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Russia and China block UN statement on Myanmar crisis

May. 27, 2022 23:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China and Russia blocked the U.N. Security Council from issuing a statement Friday expressing concern at the violence and serious humanitarian situation in Myanmar and the “limited progress” on implementing a regional plan to restore peace to the strife-torn Southeast...

Biggest aid convoy since cease-fire nears Ethiopia's Tigray

May. 27, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The biggest convoy of aid since Ethiopia’s government declared a unilateral “humanitarian cease-fire” in the country’s long-encircled Tigray region two months ago has departed for Tigray, a U.N. official told The Associated Press, as the conflict gripping Africa’s...

'We don't have food': African leaders meet as crises grow

May. 27, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

DJIBO, Burkina Faso (AP) — African leaders gathered for a summit Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to address growing humanitarian needs on the continent, which is also facing increased violent extremism, climate change challenges and a run of military coups. Leaders called for...

Live updates | Mayor: Some 1,500 killed in Sievierodonetsk

May. 26, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk is the center of fierce fighting in the east. Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk says it’s holding out even though a Russian reconnaissance and sabotage group went into a city hotel. Stryuk said at least 1,500 people have been killed in...

Richard Gere helps Carnegie Hall raise money for Ukraine

May. 24, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Richard Gere hosted a benefit concert for Ukraine at Carnegie Hall that raised $360,000 for Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization providing medical aid. Soprano Angel Blue, mezzo-sopranos Denyce Graves and Isabel Leonard, pianist Evgeny Kissin, violinists...

EXPLAINER: What's the 4-nation Quad, where did it come from?

May. 24, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Leaders of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday for a summit of the “Quad.” What is the group, where did it come from and why do diplomats keep coming up with strange names for various partnerships? WHAT IS THE QUAD? ...

India ships rice, other essentials to crisis-hit Sri Lanka

May. 23, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka received a first consignment of a $16 million humanitarian aid package from neighboring India to help mitigate severe shortages caused by the country’s worst economic crisis in recent memory. Gopal Baglay, the Indian envoy to Sri Lanka,...

World Food Program chief presses billionaires 'to step up'

May. 23, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s World Food Program is telling billionaires it’s “time to step up” as the global threat of food insecurity rises with Russia's war in Ukraine, saying he’s seen encouraging signs from some of the world's richest people, like Elon Musk and...

Davos updates | Urgent need in Afghanistan is saving economy

May. 23, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Two high-level speakers at the World Economic Forum gathering say Afghanistan’s most urgent need is saving its economy from complete collapse. Achim Steiner, administrator of the United Nations Development Program, said Monday in Davos that “we cannot...

Russia: It's time to stop aid from Turkey to Syrian rebels

May. 21, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador says he sees no reason to continue humanitarian aid deliveries from Turkey to rebel-held northwest Syria, accusing the West and the United Nations of insufficient efforts to deliver aid from Damascus and failing to finance “early recovery...