- The Latest: Italy pledges $3.3M in humanitarian aid to Syria Updated: Feb-12-16 12:59 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):
- Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week Updated: Feb-12-16 1:37 am
MUNICH - Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.
- Water stations along Mexico border vandalized, shot Updated: Feb-11-16 5:08 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - A humanitarian group in southern Arizona says six of its eight water stations for migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert have been vandalized, including one that was shot at and had the carcass of a coyote next to it.
- Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions Updated: Feb-10-16 9:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.
- The Latest: Russia has held important talks with US on Syria Updated: Feb-10-16 4:03 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):
- UN: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought Updated: Feb-09-16 6:20 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years as the number of people in need of urgent food aid has recently spiked, the head of the U.N. World Food Program's country office said Tuesday.
- UN chief: Leaders must stop conflicts that drive aid crises Updated: Feb-09-16 4:03 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Over 80 percent of humanitarian funding requested by the United Nations is going toward life-saving needs in a growing number of global conflicts, and urgent action is needed to shift away from perpetual crisis management, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.
- Hoarding in Syria's largest city as government advances Updated: Feb-09-16 2:23 pm
BEIRUT - As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee Syria's largest city while others are hoarding food in case of a long siege, even laying out bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage.
- More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says Updated: Feb-09-16 7:53 am
NEW YORK - More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis.
- Russia helps Ukraine battle town rebuild, villages struggle Updated: Feb-09-16 6:45 am
NIKISHYNE, Ukraine - Polina Demyanenko's quaint white-and-green house still bears the scars of one of the fiercest battles of Ukraine's war. The roof is gone, the windows broken and the walls shredded by shrapnel.
- Syria attacks stir humanitarian response as thousands flee Updated: Feb-08-16 5:10 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.'s emergency relief coordinator says his organization and humanitarian partners are working to provide food, water and medical aid as a Syrian government offensive in Aleppo sends tens of thousands fleeing toward the border with Turkey.
- Syrian refugees struggle to buy food as aid dwindles Updated: Feb-04-16 2:33 am
KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq - Perwin Shamsaddeen Ali, a Syrian refugee living in a tent camp in northern Iraq, has been reduced to cooking one meal a day for her family of four.
- UN panel: Too often only half of aid money get to the needy Updated: Feb-03-16 10:20 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Too often only half of the money from donors is getting to the millions of people devastated by conflicts and natural disasters who desperately need humanitarian aid, the co-chair of a U.N.-appointed panel said Wednesday.
- UN: Syria approves aid deliveries to 3 besieged villages Updated: Feb-01-16 7:25 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Syrian government on Monday approved a United Nations request for new aid deliveries to the besieged towns of Madaya, Foua and Kfarya where hundreds of civilians are facing severe malnutrition and some have starved to death.
- In Mideast wars, hunger grips millions across the region Updated: Jan-29-16 5:40 am
BEIRUT - In a Middle East torn apart by war and conflict, fighters are increasingly using food as a weapon of war.
- Aid airdrops to Syria's besieged are called too dangerous Updated: Jan-22-16 11:14 am
UNITED NATIONS - As images and reports of starvation in besieged Syrian communities drew an international outcry and two rare aid convoys this month, an urgent question arose: Why not drop food and other needed supplies by air?
- UN General Assembly chief 'optimistic' about Syria talks Updated: Jan-20-16 12:55 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - The president of the U.N. General Assembly said Wednesday that he is "cautiously optimistic" about negotiations on a Syria peace deal because the main powers with a stake in the conflict share the goal of defeating Islamic State extremists.
- UN: Central African Republic facing hunger crisis Updated: Jan-20-16 9:37 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic - The United Nations is warning of a hunger crisis in Central African Republic that is affecting half the country's population.
- In besieged Syrian city, hungry residents sell gold for food Updated: Jan-19-16 5:19 pm
BEIRUT - In Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour, supplies are running so short that desperate residents are selling their gold, valuables and even their homes for food or an exit permit allowing them to escape a siege by both government troops and Islamic State militants.
- Japan FM says Russia key to resolving Syria, N. Korea issues Updated: Jan-19-16 9:16 am
TOKYO - Japan's foreign minister pledged Tuesday to continue talks with Russia even though the two countries still lack a World War II peace treaty, saying Moscow is key to resolving international threats from Syria and North Korea.
- World Health Organization declares Liberia free of Ebola Updated: Jan-14-16 4:29 am
GENEVA - The World Health Organization has formally announced the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, joining Sierra Leone and Guinea - the epicenters of the latest outbreak - as Ebola-free.