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40,000 starving to death as S.Sudan teeters on famine: UN

Juba - At least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations said Monday, in a plea to rival forces to let aid in.

Children in Somalia starving amid 'alarming' drought: UN

Mugadishu - Over 58,000 children will starve to death in Somalia without urgent support, the United Nations warned Monday, amid severe drought in the impoverished and war-torn Horn of Africa country.

World powers pledge $10 billion in aid for Syria

London - World leaders pledged over $10 billion (9.0 billion euros) Thursday to help conflict-hit Syrians at a London conference overshadowed by the breakdown of peace talks in Geneva.

S. Sudan bill limits foreign aid workers amid humanitarian crisis

Juba - South Sudan lawmakers have passed a controversial bill restricting numbers of foreign aid workers, sparking fears it will hinder efforts to help millions in need in the war-torn young nation.

U.S. pledges $890 million to Syria aid effort

London - The United States added another $890 million to the Syrian humanitarian aid effort Thursday, pledging increased support for refugee aid.

Britain pledges $1.74 bn in aid for Syria and neighbours

London - The British government announced £1.2 billion (1.6 million euros, $1.74 billion) in aid for war-torn Syria and its neighbours on Thursday, ahead of a donors' conference in London.

Charities urge more help for Syria before donor conference

London - Charities meeting in London Wednesday ahead of a Syria donors' conference in the British capital urge more funding and protection for refugees on the eve of talks.

Aid convoy enters regime-besieged town near Damascus: ICRC

Damascus - An aid convoy on Wednesday entered a regime-besieged town near Syria's capital, at a time when the opposition is demanding a lifting of blockades at peace talks in Geneva, the Red Cross announced.

Time for action, not words on aid to Syria refugees: Oxfam

Amman - British charity Oxfam on Monday said it was time for concrete action on stumping up aid and not just words and pledges to help the millions of refugees from Syria's conflict.

New deaths reported in besieged Syria district: UN

Birut - Eight people reportedly died last month from a lack of proper medical care in a besieged Syrian town that was the site of a 2013 chemical weapons attack, the UN has said.

New deaths reported in besieged Syria district: UN

Birut - Eight people reportedly died last month from a lack of proper medical care in a besieged Syrian town that was the site of a 2013 chemical weapons attack, the UN has said.

New deaths reported in besieged Syria district: UN

Birut - Eight people reportedly died last month from a lack of proper medical care in a besieged Syrian town that was the site of a 2013 chemical weapons attack, the UN has said.

16 more starve to death in Syria's besieged Madaya: MSF

Birut - At least 16 more people have died of starvation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya since an aid convoy entered earlier this month, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Remove 'Berlin Wall' blocking Syria aid: Humanitarian chief

Ginebra - Warring Syrian parties expected in Geneva for peace talks this week must agree to "tear down the Berlin Wall" blocking aid workers from reaching besieged Syrians, a senior humanitarian leader urged Tuesday.

One in nine children globally live in conflict zones: UNICEF

Ginebra - Some 250 million children -- one in nine children worldwide -- live in countries affected by violent conflicts, UNICEF lamented Tuesday, saying it needed nearly $3.0 billion this year to help the most vulnerable of them.

Kerry calls for 30 percent hike in international aid for refugees

Davos - US Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for a 30-percent increase in humanitarian funding from the United Nations for refugees.

Greece frees migrant rescuers detained for 'trafficking'

Atenas - Greek authorities have released five rescuers working for NGOs that help migrants making the perilous sea crossing from Turkey, police said on Sunday, after they were detained on suspicion of people smuggling.

UN eyes tax on football tickets to pay for humanitarian aid

New York - A UN study of new sources of financing for its multi-billion-dollar aid operations is recommending a voluntary tax on football matches or concerts as one option to raise funds.

Medics race to save starving Syrians in besieged town

Birut - Aid workers scrambled Friday to help a hunger-stricken Syrian town where a teenager became the latest victim to succumb to starvation, as Western powers sought UN action on lifting blockades.

Russia begins 'humanitarian operations' in Syria

Moscow - Russia said Friday it had launched "humanitarian operations" in Syria where it is carrying out a bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, claiming peaceful life was slowly returning to the war-torn country.

UN rights chief says Syria starvation 'war crime'

Doha - The United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday that any side in Syria that has deliberately used starvation as a weapon has committed a "war crime".

New aid convoy enters besieged Syrian town

Muhardeh - A convoy carrying food and other desperately needed aid entered Syria's besieged Madaya, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that using starvation as a weapon was a war crime.

New aid convoy heads to besieged Syrian town

Damascus - A convoy carrying desperately needed food and medicine headed to the hunger-stricken Syrian town of Madaya on Thursday, the second delivery of aid this week after months of government siege.

New aid planned for besieged Syria towns Thursday: UN

Birut - Aid groups hope to deliver more food and medicine on Thursday to three besieged Syrian towns, including Madaya, where residents have reportedly starved to death, a UN official said.

Evacuation talks under way for besieged Syria town

Birut - Aid groups were in talks Tuesday to evacuate 400 people, many starving, from a besieged Syrian town where the UN said suffering was the worst seen in the nearly five-year-old war.

Aid trucks enter starvation-hit Syria town

Muhardeh - The first trucks carrying desperately needed aid entered the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, where more than two dozen people are reported to have starved to death.

Syria 'starvation towns' won't get aid before Monday: Red Cross

Damascus - Aid desperately needed in three besieged towns in war-torn Syria cannot be delivered before Monday, the Red Cross said, citing logistical problems.

23 die of starvation in beseiged Syrian town: MSF

Ginebra - Twenty-three people have died of starvation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya since December 1, Doctors Without Borders said Friday, as the United Nations prepared an aid delivery to the area.

Syria government to allow aid into starving town: UN

Damascus - Syria's government gave permission Thursday for UN aid deliveries to three besieged towns, including Madaya near Damascus where residents say people are starving to death.

UN refugee agency receives record pledges for 2016

Ginebra - The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it has received pledges of over $687 million for 2016, the highest amount ever, amid ongoing "mega emergencies" in Syria, South Sudan and elsewhere.
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Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
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Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
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Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
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Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.