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April 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Millions of poor Indonesians are in danger of acute food shortages because of drought and a deepening economic crisis, the United Nations said. The economic crisis has prompted protests and riots. In its report, the U.N. said 7.5 million people "risk experiencing food insecurity until early next year." Meanwhile, at a World Bank meeting, donor nations and major aid groups agreed to support a humanitarian relief program to help Indonesians.
March 4, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
It's a real-life scenario so bizarre and outlandish it seems like it was dreamed up by the writers of “South Park” or “30 Rock”: Retired NBA player turned C-list reality star Dennis Rodman travels to North Korea, becomes the first American known to publicly meet with dictator Kim Jong Un, then returns to the U.S. proclaiming his admiration for the leader on ABC's “This Week. " Rodman sat down for an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, a situation that would have been mind-bogglingly weird even if the  “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” cast member hadn't just returned from one of the world's most isolated and oppressive countries.
July 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
President Mwai Kibaki declared Kenya's food shortage a national disaster, saying about 3.3 million Kenyans need emergency food assistance because of a widespread drought. Kibaki said more than 60% of Kenya's crops would fail this year. Kenya needs $76 million in food aid and about $32 million more for sanitation and other services, he said. He spoke a day after Britain's ambassador suggested international aid could be cut off because of corruption.
January 11, 2013 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - As perishable foodstuffs rotted on cargo ships that had waited three weeks to unload at Venezuela's largest port, unsettled consumers this week found shelves at Caracas' main downtown market devoid of rice, cooking oil, sugar and other items. Widespread scarcities and chaos at the nation's main ports, including Puerto Cabello, are just some of the problems Vice President Nicolas Maduro will face as he takes the reins of power in the absence of President Hugo Chavez.
April 1, 1989 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, analyzing the Communist Party's widespread and unexpected losses in this week's parliamentary elections, has linked the setback to deepening anger over severe food shortages. "The food problem is the fundamental problem at present," Gorbachev said in comments published Friday. "If we solve it, there will be a colossal victory, not only in the economy but also in the political and social spheres.
December 12, 1990
Current talk about Soviet food shortages in a year of bumper crops (said shortages being due to faulty transportation and distribution systems) makes me wonder about the use of shipping further food to the Soviet Union. Wouldn't we all, on both sides of the world, be better off mounting a coordinated campaign to bring the Soviet transportation system up to modern standards of performance? HORACE GAIMS Los Angeles
March 20, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The International Committee of the Red Cross warned that Iraq's 18 million people will soon face serious food shortages unless additional supplies are sent to the war-torn country. Red Cross representatives began consultations at the United Nations. Under the terms of Security Council resolutions, food shipments to Iraq must be approved by the Council's Sanctions Committee.
December 19, 1990 | Reuters
Japan added its support Tuesday to the worldwide effort to help the Soviet Union cope with widespread food shortages, saying it will extend $100 million in loans. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the loans will be made through the Export-Import Bank of Japan. Japan will also offer $3.75 million in food aid and additional medical aid for Moscow through international organizations including the Red Cross, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
November 27, 1990 | From Reuters
Three senior Soviet trade officials met with their U.S. counterparts Monday to lobby for loans so Moscow can buy more much needed American grain and meat, U.S. officials said. The Soviet officials also briefed the Bush Administration on an acute food shortage currently plaguing the Soviet Union and discussed the outlook for future food purchases from the United States, the U.S. officials said. Agriculture Secretary Clayton K.
December 25, 1988 | TIM JOHNSON, United Press International
Wearied by food shortages, 1,110% inflation, coup rumors and a prolonged rebel war, many Peruvians are voting with their feet--and more than half would leave the country if they could. In a recent survey, 52% of Peru's 21 million people said they would emigrate if they had the financial means. Experts say an alarming number in the flood of emigrants are university graduates and professionals with the brainpower to help Peru overcome its crises.
January 18, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
It took false reports of mass suicide for Mexicans to rally in great number to the aid of the legendary Tarahumara Indians, who are facing a season of starvation. But publicity about their plight has exposed the chronic marginalization and growing perils, including drug violence, faced by many indigenous communities, activists say. Members of the Tarahumara community "die every year from hunger; it's just that this year, it's worse," said Liliana Flores, a founder of the El Barzon organization, which works with poor campesinos and indigenous peoples.
December 19, 2011 | By Don Lee and David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
The unexpected death of North Korea's cult-like leader has added a new layer of risk in Asia, a region that has generally been a bright spot in a slowing global economy. Underscoring that concern, stock markets in South Korea and elsewhere in Asia sank on the news Monday that Kim Jong Il had died at age 69, ending two decades of rule marked by devastating famine at home and skirmishes with South Korea, the U.S. and other countries over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Although experts expect Asian stocks to recover fairly quickly, some also warned of more potential financial shocks as North Korea, one of the world's poorest and most repressed countries, embarks on a dicey dynastic transition from "Dear Leader" to his young and inexperienced son, Kim Jong Un. PHOTOS: Kim Jong Il | 1942-2011 "I think we will be entering a period of heightened uncertainty, a possibility of more bad things happening … like another nuclear test, and those could disrupt regional markets," said Marcus Noland, an economist and North Korea expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.
July 7, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
As humanitarian groups warn of increasing food shortages in North Korea, the authoritarian government faces diminishing prospects for international aid, with allegations from both the United States and South Korea that donations rarely reach the poor and starving. The European Union recently announced a plan to provide $14.5 million in emergency aid to the impoverished nation of 24 million as officials expressed concern at food shortages caused by seasonal flooding and a severe winter.
March 16, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Barbara Demick and Laura King, Los Angeles Times
A series of grim developments hit a shaken Japan on Wednesday, including reports that high-level radiation may have leaked from a second damaged nuclear reactor and emergency workers being forced to temporarily abandon the crippled complex. The setbacks aggravated public fears that authorities might not be able to contain the expanding nuclear crisis. Japan's chief Cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, said radioactive steam might have escaped from the containment unit of a second reactor at the Fukushima No.1 (Daiichi)
February 9, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Each morning when he opens his eyes, and at odd moments throughout his day, Lee Jae-keun thinks of the boy. Does he have his mother's round face? Does he know who his real father is? Is he happy? Then the guilt invades, his mind replaying the desperate half-century-old gamble taken by a single parent who believed he had run out of options. The year was 1962. His young wife had died of starvation and Lee was scratching to care for his sickly 8-month-old boy. He begged for rice at a Buddhist temple.
January 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Ten million people risk going hungry in Kenya after harvests failed because of drought, the government said. The government declared a national emergency and will lift the import duty on maize until the next major harvest, which will not be for a year in many areas. The emergency declaration allows the government to divert money from development projects to food aid and to use disaster funds that are held in reserve, said government spokesman Alfred Mutua. Kenya's finances are under strain because of the cost of sheltering and re-integrating 600,000 people displaced by violence after the disputed December 2007 elections.
November 28, 2008 | Geraldine Baum and Laura King, Baum and King are Times staff writers.
After seven years of extraordinary expansion, Afghanistan's harvest of poppies used to produce opium has declined by 6% from a record high in 2007, according to the annual opium survey by the United Nations released Thursday. The amount of land used to cultivate opium declined by 19%, to about 388,000 acres.
November 2, 2008 | Barbara Demick, Demick is a Times staff writer.
Along the sides of the road, people comb through the grass looking for edible weeds. In the center of town, a boy about 9 years old wears a tattered army jacket hanging below his knees. He has no shoes. Sprawled on the lawn outside a bathhouse, poorly dressed people lie on the grass, either with no better place to go or no energy to do so at 10 a.m. on a weekday. Despite efforts to keep North Korea's extreme poverty out of view, a glance around the countryside shows a population in distress.
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