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UN food agency starts partial suspension of Yemen food aid

Jun. 20, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. food agency has begun a partial suspension of food aid to areas of Yemen controlled by the rebels amid accusations they were diverting aid from the war-torn country's hungriest people, the group said Thursday. The World Food Program said it suspended its operations in the capital,...

South Korea to send 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea

Jun. 19, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday it plans to send 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea through the World Food Program, in its second aid package announced in past weeks as it seeks to help with North Korean food shortages and improve bilateral relations. South Korean Unification Minister...

UN aid chief says 'humanitarian disaster' unfolding in Idlib

Jun. 18, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief declared Tuesday that "a humanitarian disaster" is unfolding in Syria's last rebel-held territory where Bashar Assad's forces have launched an offensive, ending a cease-fire negotiated by Turkey and Russia in September. Mark Lowcock told the Security...

UN food agency accuses Yemen's Houthis of diverting food aid

Jun. 17, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency accused Yemen's Houthi rebels on Monday of diverting food from the war-torn country's hungriest people and threatened to suspend food aid later this week unless they immediately implement registration and monitoring agreements. David Beasley, executive...

Correction: Border Activist-Trial story

Jun. 13, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — In a story May 19 about the trial of a border activist, The Associated Press, relying on government court records, erroneously reported that the two migrant men aided by a member of a humanitarian aid group being tried on criminal charges were Mexican. They were from El Salvador and...

US hospital ship begins 5-month mission in the Americas

Jun. 13, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort begins on Friday a five-month medical assistance mission in 11 countries of the Americas affected by Venezuela's humanitarian crisis. Capt. B.J. Diebold, the mission commander, said the goal of the $34 million operation will be "addressing all our...

Aid groups: Migrant humanitarian crisis looming in Bosnia

Jun. 13, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Aid groups are warning of a developing humanitarian crisis in Bosnia as more migrants make their way to one of Europe's poorest and most volatile countries, where the needs of the existing population already strain a thin social safety net. The Bosnian Red Cross has...

Jury can't decide on charges against Arizona border activist

Jun. 11, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. jury could not reach a verdict Tuesday against a border activist charged with conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants in a trial that humanitarian aid groups said would have wide implications on their work. Defense attorneys argued that Scott Daniel Warren, a 36-year-old...

Syria violence interrupts food distribution in some areas

Jun. 11, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held towns and villages in the country's northwest Tuesday and the World Food Program said weekslong violence has hampered some of its activities in the area. WFP said in a statement that due to the latest wave of violence that broke out on April 30, the U.N....

New Zealand military to buy 5 Lockheed Super Hercules planes

Jun. 10, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's military announced Tuesday it will buy five new Super Hercules planes to replace its 50-year-old fleet of Hercules. Defense Minister Ron Mark said the estimated cost of the Lockheed Martin aircraft was more than 1 billion New Zealand dollars ($661 million),...