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'God have mercy': Tigray residents describe life under siege

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As food and the means to buy it dwindled in a city under siege, the young mother felt she could do no more. She killed herself, unable to feed her children. In ...

UN holds emergency session on Somalia's political crisis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council held emergency consultations Friday on Somalia’s worsening political crisis, which could threaten long-delayed national elections and further destabiliz...

UN: Madagascar droughts push 400,000 toward starvation

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. World Food Program says southern Madagascar is in the throes of back-to-back droughts that are pushing 400,000 people toward starvation, and have already caused deaths f...

EXPLAINER: What are cicadas and why do they bug some people?

Cicadas, red-eyed bugs singing loud sci-fi sounding songs, can seem downright creepy. Especially since the trillions of them coming this year emerge from underground only every 17 years. ...

Nature at its craziest: Trillions of cicadas about to emerge

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph. And then another. And anothe...

Order of Service for the funeral of Prince Philip

LONDON (AP) — This is the Order of Service for the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday: ORDER OF SERVICE All stand. The Coffin is removed from the Land Rover and ...

Poor rains bring optimism African locust outbreak will fade

BARAKA, Kenya (AP) — In a convoy of pickup trucks fitted with spray guns, soldiers zoom through Baraka' s hills leaving a trail of dust and bemused villagers in its wake. The vehicle...

UN warns of `alarming' crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian official warned Thursday of an ongoing crisis in Ethiopia’s conflict-torn Tigray region, pointing to targeted civilian killings, over 500 recent rape cases, a...

Ethiopia's leader says atrocities committed in Tigray war

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopia's leader says atrocities have occurred in Tigray, the country's northern region where fighting persists as government troops hunt down its fugitive leaders. ...

Ethiopia’s multiple crises: War, COVID-19, even locusts

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia could hardly bear another emergency, even before a deadly conflict exploded in its northern Tigray region this month. Now, tens of thousands of refugees are fleeing into...

Locusts now threatening parts of southern Africa, UN says

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Locusts are threatening another part of Africa, this time in the southern part of the continent, the United Nations said Friday. The outbreaks of African migrator...

Pandemic brings hard times for farmers, worsening hunger

The coronavirus pandemic has brought hard times for many farmers and has imperiled food security for many millions both in the cities and the countryside. United Nations experts are...

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...

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. ...

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...