UN launches $565 million appeal for Beirut victims

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations launched a $565 million appeal Friday to help Lebanese people affected by the explosion at Beirut’s port with immediate humanitarian assistance and initial rec...

China facing food shortage after months of flooding, infestations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping's call for an end to food waste is a sign that the communist country is facing a shortage of grains and pork after months of flooding, inse...

Indonesia's first transgender public official breaks conservative mold

As the mayor of a small village in Indonesia, Hendrika Mayora Kelan celebrated her 34th birthday last week by giving out vegetables to her community. Kelan is the first openly trans woman to become ...

UN food chief: Beirut could run out of bread in 2 1/2 weeks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency said Monday he’s “very, very concerned” Lebanon could run out of bread in about 2 ½ weeks because 85% of the country's grain comes through Beirut...

Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves Saturday to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leaking...

Mauritius asks France for help as stranded ship leaks oil

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The prime minister of Mauritius says the government is appealing to France for help with a brewing environmental disaster after a ship that ran aground days ago off the Indian Ocea...

Lebanese survey devastation after massive Beirut explosion

BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of Beirut awoke to a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port sent shock waves across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 peo...

Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month

HOUNDE, Burkina Faso (AP) — The lean season is coming for Burkina Faso’s children. And this time, the long wait for the harvest is bringing a hunger more ferocious than most have ever known. ...

Hunger to kill 128K more children over pandemic's first year

HOUNDE, Burkina Faso (AP) — Coronavirus and its restrictions are pushing already hungry communities over the edge, killing an estimated 10,000 more young children a month as meager farms are cut off f...

UN agencies warn of more food shortages in war-torn Yemen

CAIRO (AP) — U.N. agencies warned Wednesday that food shortages will rise sharply in parts of war-torn Yemen in the next six months, mainly because of the overall economic decline and the pandemic tha...

UN: Pandemic could push tens of millions into chronic hunger

ROME (AP) — The United Nations says the ranks of the world’s hungry grew by 10 million last year and warns that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 130 million more people into chronic hung...

Worldwide slowdown in fishing unlikely to save rare species

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will h...

UN food agency calls for aid to prevent another Syria exodus

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Growing desperation in Syria could trigger another mass exodus unless donor countries send more funds to alleviate hunger and the international community ensures aid shipments can...

Taiwan can help feed countries facing food insecurity amid coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is proving it can contribute to food security in addition to global health with the donation of rice to some of the hungriest countries in the world. During the ...

UN chief urges fast action to avoid `global food emergency'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for immediate action Tuesday to avoid a “global food emergency,” saying more than 820 million people are hungry, some 144 million c...