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Earthquake-hit Puerto Rico investigates unused emergency supplies

Miami - Protests broke out in earthquake-hit Puerto Rico on Monday as a judicial investigation was opened into the weekend discovery of unused emergency supplies leftover from the devastating Hurricane Maria.

Under Russian pressure, UN approves scaled back aid for Syria

New York - The UN Security Council voted Friday to renew cross-border aid to Syria but under pressure from Russia scaled back the program, which has been helping millions in the war-ravaged country since 2014.

UN chief says no choice but to ship aid across Syria's border

New York - The United Nations has no choice but to keep shipping humanitarian aid across Syria's borders and civil war front lines, according to a report by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, which ran into contrary views from Russia.

Red Cross scrambles to address surging climate-related risks

Geneva - Before Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in September, Red Cross officials there thought the island nation was well-prepared to weather the storm, with strong building codes, numerous shelters and pre-positioned aid.They were wrong.

UN launches $29 bn emergency funding appeal

Geneva - The UN launched a humanitarian appeal for nearly $29 billion on Wednesday as climate change and increasingly protracted conflicts put tens of millions of people in urgent need of aid.

Red Cross slams 'unacceptable' politicisation of Venezuela aid

Geneva - A top Red Cross official decried Monday a dire lack of international funding for humanitarian aid in Venezuela, warning that assistance was being politicised and desperate civilians were paying the price.

White House holding up Lebanon aid, official confirms

Washington - The White House is holding up security assistance to Lebanon valued at more than $100 million, leaving lawmakers and policymakers in the dark, a senior State Department official publicly confirmed.

World Bank scales back Uighur school project in China

Washington - The World Bank announced Monday it was cutting back a vocational education project in China's Xinjiang province, even though an internal investigation did not back up claims the scheme was linked to the mistreatment of minority Muslim Uighurs.

More than one in three in Haiti need urgent food aid: UN

Geneva - More than a third of Haitians are facing "severe food insecurity", sparked by price hikes, dwindling agricultural production and widespread social unrest, the UN's World Food Programme warned Friday.

Head of UN Palestinian agency resigns amid ethics probe

New York - The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees has resigned amid an internal probe into alleged mismanagement and ethical abuses at the organization, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Head of UN Palestinian agency steps aside amid probe

Jerusalem - The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees has stepped aside temporarily as an internal probe into alleged mismanagement at the organisation proceeds, it said on Wednesday.

East Africa reels from deadly floods in extreme weather

Nairobi - A powerful climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean stronger than any seen in years is unleashing destructive rains and flooding across East Africa -- and scientists say worse could be coming.

Cash-strapped UN agency on tenterhooks over probe

Apo - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees is waiting anxiously on the outcome this month of a probe into alleged mismanagement that has dented its already severely depleted funding, one of its top officials said Monday.

Foreign aid in northeast Syria fully halted: Kurds

Kamishli - The week-old Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria has forced all international non-governmental organisations to leave the area, a statement from the Kurdish authorities said Tuesday.

Gabon juggles competing demands in fight to protect nature

Libreville - The lush green canopy stretches over the Akanda National Park -- one of the many forest jewels that Gabon is fighting to conserve.But those living in poverty in the shadow of the park are ambiguous.

IMF's Lipton: To continue support for Argentina's 'difficult situation'

Washington - As protesters jammed the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday, acting International Monetary Fund chief David Lipton said the fund will continue to support Argentina through the "challenging times" it faces, but he did not specify when the next injection...

IMF to discuss loan status with Argentina finance minister: official

Washington - IMF officials will meet with the economic team from crisis-hit Argentina later this month to review the status of the country's massive loan program, an IMF spokesman said Thursday.

Aid sent to displaced Syrians near Jordan border: UN

Damascus - The United Nations said Friday it had sent aid to thousands of displaced Syrians living in an isolated desert camp near the Jordanian border, the first such delivery since February.

Taiwan warns Pacific islands of China's 'empty promises' on aid

- Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warned Pacific island nations Thursday against "empty promises" of financial aid from China, as the Solomon Islands considers switching diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.

Australia pledges US$55 mn to fight human trafficking in SE Asia

Bangkok - Australia pledged US$55 million to fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia on Thursday, vowing to tackle "modern slavery" ensnaring vulnerable populations across the region, from low-paid workers to underage brides and Rohingya refugees.

Report alleges ethical abuses at UN agency for Palestinians

Ramallah - An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the organisation faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts.

Report alleges ethical abuses at UN agency for Palestinians

Ramallah - An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the organisation faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts.

World Bank deploys $300 mn to DR Congo to contain Ebola outbreak

Washington - The World Bank announced Wednesday it was deploying another $300 million in crisis aid for DR Congo to help contain the year-old Ebola outbreak.

World Bank deploys $300 mn to DR Congo to contain Ebola outbreak

Washington - The World Bank announced Wednesday it was deploying another $300 million in crisis aid for DR Congo to help contain the Ebola outbreak.

Lake Chad group launches $100 mn fund against jihadists

Niamey - The four countries bordering Lake Chad on Friday launched a fund aimed at collecting $100 million to help counter climate change and a devastating jihadist insurgency.

US diverts Central America aid to boost Venezuela's Guaido

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration is diverting nearly $42 million in development aid from Guatemala and Honduras to promote Venezuela's opposition chief Juan Guaido, including paying staff salaries, an internal document showed.

Taiwanese president courts ally Haiti during Caribbean tour

Port-au-prince - Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen made a brief visit to Haiti on Saturday without unveiling new spending commitments, as she courts Taipei's dwindling allies in the Caribbean in a diplomatic struggle with China.

Taiwanese president shores up support in crisis-hit Haiti

Port-au-prince - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's choice of Port-au-Prince as the first stop in her Caribbean tour is highly symbolic of the diplomatic power struggle being played out in the region.

UN chief makes climate change plea in cyclone-hit Mozambique

Beira - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday issued a strong plea for action on climate change as he visited Beira in central Mozambique, which was devastated by a cyclone in March.

Conditions in Syria's al-Hol camp 'apocalyptic': Red Cross

Geneva - The Red Cross warned Thursday that displaced people in and around Syria's al-Hol camp were facing an "apocalyptic" conditions, urging countries to quickly repatriate family members of suspected foreign fighters.
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UKRAINE CRISIS: European Union representative Catherine Ashton  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a...
UKRAINE CRISIS: European Union representative Catherine Ashton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius discussed the turmoil in Ukraine at their March 5 meeting in Paris.
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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.
File photo: U.S. Army Sergeant Kornelia Rachwal gives a young Pakistani girl a drink of water as the...
File photo: U.S. Army Sergeant Kornelia Rachwal gives a young Pakistani girl a drink of water as they are airlifted from Muzaffarabad to Islamabad, Pakistan in Oct. 2005.
Technical Sergeant Mike Buytas of the United States Air Force
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.
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.
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.
Supplies  including 600 tents from the U.K. being unloaded at Cebu airport on Nov. 14  2013.
Supplies, including 600 tents from the U.K. being unloaded at Cebu airport on Nov. 14, 2013.
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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.

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