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UN says Zimbabwe’s cash shortage hurts aid delivery efforts

Dec. 5, 2019 11:21 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The World Food Program says Zimbabwe’s cash shortage complicates efforts to rush aid to millions of people facing severe hunger. The U.N. agency’s country director Eddie Rowe said Thursday that challenges in accessing cash have delayed aid delivery to parts of the...

Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees

Dec. 3, 2019 6:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century, its U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly that he plans to propose a resolution about what he called...

UN says half of Zimbabwe’s people face severe hunger

Dec. 3, 2019 8:44 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — About half of Zimbabwe’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse, the United Nations said Tuesday, noting a “vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest.” The World Food...

Amnesty: Yemen’s disabled are neglected, and suffering

Dec. 3, 2019 12:59 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s civil war has exacted an enormous toll on people with disabilities, who find themselves on the margins of society and excluded from badly needed humanitarian assistance, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday. The 50-page report by the London-based global rights...

Group: 5 more years of Yemen war to cost $29 billion in aid

Dec. 2, 2019 3:46 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Another five years of fighting in Yemen would cost as much as $29 billion just to sustain the current level of humanitarian aid, an international relief group said Monday, a sum that amounts to more than the entire annual humanitarian budget globally. The war in Yemen has killed over 100,000...

The Latest: UN sends disaster assessment experts to Albania

Nov. 26, 2019 2:02 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Latest on a deadly earthquake in Albania (all times local): 8 p.m. The United Nations says it is sending two technical experts from the U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination office to Albania following the earthquake that struck the country. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric...

Yemen’s rebels say they have detained UN workers

Nov. 25, 2019 12:53 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said Monday they have detained a number of U.N. humanitarian workers on suspicion of spying, including two Jordanians released over the weekend. In a press conference held to dispute U.N. reports of corruption, Houthi leader Abdel Mohsen Tawoos...

UN humanitarian chief calls for urgent int’l help to Sudan

Nov. 25, 2019 6:39 AM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The top U.N. humanitarian official says Sudan has a historic opportunity to overcome years of bloody conflict and instability, but needs urgent international assistance. Mark Lowcock, the U.N. under-secretary general and emergency relief coordinator, spoke during his first visit to...

The Latest: North Macedonia detains 33 migrants near border

Nov. 21, 2019 11:06 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Officials in North Macedonia say a police patrol has detained a group of 33 migrants found walking through the southern part of the country, near the border with Greece. Police said in a statement that the group consisted...

French courts face touchy test: Is helping migrants a crime?

Nov. 21, 2019 8:22 AM EST

LYON, France (AP) — A French court is to rule Thursday on whether to convict a mountain guide of helping migrants enter the country illegally — the latest case that is testing France’s “principle of fraternity” allowing humanitarian aid for irregular migrants. The cases have...