UNICEF: Millions of Yemeni children may starve amid pandemic

CAIRO (AP) — Millions of children could be pushed to the brink of starvation as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across war-torn Yemen amid a “huge” drop in humanitarian aid funding, the U.N. children’s agency warned Friday. The stark prediction comes in a new UNICEF report, “Yemen five years on: Children, conflict and COVID-19.” It said […]

Syria donors gather as virus, economic chaos deepen crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — Economic chaos, soaring food prices and the coronavirus pandemic are plunging Syria deeper into crisis as the country’s civil war grinds into its 10th year, European Union and United Nations officials said Tuesday at an online conference to raise funds to help Syrians who fled their homeland and those who are still […]

Virus outbreak could spin ‘out of control’ in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — It began with a dry cough, weakness and back pain. For Reagan Taban Augustino, part of South Sudan’s small corps of health workers trained in treating COVID-19 patients, there was little doubt what he had. Days later, hardly able to breathe, the 33-year-old doctor discovered just how poorly equipped his […]

UNICEF seeks more aid for at-risk Mideast kids amid pandemic

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency appealed Monday for an additional $92.4 million to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in the Middle East and North Africa, a conflict-battered region with the highest number of children in need anywhere. Yemen is a top concern, said Ted Chaiban, the regional chief of UNICEF. After five […]

Bangladesh rescues 396 Rohingya drifting at sea for weeks

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s coast guard has rescued 396 starving Rohingya refugees who had been drifting at sea for weeks after failing to reach Malaysia, officials said Thursday. The U.N. refugee agency received them from the authorities, UNHCR said in a statement. The refugees, including many women and children, were attempting to land on […]

Parents, grandmother indicted in Arizona boy’s death

PHOENIX (AP) — The parents and grandmother of a 6-year-old northern Arizona boy have been indicted on murder and other charges in the child’s death. Elizabeth Archibeque, 26, and Anthony Martinez, 23, and the child’s grandmother, 50-year-old Ann Marie Martinez, are scheduled to appear in Coconino County Superior Court on March 23 for arraignments. The […]

156 dogs rescued in federal multi-county Georgia operation

GEORGIA (WRBL) — In a multi-agency, multi-county operation, 156 dogs were rescued after search warrants were served in seven Georgia counties. As part of a joint operation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office led an investigation that resulted in the rescue of more […]

Many Venezuelans struggle to put food on the table in crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For Yeri Guerra, getting by during hard times in Venezuela means sometimes skipping meals so her two young boys still at home can eat before heading to school. Other days, when things are even more desperate, she said, none of them eat. “Sometimes, I don’t send them to school because I […]

Guam residents compensated for war atrocities decades later

HAGATÑA, Guam (AP) — For Antonina Palomo Cross, Japan’s occupation of Guam started with terror at church. The then-7-year-old was attending Catholic services with her family when the 1941 invasion began, setting off bomb blasts, sirens and screams. It ended with her family surrendering their home and eventually carrying the dead body of her malnourished […]

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