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Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures...

UN aid chief: Over 11 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

Nov. 14, 2019 6:26 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 11 million people across Syria need aid — more than half the country’s estimated population — and the U.N. and other organizations are reaching an average of 5.6 million people a month, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Thursday. Mark Lowcock told the Security...

Somalia struggles after worst flooding in recent history

Nov. 14, 2019 1:58 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Ahmed Sabrie woke up to find his house half-submerged in fast-rising flood waters. Frightened and confused, he herded sleepy family members onto the roof of their home in central Somalia as scores of thousands of people in the town, Beledweyne, scrambled for their lives. Clinging...

Report: Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen war

Nov. 14, 2019 1:21 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen’s civil war could constitute war crimes by all parties to the conflict, a database project said on Thursday. The Yemen Archive said that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned rebels was allegedly responsible for 72 attacks, while...

Report: Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen war

Nov. 14, 2019 12:49 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen’s civil war could constitute war crimes by all parties to the conflict, a database project said on Thursday. The Yemen Archive said that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned rebels was allegedly responsible for 72 attacks, while...

EU migration chief warns Bosnia of looming winter crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 4:38 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top migration official is warning Bosnian authorities of a likely humanitarian crisis this winter due to appalling conditions in overcrowded migrant camps in the country. EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos called Thursday for the closure of the...

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba

Nov. 7, 2019 4:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. criticism of human rights violations there and criticizing the Trump administration's increasingly tough enforcement measures. The vote in the...

Aid group says hospital hit during Houthi attack in Yemen

Nov. 7, 2019 12:47 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An international medical relief agency said Thursday that a hospital it runs in western Yemen was damaged in a recent attack. Yemeni military officials blamed the Houthi rebels for the drone and missile attack that targeted buildings near the hospital, causing huge explosions that...

Yemeni officials: Rebels missile, drone attack kills 8

Nov. 6, 2019 4:41 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's rebels staged missile and drone attacks Wednesday on forces allied with the country's internationally recognized government in a Red Sea town, killing at least eight people, including three civilians, and causing large fires, military officials said. Wadah Dobish, a spokesman...

Report: Death toll from Yemen's war hit 100,000 since 2015

Oct. 31, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's civil war has killed more than 100,000 people since 2015, a database project that tracks violence said Thursday. The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, or ACLED, said in a new report its death toll includes more than 12,000 civilians killed in attacks targeting civilians...