UNICEF: Nearly 120 Million Students Remain at Home Due to COVID School Closures

The United Nations says 117 million students worldwide are still out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic that began more than a year-and-a half ago. In a statement Thursday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization...

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Christians Concerned About Turkish Attacks in Northeast Syria

WASHINGTON - Syrian Christian leaders are expressing concerns over escalating Turkish attacks in northeast Syria, saying the recent military activity has driven many Christians and members of other minority groups from their homes. Military...

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UN Rights Office Condemns Violent Taliban Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters

GENEVA - The U.N. human rights office has condemned the Taliban’s violent crackdown on peaceful protests in Afghanistan, where women in particular are trying to uphold their rights in the face of the Taliban’s restrictions on women’s place in...

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Militants Armed With Machetes Kill 30 Villagers In East Congo

KINSHASA - Militants armed with machetes, sticks and clubs killed at least 30 villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials and a witness said. The fighters - suspected members of the Islamist-inspired Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)...

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UN Chief: Humanitarian Catastrophe Looming in Afghanistan

The U.N. secretary-general is warning that a “humanitarian catastrophe looms” in Afghanistan, where nearly half the population needs assistance to survive. “On the day Afghanistan enters a new phase I want to express my grave concern at the...

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US Airlifts Food, Tents to Quake-ravaged Southern Haiti

JEREMIE, HAITI - U.S. military aircraft are flying food, tarps and other material into southern Haiti amid a shift in the international relief effort to focus on helping people in the areas hardest hit by the recent earthquake to make it through...

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UN Preparing for Exodus of Half-Million Afghan Refugees

GENEVA - U.N. agencies are appealing for nearly $300 million in preparation for the possible exodus of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees, seeking safety and protection from conflict and persecution under Taliban rule. The U.N. refugee agency...

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Burials Continue Nearly Two Weeks After Quake Hit Haiti

As Haiti recovers from a quake that struck the country nearly two weeks ago, relatives bury a girl near the ruins of her house. She’s among the more than 2,200 people killed by the 7.2 magnitude quake. Elsewhere, women say they fear for their...

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UN, NATO Denounce Deadly Suicide Bombings in Kabul

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounced Thursday's deadly attacks at the airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul, according to U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric. At least 72 people were killed — 60 Afghans and 12 members of the...

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For Some Afghan Women, Evacuation Is a Matter of Life or Death

“We are really in danger — it is dreadful here now, and they are searching for us,” the 22-year-old Afghan student says. Esin, like other female students, especially those who also worked with Western embassies, missions and NGOs in the Afghan...

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