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Cyclone Idai damages estimated at $2 billion: World Bank

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:02 AM

"To date, about three million people have been affected, with near total damage in the worst affected areas," says the World Bank

AFTERMATH. Fernando Joao Sengelani helps to clean his friend's shop in Buzi, Mozambique, on March 23, 2019, after the area was hit by the Cyclone Idai. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

UN envoy in Yemen for Hodeida crisis talks

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:07 AM

Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee and halt heavy clashes against advancing government troops

CRISIS TALKS. Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Thousands flee fresh clashes in northern Myanmar, says UN

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Many have been displaced in the state of Kachin near the border with China in the last 3 weeks, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Fresh violence mars first day of Syria enclave 'truce'

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:01 AM

The first day of a 5-hour daily 'pause' that was ordered by President Vladimir Putin Sunday and kicked off at 9 am local time (0700 GMT) is marred by violence

BOMBARDED. A picture taken on February 27, 2018, shows smoke plumes rising during reported regime bombardment Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP

Pummeled civilians in Syria enclave await Russia's first daily truce

Feb 27, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Russia says it will organize a daily 5 hour pause in the fighting to allow civilians to escape through 'humanitarian corridors'

TARGET. Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardments on Kafr Batna, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 22, 2018. Amer Almohibany/AFP

Strikes, clashes rock Syria's Ghouta despite ceasefire call

Feb 26, 2018 - 7:10 AM

Fresh regime air strikes and heavy clashes shake rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war

VICTIMS. Doctors tend to ten-year-old Omar who was injured in an air strike that killed several members of his family on their home in Otaybah, in Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, as his father and 7-year-old sister, Manar, watch on at a make-shift hospital on February 25, 2018. Amer Almohibany/AFP

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:56 PM

International pressure mounts to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs

VICTIMS. Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018. Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Syria, Russia pound rebel enclave, put clinic out of service

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:34 PM

At least 250 civilians have been killed since the escalation began on Sunday, February 18, among them dozens of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

UNDER ASSAULT. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Bangladesh, Myanmar meet over stranded Rohingya

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The two countries will talk about the fate of some 6,000 Rohingya refugees stranded in no man's land between the two countries

REFUGEES.This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:34 PM

(UPDATED) The escalation comes as pro-government forces are also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a month-old Turkish assault there

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Record number of Afghan civilian casualties in attacks in 2017 – UN

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:46 PM

The figures come as militants ramp up their assaults on urban areas following US President Donald Trump's announcement last August that the American presence in Afghanistan will remain open-ended

SECURITY. Afghan security personnel investigate the site of a suicide bombing in Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul on October 31, 2017. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

UK's Johnson meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The meeting follows Johnson's visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya have sought sanctuary in squalid settlements

BORIS IN NAYPYIDAW. This handout photo taken and released on February 11, 2018 by Myanmar's Ministry of Information shows Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) chatting with Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson (L) during their meeting in Naypyidaw. Myanmar Ministry of Information/AFP

The week in photos: January 6-12, 2018

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:07 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Participants in the 17th Annual "No Pants Subway Ride" wait for a New York City subway train on January 7, 2018 in New York. The "No Pants Subway Ride" is an annual event started in 2002 by Improv Everywhere in New York, the goal of which is for riders ride the subway train dressed in normal winter clothes without pants while keeping a straight face. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Yemen rebel alliance crumbles as 'street war' rocks capital

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Gun battles force shops and schools to close in Yemen's capital, as residents warn a 3-year rebel alliance is collapsing into a 'street war'

TARGET. Smoke billows behind a building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 3, 2017, during clashes between Huthi rebels and supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Pope to meet Myanmar's leader Suu Kyi

Nov 28, 2017 - 2:51 PM

After the talks in the capital Naypyidaw, the pontiff will address Suu Kyi and diplomats there – his first opportunity to speak publicly about the conflict that looms over his trip

MEETING. Pope Francis shakes hands with Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting in Naypyidaw on November 28, 2017. Photo by Max Rossi/POOL/AFP

Pope arrives in Myanmar on high-stakes visit

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:12 AM

(4th UPDATE) The country is holding its breath over what the pontiff will say on Myanmar soil, where any mention of the word Rohingya could unleash anger from a public that broadly supports the army campaign

WELCOME. Pope Francis is greeted by children in traditional clothing upon his arrival at Yangon International Airport on November 27, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Rappler Talk: Atom Araullo shares #GiftofHope to Marawi, Rohingya evacuees

Nov 25, 2017 - 2:46 PM

MovePH's Voltaire Tupaz speaks to multi-awarded journalist and UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo on Rappler Talk on Saturday, November 25, at 2 pm

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to start Rohingya return in two months

Nov 23, 2017 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) It remains unclear how many Rohingya will be allowed back and how long the process will take

IN LIMBO. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

PNG police start evicting refugees from Australia camp – detainees

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Authorities try to end a standoff that has drawn world attention to Canberra's tough policy on asylum-seekers

This handout photo taken by Abdul, a refugee on Manus, and released to the media by Australian activist group GetUp on November 23, 2017 shows asylum-seekers (R) at the Manus Island regional refugee processing centre. Papua New Guinea police moved into the shuttered Australian refugee camp on the country's Manus Island on November 23 in the most aggressive push yet to force hundreds of men to leave, the Australian government and detainees said. Around 400 of the asylum-seekers have refused to leave, saying they fear for their safety in a local population which opposes their presence on the island. / AFP PHOTO / GETUP / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GetUp" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets Tillerson, UN chief on Rohingya crisis

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces rising global pressure to solve the crisis for her nation's displaced Rohingya Muslim minority

IN MANILA. Myanmar's State Councellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi looks on during the 9th ASEAN UN Summit on the sideline of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. Linus Escandor II / Pool / AFP

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 400 near Iraq border

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Iranian authorities say rescue operations have been largely completed and the government declares Tuesday, November 14, a national day of mourning

SEARCH. Rescue personnel conduct search and rescue work following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake at Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province on November 13, 2017. Pouria Pakizeh/ISNA/AFP

UN warns of mass famine in Yemen over Saudi blockade of aid

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Yemen is facing a mass famine that will affect millions of lives unless the Saudi-led coalition ends its blockade and allows aid deliveries into the country, the UN aid chief warns

AID ARRIVAL. This file photo shows medical aid being offloaded from a ship in Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeidah, on July 6, 2017. Abdo Hyder/AFP

Myanmar rebuffs 'harmful' UN statement on Rohingya

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Myanmar says a UN Security Council statement could 'seriously harm' efforts to repatriate the Muslim minority from Bangladesh

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Nov 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York estimates in a report released last month that about 114,000 to 213,000 Puerto Rican residents will leave the island annually 'as a result of Hurricane Maria'

LEAVING. People wait in a line to check-in for flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017, as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

UN turns up pressure on Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:00 AM

The UN Security Council calls on Myanmar to rein in its military campaign in Rakhine state and allow hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya driven from their homes to return

DISPLACED. Rohingya refugees rest after crossing into Bangladesh from Myanmar at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 24, 2017. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

UN calls on Australia to stop 'humanitarian emergency' at PNG refugee camp

Nov 02, 2017 - 4:07 PM

The United Nations calls on Australia to stop a 'humanitarian emergency' unfolding at a detention center in Papua New Guinea

RESISTING. This handout picture taken and received on October 31, 2017 by Nick McKim, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, shows refugees gesturing inside the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea on the day of the camp's expected closure. Nick McKim/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi makes first visit to crisis-hit northern Rakhine

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) Suu Kyi has been hammered by the international community for failing to use her moral power to speak up in defense of the Rohingya

Myanmar's State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw on October 15, 2017. Aung Htet/AFP/File

Myanmar blames Bangladesh for delaying Rohingya repatriation

Nov 01, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Myanmar accuses Bangladesh of delaying the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Rakhine state since August, as conditions worsen for the stateless minority penned into squalid refugee camps

DISPLACED. Rohingya refugees rest after crossing into Bangladesh from Myanmar at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 24, 2017. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Tense standoff at Australia asylum-seeker camp

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Hundreds of fearful refugees are urged to leave an Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea, as conditions worsened with power and water cut off in a tense standoff

STANDOFF. This handout picture taken and received on October 31, 2017 by Nick McKim, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, shows refugees gesturing inside the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea on the day of the camp's expected closure. Nick McKim/AFP

Aid enters besieged Syria region hit by hunger crisis

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:59 AM

Eastern Ghouta was once a prime agricultural region, but the rebel stronghold has been under a tight government siege since 2013, causing shortages of food and medicine

SCRAMBLE FOR HELP. A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent tries to organize Syrians waiting to be seen by a doctor at a hospital in Kafr Batna on October 30, 2017, after a convoy carrying aid for some 40,000 people entered the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria's capital Damascus. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

More than 73,000 Puerto Ricans flee for Florida after Hurricane Maria

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:47 PM

The governor also reports that Florida schools have registered more than 3,500 students displaced from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, also affected by the hurricane

FLEEING. In this file photo, people wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Myanmar, Bangladesh vow to cooperate to return Rohingya

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Bangladesh's Home Ministry says Myanmar has agreed to stop the outflow of Rohingya and take back all refugees

DISPLACED. Rohingya refugees rest after crossing into Bangladesh from Myanmar at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 24, 2017. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Displaced 95-year-old person with disabilities sells potatoes to support family

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:13 PM

People who have met Datu Mangontra Sultan do not see him as a person with disabilities and an internally displaced person, but as a strong and committed individual who wants to continue providing for his family

CAPABLE. Datu Mangontra Sultan, 95 years old, works hard despite his old age and disabilities. Photo by Jamilia Taha

No progress on aid, refugee return in UN-Myanmar talks

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The United Nations has for weeks demanded that UN aid workers be allowed in Rakhine state and that Rohingyas be given permission to safely return to their homes

Rohingya refugees walk after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

10,000 Rohingya poised to move to Bangladesh as exodus swells again

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Over 500,000 Rohingya have streamed into Bangladesh in just the past 5 weeks, and numbers are again swelling, raising doubt about the practicality of a Myanmar proposal to begin repatriating them

A Rohingya Muslim refugee holds her baby at the registration center after she crossed the border from Myanmar, in Teknaf, Bangladesh on October 2, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Trump to visit Puerto Rico to highlight storm response

Oct 03, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Trump wants to show that the federal government is on top of the daunting recovery effort, and that 3.4 million US citizens are not forgotten

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017.  Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Myanmar 'makes proposal' to take back Rohingya refugees

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:34 PM

(UPDATED) Myanmar has proposed taking back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, the Bangladeshi foreign minister says

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

Oct 02, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The Trump administration sends several top officials onto Sunday talk shows with the message that the relief effort is going well, despite complaints that the federal effort in Puerto Rico has fallen short

GONE GOLFING. US President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport on October 1, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey, upon his return from Jersey City where he participated in the trophy presentation of the Presidents Cup golf championship. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar's Rakhine

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The United Nations had been demanding access since its humanitarian organizations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar's military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August

RAZED. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar's Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a 'massive relief effort is underway'

TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Marawi general to evacuees: 'I really apologize for the delay'

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:22 AM

'Until now they are suffering. I really apologize for the delay. Hopefully within a few days [it's over].'

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Sheikh Hasina also calls for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports says

CROSSING OVER. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Suu Kyi faces mounting world anger over Rohingya

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Her speech fails to quell international anger at reports that the Rohingya are being burned out of their homes

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to deliver a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Suu Kyi rebuffs foreign criticism of Rohingya crisis

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) In an address timed to pre-empt likely censure of Myanmar at the UN General Assembly in New York, Aung San Suu Kyi calls for patience and understanding of the unfurling crisis in her 'fragile democracy'

FACING THE NATION. Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

All eyes on Suu Kyi as Myanmar leader breaks silence on Rohingya crisis

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Suu Kyi's refusal so far to defend the Rohingya over nearly a month of violence has baffled and enraged an international community, but inside Myanmar, supporters say the 72-year-old lacks authority to reign in the army

NOWHERE TO GO. Rohingya refugees sit under a shelter during rainfall at Thangkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Western powers warn Suu Kyi on Rohingya before speech

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:36 AM

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warns that the violence in Rakhine state is 'a stain on the country's reputation' so soon after its transition to democratic rule

LIVING IN SQUALOR. Rohingya Muslim refugees look on as they stand near temporary shelters in Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighboring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals

MISERY. A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Bangladesh restricts movement of 400,000 Rohingya refugees

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Conditions are already worsening in Bangladesh's southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar, where the majority of refugees are living in desperate circumstances after fleeing Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state

SCRAMBLE FOR RELIEF. People distribute relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 16, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

UN urging temporary protection in LatAm for fleeing Venezuelans

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The UN migration agency is urging Latin American countries hosting growing numbers of Venezuelans fleeing economic crisis to give them temporary rights to stay

BORDER CROSSING. Venezuelan citizens cross the Simon Bolivar international bridge from San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela to Cucuta, Norte de Santander Department, Colombia, on July 25, 2017. Luis Acosta/AFP