September 24, 2013 |
JERUSALEM--The eviction of a tiny Palestinian community has sparked a sharp dispute between Israel and the European Union that is threatening to become a diplomatic crisis over allegations of abusing a French diplomat. Last week, Israeli authorities demolished the homes and structures of Khirbet Makhoul, a Palestinian community of around 20 families in the northern Jordan Valley after a legal ruling determined they were built without permits. A few days later, a group of activists and European diplomats arrived at the ruined site.
August 14, 2013 |
One of the few relief organizations to tough out more than two decades of civil war, famine and chaos, Doctors Without Borders announced Wednesday that it is closing all operations in Somalia because of "extreme abuses" by armed factions and government indifference toward them. “In choosing to kill, attack, and abduct humanitarian aid workers, these armed groups, and the civilian authorities who tolerate their actions, have sealed the fate of countless lives in Somalia,” Unni Karunakara, the international medical group's president, said in a scathing statement about the conditions driving the relief group to leave after 22 years.
May 31, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday that it has temporarily suspended operations in Afghanistan after an attack this week in the eastern city of Jalalabad in which a security guard was killed and a staff member wounded. The closure comes as aid agencies across the war-torn country grow increasingly concerned about their ability to carry out humanitarian work after the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. "Because of the incident in Jalalabad we suspended all our activities in Jalalabad and our offices are closed until further notice," Robin Waudo, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Afghanistan, said in a telephone interview.
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is providing an additional $100 million for humanitarian aid for displaced Syrians, officials said Wednesday, bringing to $510 million the total U.S. aid commitment since the civil war began more than two years ago. The new aid, which Secretary of State John F. Kerry will announce Thursday during a visit to Rome, will help support 1.4 million civilians trapped by violence within Syria's borders, as well as...
May 2, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- It was the catastrophe everyone knew was coming, yet no-one seemed able to stop. Nearly 260,000 people died in Somalia's food crisis from 2010 to 2012, double the worst estimates at the time, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET) and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Half of them were children under 5. FEWS NET began issuing warnings about the impending disaster in southern Somalia from 2010.
April 27, 2013 |
BEIJING -- North Korea said Saturday that a U.S. citizen held since November will be tried on charges of trying to overthrow the government, an offense that could carry the death penalty. The man is 44-year-old Kenneth Bae, also known by his Korean name, Pae Jun Ho, of Lynnwood, Wash. Described as a tour operator, he was arrested in the special economic zones in Rason, in the northeast of the country. "In the process of investigation he admitted that he committed crimes aimed to topple the DPRK [North Korea]