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Relief efforts ramp up in Tonga after eruption, tsunami
  + stars: | 2022-01-26 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com   time to read: +2 min
Humanitarian aid to Tonga is ramping up after the airport was cleared of ash, making it safe for planes to land, the Red Cross said on Wednesday, days after a volcanic eruption and tsunami devastated the South Pacific archipelago. “This disaster has shaken the people of Tonga like nothing we have seen in our lifetime,” Sione Taumoefolau, secretary general of Tonga Red Cross, said in a statement. The Australian government said on Wednesday it will provide an additional AU$2 million ($1.43 million) in humanitarian funding to Tonga, bringing Australia’s commitment to date to AU$3 million. The United Nations, Red Cross and other relief agencies on the ground in Tonga have warned that a Covid-19 outbreak in the island would be catastrophic at this time. The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano eruption triggered a tsunami that destroyed villages and resorts and knocked out communications for the nation of about 105,000 people.
Persons: Cross, ” Sione Taumoefolau, Sampson, Marise Payne, Peter Dutton, Zed Seselja, Saia Piukala, ” Piukala, ” Taumoefolau Organizations: International Federation of Red, Red Crescent Societies, Tonga Red Cross, U.S . Agency for International Development, USAID, , International Development, Broadcom Broadcasting, Tonga’s, United Nations Locations: Tonga, Tonga Red, United States, Australia, Australian, coronavirus, Adelaide
Relief efforts ramping up in Tonga, more aid arrives
  + stars: | 2022-01-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
A general view shows damaged buildings following volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tongatapu, Tonga, January 16, 2022 in this picture obtained from social media. Malau Media/via REUTERSJan 26 (Reuters) - Humanitarian aid to Tonga is ramping up after the airport was cleared of ash, making it safe for planes to land, the Red Cross said on Wednesday, days after a volcanic eruption and tsunami devastated the South Pacific archipelago. "This disaster has shaken the people of Tonga like nothing we have seen in our lifetime," Sione Taumoefolau, secretary general of Tonga Red Cross, said in a statement. The United Nations, Red Cross and other relief agencies on the ground in Tonga have warned that a COVID-19 outbreak in the island would be catastrophic at this time. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne and by Kirsty Needham in Sydney; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Gerry DoyleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Cross, Taumoefolau, Sampson, Saia Piukala, Piukala, Ash, Lidia Kelly, Kirsty Needham, Raju Gopalakrishnan, Gerry Doyle Organizations: Malau, REUTERS, International Federation of Red, Red Crescent Societies, Tonga Red Cross, U.S . Agency for International Development, USAID, Broadcom Broadcasting, Tonga's, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tongatapu, Tonga, Tonga Red, United States, Tonga . An Australian, coronavirus, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney
REUTERS/Dado RuvicSARAJEVO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday called on Bosnian rival ethnic leaders to put aside divisive rhetoric that threatens the volatile country's economy and future, saying Washington was ready to impose more sanctions on those obstructing stability. read morePower called on Bosnian politicians to put aside divisive rhetoric that brings into question the durability of 26 years of peace. Power said that pulling the Serb Republic out of the national institutions, as Dodik has threatened to do, would only hurt the region economically. Dodik has long advocated the secession of the Serb Republic and its eventual unification with Serbia, the wartime patron of Bosnian Serbs. Power said the United States was considering more sanctions against the officials who were involved in corrupt acts and destabilizing the country.
Persons: Samantha Power, Dado Ruvic, Jan, Washington, Power, Milorad Dodik, Dodik, Daria Sito, Paul Simao Organizations: U.S . Agency for International Development, USAID, REUTERS, U.S Agency for International Development, U.S, Bosnian, Serb, Catholic, Bosnian Serbs, Thomson Locations: Sarajevo, Dado Ruvic SARAJEVO, United States, Bosnian, Bosnia, States, Serb Republic, U.S, Dayton, Serbia
Some Afghans, out of desperation to feed their families, tell Insider they have donated a kidney for money or donated dangerous amounts of blood. But the school closed down and, since then, Samir has found it increasingly tough to find money to feed his family. Now, all across the country, Afghans fear hunger. Facing unspeakable hardship as winter has descended, they have been forced to resort to previously unfathomable measures to make money. After the Taliban takeover, Samir put aside the novel he was working on and began selling energy drinks on Kabul's dusty streets.
Persons: Jahish Sahar Samir, Samir, Zohra Bensemra, Tim Wimborne, Martin Griffiths, wheelbarrows, Bilal Guler, , Mstyslav, Ali Reza's, Sharif, Ali Reza, Ashraf Ghani, Saifurahman, Nematullah Organizations: United Nations, Facebook, Pen Society, UN, Food, International Labor Organization, Western, Reuters, Western Union, USAID, Humanitarian Affairs, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Tolo, Arya, Taliban Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, WhatsApp, UNHCR, Europe, Western Union, Afghan, American, UNOCHA, Herat, Se, Herat city –, Iran, Mazar, Saifurahman Safi, Xinhua
The United States announced Tuesday that it was giving more than $308 million in humanitarian aid to the Afghan people in an effort to support Afghans facing economic collapse under the new Taliban government. The United Nations and aid groups have repeatedly warned of a pending humanitarian catastrophe in the country of 38 million people. “The United States is committed to supporting the Afghan people and we continue to consider all options available to us. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP - Getty ImagesThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) described the $308 million as the government’s “initial” 2022 contribution. As well as health care, emergency food aid, water and sanitation, the aid will also include “winterization” programs such as shelter kits, heaters, blankets and warm clothing, USAID said.
Persons: Petros Giannakouris, Emily Horne, Horne, Mstyslav, Shelley Thakral, Martin Griffiths, Fabrice Coffrini, Joe, Biden, Osama bin Laden Organizations: United States, U.S, United Nations, World Food Program, National Security, Taliban, Food, International Federation of Red, , ” United Nations, Getty, United States Agency for International Development, USAID, United Locations: Washington, United States, Kabul, Afghanistan, Herat, Red, Geneva, AFP, Al Qaeda
Hundreds of veterans and other front-line volunteers who have organized ongoing evacuations from Afghanistan say that their efforts have become "untenable" without increased support from the U.S. government. The letter, signed by more than 285 veterans and volunteers, asks the Biden administration to appoint a visible leader with a dedicated staff by February 2022 to coordinate federal agencies and create an actionable multiyear plan for Afghan evacuations. Another problem is that there is still a significant number of Afghan allies who need to leave the country. The difference is that the massive airlift and Pentagon and State Department resources that aided in those evacuations are gone. Folks who say they stand by veterans should be aware that we are not interested in that sort of behavior or path."
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Shawn VanDiver, , Alex Plitsas, Kristofer Goldsmith, Goldsmith, I've, I, Plitsas, VanDiver, who've Organizations: U.S ., Navy, State Department and Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Army, Human, Coalition, Pentagon, State Department, Afghan, USAID, of State , Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Health, Human Services, Veterans, U.S Locations: Afghanistan, U.S, Iraq
KABUL—Undercover Taliban agents—often clean-shaven, dressed in jeans and sporting sunglasses—spent years infiltrating Afghan government ministries, universities, businesses and aid organizations. Other cells fanned out to seize other government and military installations and reached Kabul airport, where the U.S. was mounting a massive evacuation effort. Mr. Omari said the Badri force had compartmentalized cells working on different tasks—armed fighters, fundraisers and those involved with propaganda and recruitment. Named after the Battle of Badr that was won by Prophet Muhammad in 624, the Badri force includes several subgroups. Kamran, who didn’t want his surname to be used, was tasked with taking over his alma mater, Kabul University, and the Ministry of Higher Education.
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NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia’s government declared a national state of emergency Tuesday as rival Tigray forces threaten to move on the capital and the country’s yearlong war escalates quickly. The Tigray forces and their allies pose a “grave and imminent danger” to the country’s existence, the council’s declaration said. The fighting soon could reach the Oromo region that neighbors Addis Ababa. Ethnic Oromo once hailed Abiy as the country’s first Oromo prime minister, but discontent has since emerged with the jailing of outspoken Oromo leaders. The U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, told a public event Tuesday that the linkup of Tigray forces with other armed groups is dangerous.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, , , Jeffrey Feltman, doesn’t, Feltman Organizations: Kenya —, United, Ethiopia’s, Ministers, Ethiopian, The United, U.S . Agency for International Development, Associated Press, USAID, Oromo Liberation Army, U.S, Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Tigray, United States, , Addis Ababa, Dessie, The United Nations, Ethiopia, Amhara, Afar, Oromo, of Africa,
Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer, with fossil fuels accounting for 60% of government revenue and 90% of foreign exchange earnings. "They're prioritizing global emissions over Africa's development needs," said Moss. Like the United States, Europe and Britain, Nigeria sees a prominent role for renewable energy, notwithstanding its investments into gas power. In Nigeria, energy poverty is itself a major driver of emissions, according to Olu Verheijen, the founder of Lagos-based energy advisory business Latimer Energy. In the race to solve the climate crisis, there's a clear risk that the development needs of poor countries are sacrificed in pursuit of global emissions goals.
Persons: Amal, Lee Amin, Muhammadu Buhari, Buhari, Adewale Ajayi, Ajayi, Todd Moss, Nigeria's, Moss, Yemi Osinbajo, Osinbajo, Amin, Olu Verheijen, Verheijen, Young, Mark Carrato, Carrato, IRENA, Fatih Birol Organizations: World Bank, CDC Group, Lagos, Petroleum Industry Act, KPMG, CNN Business, Energy, Growth, Washington D.C, United, Foreign, European Investment Bank, Reuters CDC Group, CDC, European Union, Global Energy Monitor, US Energy Information, Agency for International Development, USAID, Power, International Renewable Energy Agency, International Energy Agency Locations: Lagos, Nigeria, North, Saudi Arabia, United States, Washington, Saharan Africa, Africa, Japan, United Kingdom, Europe, Britain, Maiduguri, Nigeria's, Nigerian, Power Africa
THE WHITE HOUSE: Only three of Vice President Kamala Harris' campaign staffers are working on her White House team. Emmy Ruiz, White House director of political strategy and outreach: Ruiz previously worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign in Colorado and Nevada. She was a senior advisor to Harris' presidential campaign. Ruiz previously worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign in Colorado and Nevada. She was a senior advisor to Harris' presidential campaign.
Persons: Ozzie Albies, Phil Rosen, Kamala Harris, Evelyn Hockstein, Harris, Harris alums, Laphonza Butler, Butler, Ruiz, Hillary Clinton's, Ian Sams, Joyce Kazadi, Kazadi, Samantha Power, Elon Musk, Musk, Joe Biden's beefed, Sen, Joe Manchin, Jerome Powell, Joe Biden, Kevin Dietsch, DANIEL SLIM, Michael M, Biden, Read, Donald Trump, Deborah Birx, Robert Redfield, Jabin Botsford, Trump could've, Donald Trump's, Trump, António Guterres, Guterres, Pence, Bennie Thompson, John Eastman, Eastman, There's, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Chandra Organizations: iOS, Android, Atlanta Braves, Getty, White House, SEIU, HHS, Human Services Department, USAID, US Agency for International, Twitter, Building, Treasury Department, White, FDA, Drug Administration, Pfizer, for Disease Control, Centers for Disease Control, Washington, UN, The Washington Post, New York Times, Trump, Hubble, NASA, ESA, Houston Astros Locations: AFP, White, Colorado and Nevada, Washington, Glasgow, Scotland, America, COVID, Brazil
A U.S. delegation will meet with senior Taliban representatives in Doha on Saturday and Sunday in their first face-to-face meeting at a senior level since Washington pulled its troops from Afghanistan and the hardline group took over the country, two senior administration officials told Reuters. The high-level U.S. delegation will include officials from the State Department, USAID and the U.S. intelligence community, will press the Taliban to ensure continued safe passage for U.S. citizens and others out of Afghanistan and to release kidnapped U.S. citizen Mark Frerichs, the officials said. The U.S. team will include the State Department's Deputy Special Representative Tom West as well as top USAID humanitarian official Sarah Charles. On The Taliban side, cabinet officials will be attending, officials said. Washington and other Western countries are grappling with difficult choices as a severe humanitarian crisis looms large over Afghanistan.
Persons: Mark Frerichs, Zalmay Khalilzad, Tom West, Sarah Charles, we've Organizations: U.S, Washington, Reuters, State Department, USAID, State Department's, Taliban, United, World Bank Locations: Doha, Afghanistan, United States, Washington, U.S
A Taliban soldier sits outside a news conference where Taliban officials announced they will start issuing passports to its citizens again following months of delays that hampered attempts by those trying to flee the country after the Taliban seized control, in Kabul, Afghanistan October 5, 2021. U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, who has for years spearheaded U.S. dialogue with the Taliban and been a key figure in peace talks with the group, will not be part of the delegation. The U.S. team will include the State Department's Deputy Special Representative Tom West as well as top USAID humanitarian official Sarah Charles. On The Taliban side, cabinet officials will be attending, officials said. Washington and other Western countries are grappling with difficult choices as a severe humanitarian crisis looms large over Afghanistan.
Persons: Jorge Silva, Mark Frerichs, Zalmay Khalilzad, Tom West, Sarah Charles, we've, Ned Price, Humeyra Pamuk, Michelle Price, Alistair Bell Organizations: Taliban, REUTERS, U.S, Washington, Reuters, State Department, USAID, State Department's, United, World Bank, European Union, State, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Doha, United States, Washington, U.S
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s vast Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is in danger of losing momentum as opposition in targeted countries rises and debts mount, paving the way for rival schemes to squeeze Beijing out, a new study showed on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk past a wall with a map showing the species of peony in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries, at horticultural exhibition Beijing Expo 2019, in Beijing, China April 29, 2019. But major changes in public sentiment made it difficult for participating countries to maintain close relations with Beijing, Parks said. The survey found that 35% of Belt and Road projects were struggling with corruption, labour violations, environmental pollution and public protests. “B3W is going to increase choice in the infrastructure financing market, which could lead to some high-profile BRI defections,” Parks said.
Persons: Stringer, Xi Jinping, Mary, , Brad Parks, AidData, Lingxiao, , Parks, ” Parks, AidData’s Organizations: Initiative, REUTERS, College of William, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, United States, Ford Foundation, U.S . Agency for International Development, USAID Locations: SHANGHAI, Beijing, China, Asia, Africa, Latin America, United States, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cameroon
Meanwhile, the healthcare professionals who parachute in for mostly short-term assignments are routinely referred to as "international staff" or "expats." In some projects, international staff members are housed in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in capital cities, with in-house cooks and cleaners. But some MSF staffers say the pay differential can't be explained by fiscal responsibility alone. MSF staff members at one project in the Idlib province in northwestern Syria had no idea what was going on. Sources from Egypt to India describe a segregated medical system for MSF staff members, with expatriates receiving better access to life-saving care.
Persons: Ali N'Simbo, N'Simbo, Lucy Doyle, VALERIE BAERISWYL, It's, — témoignage, spurning, George Floyd, Mara Kardas, David Beversluis, PAU BARRENA, Thomas Nierle, they're, John Moore, Bashar Assad's, Barack Obama, Assad, Al, António Guterres, Kennie Musa, Dr, Sheik Humarr Khan, Khan, Khan wasn't, Khan's, Alhajie Khan, CARL DE SOUZA, Mohammed Hani, Hani, Christopher Stokes, DOMINIQUE FAGET, Black expats, PASCAL GUYOT, , Abby Stoddard, Stoddard, Sam Bumicho, Bumicho, inequity, they've, Sarah Martin, Martin, Munyaradzi, Dhodho, ANNE CHAON, Ali N'Simbo's, Mégo, Terzian, Stewart, Africa Stewart, Thierry Allafort, Duverger, Weeks, N'Simbo's, Sabiti Djaffar Al Katanty, Urshula Edwards, Fatou Organizations: MSF, North, USA Association, Center, Investigative, Martissant, Getty, Red Cross, , Senate, National, Islamic, Workers, USAID, World Health Organization, Sierra Leonean, Kenema Government Hospital, Borders, Aid Worker Security, Decolonise MSF, Liberian, SOS Mediterranee, USA, N'Simbo, Sabiti Djaffar Al Katanty MSF, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam Locations: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Kisangani, North American, American, United States, South Sudan, Haiti, AFP, Africa, Europe, North America, Saharan Africa, Nelson, South Africa, Italy, Tunisia, Paris, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, Kabul, Port, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, MSF Switzerland, Swiss, Congolese, West Africa, Liberian, Syria, Damascus, Russia, Idlib, Turkey, Islamic State, Al Jazeera, Liberia, Egypt, India, Sierra Leone, Germany, Khan, Lesbos, Greece, Cairo, Belgian, Elwa, Monrovia, Venezuela, Mali, Niger, Dakar, Senegal, Sahel, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mancha, Malta, Lampedusa, Johannesburg
(CNN) President Joe Biden signed a new executive order Friday authorizing broad sanctions against those involved in perpetrating the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia as reports of atrocities continue to emerge from the Tigray region. Biden approved the executive order after the administration has "telegraphed for months that the parties need to change course," a second senior administration official said. Eritrean forces must withdraw from Ethiopia," Biden said. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle welcomed the new executive order. Robert Menendez - the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - and Chris Coons - who was dispatched by the Biden administration toward the beginning of the crisis to meet with Abiy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Samantha Power, Democratic Sens, Robert Menendez, Chris Coons, Sen, Jim Risch, Michael McCaul, McCaul, Robert Godec, you've Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara Regional Government, African Union, Agency for International Development, USAID, United Nations General Assembly, Lawmakers, Democratic, Senate Foreign Relations, Abiy, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Biden, Biden Administration, State Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, United States, Ethiopian, Africa, Eritrea, New York
NUUK, Greenland (Reuters) - Greenland said on Wednesday it had agreed a new economic aid package with the United States which seeks to boost ties the world’s biggest island and strengthen U.S. military presence in the Arctic. The aid package from USAid worth $10 million announced on Wednesday is primarily aimed at development of Greenland’s mining sector, tourism and education. The package comes on top of a $12.1 million package announced by Washington last year, which drew some criticism from Copenhagen for creating division between Greenland and Denmark. Greenland, home to only 57,000 people but rich in natural resources, is a former colony and now an autonomous Danish territory. With an economy heavily dependant on fishing, the island relies on annual grants of around $600 million from Denmark.
Persons: Pele Broberg, Donald Trump, , ” Broberg Organizations: ., USAid, Reuters, Washington Locations: NUUK, Greenland, United States, U.S, . Washington, Nuuk, Copenhagen, Denmark
NUUK, Greenland, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Greenland said on Wednesday it had agreed a new economic aid package with the United States which seeks to boost ties the world's biggest island and strengthen U.S. military presence in the Arctic. The aid package from USAid worth $10 million announced on Wednesday is primarily aimed at development of Greenland's mining sector, tourism and education. The package comes on top of a $12.1 million package announced by Washington last year, which drew some criticism from Copenhagen for creating division between Greenland and Denmark. Greenland, home to only 57,000 people but rich in natural resources, is a former colony and now an autonomous Danish territory. With an economy heavily dependant on fishing, the island relies on annual grants of around $600 million from Denmark.
Persons: Pele Broberg, Donald Trump, Broberg, Jacob Gronholt, Pedersen, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: ., USAid, Reuters, Washington, Thomson Locations: NUUK, Greenland, United States, U.S, . Washington, Nuuk, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ethiopian porters unload food aid bound for victims of war after a checkpoint leading to Tigray in Mai Tsebri town, Ethiopia June 26, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region in recent weeks looted warehouses belonging to the U.S. government's humanitarian agency in the Amhara region, USAID's Ethiopia director said on Tuesday. War broke out in the mountainous region last November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. read moreThe Tigrayan forces and the federal government have repeatedly traded accusations of hampering the flow of aid. Reporting by Nairobi newsroom Writing by Duncan Miriri Editing by Maggie Fick and Grant McCoolOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Sean Jones, Abiy, Duncan Miriri, Maggie Fick, Grant McCool Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, Ethiopian, EBC, USAID, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Afar, Nairobi
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris meets Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh during a meeting at the Office of Government, in Hanoi, Vietnam, August, 25, 2021. Speaking in Hanoi, Harris said there was a need to increase pressure on Beijing over its maritime claims. On Tuesday in Singapore, Harris accused Beijing of coercion and intimidation to back unlawful claims in parts of the disputed the South China Sea. China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan lay claim to parts of the waters. MARITIME SECURITY CO-OPERATIONThe vice president's offer to support Vietnam's increased maritime security included visits by U.S. ships and aircraft carriers, the White House official said.
Persons: Kamala Harris, Pham Minh Chinh, Evelyn Hockstein, Vietnam's, Harris, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vo Thi, Xuan, COVID, Chinh, Nandita Bose, James Pearson, Michael Perry Organizations: Vietnam's, Government, REUTERS, White House, United Nations Convention, U.S, China, Embassy, Senior White House, Pfizer, COVID, U.S . Congress, U.S . Coast Guard, USAID, U.S . Embassy, Thomson Locations: Hanoi, Vietnam, HANOI, South China, Singapore, U.S, Washington, Beijing, China, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Havana, Chinh Beijing, Chi Minh City, Asia
BILLIONS INVESTEDWhile foreign governments and aid groups evacuate thousands of people, they're leaving billions of dollars in projects hanging in the balance, much of it through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund. Reuters GraphicsThe United States has allocated $145 billion towards Afghan reconstruction since 2002, a July 30 report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction shows. On Friday a flight from Kabul landed in Islamabad with 350 evacuees, including employees from the World Bank Group and other international institutions. A World Bank internal memo viewed by Reuters confirmed that its Kabul-based staff, including Afghan employees, had been evacuated with their immediate families. The Asian Development Bank, also with extensive operations in Afghanistan, remains "committed to supporting Afghanistan’s economic and social development," the group said in a statement.
Persons: Yuri Gripas, al, Robert Crews, Michael McKinley, McKinley, Daniel Runde, David Malpass, Ryan Crocker, Crocker, David Lawder, Elizabeth Culliford, Andrea Shalal, Heather Timmons, Grant McCool Organizations: IMF, Bank, REUTERS, Stanford University, U.S . Agency for International Development, USAID, Cohen Group, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Trust Fund, Reuters, Afghan, Reuters Graphics Reuters, World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, United States, U.S, Taliban, CSIS, Carnegie Endowment, International, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Afghanistan, al Qaeda, New York, Washington, U.S, States, Kabul, Islamabad, Myanmar, COVID, United
Criminal gangs in Haiti have slowed down aid efforts trying to reach those injuries by the recent earthquake. On August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing 2000 people and injuring 12,000. Haitians are getting so desperate for supplies and support that on Friday, 20 August, Reuters reported that an aid truck was looted. On August 14, Haiti was struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, killing 2000 people and injuring 12,000 people - 332 people are still missing. The aid effort has been further hampered by poor weather conditions inflicted by tropical storm Grace.
Persons: Grace, Jerry Chandler, they've, Ariel Henry Organizations: Service, UN Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Reuters, BBC, UNICEF, Haitian, USAID Locations: Haiti, Haiti's, Port, Grace
Sister Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot attends to Aamanuel Merhawi, aged one year and eight months, who suffers from severe acute malnutrition, at the Wukro hospital, Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 11, 2021. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 20 (Reuters) - For the first time in nine months of war in Ethiopia's Tigray region, aid workers will this week run out of food to deliver to millions of people who are going hungry there, the head of the U.S. government's humanitarian agency said. War broke out in November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. On Thursday, the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate ceasefire and unrestricted aid access in Tigray. Abiy's spokesperson told a news conference last week that 277 trucks of aid have entered Tigray, without specify the time period in which the trucks entered.
Persons: Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot, Aamanuel Merhawi, Giulia Paravicini, Samantha Power, Antonio Guterres, Power, Spokespeople, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Maggie Fick, Ayenat, John Stonestreet Organizations: REUTERS, USAID, U.S . Agency for International Development, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle
Haiti, a country already reeling from the devastation of a deadly earthquake, was drenched on Monday by a tropical depression that brought heavy rains and winds. Heavy rain and strong winds whipped at the country’s southwestern area after nightfall, according to reports. People affected by Saturday's earthquake stand under the rain of Tropical Depression Grace at a refugee camp in Les Cayes, Haiti, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Fore said in a statement that the tropical depression could exacerbate damage from the earthquake and complicate search and rescue efforts. Earlier Monday a different storm, Tropical Storm Fred, made landfall on the Florida panhandle in the United States.
Persons: Grace, Joseph Odelyn, Civil Protection, Jovenel Moïse, Les Cayes, Anthony Emile, ” Emile, Joe Biden, António Guterres, Henrietta Fore, Fred Organizations: National Hurricane Center, Civil, Associated Press, USAID, U.S ., U.S . Coast Guard, Port, Prince, United Nations, UNICEF Locations: Haiti, Tiburon, Miami, Hispaniola, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Les Cayes, Port, Les, Chile, Virginia, U.S, United States, Florida
Many across Afghanistan are racing to delete past online lives, fearing Taliban retribution, Wired reported. The Taliban retook Afghanistan last weekend in a blitz-style sweep of the country's major cities. According to a report in Wired, many across Afghanistan are rushing to erase their online lives, worried about photos and videos that promote education, or the work of non-governmental organizations. However, many Afghans need that information as evidence to present for visa applications as they try to flee the country. The report said Afghans are deleting foreign contacts from their phones and wiping data.
Persons: Hamid Karzai, Welton Chang, It's, couldn't Organizations: Wired, Service, Hamid, Human, USAID, CNN Locations: Afghanistan, Taliban, Kabul, US
Live Live Updates: Taliban Promise No Reprisal Killings, but Afghans Are Desperate to Escape A surge of U.S. troops restored order inside Kabul’s international airport a day after Afghans mobbed the runway in a frantic attempt to flee. Afghan security guards trying to maintain order as hundreds gathered outside the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. While the U.S. military on Tuesday restored order within Kabul’s international airport, it was unclear whether Afghans could make it there. In some areas of Afghanistan, women have been told not to leave home without being accompanied by a male relative, and girls’ schools have been closed. John F. Kirby, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said on Tuesday that U.S. citizens could again make their way to the Kabul airport.
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