8 UN emergencies from Afghanistan to Mali to get $75 million
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is releasing $75 million to help finance underfunded emergencies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Mali, Sudan and...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald has returned more than $12,000 to the American Red Cross — one of thousands to see unclaimed property held by the state turned over...
UN humanitarian chief says 4.3 million in Cameroon need aid
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Cameroon is facing worsening violence and conflict and the number of people needing humanitarian assistance has increased 30 percent from last year to 4.3 million people, the...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has honored 115 U.N. peacekeepers and staff from 43 countries who lost their lives working for the global organization, standing in silent tribute to their...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate is sending a message to Congress to intensify sanctions against Venezuela and to hold President Nicolas Maduro accountable for human rights...
Recovery falters in Indonesian city broken by quake disaster
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Six months after Palu was ripped apart by an earthquake, tsunami and liquefying soil that sucked neighborhoods into the earth and killed thousands, a second crisis is...
14 US senators introduce bill on the crisis in Venezuela
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of 14 U.S. senators introduced a bill Wednesday that they say will help restore democracy and address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
Trump to welcome Brazil’s president to White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, to the White House later this month to discuss trade, defense cooperation, transnational crime and...
Ethiopia says $1.3 billion needed to assist displaced people
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia is appealing for $1.3 billion from the international community to assist 8.3 million displaced due to ethnic conflict as well those vulnerable to climate...
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The United Nations has launched a $234 million appeal for humanitarian assistance for Zimbabwe as the country battles its worst economic crisis in a decade.
Pompeo pledges continued pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will continue to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro until he understands his days are "numbered," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on...
The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on Venezuelan security forces to...
Aid showdown: Venezuela opposition prepares to deliver goods
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelans frustrated over their nation's crippling food and medical shortages are expected to join opposition leaders Saturday in a potentially risky push to deliver...
UN and Syrian Red Crescent deliver aid to isolated camp
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have delivered badly-needed humanitarian assistance to more than 40,000 displaced people in a tent settlement near the Jordanian border, the U.N. said Friday, as Russia offered to help relocate those willing to move to government-held areas in Syria.
The World Health Organization said that the delivery to the Rukban camp in southeast Syria concluded Thursday. It was the second time aid reached the area; the first was in November.
The Latest: Guaido calls for aid conference on Venezuela
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local):
The interim government challenging Venezuelan socialist Nicolas Maduro says it will hold an international conference to seek emergency humanitarian assistance at the headquarters of the Organization of American States in Washington.
US pledges $13.6 million in new aid for Venezuelan migrants
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Agency for International Development is pledging $18 million in new aid for Venezuelan migrants and the opposition in both Nicaragua and Cuba.
USAID chief Mark Green said Friday the agency is putting an additional $13.6 million for those fleeing Venezuela to neighboring countries, bringing the total to $108.6 since the beginning of fiscal year 2017.
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a dilapidated dam in a scenic northern valley has crumbled under the weight of heavy summer rains, killing at least 10 people.
Omar Mohammadi, a spokesman for the ministry for humanitarian assistance, said that along with the 10 killed, about 300 houses were completely destroyed in the Panjshir Valley.
The scenic valley, popular with tourists, is located about 140 kilometers, or 95 miles, north of Kabul.
Red Cross network urges end to mistreatment of migrants
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world's largest humanitarian network is urging governments to end mistreatment of vulnerable migrants and remove barriers that prevent them from obtaining food, health care and legal services.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a report released Tuesday that the shift of government policies toward restriction and control of migrants is creating "a humanitarian crisis."
UN criticizes Israeli closure of Gaza border crossing
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday criticized Israel's closure of its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip, warning that the measure could have negative consequences.
In a statement, U.N. Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov urged Israel to reverse its decision.
BEIJING (AP) — China's President Xi Jinping pledged more than $23 billion in lines of credit, loans and humanitarian assistance to Arab countries Tuesday in a major push for influence in the region from which China sources much of its energy needs.
Xi told participants in a conference of Arab leaders in Beijing that Syria, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon would receive $91 million in humanitarian assistance.
BEIJING (AP) — China will offer humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh to help shelter and feed hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar, the foreign minister said Friday.
Wang Yi also told reporters that China hoped repatriation of refugees could begin "as early as possible," following a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Beijing.
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's warring parties are obstructing the flow of crucial aid from the Red Sea port of Hodeida endangering millions in what is already the world's worst humanitarian crisis, an international rights group said. It urged the U.N. Security Council to impose "targeted sanctions" on those responsible for hampering humanitarian assistance and violating international law.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's prime minister says 84 soldiers and police have been killed during months of fighting with separatists who seek an English-language state.
Prime Minister Philemon Yang on Wednesday announced a new $220 million emergency humanitarian assistance plan for hundreds of thousands of civilians that the government says live in precarious conditions because of separatist attacks.
Europe pledges $40 million to help Venezuelans
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The European Union will spend more than $40 million to help Venezuelans suffering through a deepening humanitarian crisis even as the country's leaders have steadfastly denied it needs any foreign assistance.
Most of the money will provide health care, food and clean water to vulnerable Venezuelans living inside and outside of the country, European Commission officials said Thursday.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Latest on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to Russia (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging Europe to help rebuild Syria to encourage the return of refugees to their homes.
Speaking after Friday's talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin said that European humanitarian assistance to Syria and help in rebuilding the country after the devastating civil war is crucial in creating conditions for the refugees' return.
- Business WireThe National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Announces Application Deadline Extension for $30 Million Available to Organizations Providing Humanitarian Aid to Southern Border MigrantsSeptember 10, 2019
- Business WireThe National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Announces $30 Million Available to Organizations Providing Humanitarian Aid to Southern Border MigrantsAugust 19, 2019
South Sudan accuses US of blocking path to country’s peace
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government on Wednesday lashed out at the United States after the Trump administration threatened to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid amid the country's grinding civil war, calling the U.S. "a real obstacle" toward achieving peace.
US to begin review of assistance to South Sudan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threatened Tuesday to cut aid to South Sudan unless the country's civil war ends and peace is restored.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. will begin reviewing its assistance to the East African nation to ensure the money does not contribute to or prolong the conflict, or enable predatory or corrupt behavior.
Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs
BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling significantly short of the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking.
An estimated 450,000 people have been killed in fighting in Syria since President Bashar Assad's government cracked down on demonstrations calling for his ouster in 2011.
US officials: 16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption
WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance ministers from several Latin American nations as well as the U.S. and Europe have agreed to work jointly to locate and seize the proceeds arising from corruption by Venezuelan government insiders, two U.S. Treasury officials said Thursday.
Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Showing solidarity with opposition leaders, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Latin American allies on Friday to further isolate Venezuela, suggesting the Trump administration would seek additional sanctions to counter the country's political crisis.
Ethnic violence in Congo’s northeast displaces 60,000
BUNIA, Congo (AP) — The assailants attacked under cover of darkness, slaughtering Nguli Nzafi 's wife and three children with machetes and arrows.
The 71-year-old, who also lost all 40 of his cattle in the violence, was forced to flee on foot some 90 kilometers (56 miles) to safety in the town of Bunia.
"I have lost everything because I no longer have my wife nor my children," he says. "I cannot eat nor sleep. I'm afraid that this fighting is as bad as the war in 1996-2002."
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
A spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross says the delivery of assistance to Damascus' opposition-held suburb of eastern Ghouta is a "first positive step" but that more needs to be done.
Ingy Sedky says there needs to be repeated and continuous access to eastern Ghouta by humanitarian organizations.
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American aid expert Henrietta Fore appointed to head UNICEF
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a former head of the U.S. Agency for International Development run the U.N. children's agency UNICEF.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced the appointment of Henrietta Fore on Friday. He says she "has worked to champion economic development, education and health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for the most vulnerable in the international and developing world."
MSF says it can’t deliver live-saving aid to Yemen capital
CAIRO (AP) — International aid group Doctors Without Borders says it has not been able to deliver live-saving medical and humanitarian assistance to the people in dire need in the Yemeni capital because of a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels.
The group, known by its French acronym MSF, says in a statement Saturday it hasn't received authorization from the coalition to fly from Djibouti to Sanaa.
UN official: Over 13 million people inside Syria need aid
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 13 million people inside Syria still need humanitarian assistance and nearly half are in "acute need" as a result of having fled their homes, of hostilities, and of limited access to food, health care and other basic needs, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday.
Border Patrol agents back in Arizona after Puerto Rico duty
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two dozen Border Patrol agents have returned to southern Arizona after being deployed to Puerto Rico as part of the federal response to Hurricane Maria.
The agency's Tucson Sector headquarters says the agents returned Tuesday after a 26-day rotation during which they supported local police and provided humanitarian assistance in several locations.
Weinstein top of mind at industry event with Paltrow, Apatow
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Variety Power of Women event celebrates the philanthropic efforts of those in the entertainment industry, with causes ranging from the education of at-risk youth to humanitarian assistance for children in developing countries.
But with the Harvey Weinstein scandal still fresh and ongoing, there was a more charged atmosphere Friday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel than that of a normal industry Hollywood luncheon.