Humanitarian crises

Children eat food distributed during a visit organized by The World Food Program (WFP) at Koge school, in the conflict-affected remote town of Kauda, Nuba Mountains, Sudan, Jan. 9, 2020. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, accompanied by United Nations officials, embarked on a peace mission Thursday to Kauda, a rebel stronghold, in a major step toward government efforts to end the country’s long-running civil conflicts. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
January 20, 2020 - 6:13 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has set up a 900 million euro ($998 million) budget to help countries hit by humanitarian crises, with Africa getting the largest share of the money. The EU Commission, the bloc's executive arm, said Monday that people in more than 80 countries will benefit from...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, visit the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Putin has traveled to Syria to meet with President Bashar Assad, a key Iranian ally. The rare visit Tuesday comes amid soaring tensions between Iran and the United States following the U.S. drone strike last week that killed a top Iranian general who led forces supporting Assad in Syria's civil war. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
January 10, 2020 - 9:47 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia scored a victory for its close ally Syria on Friday, using its veto threat to force the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution significantly reducing the delivery of cross-border humanitarian aid and cutting off critical medical assistance to over one million...
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January 10, 2020 - 3:28 am
FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The jihadists who killed Wabwa Ampougovni's son and two grandchildren wanted them to suffer: They cut the backs of their necks before slitting their throats, leaving them to a slow and agonizing death. They were among 14 people killed in late November when...
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Truckloads of civilians flee a Syrian military offensive in Idlib province on the main road near Hazano, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Syrian forces launched a wide ground offensive last week into the northwestern province of Idlib, which is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. The United Nations estimates that some 60,000 people have fled from the area, heading south, after the bombings intensified earlier this month. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed)
December 27, 2019 - 10:53 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian opposition leader called Friday on the international community to help millions of civilians in the country's last rebel-held stronghold amid a crushing government offensive, calling it a "disaster area." After weeks of intense bombardment, Syrian government forces launched a...
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December 24, 2019 - 3:47 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Armed groups in northern Nigeria reportedly executed many civilians and abducted many others in a state where Boko Haram is active, the United Nations said Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters the executions and abductions happened Monday in northern Borno...
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Civilians ride in a truck as they flee Maaret al-Numan, Syria, ahead of a government offensive, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed)
December 24, 2019 - 8:09 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A missile struck a school building in northwestern Syria on Tuesday morning, killing eight civilians, opposition activists said, as government forces captured a key village held by al-Qaida insurgents in the war-torn country's last rebel stronghold. Syrian government troops also...
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Yemeni prisoners gather during their arrival after being released by the Saudi-led coalition in the airport of Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. The International Committee of the Red Cross says over a hundred rebel prisoners released by the Saudi-led coalition have returned to Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, a step toward a long-anticipated prisoner swap between the warring parties. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
December 24, 2019 - 6:47 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A dozen humanitarian organizations in war-torn southern Yemen suspended their operations following a string of targeted attacks, the U.N. said, while the country's rebel-led health ministry announced on Tuesday that severe outbreaks of swine flu and dengue fever have killed...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo people walk at the site of a car bomb attack next to a Shiite mosque in Sanaa, Yemen. 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, Dec. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
December 02, 2019 - 11:58 pm
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...
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November 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross reported a new outbreak of dengue fever in war-torn Yemen on Monday, with thousands of cases reported and several dozen deaths. Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s U.N. observer, told journalists that while there has been a de-escalation of...
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November 07, 2019 - 2:48 pm
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...
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