Latest Hunger News

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, residents stand by the side of the road after fetching water, between Melut and Paloch town, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan ignores reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 14, 2020 3:10 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals including mercury, manganese, and arsenic, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press....

Yemenis board a United Nation plane at Sanaa International airport, Yemen, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. The United Nations medical relief flight carrying patients from Yemen's rebel-held capital was the first in over three years. The U.N. said eight patients and their families were flown to Egypt and Jordan to receive “life-saving specialized care not available in Yemen.

Yemen talks about prisoner exchange underway in Jordan

Feb. 10, 2020 3:30 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides quietly began U.N.-backed talks about a prisoner swap on Monday, according to the United Nations. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said a third round of negotiations aimed at implementing an ambitious Yemeni prisoner exchange was underway in the Jordanian capital...

UN experts: Yemen's rebels getting weapons similar to Iran's

Jan. 31, 2020 8:07 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi Shiite rebels are receiving parts for drones and weapons, some with technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured in Iran, in potential violation of a U.N. arms embargo, U.N. experts say. The experts said in a report to the Security Council obtained...

UN envoy: Stop `alarming' military escalation in Yemen

Jan. 28, 2020 4:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen is urging a halt to the “alarming military escalation” in fighting between the Saudi-led military coalition and Houthi Shiite rebels, the U.N. spokesman said Tuesday. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said envoy Martin Griffiths warned the...

FILE - In this July 23, 2018 file photo, a truck carries aid on a road in Aden, Yemen. The U.N. says that a dozen humanitarian organizations in war-torn southern Yemen have suspended their work after a string of targeted attacks. Meanwhile, the country's rebel-led health ministry announced on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, that severe outbreaks of swine flu and dengue fever have killed close to 200 people since October. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

UN food agency says aid looted in Yemen's Houthi-held area

Jan. 28, 2020 6:16 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. food agency said Tuesday that one of its warehouses in the Houthi-controlled part of Yemen had been looted. The World Food Program statement described the culprits simply as “militias” and said 127.5 tons (over 115,000 kilograms) of aid were stolen in the northern...

UN official warns Yemen could face brink of famine again

Jan. 16, 2020 5:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — War-battered Yemen could face the threat of famine again because of the rapid depreciation of its currency and disruptions to salary payments, a senior U.N. humanitarian official warned the Security Council on Thursday. At the same time, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen reported a...

Leaders urge Kentuckians to join fight against hunger

Jan. 16, 2020 4:56 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky leaders are encouraging people to join the fight against hunger. Gov. Andy Beshear joined lawmakers, advocates and others Wednesday at a Capitol rally to bring awareness to the problem and to gain support for solutions, according to a statement from Feeding Kentucky. The...

A Viking-era runic stone in front of the Rok Church near the Lake Vattern and the town of Odeshog, Sweden, Thursday Jan. 9, 2020. The stone dated to the 9th century could have been raised out of fear of a climate disaster, says a new study. (Jeppe Gustafsson/TT via AP)

Viking-era runestone may reflect fears of a climate disaster

Jan. 9, 2020 12:11 PM EST

Stockholm (AP) — The writing on a famous Viking-era runestone may reflect fears of an approaching climate disaster in 9th century Scandinavia, according to new research by a team of Swedish academics. The Rok stone, located near Lake Vattern in central Sweden, carries what is believed to be the longest...

FILE - In this July 23, 2018 file photo, a truck carries aid on a road in Aden, Yemen. The U.N. says that a dozen humanitarian organizations in war-torn southern Yemen have suspended their work after a string of targeted attacks. Meanwhile, the country's rebel-led health ministry announced on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, that severe outbreaks of swine flu and dengue fever have killed close to 200 people since October. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

UN condemns attack that killed 17 civilians in north Yemen

Dec. 26, 2019 8:30 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations has condemned the shelling of a busy market that killed at least 17 people earlier this week in northern Yemen, a region which has been under control of Yemen's Iran-backed rebels known as Houthis. The office of the U.N. human rights coordinator in Yemen did not say who was...

UMaine antihunger program hits 3 million pounds of donations

Dec. 25, 2019 8:40 AM EST

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine Cooperative Extension program that provides fresh produce for people in need has reached 3 million pounds of donations. Maine Harvest for the Hunger has existed since 2000 and donated more than 193,000 pounds of produce from more than 120 farms in the state this...