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Kim compares North Korea's economic woes to 1990s famine

Apr. 09, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for waging another “arduous march” to fight severe economic difficulties, for the first time comparing them to a 1990s famine that killed hundreds of thousands. Kim had previously said his country...

'This is hell': UN food aid chief visits Yemen, fears famine

Mar. 10, 2021 09:21 AM EST

The head of the U.N. food agency warned after a visit to Yemen that his underfunded organization may be forced to seek hundreds of millions of dollars in private donations in a desperate bid to stave off widespread famine in coming months, describing conditions in the war-stricken nation as...

Groups: Yemen aid shortfall means more hunger, less care

Mar. 04, 2021 10:50 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Aid organizations working in Yemen said Tuesday their programs will be severely cut after a U.N. appeal for aid to the world’s worst humanitarian disaster fell well short of its goal. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had appealed for $3.85 billion...

UN chief: Appeal for Yemen raises 'disappointing' $1.7B

Mar. 01, 2021 22:59 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A United Nations appeal for aid to Yemen to alleviate the world’s worst humanitarian disaster raised some $1.7 billion Monday— a result the U.N. chief called “disappointing.” At a virtual pledging conference co-hosted by Sweden and Switzerland, U.N....

UN warns of mass famine in Yemen ahead of donor conference

Feb. 28, 2021 14:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian agency on Sunday warned that more than 16 million people in Yemen would go hungry this year, with already some half a million people in the war-torn country living in famine-like conditions. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of...

UN: Yemen faces world's worst famine and needs $3.85 billion

Feb. 24, 2021 15:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Conflict-torn Yemen “is falling off a cliff” and will face the worst famine the world has seen for decades unless donors, and especially its Gulf neighbors, contribute generously to this year’s U.N. humanitarian appeal for $3.85 billion, the U.N. humanitarian...

'Extreme urgent need': Starvation haunts Ethiopia's Tigray

Jan. 17, 2021 04:07 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The first humanitarian workers to arrive after pleading with the Ethiopian...

US rejects UN plea to reverse Yemen rebel terror designation

Jan. 14, 2021 19:46 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief and top officials urged the United States on Thursday to reverse its decision to declare Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels a terrorist group to prevent massive famine and death in the conflict-torn Arab nation — but the Trump administration in its final...