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Stories with subject: Humanitarian assistance
  • US envoy urges Myanmar to help aid groups return 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 9:13 am
  • YANGON, Myanmar - As Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar face acute shortages of water, food and medical care, a visiting U.S. State Department official urged the government to work quickly to facilitate the return of aid groups, saying the word was watching.

  • UN envoy raises alarm on abuses against Rohingya 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 10:46 am
  • YANGON, Myanmar - Severe shortages of food, water and medical care for Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar are part of a long history of persecution against the religious minority that could amount to "crimes against humanity," a U.N. human rights envoy said, an allegation denied by the government.

  • US optimism ebbs over Myanmar reforms 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 4:05 am
  • WASHINGTON - Two years after the United States announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Myanmar, optimism in Washington over the nation's embrace of democracy is waning and concern over the plight of minority Muslims is growing.

  • Asia leaders look to bolster unity, coordination 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 11:08 pm
  • HONOLULU - Southeast Asian defense leaders pointed to Russia's recent annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as one example of why the Pacific nations must be more unified in the face of territorial disputes, U.S. officials said Thursday at the close of a three-day meeting.

  • Top UN officials see severe hunger in South Sudan 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 11:34 am
  • NYAL, South Sudan - Desperate South Sudan villagers, fleeing fighting across the country, are eating grass and roots to survive as the World Food Program starts costly air drops of food to northern parts of the country.

  • Aid groups see dire crisis for Rohingya in Myanmar 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 7:13 am
  • YANGON, Myanmar - International relief organizations forced to flee western Myanmar after being targeted by Buddhist mobs say it will be almost impossible to return without strong diplomatic pressure on the government to depoliticize the distribution of aid: Until then, they say, the lives of more than 140,000 Rohingya Muslims in overcrowded, dirty camps will be at even greater risk.

  • South Sudan peace talks resume, UN warns of crisis 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 3:28 pm
  • ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Peace talks between South Sudan's two warring factions resumed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Tuesday, as the United Nations warned of "the potential for a catastrophic situation" for millions in need of food and other aid.

  • UN chief says both sides block aid to Syrians 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 8:29 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed the Syrian government and opposition Monday for escalating violence and blocking aid to millions in desperate need of help, despite pledges from both sides to comply with a Security Council resolution demanding immediate access everywhere in the country to deliver aid.