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What is the 'Normandy Format' for resolving the crisis in Ukraine?

In June 2014, German, French, Russian, and Ukrainian officials met for the first time in a setting known as the Normandy Format. It takes its name from the region in northern France, where leaders fro...

Afghan talks focus on aid, women's rights as hunger grows

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Three days of talks between the Taliban, Western diplomats and other delegates on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and human rights were wrapping up Tuesday in Norway, with acting F...

WHO chief makes case for 2nd term as Ethiopia criticizes him

GENEVA (AP) — World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus laid out more plans Tuesday to fight the virus as he pitched his case for a new five-year term and faced criticism from his own...

Afghanistan: How the Taliban stand to benefit from Norway talks

Norwegian authorities have said the ongoing international talks with the Taliban are not tantamount to legitimizing the Islamist group. But human rights activists, particularly those from Afghanistan,...

UN: $39 million needed for Syrians in northwest this winter

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Heavy snow and freezing rain have seriously affected about 250,000 displaced Syrians living in camps in the last major opposition stronghold in northwestern Syria, with tents col...

Taliban hold first talks in Europe since Afghan takeover

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Taliban and western diplomats have begun their first official talks in Europe since they took over control of Afghanistan in August. The closed-door meetings ...

EXPLAINER: Why effort to help Afghanistan is falling short

WASHINGTON (AP) — As winter deepens, a grim situation in Afghanistan is getting worse. Freezing temperatures are compounding misery from the downward spiral that has come with the fall of the U.S.-bac...

Afghanistan: Taliban envoys arrive in Oslo for aid talks

A Taliban delegation landed in Oslo, Norway, late Saturday for three days of meetings with Western officials. The talks, scheduled to run until Tuesday, will mark the Taliban's first meeting wit...

UN chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As he starts his second term as U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Knights of Malta warn Vatican reforms risk their sovereignty

ROME (AP) — A top leader of the Knights of Malta, an ancient aristocratic Catholic order that provides humanitarian aid around the world, warned the group’s members on Wednesday that the Holy See’s la...

Is the world doing enough to help Afghans?

The international community faces a dilemma on how to deal with the Afghan Taliban, who seized power in August. The United States, which ended its two-decade presence in the country last year, does n...

Nobel body criticizes Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy over war

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, on Thursday issued a very rare admonition to the 2019 winner, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ah...

UN: Yemen's escalating war spurs hunger and collapse

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Escalating military action in Yemen displaced more than 15,000 people over the past month, killed or injured more than 350 civilians in December and left the Arab world’s poorest...

UN seeks $5B to aid millions of Afghans as country struggles

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday launched its biggest ever appeal -- for over $5 billion to help 22 million Afghans whose country is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and econom...

US announces $308 million in aid for Afghans as crisis grows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Tuesday announced $308 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan, offering new aid to the country as it edges toward a humanitarian crisis si...