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In this Nov. 14, 2008, file photo, a woman receives a bag of maize meal from the World Food Program in the town of Rutshuru, eastern Congo. The World Food Program chief warned Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, that millions of people are closer to starvation because of the deadly combination of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic and he urged donor nations and billionaires to help feed them and ensure their survival. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)

UN food chief urges rich to help keep millions from starving

Sep. 18, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The World Food Program chief warned Thursday that millions of people are closer to starvation because of the deadly combination of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic and he urged donor nations and billionaires to help feed them and ensure their survival. The U.N....

FILE - In this June 27, 2020 file photo, a medic checks a malnourished newborn baby inside an incubator at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Human Rights Watch warned Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 that warring parties in Yemen's yearslong conflict are “severely restricting” the delivery of desperately needed aid as the country slides toward famine amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

UN warns of Yemen famine, no aid from Saudis, UAE, Kuwait

Sep. 15, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that “the specter of famine” has returned to conflict-torn Yemen and for the first time singled out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait for giving nothing to this year’s $3.4 billion appeal. Mark Lowcock...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 file photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures while speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Damascus, Syria. U.N.-backed investigators in the 21st report from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, pointed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do more to help prevent them. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

UN experts decry continued abuse as Syria's war grinds on

Sep. 15, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-backed investigators pointed Tuesday to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb, 20, 2020 file photo, women carry bags of maize during a food aid distribution excercise in Mudzi about 230 kilometres northeast of the capital Harare, Zimbabwe. An estimated 45 million people in Southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year. Zimbabwe is the worst affected country, with its number of food insecure people expected to reach 8,6 million by the end of this year, World Food Program director in southern Africa, Lola Castro, said Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. ( AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, file)

Southern Africa's hunger upsurge blamed on climate, COVID-19

Sep. 7, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people in southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access to adequate affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year, the World Food Program said Monday. The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with climate change and the struggling...

Migrants are embarked to the GNV Rhapsody ferry moored off Lampedusa island, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 5 , 2020. Italian officials have been hastily chartered ferries and put other measures into place to fight severe overcrowding at migrant centers on the tiny island of Lampedusa. (AP Photo/Mauro Seminara)

3 desperate migrants jump into sea from stranded Med tanker

Sep. 6, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Three migrants stranded aboard a tanker for over a month awaiting a port to disembark jumped into the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday in a sign of increasing despair on deck, the ship reported. Maersk Tankers A/S said the captain and crew of its chemical tanker Etienne quickly rescued the three...

A worker disinfects a school as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus before students taking a final-term school exam at a public school in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

UN chief warns of famine risk in 4 countries

Sep. 5, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that there is a risk of famine and widespread food insecurity in four countries affected by conflict — Congo, Yemen, northeast Nigeria and South Sudan — and the lives of millions of people are in danger. In a note to...

File-Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente. The Pittsburgh Pirates will honor Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente when they wear No. 21 against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The team believes this is an important step into having Clemente's number retired by Major League Baseball(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, File)/

Pirates to wear No. 21 on Sept. 9 to honor Roberto Clemente

Sep. 2, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Roberto Clemente's legacy in Pittsburgh and his native Puerto Rico is secure. The club the Hall of Fame outfielder spent two decades playing for is trying to ensure that legacy — both on and off the field — is acknowledged regularly by the masses. The team announced Tuesday...

A trainee reads a handbook on coronavirus prevention, at a training session for community health workers conducted by the national NGO

'Our hands are tied': Local aid workers exposed in pandemic

Aug. 26, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coronavirus is exposing an uncomfortable inequality in the billion-dollar system that delivers life-saving aid for countries in crisis: Most money that flows from the U.S. and other donors goes to international aid groups instead of local ones. Now local aid workers are exposed on...

UN funding crisis cuts aid to Yemen as it slides near famine

Aug. 18, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official warned Tuesday that war-torn Yemen is sliding toward famine as the coronavirus spreads and its economy implodes — all amid a funding crisis that is forcing the United Nations to make deeper aid cuts, including stopping treatment for 250,000 severely...

Rows of destroyed trucks are seen at the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

US says no bailout for Lebanon, calls for change

Aug. 15, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — There can be no financial bailout for Lebanon, a senior U.S. official said Saturday, calling on the country's political leaders to heed popular calls for change, real reform and an end to endemic corruption. David Hale, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, said the U.S. and...