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Red Crescent says bodies of 17 people washed ashore in Libya

Oct. 06, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

ABOARD GEO BARENTS (AP) — At least 17 bodies, likely of Europe-bound migrants, have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said as authorities began to vaccinate migrants in the North African country on Wednesday against the coronavirus, in cooperation with the United...

Taliban order fighters out of Afghan homes they took over

Sep. 30, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Thursday ordered their fighters to leave private homes they had taken over during last month's blitz when the group seized control of Afghanistan, an apparent effort to impose order among Taliban ranks. Meanwhile, in the capital...

Rescue vessel docks in Italy, disembarks 60 migrants

Sep. 29, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

ABOARD GEO BARENTS (AP) — A humanitarian vessel on Wednesday disembarked dozens of African migrants in an Italian coastal town a week after they were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off conflict-stricken Libya, a charity operating the vessel said. The Geo Barents, a...

With more doses, Uganda takes vaccination drive to markets

Sep. 11, 2021 03:49 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At a taxi stand by a bustling market in Kampala, Uganda's capital, traders simply cross a road or two, get a shot in the arm and rush back to their work. Until this week, vaccination centers were based mostly in hospitals in this East African...

Among France's poorest, once-lagging vaccine rates jump

Aug. 17, 2021 02:47 AM EDT

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The poorest region in mainland France has managed to dramatically speed up its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in recent weeks, notably by opening walk-in pop-up centers to reach out to people where they live and work. The multicultural,...

Haiti's troubled history may slow aid to earthquake victims

Aug. 16, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

Humanitarian aid is flowing into Haiti following Saturday’s deadly 7.2-magnitude earthquake. However, the Caribbean nation’s political unrest, as well as an approaching tropical storm, is complicating efforts. Nonprofit groups and philanthropy experts say the...

Fuel explosion in Lebanon kills 20, wounding dozens

Aug. 15, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A warehouse where fuel was illegally stored exploded in northern Lebanon early Sunday, killing 20 people and burning dozens more in the latest tragedy to hit the Mediterranean country in the throes of a devastating economic and political crisis. It was...

Lebanese Red Cross says a fuel tanker truck has exploded in northern Lebanon, killing 20 people and wounding 79

Aug. 14, 2021 23:48 PM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese Red Cross says a fuel tanker truck has exploded in northern Lebanon, killing 20 people and wounding 79.

Bangladesh vaccinating Rohingya refugees amid virus surge

Aug. 10, 2021 02:20 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's government and aid agencies started vaccinating Rohingya refugees Tuesday as a virus surge raises health risks in the sprawling, cramped camps where more than 1 million people who fled Myanmar are sheltering. The highly transmissible...

Red Cross questions Lithuania on trying to block migrants

Aug. 04, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Red Cross warned Wednesday that Lithuania's decision to turn away immigrants attempting to cross in from neighboring Belarus does not comply with international law. Lithuania, a member of the European Union, has faced a surge of mostly...