French aid worker Sophie Petronin kidnapped in Mali

French aid worker Sophie Petronin kidnapped in Mali

A Frenchwoman who runs an organisation for malnourished children has been kidnapped in Mali’s restive north, France’s foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday, as French troops joined in the search for the aid worker. Sophie Petronin was abducted in the city of Gao on Saturday, the ministry said, adding that French and Malian authorities were working […]

World powers pledge $15 billion in aid to Afghanistan

World powers pledge $15 billion in aid to Afghanistan

World powers raised $15 billion for Afghanistan on Wednesday to fund the country over the next four years, while the European Union said it won support to revive a stalled peace process after almost 40 years of conflict. With the government in Kabul facing a resurgent Taliban 15 years after U.S. forces helped oust the […]

UN opens probe into Syria aid convoy attack

UN opens probe into Syria aid convoy attack

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced he is setting up a board of inquiry to investigate the bombing of an aid convoy in Syria last week that killed 18 people. US officials have said that Russian planes carried out the air strikes on September 19 that hit the 31-truck convoy bringing aid to a […]

UN says it is ready to resume Syria aid convoys

UN says it is ready to resume Syria aid convoys

The UN said Wednesday it was ready to resume humanitarian convoys in Syria after an attack on aid trucks and a warehouse, which left 20 people dead, triggered a suspension of deliveries. “The preparation for these convoys has now resumed and we are ready to deliver aid to besieged and hard-to-reach areas as soon as […]

US says Russia ‘responsible’ for attack on Syria aid convoy

US says Russia ‘responsible’ for attack on Syria aid convoy

The United States believes two Russian aircraft attacked an aid convoy near Aleppo in a strike that shattered a one-week truce, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, but Russia denied involvement. The United States believes two Russian aircraft attacked an aid convoy near Aleppo in a strike that shattered a one-week truce, U.S. officials said on […]

UN hails ‘historic’ refugee declaration but aid agencies unimpressed

UN hails ‘historic’ refugee declaration but aid agencies unimpressed

The United Nation’s issued what it called a “historic” declaration Monday in which world leaders promised to do more to help millions of the world’s refugees and migrants. However, aid agencies said the move would do little to improve the situation. As world leaders gathered in New York for the UN’s annual General Assembly, the […]

Humanitarian aid stuck as rising violence in Syria undermines fragile truce

Humanitarian aid stuck as rising violence in Syria undermines fragile truce

Both the United States and Russia said on Friday they wanted to extend the four-day-old ceasefire in Syria, even while an aid convoy for the city of Aleppo was stuck on the Turkish border and violence was increasingly undermining the truce. The provision of aid to what was Syria’s largest city before the war is […]

IMF releases long-awaited $1bn in aid for Ukraine

IMF releases long-awaited $1bn in aid for Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund said its board on Wednesday approved a long-awaited loan disbursement to Ukraine of about $1 billion after a review of the country’s bailout program. The IMF has agreed to pump $17.5 billion into Ukraine’s economy in a four-year bailout, releasing the funds in installments subject to the government making progress on […]

Syrian aid groups suspend UN cooperation, citing ‘significant’ Assad interference

Syrian aid groups suspend UN cooperation, citing ‘significant’ Assad interference

Some 73 aid agencies operating in Syria said Thursday they were suspending cooperation with the United Nations over interference from President Bashar al-Assad’s government in the delivery of aid to besieged areas. The UN said it would continue to work with the aid agencies, despite their decision to withdraw from the UN’s “Whole of Syria” […]

UN admits role in Haiti cholera epidemic, pledges aid

UN admits role in Haiti cholera epidemic, pledges aid

A U.N. acknowledgement that it played a role in introducing cholera to Haiti and vows to aid victims were welcomed Friday in the Caribbean nation, which has experienced the worst outbreak of the disease in recent history. While the number of cholera cases has been significantly reduced from the initial outbreak in 2010, the fact […]

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

The United States and France pushed Tuesday for aid to reach Syria’s battlefront city of Aleppo before plans for a new round of talks can move forward. Russia, however, maintained that there should be no pre-conditions for the talks that the United Nations is hoping to reconvene in Geneva at the end of the month. […]

France bars aid convoy trying to reach desperate Calais refugees

France bars aid convoy trying to reach desperate Calais refugees

French authorities on Wednesday banned a massive aid convoy headed to Calais to help desperate migrants camped out in the northern port town, citing concerns over disruption to the “public order”. The 250-vehicle convoy was expected to reach Calais on Saturday after months of planning, according to organisers. As many as 5,000 refugees and migrants […]

UN seeks humanitarian aid drop to Syrian civilians under bombardment

UN seeks humanitarian aid drop to Syrian civilians under bombardment

Regime air strikes killed dozens of civilians in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo Friday, as the UN Security Council prepared to discuss emergency aid drops to besieged areas in the war-torn country. The raids were the most intense in more than a week, with dozens of barrel bombs — crude, unguided explosive devices […]