More humanitarian aid to South Sudan

2014-03-25 21:12

The United States is increasing humanitarian aid to South Sudan to $411m, funnelling it through UN agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Syria says it freed 25 in exchange for nuns

2014-03-11 14:52

The Syrian government has freed only 25 prisoners – and not the 150 reported by foreign mediators – in exchange for 13 Greek Orthodox nuns who had been held by al-Qaeda-linked rebels, an official says.

Malala urges support to educate Syria's children

2014-02-19 21:43

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, urged the world to help Syrian refugee children receive a proper education.

Becks lifts survivors' spirits

2014-02-14 13:39

David Beckham has lifted the spirits of young Philippine typhoon survivors with a joke-filled game of football.

Unicef urges action to prevent CAR 'catastrophe'

2014-02-05 07:36

The head of the Unicef has urged the international community to do everything it can to prevent the "humanity tragedy" in CAR from turning into “a human catastrophe”.

CAR leader's future hangs in the balance

2014-01-10 09:18

The CAR president’s fate is hanging in the balance as regional leaders and his entire parliament gathers in neighbouring Chad in a bid to end a spiralling cycle of sectarian violence.

Unicef warns of 'disaster' in CAR

2014-01-08 21:43

Strife-torn Central African Republic is heading for a humanitarian disaster, Unicef has warned calling for urgent action to prevent deadly diseases from spreading.

First UN aid flight takes off from Iraq for Syria

2013-12-15 20:04

The first UN aid flight from Iraq to Syria has taken off after being delayed for several days due to bad weather, according to reports.

Sudan children 'hostage' to warring parties

2013-12-12 23:10

The medical needs of 165 000 Sudanese children are being held "hostage" by the warring parties in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, the United Nations says.

Katy Perry is newest UNICEF goodwill ambassador

2013-12-04 13:42

Katy Perry says becoming a goodwill ambassador for the UN children's agency has made her realise that there's more to happiness than material possessions and social status.

Child soldiers in CAR nearly double

2013-11-23 07:47

Up to 6 000 children have been enrolled by warring militias in the Central African Republic, a senior UN official says.

Haiyan: Criticism increases China’s aid

2013-11-20 18:08

China will be sending an emergency response crew to the Philippines nearly two weeks after typhoon Haiyan's devastation, following criticism over its initial contribution.

Destruction hampers rescue efforts after Haiyan

2013-11-11 00:30

Rescue workers are struggling to reach ravaged towns and villages in the central Philippines to deliver aid to survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed an estimated 10 000 people.

2 500 Niger children die of hunger this year

2013-10-16 22:03

More than 2 500 children under five have died of malnutrition in Niger this year, the UN Children Fund says.

UN holds first high-level meeting on the disabled

2013-09-23 09:04

World leaders are holding their first-ever UN meeting to explore how the more than 1 billion disabled people in countries rich and poor can contribute to the global economy.

More than 550 DRC child soldiers freed

2013-09-11 22:24

More than 550 children have left the ranks of armed groups in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo province of Katanga.

1 millionth child refugee flees Syria: UN

2013-08-23 08:57

The number of children who have fled war-torn Syria has hit one million, while two million kids have been displaced within their homeland's borders by the conflict, the UN says.

Nearly 35 million migrants under 20yrs: UN

2013-08-13 07:25

The UN says international migration is becoming a key issue in the lives of young people with the latest preliminary data revealing that nearly 35 million migrants are under the age of 20.

Unicef calls to protect kids from violence

2013-07-31 22:37

The United Nations Children's Fund has called for the protection of children against violence in a campaign that aims to harness outrage over recent atrocities against minors.

Palestine children tortured - claim

2013-06-20 21:57

A United Nations human rights body has accused Israeli forces of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields.


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41 CAR child soldiers released

2013-05-29 17:25

The UN children’s agency says that 41 children have been released from armed groups in Central African Republic.

CAR child soldier killed by mob

2013-05-10 15:05

The UN children’s agency says a 17-year-old boy who had been twice recruited by rebels was among those stoned to death by a mob in Central African Republic.

UN: Aid to N Korea hit by sanctions

2013-04-29 21:08

International sanctions against North Korea have hit humanitarian funding for the isolated country, five UN agencies say in an appeal for help.

CAR: More kids recruited by armed groups

2013-04-12 14:35

The UN's children agency has charged that armed movements in the Central African Republic are recruiting more children, including as soldiers, in the wake of a successful coup by rebels.


Guinea scrambles to contain Ebola outbreak

2014-03-24 19:57

Aid workers and public health officials are battling to contain west Africa’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as tests on suspected cases in Conakry allayed fears that it had spread to the capital.

Rains bring misery for Central Africa's displaced

2014-03-04 21:05

An early start to the rainy season in Central African Republic has worsened the plight of hundreds of thousands of people sheltering from religious violence in makeshift camps, raising the risk of malaria and dysentery.

Zanu-PF: We want total removal of sanctions

2014-02-18 15:13

President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has dismissed the easing of EU sanctions against Zimbabwe as a “non-event”, after the veteran leader and his wife remained blacklisted.

CAR children killed, mutilated

2014-02-14 12:56

The UN children’s agency says it is horrified at how children are being maimed and killed, including by beheadings, in the sectarian violence engulfing the Central African Republic.

Unicef blasts S Sudan over looted school packs

2014-02-03 21:10

Unicef is "extremely concerned" over the looting by South Sudan government troops of school supplies and backpacks.

Leaders to pile pressure on CAR president

2014-01-09 14:08

African leaders are meeting to tackle the sectarian violence ripping apart CAR at a summit set to pile pressure on embattled President Michel Djotodia.

Children new targets in CAR conflict

2014-01-04 10:36

In the latest violence to rock the crisis-prone Central African Republic, children have become deliberate targets of armed gangs, mainly because of their family's faith, aid workers say.

Sudan children 'hostage' to warring parties

2013-12-13 10:26

The medical needs of 165 000 Sudanese children are being held "hostage" by the warring parties in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, the United Nations says.

Katy Perry puts Twitter army on standby

2013-12-05 16:35

Katy Perry says she is the world's Twitter leader because she does not preach and she is ready to unleash her "terrifying" social media army.

Mass vaccinations for children hit by Haiyan

2013-11-27 13:31

A mass vaccination programme has been launched in Philippine communities that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan to protect children against measles and polio UN agencies say.

China's 'Peace Ark' leaves for Philippines

2013-11-21 12:53

A Chinese hospital ship known as the Peace Ark has set sail for the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, as Beijing seeks to promote its aid effort nearly two weeks after the disaster.

UN: 21 nations take up polio emergency

2013-11-13 22:16

Some 21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions have jointly made the eradication of polio an emergency priority, the World Health Organisation says.

Afghan girl scarred in acid attack now a teacher

2013-11-05 16:11

Shamsia Husseini who was attacked in 2008 with acid for going to school, has defied expectations, the 22-year-old is now a teacher in her village.

Malala wants to be PM to 'save' Pakistan

2013-10-11 08:39

Teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai has told an audience in New York that she would like to become prime minister of Pakistan to "save" the country.

Early childhood deaths halved since 1990: Report

2013-09-13 13:02

Early childhood deaths around the world have been cut in half since 1990 but some 18 000 children under five still die every day, according to a new report.

Somalia starts education campaign

2013-09-08 14:39

The Somali authorities are launching a campaign aimed at getting one million children in the war-torn nation into school.

Syria forces bomb rebel-held suburbs

2013-08-22 14:58

Syrian government forces have pressed on with a military offensive in eastern Damascus, bombing rebel-held suburbs where the opposition says the regime had killed over 100 people.

Namibia parched

2013-08-12 23:03

Drought is eating away at Namibia; herdsmen, livestock, wild animals are all searching for scarce water in the desert

S Korea sends final talks offer to North

2013-07-29 08:07

South Korea has sent its "final" proposal for talks with North Korea over the fate of a shuttered joint industrial zone, officials say.

UN: Children casualties spike in war

2013-06-13 22:07

The number of children killed and injured in Afghanistan's war has risen sharply this year, the UN Children's Fund says.

Children with disabilities 'invisible': UN

2013-05-30 10:00

Children with disabilities are among the most marginalised in the world, often going unregistered at birth and facing discrimination and even murder, a new UN report says.

DRC province in push to save child soldiers

2013-05-14 08:57

Desperate to save children from being used as soldiers in the DRC, residents of the notorious "Triangle of Death" have taken matters into their own hands.

Drought: Angola sending aid to 300 000

2013-05-10 09:08

Angola has set up an emergency plan for the southern province of Cunene, where an estimated 300 000 people are at risk of malnutrition because of a two-year-long drought.

Somalia: female genital mutilation down

2013-04-16 14:19

A new survey from Somalia says the practice of female genital mutilation is on the decline, a development which the UN says is “encouraging” although the "progress is slow".

Poor little rich German kids are unhappy

2013-04-10 17:06

A UN survey has highlighted a mood of gloom among Germany's children, although they are among the world's wealthiest.

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