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International aid groups rush to reach Nepal quake victims

Paris - Countries and international aid groups rushed to respond Saturday to a massive earthquake in Nepal that claimed more than 1,000 lives as aftershocks and severed communications hampered rescue efforts.

Ebola-hit countries call for $8 bn for 'Marshall Plan'

Washington - The three West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic called for an $8 billion "Marshall Plan" on Friday to help rebuild their economies and boost prevention efforts.

NGOs condemn donors over slow Gaza reconstruction

Paris - Six months after donors pledged billions of dollars (euros) for devastated Gaza, most of the money remains blocked, and reconstruction efforts are painfully slow, a coalition of aid groups said Monday.

Ghana gets its first emergency medicine training program

In a new initiative seeking to improve healthcare in the country, Ghana has begun its first emergency medicine training program. Nurses are being trained and despatched to regions across the country and new recruits are busily signing up.

UN in $174m appeal for Nigeria's Boko Haram refugees

Dakar - The United Nations launched an appeal on Thursday for $174 million in what it called "life-saving aid" for almost 200,000 Nigerians who have fled the country due to brutal attacks by Boko Haram jihadists.

North Korea deports 'plot-breeding' U.S. aid worker

Seoul - North Korea said Wednesday it had deported an American aid worker accused of using her humanitarian status as a cover to gather and produce anti-Pyongyang propaganda.

Syria aid pledges hit $3.8 billion

Kuwait City - International donors pledged $3.8 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir warned was the worst in "modern history".

EU doubles Syria aid pledge to 1.1 billion euros

Brussels - The European Union announced a pledge of nearly 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in humanitarian aid for war-torn Syria at a donor conference in Kuwait, double the amount the bloc promised last year.

UN warns of Syria 'catastrophe' as NGOs pledge funds

Kuwait City - A UN envoy warned Monday of a "horrifying" humanitarian situation brewing in Syria as non-governmental organisations pledged more than $500 million for refugees on the eve of a major donor conference.

Ukraine's Russia debt threatens IMF rescue

Washington - A default by Ukraine on $3 billion in debt to Russia this year could threaten the International Monetary Fund's lifeline to the embattled country, an IMF spokesman said.

UN ask for $30mn to help cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

Ginebra - The United Nations on Tuesday launched an urgent appeal for nearly $30 million to provide life-saving assistance in Vanuatu after the island nation was ravaged by cyclone Pam.

Ebola-proof Android tablet helps aid workers in West Africa

Google has developed an Ebola-proof tablet for use by health workers in Sierra Leone. It can resist the storms and high humidity of West Africa and can be dipped into antibacterial chlorine after use.

Vanuatu picks up pieces after cyclone batters island nation

Vila - Days after a massive tropical cyclone lashed the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, residents of the capital Port Vila slowly began picking up the pieces amidst apocalyptic scenes.

Aid workers voice frustration as Syria conflict enters 5th year

Paris - Aid agencies have found themselves frustrated and increasingly bitter as the Syrian conflict enters a fifth, blood-soaked year and those in need of help become ever-harder to reach.

International community 'failing Syria': rights groups

Birut - More than 20 human rights groups issued a joint plea Thursday for the international community to take responsibility for suffering civilians as Syria's civil war approaches its fifth year.

Lights out over Syria as war enters fifth year

Washington - Much of Syria is regularly plunged into debilitating darkness, experts said, highlighting the scale of the war's devastation as the conflict enters its fifth year.

British MP O'Brien named UN humanitarian aid chief

New York - UN chief Ban Ki-moon appointed British lawmaker Stephen O'Brien on Monday as the UN's humanitarian aid chief tasked with leading global relief efforts at a time of worsening conflicts.

Residents of shattered Ukraine town leave shelters in search of aid

Debaltsevo - Soviet-era music, remixed to a modern techno track, thunders across Lenin Square in Debaltseve, where a woman jigs a couple of steps in dance.

Only a third of Ebola aid pledges delivered, says study

London - Only about a third of the $2.89 billion (2.52 billion euros) in aid money pledged to fight the Ebola virus in west Africa was actually delivered, according to an analysis published by the British Medical Journal.

U.S. threatens tougher action against Russia over Ukraine

Kiev - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday that Washington was ready to increase sanctions on Russia over its actions in war-torn Ukraine.

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

US eyes more economic aid to Ukraine

Washington - The United States will provide a $1 billion loan guarantee to embattled Ukraine if the government remains on track with an IMF-backed reform program, the Treasury Department said Tuesday.

EU aid shipment arrives in Ebola-hit West Africa

Conakry - An EU aid shipment including vehicles and medical equipment for the three west African nations hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic has arrived in Guinea, officials said Sunday.

Ukraine ministers pledge corruption fight to win aid

Brussels - Top Ukraine ministers vowed Tuesday to root out graft in what they called the most corrupt country in Europe to meet the demands made by international partners before they stump up more aid.

Kenya shuts 510 NGOs, some for 'terrorism financing'

Nairobi - Kenya on Tuesday closed over 500 non-governmental organisations, including 15 for alleged fundraising for terrorism, as part of a security crackdown following repeated attacks.

UN appeals for record $16.4bn for aid work in 2015

Geneva - The UN appealed Monday for a record $16.4 billion (13.4 billion euros) to provide aid to nearly 60 million people worldwide next year, with almost half the amount aimed at helping victims of Syria's drawn-out conflict.

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Suva - Chinese President Xi Jinping injected a further 70 million yuan (US$11.4 million) of aid money into Fiji as he wrapped up a round of talks in the Pacific nation Sunday aimed at strengthening ties in the region.

UN slashes winter aid in Iraq, Syria amid funding gap

Geneva - The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it had been forced to slash the number of people it can help prepare for winter in conflict-ravaged Syria and Iraq for lack of funds."The whole humanitarian community is facing shortfalls.

Ebola aid pledges far short of $1 bn needed: UN

New York - Pledges of financial aid to fight Ebola have fallen far short of the $1 billion needed by the United Nations, with only one quarter of the amount raised, a UN official said Friday.

Red Cross mulls Ukraine operations after worker killed

Geneva - The Red Cross said Thursday it was analysing how to resume its Ukraine operations a week after halting work in the conflict-torn country following the death of a Swiss staffer.
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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.
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.
Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Zack DelCorte  assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarin...
Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Zack DelCorte, assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), hands bottled water to a Japanese citizen
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin B. Gray
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.
A typhoon victim holds a placard asking for food while standing amongst the ruins of houses destroye...
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
With permission by Reuters
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 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.
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.