UN aid chief makes final appeal to end Syria's despair

2015-05-29 12:04

Outgoing UN aid chief Valerie Amos has made a final appeal to world powers to take action to end Syria's four-year war, saying it had brought more despair than ever thought possible.

Nowhere to hide in Gaza - UN humanitarian chief

2014-07-24 11:55

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has expressed deep concern about the mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, warning that it was "almost impossible" for Palestinians to shelter from Israeli airstrikes.

UN expects severe humanitarian crises in 2014

2014-01-03 14:13

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says that the UN enters 2014 facing "severe humanitarian crises" with ongoing conflicts affecting millions of people around the world.

6.8 million need aid in Syria: UN

2013-04-19 09:05

Nearly seven million people need humanitarian assistance in Syria, a senior United Nations official says, criticising Damascus for hampering aid distribution.

Turkey remains open to Syrian refugees

2013-01-23 18:06

More than 650 000 people have fled the conflict in Syria, a top UN official says, as Turkey's foreign minister pledged Ankara would continue to accept refugees.

2.5 million Syrians need aid - UN

2012-08-16 14:01

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says as many as 2.5 million people are in need of aid in Syria, where President Bashar Assad's forces have been fighting rebels for 17 months.

Syrian troops blast rebel areas in Aleppo

2012-07-30 09:48

Regime forces have blasted a string of rebel-held districts in Syria's most populous city Aleppo with shells and machinegun fire, say activists.

Tanks fire in Homs ahead of Annan mission

2012-03-09 13:09

Syrian tanks have fired on opposition districts in Homs, killing four people, activists say, ahead of a mission by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

UN aid chief in Syria

2012-03-07 16:02

The UN humanitarian chief has started a mission to Syria to urge the regime to allow aid into battered protest cities, putting the focus on civilians in the deadly conflict.

Syria bars UN humanitarian chief

2012-02-29 22:46

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says Syria has not approved her repeated requests to visit the conflict-wracked country.


UN aid chief Amos to step down

2014-11-26 21:54

UN aid chief Valerie Amos plans to step down at the end of March after more than four years in the position, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced.

$2bn needed to combat Sahel hunger

2014-02-04 07:41

The UN is seeking $2bn this year to combat food insecurity in Africa's Sahel region, where 1.2 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of violence.

Syria chemical attack a 'provocation': Russia

2013-09-18 08:01

Russia has insisted that a chemical attack in Syria was a ‘provocation’ by opponents fighting Syria President Bashar Assad’s government, highlighting tensions between the West and Moscow.

UN wants cross-border aid OK

2013-04-18 22:09

The UN's chief humanitarian official has asked the Security Council to approve cross-border relief operations into Syria to deliver aid to civilians.

Syria army HQ bombed as UN seeks peace

2012-09-27 09:01

Two bombs have struck the Syrian army headquarters in the heart of Damascus, while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appealed for the UN Security Council to find a way to end the conflict.

UNHCR talks in Syria on aid crisis

2012-08-14 21:48

The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has held talks in Syria on ways to step up relief efforts as the country faces an increasingly precarious humanitarian situation.

Assad must pull out troops first: Russia

2012-03-23 10:04

Syrian President Bashar Assad must pull his forces out of cities and allow humanitarian assistance, says a Russian lawmaker, in a statement signalling a marked shift in Moscow's stance.

Annan urges political talks in Syria

2012-03-08 13:01

Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League special envoy on Syria, has said he will urge President Bashar Assad and his foes to stop fighting and seek a political solution to end a year of conflict.

Let UN humanitarian chief in, Syria asked

2012-03-01 20:56

In its first statement on Syria in seven months, the UN Security Council has deplored the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation.

UN humanitarian boss wants to visit Syria

2012-02-22 22:30

The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is to ask the Syrian government for permission to visit to assess the growing crisis in the country.

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