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Bangladesh zoo seeks mate for lonely Kanchi the Rhino

Dhaka - A lonely rhinoceros at a Bangladesh zoo is looking for new love after losing her partner seven years ago, but pandemic travel restrictions are hampering her keeper's attempts to play matchmaker.

Bangladesh zoo seeks mate for lonely Kanchi the Rhino

Dhaka - A lonely rhinoceros at a Bangladesh zoo is looking for new love after losing her partner seven years ago, but pandemic travel restrictions are hampering her keeper's attempts to play matchmaker.

'Consequences' for Bosnia over freezing migrants: EU official

Apo - Bosnia risks "severe consequences" to its reputation if assistance is not urgently given to 1,700 migrants left without shelter for more than three weeks, the EU's foreign policy chief warned Monday.

Tigray clamours for aid as conflict leaves hunger in its wake

Tesfaye Berhe looked on with worry as his farmhands stripped leaves from sorghum stalks dried brown by the blaring sun, wondering how he could salvage a harvest disrupted by heavy fighting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.

Delayed UN humanitarian convoys reach Ethiopia's Tigray

New York - Humanitarian convoys have begun to reach Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, a United Nations spokesman said Wednesday, after the area was cut off in early November by a government military offensive.

Foreign aid convoy reaches capital of Ethiopia's scarred Tigray

Addis Ababa - The first international aid convoy arrived Saturday in the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region since fighting broke out more than a month ago, triggering a refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster.

Ethiopia insists it will control aid to troubled Tigray

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed insisted Friday that his government would take the lead in delivering aid to Tigray, where his troops have been fighting forces loyal to the regional government.

UN announces Ethiopia deal on joint missions to assess Tigray aid needs

New York - The United Nations and Ethiopia have reached a new agreement for joint missions to assess humanitarian needs in the northern region of Tigray, Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced Wednesday.

UN sees emergency aid needs exploding due to pandemic

Geneva - The UN said Tuesday that $35 billion would be needed for aid in 2021, as the pandemic leaves tens of millions more people in crisis, and with the risk of multiple famines looming.

'Global Britain' defends slashing aid budget

London - Britain on Thursday defended swingeing cuts planned to its overseas aid budget after an outpouring of protests that it marks a life-threatening retreat on the government's ambitions to play a global role after Brexit.

Covid-hit UK takes axe to aid spending despite protests

London - Britain's government on Wednesday unveiled plans to slash the foreign aid budget to help mend its coronavirus-battered finances, prompting one minister to quit and defying impassioned calls to protect the world's poorest people.

World renews Afghanistan aid with ceasefire call and conditions

Geneva - Donors demanded an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan on Tuesday as they pledged around $12 billion in aid over four years -- but tied their money to civil rights being upheld in peace talks with the Taliban.

Afghan president calls for support but donors likely to cut aid

Kabul - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged the international community to continue supporting Afghanistan on Tuesday even as he acknowledged that donors are likely to cut aid under the strain of Covid-19.

'Terrorist' tag for Yemen's Huthis raises fears of aid blocks

Dubai - Indications that the US is considering declaring Yemen's Huthi rebels a "terrorist organisation" have alarmed humanitarian groups who say it could cripple aid delivery and tip the country into famine.

Rich nations fall short on climate finance pledge

Paris - Wealthy countries are falling short on a decade-old promise come due to ramp up climate finance for the developing world, according to a semi-official report released Friday. Even those numbers may be inflated, watchdog groups warned.

Trump suggests Egypt may 'blow up' Ethiopia dam

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday voiced anger at Ethiopia over its construction of a huge dam on the Nile River and appeared to suggest that Egypt may destroy it.

$1.7 bln pledged in aid to save Sahel from 'breaking point'

Geneva - International donors agreed Tuesday to give $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid to the central Sahel, after the United Nations said the northern African region plagued by violence and climate change was at "breaking point".

World Bank approves $12 bln for Covid-19 vaccines

Washington - The World Bank said Tuesday that it approved $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatment.

WFP frontline staff express shock, pride over Nobel

Bangui - They risk their lives to feed millions of people in some of the most dangerous places on the planet, but Friday offered a chance for World Food Programme staffers to feel some recognition for their work when their organisation won the Nobel Peace Prize...

Sri Lanka scraps $1.5bn Japan-funded light rail system

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president has ordered the termination of a $1.5-billion Japanese-funded light rail project, saying it is not a "cost-effective solution" for the congested capital Colombo, officials said Thursday.

UN slashes health care in Yemen due to lack of funding

Sanaa - The United Nations said Wednesday that critical aid had been cut at 300 health centres across war-ravaged Yemen due to a lack of funding, with lifesaving food handouts also reduced.

'Deadly consequences' of Yemen aid obstruction, HRW warns

Dubai - Human Rights Watch warned Monday of "deadly consequences" as a result of the obstruction of aid in war-torn Yemen, where the humanitarian effort has already been badly hit by the coronavirus crisis.

UN deploys troops to new base as violence surges in S.Sudan

Juba - The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan announced Wednesday it was deploying troops to the country's strife-torn south following an upsurge in violence by armed rebels against civilians and aid workers.

UN hails aid workers after record attacks

Geneva - The United Nations paid tribute Wednesday to humanitarian workers now battling the COVID-19 pandemic after a year in which they found themselves under greater attack than ever before.

Macron to push for Lebanon aid after Beirut destruction

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron will seek to rally urgent aid for Lebanon but is also expected to press for overdue reform in France's ex-colony on the first visit by a world leader to Beirut after the deadly port blast.

UN restarts cross-border aid to Syria in reduced form: diplomats

New York - The UN Security Council on Saturday passed a resolution to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, but only after caving to Russian pressure to close one of two access points into the war-torn country.

UN restarts cross-border aid to Syria but shuts access point

New York - The UN Security Council on Saturday passed a resolution to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, but only after caving to Russian pressure to close one of two access points into the war-torn country.

Syrians alarmed at Russia push to limit cross-border aid

- Displaced Syrians relying on humanitarian assistance voiced alarm Thursday after regime ally Russia tried to reduce cross-border aid to millions in the northwest of the war-torn country.

Russia, China veto UN extension of cross-border aid in Syria

New York - Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended authorization for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria for a year, though Moscow swiftly proposed a more limited extension.

UN vote sought to authorize cross-border aid in Syria, Russia veto expected

New York - Germany and Belgium have asked the UN Security Council to vote to extend authorization for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria despite a likely Russian veto, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.
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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.
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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.
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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A typhoon victim holds a placard asking for food while standing amongst the ruins of houses destroyed by super typhoon Haiyan in Tanauan, Leyte in central Philippines
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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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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.
Supplies and 600 tents being from the U.K. being unloaded at Cebu airport on Nov. 14  2013.
Supplies and 600 tents being from the U.K. being unloaded at Cebu airport on Nov. 14, 2013.
DFTD
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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