UN human rights body calls for halt to weapons shipments to Israel

[ad_1] GENEVA — The U.N.’s top human rights body called on countries to stop selling or shipping weapons to Israel in a resolution passed Friday that aims to help prevent rights violations against Palestinians amid Israel’s blistering military campaign in Gaza. The 47-member-country Human Rights Council voted 28-6 in favor of the resolution, with 13 … Read more

World Central Kitchen is saving lives with food but paying a price in blood

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The deaths of seven World Central Kitchen workers in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza was a tragic turn for an American homegrown charity that, in less than 15 years, has mushroomed from the grassroots brainchild of a celebrity chef into one of the world’s most recognized food relief organizations. The killings also … Read more

Washington approves $228 million in US military aid to the three Baltic states, Estonia says

[ad_1] Estonia’s defense officials say the U.S. Congress has passed a bill that involves a total of $228 million in military and defense aid to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this year under the Baltic Security Initiative HELSINKI — The U.S. Congress has passed a bill that involves a total of $228 million in military and … Read more

Hunger soars and aid dwindles as gangs in Haiti suffocate the country

[ad_1] PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A crowd of about 100 people tried to shove through a metal gate in Haiti’s capital as a guard with a baton pushed them back, threatening to hit them. Undeterred, children and adults alike, some of them carrying babies, kept elbowing each other trying to enter. “Let us in! We’re hungry!” … Read more

Ethiopia’s Tigray region is now peaceful, but extreme hunger afflicts its children

[ad_1] NEBAR HADNET, Ethiopia — The cruel realities of war and drought seem to have merged for Tinseu Hiluf, a widow living in the arid depths of Ethiopia‘s Tigray region who is raising four children left behind by her sister’s recent death in childbirth. A two-year war between federal troops and regional forces killed one … Read more

Another top donor says it will resume funding the UN agency for Palestinians as Gaza hunger grows

[ad_1] NICOSIA, Cyprus — Another top donor to the U.N. agency aiding Palestinians said Saturday that it would resume funding, weeks after more than a dozen countries halted hundreds of millions of dollars of support in response to Israeli allegations against the organization. Sweden’s reversal came as a ship bearing tons of humanitarian aid was … Read more

Another top donor says it will resume funding the UN agency for Palestinians as Gaza hunger grows

[ad_1] JERUSALEM — Another top donor to the U.N. agency aiding Palestinians said Saturday that it would resume funding, weeks after more than a dozen countries halted hundreds of millions of dollars in support in response to Israeli allegations against the organization. Sweden’s reversal came as a ship bearing tons of humanitarian aid was making … Read more

Biden hot mic moment shows growing frustration with Netanyahu over Gaza crisis

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ‘s growing frustration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to mount, with the Democrat captured on a hot mic saying that he and the Israeli leader will need to have a “come to Jesus meeting.” The comments by Biden came as he spoke with Sen. … Read more

The EU says it will send funds to Gaza’s main aid provider after the UN agency agrees to an audit

[ad_1] BRUSSELS — The European Union said Friday that it will pay 50 million euros ($54 million) to the main provider of aid in Gaza next week after the cash-strapped U.N. agency agreed to allow EU-appointed experts to audit the way it screens staff to identify extremists. The UNRWA agency is reeling from allegations that … Read more

Foreign aid drops sharply as Taliban abuses jeopardize the Afghan health system, group says

[ad_1] ISLAMABAD — Human Rights Watch said Monday that Afghanistan’s public health system has been hit hard following a sharp reduction in foreign assistance, coupled with serious Taliban abuses against women and girls, jeopardizing the right to healthcare of millions of Afghans. In a new report, the New York-based watchdog said this has left the … Read more