Humanitarian crises

Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen, gestures as he speaks to the media about Geneva Consultations on Yemen during a news conference, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, September 8, 2018. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
September 08, 2018 - 8:14 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. special envoy to Yemen sought to downplay the significance of the failure of peace talks to start, saying on Saturday that he would head back to Yemen and neighboring Oman "within days" to try and agree on a new date. A delegation of the internationally recognized...
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, centre, flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pose for photographs in Tehran, Iran, ahead of their summit to discuss Syria, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The three leaders began a meeting to discuss the war in Syria.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
September 07, 2018 - 6:41 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and Russia on Friday backed a military campaign to retake the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria as Turkey pleaded for a cease-fire, narrowing the chances of a diplomatic solution to avoid what many say would be a bloody humanitarian disaster. The trilateral summit in...
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FILE- In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lock hands during a group photo in Ankara, Turkey. When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet in Tehran Friday, Sept. 7, all eyes will be on their diplomacy averting a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria's crowded northwestern province and last opposition stronghold. The three leaders whose nations are all under U.S. sanctions have an interest in working together, but Idlib is complicated and they have little common ground. (Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP, File)
September 07, 2018 - 3:05 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Syria talks in Iran (all times local): 11:30 p.m. The U.N. envoy for Syria says "the signals" from the Tehran meeting of the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey are that they intend to continue talking to avoid a potential catastrophe in rebel-held Idlib. Staffan...
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Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen, addresses the media during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 one day before starting the Geneva Consultations on Yemen. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
September 05, 2018 - 1:40 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen said Wednesday that he hopes Yemenis can draw a "flickering signal of hope" from peace talks set to resume after a two-year hiatus — a new bid to end a grueling war that has spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Martin Griffiths was preparing to start...
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September 04, 2018 - 6:53 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli jets flying high over Lebanon struck at targets inside Syria on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, in a rare daytime raid that killed at least one person. Syria's SANA state news agency said the country's air defenses shot down five missiles, adding that one person...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2018, file photo, Yemeni people attend the funeral of victims of a Saudi-led airstrike, in Saada, Yemen. An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen that killed dozens of people last month is an "apparent war crime," an international rights group said Sunday, Sept. 2. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
September 02, 2018 - 1:41 pm
CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen that killed dozens of people last month is an "apparent war crime," an international rights group said Sunday. The report came days after U.N. human rights experts said all sides in the...
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September 02, 2018 - 9:20 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Turkey has named an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria a terror organization to include the group's rebranded name. The change comes amid discussions with Russia over how to treat the Levant Liberation Committee (Hay'at Tahrir al...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2018, file photo, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Syria Staffan de Mistura addresses the media during a conference 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region' at the EU Council in Brussels. Fearing a military offensive, the U.N. envoy for Syria proposed Thursday, Aug. 30, that civilians holed up in the rebel-held region of Idlib could evacuate to government-held areas, a move that would in essence send many back into parts of Syria they once fled in its 7-1/2-year-old war. De Mistura expresses fears of a “perfect storm” that could have a devastating impact on nearly 3 million people, nearly half of whom arrived from elsewhere in Syria, in the region largely controlled by al-Qaida-linked fighters. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
August 30, 2018 - 2:05 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Fearing a military offensive, the U.N. envoy for Syria proposed Thursday that civilians holed up in the rebel-held region of Idlib could evacuate to government areas — a move that would send many back into parts of Syria they once fled in its 7-1/2-year-old civil war. U.N. envoy...
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Since March last year, the U.N.'s humanitarian aid agency has said Yemen — already the Arab world's poorest country — is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
August 28, 2018 - 7:25 pm
GENEVA (AP) — U.N. human rights experts said Tuesday the governments of Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia may have been responsible for war crimes since Yemen's conflict intensified 3½ years ago, including rape, torture, arbitrary detention and use of child soldiers. Their report —...
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Venezuelan migrants wait outside their country’s embassy for a bus that will transport them to the airport, in Lima, Peru, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. The Venezuelans are being flown to Caracas on a flight financed by the government of President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
August 27, 2018 - 8:06 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Nearly one hundred Venezuelan migrants in Peru are making an unexpected journey home after deciding to take up their government's offer of a free flight back instead of continuing to eke out a living in a foreign land. With packed suitcases in hand, the migrants boarded an all-...
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