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Stories with subject: Humanitarian crises
  • Fighting threatens an oil center in South Sudan 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:20 am
  • JUBA, South Sudan - Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before five were wounded.

  • UGA-Emory partnership receives flu research funds 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 5:04 am
  • ATLANTA - A medical partnership between the University of Georgia and Emory University will be receiving at least $3.6 million in federal funding.

  • UN approves force for Central African Republic 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:07 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, where mounting violence between Christians and Muslims has brought killings, torture and sexual violence.

  • 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.

  • US health secretary: Nations cannot ignore disease 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 5:50 pm
  • BOULDER, Colorado - Health is the "great global connector" and ignoring disease in other nations will punish people everywhere as the world increasingly is connected by air travel and food transported across the globe, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday.

  • 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.

  • UN renews war crimes investigation in Syria 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 9:46 am
  • GENEVA - The U.N.'s top human rights body voted overwhelmingly to renew its war crimes investigation in Syria for another year Friday, as diplomatic efforts to revive negotiations between the government and opposition remain deadlocked.

  • UN lavishes rare praise on Sierra Leone 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 5:52 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council lavished rare praise Wednesday on Sierra Leone, a country once known for "blood diamonds" and rebels chopping limbs off innocent civilians, which now contributes soldiers to U.N. peacekeeping missions and aspires to be a middle-income country by 2030.

  • Disasters led to $45B in insurance losses in 2013 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 7:50 am
  • GENEVA - Disasters such as floods in Europe, winter storms in the U.S. and typhoons in Asia cost insurance companies $45 billion in 2013, a leading Swiss firm said Wednesday.

  • 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.