UN: Syrian situation 'horrendously critical'

2016-05-26 19:58

Many Syrian civilians will face starvation if Damascus and armed rebel groups do not allow greater access to humanitarian convoys carrying life-saving supplies, the UN envoy to the war-ravaged country says.

Aid to Syria's Daraya refused entry

2016-05-13 06:30

An aid convoy was refused entry to Syria's Daraya dashing hopes for the first such delivery since regime forces began a siege of the rebel-held town in 2012.

MSF condemns attack on Aleppo hospital

2016-04-28 18:17

Doctors Without Borders has condemned an air strike on a hospital it was supporting in the war-torn northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Aid reaches besieged Syrian towns

2016-04-21 20:57

The UN special envoy has lauded "real but modest" progress in Syria's humanitarian situation despite a stumbling ceasefire as one of the largest international aid convoys made it into a government-besieged opposition stronghold.

Haiti farmers peeved over US peanuts

2016-04-16 12:26

A US plan to donate tons of surplus peanuts to Haiti has set off a debate about whether such food aid helps or hurts the impoverished Caribbean nation deal with chronic hunger.

UN: Aid reaches only 30% of Syrians in besieged areas

2016-03-30 22:11

Desperately needed aid has reached only 30% of Syrians living in besieged areas and less than 10% in hard-to-reach areas this year, even with the recent cease-fire, the UN humanitarian chief says.

'No plans' to send British troops to Libya

2016-03-16 08:18

Britain has no plans to extend bombing or send troops to Libya, the defence ministryhas said after a committee of lawmakers said the nation could deploy a force.

First UN aid delivery in Syria since truce: Red Crescent

2016-02-29 19:33

Aid workers have begun carrying out the first delivery of humanitarian assistance to Syrians since a landmark truce came into effect at the weekend, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent says.

UN carries out first humanitarian airdrop in Syria

2016-02-24 19:02

The United Nations has carried out its first humanitarian airdrop in Syria to help civilians besieged by Islamic State jihadists, the UN aid chief says.

EU warns Burundi of 'measures' over violence

2016-02-15 22:47

The European Union, strife-stricken Burundi's biggest aid donor, has warned the country could face 'appropriate measures' if it does not remedy its human rights record.


Sudan effectively expels top UN humanitarian official

2016-05-23 21:52

UN says the government of Sudan has effectively expelled a senior UN official in charge of co-ordinating relief efforts.

Donor nations suspend aid to Mozambique over debt scandal

2016-05-05 07:00

Donor nations and institutions that contribute to Mozambique's state budget have suspended their support over revelations of $1.4bn in hidden debt.

Funding crunch threatens S Sudan refugee aid

2016-04-25 20:06

UN agencies have warned that an acute funding shortfall is hampering their work in assisting thousands of South Sudanese refugees who have fled to neighbouring Sudan.

IMF suspends aid to Mozambique

2016-04-19 20:52

The International Monetary Fund has suspended aid to Mozambique after discovering the country had hidden debt of more than $1 billion.

Malawi declares state of emergency over drought

2016-04-13 22:05

Malawi has declared a state of disaster over worsening food shortages caused by a severe drought.

Syria allows aid to more besieged areas: UN

2016-03-23 20:08

Syria's government has given a UN-backed task force permission to deliver aid to more besieged areas, but two opposition strongholds and a city controlled by ISIS remain off limits.

UN: Aid not reaching 20% of Syrians in urgent need

2016-03-14 21:56

The UN and its partners are starting to get basic supplies to besieged areas in Syria, but haven't reached about 20% of those in urgent need and are "extremely concerned" about some 500 000 people.

UN: Aid airdrop to besieged Syrian city failed

2016-02-25 18:17

The UN failed in its first attempt to parachute aid to Syrians trapped in Deir ez-Zor, as the entire 21 tons of food were lost or destroyed, a World Food Programme spokesperson says.

UN aims to send aid to all besieged Syria areas within a week

2016-02-18 21:58

The United Nations should be able to deliver aid to all of Syria's 18 besieged areas within a week, after life-saving supplies reached five locations.

EU launches emergency medical corps

2016-02-15 17:08

The European Union has launched an emergency medical corps to respond to future disease outbreaks, after struggling to react quickly to the Ebola crisis that began in late 2013.

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