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UN Food Agency Appeals for $152 Mln in Aid for Afghan Refugees

KABUL, Nov 13  – The United Nations on Sunday appealed for $152 million to provide shelter, sanitation and food for a huge influx of refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan. Pakistan has stepped up the pressure for its 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees to return home, citing security concerns. Refugees and others see Islamabad as

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U.N. Aborts Plan to Evacuate Patients from Aleppo, Blames All Parties

BEIRUT, Oct 25  – The United Nations has abandoned plans to evacuate patients from besieged rebel-held east Aleppo which it had hoped to accomplish during a three day lull in fighting last week, blaming all parties to the conflict for obstructing efforts. “The evacuations were obstructed by various factors, including delays in receiving the necessary

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Attack on Aleppo Aid Convoy was Air Strike – UN Expert

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 5 – Analysis of satellite imagery of a deadly attack on an aid convoy in Syria last month showed that it was an air strike, a U.N. expert said on Wednesday. Some 20 people were killed in the attack on the U.N. and Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy at Urem

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EU Proposes New Aleppo Aid Plan, Seeks Safety Guarantees

BEIRUT, Oct 3 – The European Union proposed a new humanitarian plan in coordination with the United Nations for the besieged half of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, but said it required cooperation from all parties to the conflict. The plan aims to deliver medical, water and food aid from EU stocks in

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Britain Ramps Up Humanitarian Aid in Iraq Ahead of Mosul Offensive

By Lin Taylor LONDON, Sept 22 – Britain said on Thursday it will give 40 million pounds ($52.26 million) in humanitarian aid to Iraq, anticipating a wave of displaced people as government forces prepare to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Daesh. The advance on Mosul, Iraq‘s second-largest city which fell in 2014 to

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U.N. Resumes Syria Aid Delivery After Attack

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA, Sept 22 – The United Nations appealed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups on Thursday to allow aid convoys to enter eastern Aleppo as U.N. relief operations in Syria resumed after a 48-hour suspension due to a deadly attack. A U.N. convoy loaded with medical and

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U.N. says Aid Convoys Ready to Roll Again in Syria

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 22  – The United Nations is gearing up to resume aid deliveries in Syria suspended after a deadly attack on a relief convoy near Aleppo two days ago, officials said on Wednesday. “The preparation for these convoys has now resumed and we are ready to deliver aid to besieged and hard-to-reach

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Syria Ceasefire Deal With Russia Close, but Obama Says ‘Not There Yet’

By Roberta Rampton HANGZHOU, China, Sept 4 – President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia were working on Sunday to try to finalise a ceasefire in Syria that would allow more deliveries of humanitarian aid in the war-torn country. “We’re not there yet,” Obama told reporters after a meeting with UK Prime Minister

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How to Stop People Dying From Aid Shortages? Tackle Roots of Crises

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women in Niger travel miles by donkey cart to health centres in the hope of getting food for their malnourished infants, leaving their vegetable gardens unattended and chores undone, only to be turned away with nothing. Children in Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo find

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Local Groups Demand Bigger Slice of Aid Pie for World’s Crises

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, March 17  – When Daesh fighters tried to enter a centre helping displaced Syrians in Lebanon’s border town of Ersal in 2014, local people kept the militants out, telling them that Amel Association International, the Lebanese aid group running it, was independent and its staff should not be targeted. The centre

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