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UN: 'Extreme lack of food' for many in Ethiopia's Tigray

Jan. 28, 2022 07:29 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than a third of the people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “are suffering an extreme lack of food,” the United Nations World Food Program said in a new assessment of a region under a months-long government blockade. “Families are exhausting...

India, Central Asian leaders discuss aid to Afghanistan

Jan. 27, 2022 12:44 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and five central Asian countries on Thursday decided to set up a joint working group for providing aid to Afghanistan to tackle the humanitarian crisis and the issue of recognition of the Taliban, an Indian official said. India’s Prime Minister Narendra...

In freezing Afghanistan, aid workers rush to save millions

Jan. 27, 2022 10:43 AM EST

PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan (AP) — A flickering flame of paper, rags and random twigs is the only heat Gulnaz has to keep her 18-month-old son warm, barely visible beneath his icy blanket as she begs on a bitterly cold highway on the road to Kabul. The 70-kilometer (45-mile) stretch of...

UN chief urges major Afghan aid increase, unfreezing assets

Jan. 26, 2022 22:04 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief urged nations Wednesday to greatly boost humanitarian aid for millions of Afghans living in “a frozen hell” and release nearly $9 billion in frozen assets to pull Afghanistan’s economy back from the brink of a collapse that could set off a mass exodus of...

British, Australian ships deliver 'contactless' aid to Tonga

Jan. 26, 2022 21:31 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — British and Australian navy ships arrived in Tonga on Wednesday and attempted to deliver aid without making contact with anybody ashore to avoid spreading the coronavirus in a nation which has never had an outbreak. The danger of spreading the disease was...

Afghan talks focus on aid, women's rights as hunger grows

Jan. 25, 2022 18:05 PM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Three days of talks between the Taliban, Western diplomats and other delegates on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and human rights were wrapping up Tuesday in Norway, with acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi praising the discussions, which he said “went very well." ...

WHO chief makes case for 2nd term as Ethiopia criticizes him

Jan. 25, 2022 15:07 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus laid out more plans Tuesday to fight the virus as he pitched his case for a new five-year term and faced criticism from his own country — Ethiopia — over his comments about the embattled Tigray region. ...

UN: $39 million needed for Syrians in northwest this winter

Jan. 24, 2022 20:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Heavy snow and freezing rain have seriously affected about 250,000 displaced Syrians living in camps in the last major opposition stronghold in northwestern Syria, with tents collapsing and children having to walk in the snow in sandals, a senior U.N. humanitarian official...

EXPLAINER: Why effort to help Afghanistan is falling short

Jan. 24, 2022 11:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As winter deepens, a grim situation in Afghanistan is getting worse. Freezing temperatures are compounding misery from the downward spiral that has come with the fall of the U.S.-backed government and the Taliban takeover. Aid groups and international agencies...

UN chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict

Jan. 21, 2022 00:50 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As he starts his second term as U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have sparked conflicts everywhere — but...