The Latest: Cyclone survivors could need help for a year
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — The Latest on southern Africa cyclone (all times local):
The head of the United Nations World Food Program says many survivors of the cyclone in...
UN food agency cites progress in Yemen
CAIRO (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s World Food Program says progress has been made in Yemen, months after he accused Houthi rebels of stealing food from the hungry by diverting aid.
UN threatens to slash Yemen food aid over theft by rebels
CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. food agency on Monday threatened to suspend some aid shipments to Yemen if the Houthi rebels do not investigate and stop theft and fraud in food distribution, warning that the suspension would effect some 3 million people.
The World Food Program's ultimatum was an unprecedentedly strong warning, pointing to how corruption has increased the threat of famine in Yemen, where a four-year civil war has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
The Latest: UN official says Houthis blocking access to food
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on Yemen developments as warring sides gather for U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden (all times local):
The head of the U.N. food agency has accused Shiite Houthi rebels of blocking access to food deliveries to civilians devastated by the war in Yemen.
The Latest: Saudi Arabia, UAE pledge $500 million Yemen aid
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Yemen (all times local):
2 p.m. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged $500 million in aid to assist millions of Yemenis at risk of starvation.
The announcement comes just days after David Beasley, head of the U.N. World Food Program, visited Yemen and told the U.N. Security Council that as many as 12 million of the 28 million Yemenis "are just one step away from famine."
Syria wheat production hits lowest level in 29 years
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. food agency says extreme weather in Syria has caused domestic agricultural production to hit its lowest point in three decades.
World Food Programme spokesman Herve Verhoosel said Tuesday that Syria's wheat production this year fell to a 29-year low of 1.2 million tons, about two-thirds of last year's levels.
He said the drop is due to an extended period of dry weather early in the season followed by heavy, out-of-season rain.
WFP chief says agency preparing for wave of Idlib refugees
BRUSSELS (AP) — The U.N.'s World Food Program is preparing for a vast new wave of refugees likely to flee to Turkey if a looming conflict breaks out in Syria's flashpoint Idlib region, WFP Executive Director David Beasley said Friday.
Beasley told The Associated Press that the agency is "pre-positioning rations for short term, middle range, along the Turkish border."
UN says more worldwide going hungry, blames climate change
ROME (AP) — The number of hungry people in the world is growing again, in large part due to climate change that is wreaking havoc on crop production in much of the developing world, the United Nations said Tuesday
Major U.N. agencies said in an annual report Tuesday that the number of hungry people facing chronic food deprivation increased to 821 million in 2017 from 804 million in 2016, reversing recent downward trends. South America and Africa showed the worst increase.
BEIJING (AP) — A peace agreement with North Korea will go far toward easing the impoverished nation's chronic food security woes, the head of the United Nations' World Food Program said Friday, a month before President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit in Singapore.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina governor is spending some time in North Korea this week.
The U.N. World Food Programme says Executive Director David Beasley starts a four-day visit to the country Tuesday.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley recommended her fellow former South Carolina governor for the job helping the international organization distribute food around the world.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The head of the United Nations food agency warned Monday that the relocation of Islamic State group members from the Middle East to Africa could trigger a massive new European migrant crisis.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of people around the world in danger of dying unless they get food urgently surged to 124 million last year — mainly because "people won't stop shooting at each other," the head of the U.N. food agency said Friday.
David Beasley told the Security Council by video link that almost 32 million of those acutely hungry people live in four conflict-wracked countries: Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and northeastern Nigeria, where famine was averted last year.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia urgently needs international help as it struggles with a humanitarian "catastrophe" along its border caused by a flood of Venezuelan migrants driven from their homes by hunger, a senior U.N. official said Monday.
David Beasley, director of the World Food Program, said the harrowing reports he heard from Venezuelan migrants makes raising awareness of the crisis an urgent priority.
Palmetto Politics: Former Gov. David Beasley up close and personal with Pope Francis
Former S.C. Gov. David Beasley has traveled the world in the seven months since he's been appointed executive director of the United Nations' World Food Programme.
The post has taken him to Africa, the Middle East and South America.
But earlier this month, he had his first in-depth sit down with Pope Francis in the offices of the Vatican.
"The pope and I had a deeply moving, personal conversation," Beasley told Palmetto Politics via email from Rome where the food program is headquartered.
AP Interview: UN food chief says to end hunger, end conflict
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency is telling world leaders that the only way to end global hunger is to end conflicts, which would also free up billions of dollars to build roads and infrastructure and promote economic growth in all developing countries.
UN food agency chief plans to visit North Korea amid drought
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. World Food Program said he plans to visit North Korea, which is facing drought and "a lot of people starving," and will ask for greater access to the secretive nation.
David Beasley said in an interview with The Associated Press late Monday that "we want to make the case very clearly that innocent children should not starve to death."
The Latest: UN official warns of famine threat for Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The latest on the conflict in Yemen (all times local):
The head of the U.N. World Food Program is warning that hundreds of thousands of children in Yemen will be "on the brink of starvation" if the Saudi-led coalition's blockade of air, sea and land access lasts for even two weeks.
David Beasley said in an interview Monday with The Associated Press that about 70 percent of Yemen's 27 million to 28 million people "do not know where they're going to get their next meal."
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Head of UN food agency says world must step up Rohingya aid
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The head of the United Nations' food-assistance agency on Sunday urged the international community to step up its support for the relief operation for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh or risk "a massive catastrophic disaster."
Berry College baseball coach David Beasley was arrested Friday in Pike County, Alabama, on a firstdegree theft of property charge.
According to the Pike County Sheriff's Department, Beasley, 53, of Rome was booked at the Pike County jail in Troy, Alabama, at 3:06 p.m. CDT Friday and released from jail on $5,000 bond at 6:01 p.m.
LONDON (AP) — Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave.
The schoolboys at Isca Academy in the southwestern city of Exeter donned skirts instead of the officially mandated gray slacks.
Photos in British media show the boys wearing short-sleeved white shirts, school ties and the gray and white plaid skirts that the girls wear.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The new American director of the World Food Program called the suffering in South Sudan's famine "deplorable" as he visited the country and called on the government to allow aid groups safe access.
"We want to feed the hungry children and the innocent civilians," David Beasley told The Associated Press before departing Tuesday for the affected area. "If you let us do our job, we'll get it done."
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A tough-talking former Republican governor with friends in the Trump administration has become the unexpected booster of one of the United Nations agencies facing potentially deep U.S. funding cuts.
David Beasley, the new executive director of the World Food Program, told The Associated Press that he will use his Washington connections to defend the cash-strapped U.N. agency in what he expects to be a "dog fight" over the 2018 U.S. budget.
GENEVA (AP) — The former South Carolina governor who now heads the U.N.'s World Food Program says the media's focus on President Donald Trump is taking away attention from the risk of famine in Africa and the Middle East.
"This is not fake news, this is reality," said WFP Director-General David Beasley.
ROME (AP) — A new study by the World Food Program has quantified the impact of food insecurity and conflict on cross-border migration, showing a direct correlation between food scarcity and people fleeing for more secure destinations.
According to the study released Friday, every 1 percentage point increase in food insecurity compels 1.9 percent more people to migrate. In addition, each year of conflict drives 0.4 percent more people to flee a country.
ROME (AP) — The outgoing head of the United Nations' World Food Program said Monday she is certain the U.S. Congress will reject the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts for U.N. aid agencies, saying "No one in America believes that 'America First' means that other people must die."
Ex-South Carolina governor to head UN food agency
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley was appointed Wednesday to head the U.N. World Food Program, the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide as it assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries every year.
Beasley is a supporter of President Donald Trump who was recommended for the job by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley. The ambassador left her own job as South Carolina governor to take her U.N. post.
Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley appointed to lead U.N. food program
Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley has been formally appointed to lead the United Nation's World Food Programme.
The move came after current U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and former Gov. Nikki Haley made the recommendation.
"I am humbled and grateful for the appointment," Beasley posted on his Facebook page, calling it a "truly a singular honor to be selected to lead the World Food Programme and its 14,000 employees around the globe who are fighting against hunger and poverty."
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley steps into his new role next week as head of the United Nation's food distribution program.
The World Food Programme's board president welcomed Beasley on Wednesday. Anil Wadhwa of India said in a news release the former Republican governor's "outstanding qualifications" will greatly benefit the program that assists 80 million people in 80 countries annually.
Beasley replaces Ertharin Cousin when her five-year term ends April 4.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has recommended another former governor for a job helping the international organization distribute food around the world.
In a letter dated Monday, Haley nominated David Beasley to lead the U.N.'s World Food Programme.
Haley says Beasley had a reputation for honesty and integrity in business that carried over when he served as South Carolina's governor from 1995 to 1999.
United Nation Ambassador Nikki Haley has nominated a former South Carolina governor - David Beasley - to lead the World Food Programme.
In a letter this week from Haley to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Haley said Beasley has the business and organization qualities to lead the program.
She wrote "perhaps most importantly, in his recent peacebuilding and development work, he honed the skills of international diplomacy, with an eye toward lifting up the vulnerable and disadvantaged."
The Latest: Damage to Daytona Beach’s main drag mostly minor
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew in Florida (all times local):
Along Daytona Beach's main drag, the Silver Diner had all of its shiny, metal siding ripped off the front and sides, leaving only a wood frame exposed.