Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh postpone return

World 11/16/18, 08:31

Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go.United Nations officials and international aid agencies praised the government of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who hopes to ...

Bangladesh says Rohingya who volunteer will go to Myanmar

World 11/15/18, 00:36

Bangladesh authorities say repatriation of some Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar will begin Thursday as scheduled if people are willing to go despite calls from United Nations officials and human rights groups for the refugees' safety to be verified first.Refugee commissioner Abul Kalam said at a news conference that officials will ...

Red Cross says conditions not right for Rohingyas to return

U.S. 11/14/18, 18:16

The International Committee of the Red Cross says conditions are not right for Rohingya Muslim refugees to return safely to Myanmar from Bangladesh, where over 700,000 have sought refuge since August 2017 following a military crackdown.Robert Mardini is the organization's U.N. observer. He told reporters Wednesday that the conflict between ...

Czech Republic to stay out of UN pact on migration

Europe 11/14/18, 03:20

The Czech government has decided the country will stay out of a United Nations pact promoting an international approach to safe and orderly migration.Wednesday's decision comes after Prime Minister Andrej Babis vehemently opposed the document, saying it poses a threat for his country's security and sovereignty.Babis has argued the U.N. ...

Chemical attack investigative team to start work next year

Europe 11/13/18, 10:16

A new investigative team being set up to apportion blame for poison gas and nerve agent attacks in Syria will be ready to start work early next year, the chief of the global chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons voted in June to begin ...

Update: Bulgaria says it won’t sign UN migration pact

Europe 11/12/18, 11:51

The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):6:50 p.m.Bulgarian officials are signaling the country will not sign a global pact to promote safe and orderly migration, saying that it would harm national interests.The floor leader of the main ruling center-right GERB party in parliament, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, said after a ...

2 more crossings open through Cyprus’ ethnic divide

Europe 11/12/18, 07:46

A few hundred Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots walked through a newly opened crossing point in the southeastern village of Dherynia in what peace activists are hailing as further breaking down barriers on ethnically divided Cyprus.Dherynia, and another crossing point in the country's northwest, bring the total of crossing points ...

UN refugee agency warns against returning Rohingya refugees

World 11/12/18, 07:19

The United Nations refugee agency on Monday cautioned against returning ethnic Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar from Bangladesh at this time, urging that officials be allowed to assess whether it is safe for them to return.The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees issued the warning after the Myanmar government said Sunday that ...

UN: Majority of locals in Yemen’s Hodeida fled amid clashes

World 11/09/18, 11:14

Most of the population of Yemen's Hodeida has been forced to flee amid a Saudi-led coalition offensive to take the key Red Sea port city from Shiite rebels, the United Nations' refugee agency said Friday, as fierce battles continue to rage in the area.Nearly three quarters of Hodeida's estimated 600,000 ...

Which country is best to live in? Our calculations say it’s not Norway

News 11/09/18, 03:13

Every year, the United Nations releases the Human Development Index. The HDI is like a country’s report card. In a single number, it tells policymakers and citizens how well a country is doing. This year, Norway was at the top of the class, while Niger finished last. The index first appeared in 1990. ...

3 Million Venezuelans Have Fled the Country

America 11/08/18, 23:16

The number of refugees and migrants fleeing Venezuela amid the country’s severe economic downfall has now reached 3 million, the United Nations refugee agency announced Thursday, the most since 2015. Data from national immigration authorities revealed surrounding countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have taken in nearly 2.4 million Venezuelans as ...

UN says there are 3 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants

America 11/08/18, 15:17

The number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela has risen to 3 million worldwide, the United Nations said Thursday.The U.N. refugee agency and the U.N. migration agency said 2.4 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants are in Latin America and the Caribbean and the rest are in other regions.Citing data from ...

Young Women Build Kyrgyzstan’s First Satellite

Space 11/08/18, 03:37

LONDON — Reaching for the stars will no longer be impossible for girls and young women in Kyrgyzstan, who aim to build and launch the country's first satellite before 2020. A dozen budding female scientists have been tinkering with computers, 3-D printers and soldering irons since March to build a CubeSat, which ...

UN documents civilian casualties during recent election

World 11/06/18, 06:28

A United Nations report released Tuesday found that 56 civilians were killed and 379 others wounded in attacks during Afghanistan's recent parliamentary election. Fifty-two civilians were killed and 339 others were wounded in election day violence, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report said. The rest were killed or wounded in ...

More protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing

Enviroment 11/05/18, 22:49

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientists raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased out worldwide. As a result, the upper ozone layer ...

More protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing

World 11/05/18, 08:02

A new United Nations report says Earth's protective ozone layer is healing. So is the gaping ozone hole in Antarctica.High in the atmosphere, ozone shields Earth from ultraviolet rays that cause skin cancer, crop damage and other problems.Monday's report says the Northern Hemisphere's upper ozone layer should be repaired in ...

Aid workers enter remote Syrian camp for 1st time

World 11/04/18, 11:31

U.N. officials and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent offered children vaccinations and distributed desperately needed aid on Sunday, the first such assistance to reach thousands in a remote camp for the displaced on Syria's border with Jordan since January.Residents said that humanitarians from international organizations entered their desolate ...

UN aid convoy reaches Syria desert camp near Jordan border

World 11/03/18, 11:13

A convoy of 78 trucks carrying life-saving assistance reached a remote camp for the displaced on Syria's border with Jordan on Saturday, where tens of thousands of people are stranded in the desert amid dwindling supplies.The United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said their joint convoy reached Rukban ...

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