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UN: 18 million facing severe hunger in West Africa's Sahel

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. is warning that 18 million people in Africa’s Sahel region face severe hunger in the next three months, citing the impacts of Russia's war in Ukraine, the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Indonesia ends export ban on palm oil

Indonesia has reversed a ban on exports of palm oil, bringing relief to international buyers and Indonesian farmers after protests against the export ban took place earlier this week. The government ...

US accuses Russia of weaponizing food in Ukraine war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Thursday of weaponizing food and holding grain for millions of people around the world hostage to help accomplish what it...

Yellen: Ukraine war fallout threatens 'stagflation,' hunger

BONN, Germany (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Wednesday that Russia's February invasion of Ukraine has produced a sharp increase in food and energy prices that is contributing to a slowd...

UN drops forecast for global economic growth in 2022 to 3.1%

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Wednesday significantly lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year from 4% to 3.1%, saying the war in Ukraine has triggered increasing global...

Ex-employee of state firm kills 3 in Iran shooting rampage

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A recently dismissed employee at one of Iran's largest state-owned financial conglomerates embarked on a shooting rampage at his former workplace on Wednesday in western Iran, kill...

Japan's GDP shrinks as surging costs raise spectre of deeper downturn

TOKYO, May 18 (Reuters) - Japan's economy shrank for the first time in two quarters in the first three months of the year as COVID-19 curbs hit the service sector and surging commodity prices crea...

Walmart Q1 profit dragged down as inflation takes a bite

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported stronger sales for its fiscal first quarter, but its profit took a beating as the nation's largest retailer grappled with surging inflation on food and fuel and higher...

Conspiracy theorists flock to bird flu, spreading falsehoods

Brad Moline, a fourth-generation Iowa turkey farmer, saw this happen before. In 2015, a virulent avian flu outbreak nearly wiped out his flock. Barns once filled with chattering bird...

Yellen meets war refugees in Poland, pushes food crisis plan

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday met with Ukrainian refugees and urged the need to confront Russian brutality as she visited Poland ahead of a meeting of finance mi...

Iran academic arrested on security charges, 'foreign links'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Authorities in Iran have arrested a university professor on security charges and “suspicious foreign links,” Iranian media reported on Monday. The semiofficial M...

G7 warn of Ukraine grain crisis, ask China not to aid Russia

WEISSENHAUS, Germany (AP) — The Group of Seven leading economies warned Saturday that the war in Ukraine is stoking a global food and energy crisis which threatens poor countries, and urgent measures ...

Iran media report 1 killed in unrest over food price hikes

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian lawmaker says one person was killed in his city during recent unrest over price increases in the southwestern Khuzestan province, semi-official ILNA news agency reported...

Sri Lankan power family falls from grace as economy tanks

NEW DELHI (AP) — With one brother president, another prime minister and three more family members cabinet ministers, it appeared that the Rajapaksa clan had consolidated its grip on power in Sri Lanka...

Iran arrests at least 22 protesting staple food price hikes

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have arrested at least 22 demonstrators who had been protesting sudden price hikes of subsidized staple foods in two southern cities, state media reported early...