy case

Aug. 3, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against the parents and grandmother of a 6-year-old Flagstaff boy who was locked in a closet and died of starvation, the Coconino County Attorney's Office said. The boy's parents, Elizabeth Archibeque and Anthony Martinez, and his...

Ruth Vazquez de Castillo assembles hot lunches in the kitchen Thursday, July 16, 2020, for the final meal distribution of Brownsville Independent School District's summer program at Pace Early College High School in Brownsville, Texas. More than 670,000 meals were distributed to local children since the program started back in March as the pandemic hit Brownsville. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

Groups unite to urge US to extend food aid to schoolchildren

Jul. 30, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-profile coalition of educators, activists and philanthropists — including the American Federation of Teachers, the NAACP and the charity World Central Kitchen — is urging Congress to extend and expand emergency provisions that allow school districts nationwide to feed...

Torrential rains wreak destruction in Yemen, killing dozens

Jul. 27, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Flash floods have ravaged swaths of war-torn Yemen, leaving dozens dead and destroying thousands of homes, security officials and an aid group said Monday. At a time when Yemen is already mired in escalated fighting, widespread hunger and a major coronavirus outbreak, the spate of...

One-month old Haboue Solange Boue, awaiting medical care for severe malnutrition, is held by her mother, Danssanin Lanizou, 30, at the feeding center of the main hospital in the town of Hounde, Tuy Province, in southwestern Burkina Faso on Thursday, June 11, 2020. With the markets closed because of coronavirus restrictions, her family sold fewer vegetables. Lanizou is too malnourished to nurse her. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month

Jul. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

HOUNDE, Burkina Faso (AP) — The lean season is coming for Burkina Faso’s children. And this time, the long wait for the harvest is bringing a hunger more ferocious than most have ever known. That hunger is already stalking Haboue Solange Boue, an infant who has lost half her former body weight of...

One-month old Haboue Solange Boue, awaiting medical care for severe malnutrition, is held by her mother, Danssanin Lanizou, 30, at the feeding center of the main hospital in the town of Hounde, Tuy Province, in southwestern Burkina Faso on Thursday, June 11, 2020. With the markets closed because of coronavirus restrictions, her family sold fewer vegetables. Lanizou is too malnourished to nurse her. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Hunger to kill 128K more children over pandemic's first year

Jul. 27, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

HOUNDE, Burkina Faso (AP) — Coronavirus and its restrictions are pushing already hungry communities over the edge, killing an estimated 10,000 more young children a month as meager farms are cut off from markets and villages are isolated from food and medical aid, the United Nations warned Monday. In the...

Coronavirus-linked hunger leads to more than 10,000 monthly child deaths over first year of pandemic, UN analysis finds.

Jul. 27, 2020 6:30 PM EDT
HOUNDE, Burkina Faso (AP) — Coronavirus-linked hunger leads to more than 10,000 monthly child deaths over first year of pandemic, UN analysis finds.
People wearing protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus sit inside a train in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran's president warns lockdowns could lead to protests

Jul. 11, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that lockdowns meant to curb the spread of the pandemic could lead to street protests over economic problems, his website reported. In a regular Cabinet meeting on the coronavirus, Rouhani said the easiest way to fight the virus is to close...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2010, file photo, Slurpees are displayed at a 7-Eleven store in Concord, N.H. The coronavirus pandemic has taken away another summertime tradition in the U.S.: There will be no free Slurpees at 7-Elevens on Saturday — July 11 — to hail a date that doubles as an abbreviation of the convenience store chain's name.  (AP Photo/Larry Crow, File)

Pandemic leads 7-Eleven to forgo free Slurpees on 7-11

Jul. 11, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has taken away another summertime tradition in the U.S.: There will be no free Slurpees at 7-Elevens on Saturday — July 11 — to hail a date that doubles as an abbreviation of the convenience store chain's name. 7-Eleven has been giving away its slushy...

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Bob Geldof appears at the 60th Ivor Novello Awards in London. Geldof's Live Aid concerts have raised millions. Those shows included performances by Queen, U2, Led Zeppelin and Madonna. He has hosted Live 8 concerts and convinced industrialized nations to pledge an increase in aid to Africa by $25 billion. (Photo by Mark Allan /Invision/AP, File)

35 years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof assesses personal toll

Jul. 10, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The legendary Live Aid concerts 35 years ago did a lot of good — helping reduce African famine and putting a spotlight on the world’s poorest nations. But it wasn't always good for one of its key organizers. Irish rock star Bob Geldof may have earned awards and cheers for...

An Assam police officer distributes food to the homeless during fresh lockdown in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. India has overtaken Russia to become the third worst-affected nation by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Oxfam: Pandemic pushing millions to brink of starvation

Jul. 8, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has worsened the hunger crisis in the world’s poorest corners and up to 12,000 people could die each day from hunger linked to the social and economic effects of the pandemic, the humanitarian group Oxfam warned Thursday. Its report said mass unemployment,...