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UN aid chief: Over 11 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

Nov. 14, 2019 6:26 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 11 million people across Syria need aid — more than half the country’s estimated population — and the U.N. and other organizations are reaching an average of 5.6 million people a month, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Thursday. Mark Lowcock told the Security...

The Latest: Opening statements held in activist's trial

Nov. 12, 2019 7:01 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the second trial against a border activist accused of harboring immigrants (all times local): 5 p.m. Attorneys have delivered opening statements in the retrial of an Arizona border activist after a federal judge banned the defense from mentioning President Donald Trump...

WFP chief vows more 'aggressive' action on sexual harassment

Nov. 12, 2019 7:58 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — In the wake of an internal survey that detailed multiple allegations of rape and sexual harassment of its female staffers, the leader of the World Food Program is vowing to go after abusers. David Beasley, the U.N. agency's executive director, said in a recent interview with The Associated...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Nov. 7, 2019 1:38 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high...

Foreign member of medic team killed in Syria's northeast

Nov. 3, 2019 7:58 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Shelling by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killed a Burmese medic and wounded another Iraqi member of the humanitarian team on Sunday in northeastern Syria where fighting between Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed gunmen continued, the humanitarian group said. David Eubank, a former member...

Nigeria lifts ban on 2 prominent humanitarian groups

Oct. 31, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government has lifted a ban on the operations of two prominent international aid groups after accusing them of providing food and medicines to Boko Haram extremists, which the groups denied. The United Nations humanitarian office replied Wednesday that humanitarian groups...

The Latest: Trump hails military strike on Islamic State

Oct. 28, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group who was killed in a U.S. military raid in Syria, according to President Donald Trump (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Australia's prime minister has welcomed the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi but...

Aid group: Libyan gunmen threaten migrants, rescuers at sea

Oct. 26, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A humanitarian aid group said gunmen on Libya-flagged speedboats threatened the crew of its rescue ship Alan Kurdi and the migrants it was rescuing Saturday, firing shots into the air and water. Sea-Eye's spokesman Gorden Isler told The Associated Press that the unprecedented incident on the...

US eases regulations blocking food, medicine sales to Iran

Oct. 25, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is taking steps to ease sales of food and medicine to Iran amid stringent sanctions imposed on the country by the Trump administration. The Treasury Department says it has created a way to ensure humanitarian aid can continue despite the administration's effort to isolate the...

The Latest: Syria Kurds say they will withdraw from border

Oct. 20, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A senior Syrian Kurdish official says his forces will pull back from a border area in accordance with a U.S.-brokered deal after Turkey allows the evacuation of its remaining fighters and civilians from a besieged...