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Haitian migrants who have just arrived after U.S. authorities flew them out of a Texas border city on Sunday where thousands of mostly Haitians had gathered under a bridge after crossing the Rio Grande river from Mexico, hire moto taxis after leaving the airport, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy ErolGENEVA, Sept 21 (Reuters) - United Nations agencies said on Tuesday that people massed along the U.S.-Mexican border who have a fear of persecution in their homeland, including Haiti, have a right to file a claim seeking asylum and voiced concern at deportations. Marta Hurtado, U.N. human rights spokesperson, told the same Geneva news briefing: "We are disturbed by the images that we have seen and by the fact that we have seen all these migrants and refugees and asylum-seekers in transport to Port-au-Prince. We are seriously concerned by the fact that it appears there have not been any individual assessments of the cases." Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine EvansOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ralph Tedy Erol GENEVA, Shabia Mantoo, Marta Hurtado, U.N, Stephanie Nebehay, Catherine Evans Organizations: moto, REUTERS, United Nations, U.S ., Thomson Locations: U.S, Texas, Rio, Mexico, Port, Prince, Haiti, Geneva
Relatives carry the body of a female judge shot dead by unknown gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailTHE HAGUE, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's 250 women judges fear for their lives, with men they once jailed now freed by the victorious Taliban to hunt them down. She was among a small group of Afghan women judges to have made it out in recent weeks with the help of a collective of human rights volunteers and foreign colleagues at the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ). Freed prisoners "are calling with death threats to women judges, women prosecutors and women police officers, saying 'we will come after you'," she said. Human rights and legal activists said Western countries did not make the evacuation of women judges and human rights defenders a priority in the chaos after Kabul fell.
Persons: Mohammad Ismail, Horia Mosadiq, Robert Buckland, Sarah Kay, Patricia Whalen, Stephanie van den Berg, Stephanie Nebehay, Kylie MacLellan, Anthony Deutsch, Peter Graff Organizations: REUTERS, Taliban, United States, Reuters, International Association of Women, London, Governments, Atlas Women, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, United, Europe, Belfast, Nazi, France, American, Geneva, London
With populations ageing, the number of sufferers is projected to rise to 78 million by 2030 and 139 million by 2050, the WHO said in a report. "Dementia robs millions of people of their memories, independence and dignity, but it also robs the rest of us of the people we know and love," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general. "Dementia truly is a global public health concern and not just in high-income countries. Seeher noted that dementia can also affect people aged below 65, with so-called young-onset dementia accounting for around 10% of all dementia cases. "These are the things that we can do to promote our brain health and decrease the cognitive decline and the risk for dementia.
Persons: de, Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Katrin Seeher, Seeher, Tarun Dua, Stephanie Nebehay, Edwina Gibbs Organizations: REUTERS, World Health Organization, WHO, Health, Thomson Locations: Wassenaar, Netherlands, GENEVA
A bearded man leaves carrying a sack of 46 kilos (101.4 pounds) of fortified wheat flour on his back. Food prices have spiked since the second drought in four years ruined some 40% of the wheat crop, according to the WFP. Millions of Afghans could soon face starvation due to the combination of conflict, drought and COVID-19, it has said. It has urgently appealed for $200 million, warning that WFP supplies will run out by October as winter sets in. 'PALLOR AND PAIN'McGroarty, an Irish aid veteran, has met some of the 550,000 Afghans uprooted by fighting and drought this year, now living in makeshift tents.
Persons: Mary, Ellen McGroarty, Delawar, McGroarty, Christine Cipolla, Stephanie Nebehay, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: ICRC, Food Programme, Reuters, WFP, International Committee, Red, Thomson Locations: ICRC GENEVA, Afghanistan, videolink, Kabul, Mazar, Balkh, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Herat, Ghazni, Khost, Asia, Kunduz, Kandahar
"Far greater humanitarian crisis" looms in Afghanistan - UNHCR
  + stars: | 2021-08-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
An internally displaced Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 20, 2019. REUTERS/StringerGENEVA, Aug 30 (Reuters) - As evacuations from Kabul wind down in coming days, "a larger crisis is just beginning" in Afghanistan and for its 39 million people, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday, appealing for support. "The airlifts out of Kabul will end in a matter of days, and the tragedy that has unfolded will no longer be as visible. A far greater humanitarian crisis is just beginning," Grandi said in a statement. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer GENEVA, Filippo Grandi, U.N, " Grandi, Stephanie Nebehay, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, UNHCR, Refugees, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan
Half a million Afghans could flee across borders - UNHCR
  + stars: | 2021-08-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
An internally displaced Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Omar SobhaniGENEVA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Up to half a million Afghans could flee the crisis in their homeland, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday, appealing to all neighbouring countries to keep their borders open for those seeking safety. This is a worst case scenario," Kelly Clements, deputy U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees told a Geneva news briefing. "While we have not seen large outflows of Afghans at this point, the situation inside Afghanistan has evolved more rapidly than anyone expected," she added. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge;Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Omar Sobhani GENEVA, Kelly Clements, U.N, Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge Organizations: REUTERS, UNHCR, Refugees, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Geneva
U.N. says Afghanistan humanitarian needs are 'catastrophic'
  + stars: | 2021-08-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly high-level debate in New York, U.S., September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mike SegarGENEVA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - U.N. officials appealed for $800 million to fill a chronic funding gap for Afghanistan on Friday, with a senior aid official describing the situation as "catastrophic" with at least one third of people expected to be facing hunger. "Humanitarian needs are catastrophic, are at large-scale and are increasing," Wafaa Saeed Abdelatef of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said at a virtual briefing. "These humanitarian needs are coming from decades of conflict, compounded by drought and COVID-19." The U.N. has appealed for $1.3 billion to reach 16 million people in Afghanistan this year, but a $800 million gap remains.
Persons: Mike Segar GENEVA, Wafaa Saeed Abdelatef, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay Organizations: United, United Nations, General Assembly, REUTERS, Humanitarian Affairs, Thomson Locations: United Nations, New York, U.S, Afghanistan
A man waits outside a factory to get his oxygen cylinder refilled, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kabul, Afghanistan June 15, 2021. At least one Islamic State suicide bomber killed 85 people, including 13 U.S. soldiers, outside the gates of Kabul airport in twin blasts on Thursday evening. "Right now because of security concerns and several other operational considerations, Kabul airport is not going to be an option for the next week at least," he said. "One of the problems we have in Afghanistan right now is there is no civil aviation authority functioning, but we are working with Pakistan particularly in the context of Mazar-i-Sharif airport. U.S. military forces, who have guarded Kabul airport, are due to withdraw on Aug. 31, leaving a vacuum.
Persons: Stringer, Rick Brennan, Brennan, Tayyip Erdogan, Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, World Health Organization, WHO, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Mazar, GENEVA, Italian, Cairo, Pakistan, Sharif, Turkey
A view of people waiting in line to board the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 27, 2021. "Right now because of security concerns and several other operational considerations, Kabul airport is not going to be an option for the next week at least," said WHO regional emergency director Rick Brennan. Insurance rates for flying into Afghanistan had "skyrocketed at prices we have never seen before" since Thursday's attack, he added. On Friday the Pentagon said several nations were willing to work with the Taliban to keep Kabul airport operating. Germany ended evacuation flights on Thursday, although its former envoy to Afghanistan, Markus Potzel, has been in talks with the Taliban representative in Doha to keep Kabul airport operating after Aug. 31.
Persons: Hamid Karzai, Tayyip Erdogan, Rick Brennan, Brennan, Ned Price, Markus Potzel, Potzel, Emma Farge, Ali Kucukgocmen, Dominic Evans, Edmund Blair Organizations: Airport, WHO, NATO, Taliban, World Health Organization, Cairo ., U.S . State Department, Pentagon, European Union, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Turkey, GENEVA, ANKARA, Turkish, Mazar, Cairo, United States, U.S, Germany, Doha, Geneva, Istanbul
UN rights chief to report back on Afghanistan in Sept-Oct
  + stars: | 2021-08-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
GENEVA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet is to report back in the September-October session on the situation in Afghanistan and any violations committed by the Taliban under a resolution agreed by the Human Rights Council on Tuesday. The text, brought by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and adopted without a vote, gave Bachelet a mandate to present a fuller report in March 2022. Austria's ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, speaking on behalf of the European Union, said it was joining the consensus even though the resolution "falls short" and the bloc had sought to launch an international investigation. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Emma FargeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Elisabeth Tichy, Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge Organizations: Human Rights, of Islamic Cooperation, European Union, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Afghanistan, Pakistan
UN rights boss says has credible reports of Taliban executions
  + stars: | 2021-08-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet wears a face mask at a special session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Afghanistan, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, August 24, 2021. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseGENEVA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday that she had received credible reports of serious violations committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including summary executions of civilians and restrictions on women and on protests against their rule. Bachelet urged the U.N. Human Rights Council, holding an emergency session at the request of Pakistan and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to set up a mechanism to closely monitor Taliban actions. "A fundamental red line will be the Taliban's treatment of women and girls," she told the Geneva forum. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Emma FargeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse GENEVA, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, of Islamic Cooperation, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Geneva, Switzerland, Pakistan
Ambassador of China to the United Nations Chen Xu attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseGENEVA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - China's envoy to the U.N. in Geneva said on Tuesday that the U.S. army and the militaries of other coalition partners should be held accountable for alleged rights violations they committed in Afghanistan. "The US, UK, Australia and other countries must be held accountable for the violation of human rights committed by their military in Afghanistan and the evolution of this current session should cover this issue," China's ambassador Chen Xu told an emergency session of the Human Rights Council on Afghanistan. "Under the banner of democracy and human rights the US and other countries carry out military interventions in other sovereign states and impose their own model on countries with vastly different history and culture," he said, saying this brought "great suffering". Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Stephanie NebehayOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: United Nations Chen Xu, Denis Balibouse GENEVA, Chen Xu, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay Organizations: United Nations, Human Rights, REUTERS, ., Thomson Locations: China, Geneva, Switzerland, Afghanistan, UK, Australia
Afghanistan Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha speaks during a special session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Afghanistan, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, August 24, 2021. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseGENEVA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - A senior Afghan diplomat from the deposed government on Tuesday called for accountability for Taliban actions, describing an "uncertain and dire" situation where millions of people fear for their lives amid reports of forced marriages and door-to-door searches. Addressing an emergency session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha called for member states to send a strong message to the Taliban and others that rights abuses "will have consequences". He said that restrictions and violations were taking place despite early Taliban pledges to respect human rights, citing incidents of forced marriage, intimidation of journalists as well as reports of door-to-door searches. The 47-member body which aims to promote human rights worldwide has in the past faced criticism for electing countries with questionable rights records as members such as Libya under former ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
Persons: Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Denis Balibouse GENEVA, Muammar Gaddafi, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Geneva, Switzerland, Afghan, Pakistan, New York, Libya
REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoGENEVA, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it was looking for the greatest scientific minds to advise on investigations into new high-threat pathogens that jump from animals to humans and could spark the next pandemic. And it needs to be multi-disciplinary," Maria van Kerkhove, head of WHO's emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, told Reuters. "In the last 20 years we've had many of these pathogens emerge or re-emerge: SARS, MERS, different avian influenzas, Zika, yellow fever and of course SARS-CoV-2," van Kerkhove said. The new group would draw up a global framework for studies into animals, humans, food, the environment, biosafety and protocols for lab audits when new pathogens emerge, she said. The WHO has urged all countries to work together to investigate the virus origins, but China has publicly rejected plans for more checks on labs and markets in its territory.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Maria van Kerkhove, Ghebreyesus, we've, van Kerkhove, Van Kerkhove, Tedros, Stephanie Nebehay, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Scientific, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, China, American, Wuhan
Delta surging in areas of low COVID-19 vaccine coverage - WHO
  + stars: | 2021-08-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
A policeman inspects the papers of a passenger passing through a checkpoint on the first day of a two-week lockdown to prevent the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus Delta variant, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa LopezGENEVA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Circulation of the Delta variant in areas of low vaccination is driving transmission of COVID-19 around the world, World Health Organization officials said on Wednesday. "Many of the places around the world where Delta is surging -- even in countries that at a national level have high levels of vaccination coverage -- the virus, the Delta variant itself, is really circulating in areas of low level of vaccine coverage and in the context of very limited and inconsistent use of public health and social measures," WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove told an online news briefing. Vaccines are clearly preventing increases in severe illness and death from the Delta variant, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan added. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Michael Shields in ZurichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Eloisa Lopez, Maria Van Kerkhove, Soumya Swaminathan, Stephanie Nebehay, Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi, Michael Shields Organizations: REUTERS, Eloisa Lopez GENEVA, Health Organization, WHO, Thomson Locations: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Delta, Geneva, Zurich
No need for COVID booster jabs for now - WHO
  + stars: | 2021-08-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Mariana GreifGENEVA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Current data does not indicate that COVID-19 booster shots are needed, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, adding that the most vulnerable people worldwide should be fully vaccinated before high-income countries deploy a top-up. The comments came just before the U.S. government said it planned to make the booster shots widely available to all Americans starting on Sept. 20 as infections from the Delta variant of the coronavirus rise. WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward, referring to booster shots being administered in high-income countries, told reporters: "There is enough vaccine around the world, but it is not going to the right places in the right order." Two doses should be given to the most vulnerable worldwide before boosters are administered to those fully-vaccinated, he said, adding: "We are a long, long way from that." Reporting by Michael Shields, Stephanie Nebehay and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mariana Greif GENEVA, Soumya Swaminathan, Bruce Aylward, Michael Shields, Stephanie Nebehay, Brenna Hughes, Alison Williams Organizations: Pfizer, Clinicas, REUTERS, World Health Organization, WHO, Thomson Locations: Montevideo, Uruguay, U.S, Geneva
GENEVA, Aug 17 (Reuters) - More than 40,000 people wounded during fighting in Afghanistan have been treated since June at health facilities supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), including 7,600 so far this month, the aid agency said on Tuesday. During the first 10 days of August ICRC treated 4,042 wounded, meaning that more than 3,500 were treated in the past week alone as the Taliban captured large swathes of territory including the capital, Kabul, which fell to the insurgents without a fight. ICRC director-general Robert Mardini voiced relief that "devastating urban warfare" was avoided in Kabul when the Taliban fighters advanced into the city. "It is heartbreaking to see our wards filled with children and young men and women who have lost limbs," he added. The ICRC, which has worked in Afghanistan since 1987, deploys some 1,800 national and international staff, including surgical teams, spokesman Florian Seriex said.
Persons: Cross, Robert Mardini, Florian Seriex, Stephanie Nebehay, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: International Committee, ICRC, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Afghanistan, Kabul
Half of all Afghan children under the age of five already suffer from acute malnutrition, as the country reels from its second drought in four years, Alakbarov said. About 600,000 Afghans have fled their homes this year, seeking to escape poverty and fighting, he said. The U.N. currently has access to 394 of 401 districts in Afghanistan. Asked about working with the Islamist militants, Alakbarov said: "When it comes to the Taliban, the United Nations humanitarian arm has worked with (the) Taliban for over 18 years, we have never stopped working with the Taliban. This is always done along the humanitarian credo of the United Nations - which is impartial, neutral."
Persons: Ramiz Alakbarov, Alakbarov, Timothy Organizations: Reuters, United Nations, Taliban, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, GENEVA, Nations, United
An Ethiopian refugee fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, holds her new born baby's foot at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. "UNICEF estimates that over 100,000 children in Tigray could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months – a tenfold increase compared to the average annual caseload," she said. Spokespeople for the prime minister and a government task for Tigray did not immediately respond to requests for comment on UNICEF's estimates. Fighting began between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) last November. Children, women and other civilians bear the scars of the conflict and trauma endured, Mercado said.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Marixie Mercado, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Mercado, Tomson Phiri, Jens Laerke, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, UNICEF, Children's Fund, Fighting, Ethiopian, Programme, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Geneva, Mekelle, Semera, U.N, Nairobi
REUTERS/Elijah NouvelageJuly 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, the Washington Post said, citing an internal CDC document. The variant was also more likely to break through protections afforded by the vaccines, but the health authority said such incidents were very rare, the CDC report posted on the Washington Post website showed. https://bit.ly/3778gY7In its summary, the CDC report said Delta is highly contagious, likely more severe than other variants and breakthrough infections may be as transmissible as unvaccinated cases. Delta has become the dominant variant globally, documented in 132 countries to date, according to the World Health Organization. read moreThe CDC report said that universal mask wearing is still needed to reduce transmission in addition to vaccines.
Persons: Elijah Nouvelage, Delta, hospitalisation, Joe Biden, Carlo Federico Perno, WHO Tarik Jasarevic, Shubham Kalia, Aishwarya Nair, Josephine Mason, Emilio Parodi, Stephanie Nebehay, Ramakrishnan, Sriraj Kalluvila, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Washington Post, CDC, World Health, Microbiology, Gesù, New York Times, WHO, Thomson Locations: Atlanta , Georgia, U.S, United States, Israel, Bengaluru, Milan, Geneva
A logo is pictured at the World Health Organization (WHO) building in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseGENEVA, July 30 (Reuters) - The world is at risk of losing hard-won gains in fighting COVID-19 as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads, but WHO-approved vaccines remain effective, the World Health Organization said on Friday. "Hard-won gains are in jeopardy or being lost, and health systems in many countries are being overwhelmed," Tedros told a news conference. The Delta variant has been detected in 132 countries, becoming the dominant global strain, according to the WHO. A few countries had reported increased hospitalisation rates, but higher rates of mortality had not been recorded from the Delta variant, she said.
Persons: Denis Balibouse GENEVA, Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Tedros, Mike Ryan, Maria van Kerkhove, Ryan, Mike Shields, Stephanie Nebehay, Nick Macfie Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Washington Post, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Africa, China, Japan, Olympic, Tokyo, Osaka, Zurich
Tsegy Kiday, a 34-year-old displaced single mother, is seen with her five children in Nebelet, Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 11, 2021. UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that one-in-two pregnant and breastfeeding women screened in Tigray were acutely malnourished. FAMINE CONDITIONSAid agencies say they are about to run out of the formula used to treat 4,000 severely malnourished children every month. In Adigrat General Hospital further north, Reuters saw medical records confirming the death of three more malnourished children. Doctors in both hospitals said they saw between four to 10 severely malnourished children monthly before the conflict erupted in November.
Persons: Tsegy, Giulia Paravicini, Marixie Mercado, Brkti Gebrehiwot, Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot, Gebrezgiher, Kisanet Hogus, Stephanie Nebehay, Katharine Houreld, Emelia Organizations: REUTERS, UNICEF, United Nations, Reuters, Wukro General, General, Thomson Locations: Nebelet, Tigray, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Geneva, Spokespeople, Wukro
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia's President Vladimir Putin meet for the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/PoolGENEVA, July 28 (Reuters) - Senior U.S. and Russian officials began talks on Wednesday on strategic nuclear stability, with a fresh mandate from their presidents who held a summit in Geneva last month. Anything less would be an irresponsible failure," Daniel Hogsta of the Nobel-prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, told Reuters. The treaty limits the numbers of strategic nuclear warheads, missiles and bombers that Russia and the United States can deploy. The Biden administration has asserted that Russia has engaged unilaterally in low-yield nuclear testing, in violation of a nuclear testing moratorium, he said, adding: "That's still on the table."
Persons: Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Denis Balibouse, Wendy Sherman, Sergei Ryabkov, Daniel Hogsta, Andrey Baklitskiy, Baklitskiy, that's, Biden, Stephanie Nebehay, Peter Graff Organizations: U.S, Villa La Grange, REUTERS, GENEVA, Senior U.S, Nuclear Weapons, Center, Advanced American Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Thomson Locations: Russia, Geneva, Switzerland, Russian, Geneva ., U.S, United, United States
A bus carrying displaced people arrives at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoGENEVA, July 27 (Reuters) - Some 24,000 Eritrean refugee are trapped in two camps in Ethiopia's Tigray region, cut off from humanitarian aid and where food rations may have run out, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. "The last food distribution to the two refugee camps was done during the month of June, the ration supplies then were only enough for 30 days," Babar Baloch, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a Geneva news briefing. "There is a real danger of hunger among these refugees if supplies do not resume as they may have already run out of food supplies that were given to them," he said. Conflict broke out between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in November.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Babar Baloch, Baloch, Stephanie Nebehay, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Refugees, UNHCR, World Health Organization, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Ethiopia's Tigray, Geneva, Mekelle
At least 57 migrants die in shipwreck off Libyan coast -U.N.
  + stars: | 2021-07-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
GENEVA, July 26 (Reuters) - At least 57 people drowned on Monday after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast near Khums, the latest tragedy in the central Mediterranean, the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. "According to survivors brought to shore by fishermen and the coast guard, at least 20 women and two children were among those who drowned," IOM spokeswoman Safa Msehli said in a tweet. Migrant boat departures to Italy and other parts of Europe from Libya and Tunisia have increased in recent months with better weather. Hundreds of thousands have made the perilous crossing in the last years, many fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Gavin Jones in Rome; Editing by Leslie AdlerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Safa Msehli, Stephanie Nebehay, Gavin Jones, Leslie Adler Organizations: Organization for Migration, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Libyan, Khums, Italy, Europe, Libya, Tunisia, Africa, Geneva, Rome
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