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In Tigray, food is often a weapon of war as famine looms

Jun. 11, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

ABI ADI, Ethiopia (AP) — First the Eritrean soldiers stole the pregnant woman’s food as she hid in the bush. Then they turned her away from a checkpoint when she was on the verge of labor. So she had the baby at home and walked 12 days to get the famished child to a...

Report on Tigray: 350,000 face famine, 2 million a step away

Jun. 10, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A report issued Thursday warns that over 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray province are facing famine and over 2 million are just a step away, blaming the dire situation on the ongoing conflict that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee, limited...

US envoy: Syrians face 'senseless cruelty' if border is shut

Jun. 04, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The closure of a final humanitarian border crossing into Syrian could cause “senseless cruelty” to millions of Syrians, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Friday, renewing a call for the U.N. Security Council to extend authorization for the delivery of...

US envoy announces new Syria aid, seeks delivery access

Jun. 03, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations announced on Thursday nearly $240 million in humanitarian funding to support the people of Syria, Syrian refugees and countries hosting them, and called for access through international crossings to allow the delivery of aid. ...

US envoy heads to Turkey seeking to ensure aid to Syrians

Jun. 01, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S ambassador to the United Nations headed to Turkey late Tuesday seeking to ensure that humanitarian aid can be delivered to Syria across borders, a program Russia has severely limited in recent years while insisting the Syrian government should control all...

UN authorizes monitors for Iraq's elections in October

May. 27, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved an Iraqi request for a U.N. team to monitor parliamentary elections in October. A resolution adopted by the council authorized the U.N. political mission in Iraq and U.N. special...

Palestinian minister: Cease-fire in Gaza is `not enough'

May. 20, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians' top diplomat said a cease-fire in Gaza will enable 2 million Palestinians to sleep Thursday night but it’s “not enough at all” and the world must now tackle the difficult issues of Jerusalem's future and achieving an independent Palestinian...

The Latest: UN chief welcomes cease-fire, urges negotiations

May. 20, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief is urging Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers to observe their cease-fire, and he says the international community must develop a reconstruction package “that supports the Palestinian people and strengthens their institutions.” ...

Chad says Libya fighters risk undermining terrorism fight

May. 19, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chad’s deputy foreign minister warned the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya are crossing into the Sahel, threatening to undermine gains in fighting terrorism by five West African nations and plunge the region into...

Calls mount for Gaza-Israel cease-fire, greater US efforts

May. 16, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

U.N. Security Council diplomats and Muslim foreign ministers convened emergency meetings Sunday to demand a stop to civilian bloodshed as Israeli warplanes carried out the deadliest single attacks in nearly a week of Hamas rocket barrages and Israeli airstrikes. ...