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'Very disappointed' UN chief urges Saudis to lift Yemen blockade

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "very much disappointed" that the Saudi-led coalition is refusing to lift its blockade of Yemen and has written directly to Riyadh's representative, his spokesman said Thursday.

UN dismisses Saudi conditions to reopen Yemen port

Geneva - The United Nations on Tuesday dismissed a Saudi demand that tighter inspections be put in place at Yemen's rebel-held Hodeida port before a devastating blockade is lifted.

Saudi coalition refuses to re-open key Yemen port

New York - The Saudi-led coalition will take steps in the coming 24 hours to ease the blockade on Yemen -- but will not reopen a key rebel-held port to aid shipments unless tighter inspections are put in place, Saudi Arabia's UN ambassador said Monday.

Saudi easing of Yemen blockade not enough: UN

New York - The Saudi-led coalition is still blocking desperately-needed UN aid deliveries to Yemen despite the re-opening of the port of Aden and of a land border crossing, a UN spokesman said Friday.

29 civilians 'will die' if not evacuated from Syria's Eastern Ghouta: UN

Geneva - Some 400 civilians are in urgent need of medical evacuation from Syria's Eastern Ghouta region, including 29 who will die if they are not allowed to leave immediately, the United Nations warned Thursday."Around 400 men, women, children...

UN warns of mass famine in Yemen over Saudi blockade of aid

New York - Yemen is facing a mass famine that will affect millions of lives unless the Saudi-led coalition ends its blockade and allows aid deliveries into the country, the UN aid chief warned Wednesday.

British PM hit by new scandal over minister's Israel meetings

London - Britain's aid minister faced the sack Wednesday over unauthorised meetings in Israel, as she became the latest cabinet member caught up in a whirlwind of scandals rocking Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

UK minister faces sacking calls over Israel meetings

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her aid minister back from a trip to Africa on Wednesday following a row over unauthorised meetings in Israel, prompting speculation she will be the second minister in a week to be sacked.

Aid enters besieged Syria region hit by hunger crisis

Damascus - Dozens of trucks carrying aid for 40,000 people on Monday entered the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus, where residents and relief groups have warned a humanitarian crisis is escalating.

Humanitarian conditions in Yemen 'shocking': UN aid chief

Sanaa - UN aid chief Mark Lowcock on Saturday voiced alarm at the "shocking" humanitarian conditions in conflict-hit Yemen and called on warring parties to respect international law.

US Congress passes $36.5 bn in hurricane, wildfire aid

Washington - The US Senate on Tuesday approved a $36.5 billion disaster relief package for hurricane-affected communities like Puerto Rico and for areas devastated by wildfires, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

EU vows to aid Sudan for 'as long as it takes'

Khartoum - Even as global donors reduce their aid offerings to war-torn Sudan, the European Union has vowed to provide the African country with humanitarian assistance for "as long as it takes".

EU offers 106 mln euros in humanitarian aid for Sudan

Khartoum - The European Commission on Monday announced a 106-million-euro ($124-million) aid package for Sudan, saying around 4.8 million people needed urgent humanitarian assistance in the African country.

Free but in ruins, uphill struggle to rebuild Syria's Raqa

Birut - The Islamic State group's former Syrian stronghold Raqa has been captured, but it lies ruined, littered with explosives, and lacking electricity or running water for residents desperate to return.

Cash crunch risks grounding UN air ops in Sudan

Khartoum - UN humanitarian air operations in Sudan face being grounded because of an acute cash crunch, aid officials say, affecting the delivery of relief to thousands of people in conflict areas.

Humanitarian, military flights exempt from Iraqi Kurdistan ban

Arbil - Humanitarian, military and diplomatic planes are excluded from a ban on international flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan to start on Friday, the director of Arbil airport said.

UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar's Rakhine

New York - Representatives of UN agencies will be permitted to visit Rakhine state in Myanmar on Thursday for the first time since the start of a massive exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims.

Aid chiefs to access Myanmar's Rakhine on Thursday: UN

New York - Representatives of UN agencies will be permitted to visit Rakhine state in Myanmar on Thursday for the first time since the start of a massive exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims.

UN plans food aid for up to 700,000 Rohingya

Cox's Bazar - The UN has drawn up a contingency plan to feed up to 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar after some 480,000 fled to Bangladesh over the past month and arrivals continue.

Rohingya in Bangladesh need 'massive' assistance: UN

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh needs "massive international assistance" to feed and shelter the 436,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, the head of the UN refugee agency said Sunday.

Macron promises concert to raise money for education

New York - French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday promised to help raise more than $1 billion in new funding for education in the developing world, calling schools vital in countering extremism.

Yemen president promises UN to open to aid

New York - Yemen's president on Thursday promised the United Nations to open the entire war-torn country to aid as millions of people are at risk of famine and cholera.

Saudis call on Myanmar to allow Rohingyas to return

Washington - A top Saudi relief official called Thursday for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees and let them live in peace.Dr.

US boosts aid for war famines by $575 million

New York - The United States said Thursday it will spend another $575 million dollars to help the millions facing starvation and violence amid wars and unrest in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia.

Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

Cox's Bazar - An attack on an aid shipment in Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state and a deadly Red Cross truck crash in Bangladesh on Thursday hampered desperately needed relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution.

Rohingya refugees forced to scramble for aid in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - Every day Sunabhan joins thousands of other Rohingya refugees by the roadside near her settlement in southern Bangladesh waiting for aid trucks to arrive and readying herself for the desperate scramble for food.

Bangladesh troops to deliver aid for Rohingya refugees

Cox's Bazar - Bangladeshi troops will deliver aid to desperate Rohingya refugees massed in Cox's Bazar, authorities said Friday, as fresh satellite images lent weight to allegations of a "scorched earth" campaign by Myanmar's army to drive out the Muslim minority.

Bangladesh troops to deliver aid for Rohingya refugees

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh will use troops to deliver foreign aid to the border town that has been overwhelmed by Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, authorities announced.

Britons stranded by Irma appeal for more help

London - Britons left stranded on Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma said Britain's response had been faulty, but Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday called the criticism "completely unjustified".

Spanish Red Cross worker killed by patient in Afghanistan: ICRC

Mazar-e Sharif - A Spanish physiotherapist working for the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan was shot and killed Monday by a wheelchair-bound patient, in the latest attack on the international charity.
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