Latest U.S. Agency for International Development News

Bangladesh court sentences 6 militants to death in slayings

Aug. 31, 2021 04:49 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh anti-terrorism tribunal on Tuesday sentenced six Islamist militants to death in the brutal slayings of two men, including a prominent gay rights activist, five years ago, lawyers said. In April 2016, assailants hacked to death...

US pledges more aid to earthquake victims in Haiti

Aug. 26, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The United States pledged another $32 million in aid to the victims of Haiti’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake Thursday, as the country’s interim prime minister defended his government’s response. U.S. Agency for International Development...

US says food aid runs out this week in Ethiopia's Tigray

Aug. 20, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States is warning that food aid will run out this week for millions of hungry people under a blockade imposed by Ethiopia’s government on the embattled Tigray region. Samantha Power, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for...

US agencies scrub websites to protect Afghans left behind

Aug. 17, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Multiple federal agencies that operated in Afghanistan and worked with Afghan citizens have been hastily purging their websites, removing articles and photos that could endanger the Afghan civilians who interacted with them and now fear retribution from the Taliban. ...

US warns Ethiopia of 'dehumanizing rhetoric' on Tigray

Aug. 04, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development expressed concern Wednesday about the “dehumanizing rhetoric” used by Ethiopia’s leaders amid the nine-month conflict in the Tigray region, whose forces last month were described as “weeds" and...

US official lands in Sudan to support democratic transition

Jul. 31, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. official who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide landed Saturday in Sudan, aiming to support the country's fragile transition to democracy before travelling to Ethiopia to press the government there to allow humanitarian aid to the war-torn Tigray region. ...

US genocide expert to press Ethiopia on Tigray aid blockade

Jul. 29, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. official who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide is visiting Ethiopia next week to press the government to lift what the U.S. calls a blockade on humanitarian aid to the conflict-hit Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people now face...

UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore resigns for family health issue

Jul. 13, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has accepted the resignation of Henrietta Fore as executive director of UNICEF with deep regret, praising her “inspiring leadership” as head of the U.N. children’s agency. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan...