Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban orders NGOs to stop female staff from working Comes after suspension of female students from universities U.N. says order would seriously impact humanitarian operations U.N. plans to meet with Taliban to seek clarity KABUL, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration on Saturday ordered all local and foreign NGOs to stop female employees from … Read more

U.S. Senate to launch debate on $1.66 trillion government funding bill

U.S. Senate to launch debate on $1.66 trillion government funding bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress were moving forward with a $1.66 trillion government funding bill, scrambling to pass a measure, which includes record military spending, before temporary funding runs out on Friday. The total funding proposed by the sweeping bill, released early on Tuesday, is up from the … Read more

Biden says U.S. is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future

Biden says U.S. is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden announced an agreement aimed at bolstering trade ties between the United States and Africa on Wednesday after years in which the continent took a back seat to other U.S. priorities as China made inroads with investments and trade. “The United States is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future,” … Read more

Children dying in Somalia as food catastrophe worsens

Children dying in Somalia as food catastrophe worsens

Famine averted for now but crisis worsening – IPC ‘Children are dying now’ – UNICEF U.N. funding appeal facing $1 bln shortfall MOGADISHU, Dec 13 (Reuters) – More than 200,000 Somalis are suffering catastrophic food shortages and many are dying of hunger, with that number set to rise to over 700,000 next year, according to … Read more

Some EU states formally express concerns to France over Macron Russia comments – diplomats

Some EU states formally express concerns to France over Macron Russia comments – diplomats

PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Baltic states and other European nations upset at comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron regarding security guarantees for Russia formally lodged disapproval and explained their position to France on Monday, diplomats said. In an interview with French TV station TF1 on Dec. 3, Macron said Europe needed to prepare … Read more

Ukrainians suffer in cold, darkness as president implores U.N. to punish Russia

Ukrainians suffer in cold, darkness as president implores U.N. to punish Russia

Power outages widespread as Russia targets electricity grid U.S.: Russia is trying to freeze Ukraine into submission Crews work to restore power, water ‘We are an unbreakable people’ says President Zelenskiy WASHINGTON/KYIV, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the United Nations Security Council to act against Russia over air strikes on civilian … Read more

Ukrainians brace for bleak winter as Russian strikes cripple power capacity

Ukrainians brace for bleak winter as Russian strikes cripple power capacity

Ukrainians brace for winter with little or no heating Temperatures in several areas already below freezing Kherson residents can express interest in moving elsewhere Ukraine security service raids famous Kyiv monastery KYIV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appealed to Ukrainians to conserve energy amid relentless Russian strikes that have already halved the country’s … Read more

‘Playing with fire’: UN warns as team to inspect damage at Ukraine nuclear plant

‘Playing with fire’: UN warns as team to inspect damage at Ukraine nuclear plant

IAEA chief warns: ‘You’re playing with fire!’ after blasts Russia, Ukraine trade blame for shelling President Zelenskiy says eastern region hit by heavy artillery ‘Fiercest battles’ in Donetsk region, Zelenskiy says LONDON/LVIV, Ukraine, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog has warned that whoever fired artillery at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power … Read more

More Than 2,000 New York Artists Will Receive $1,000 a Month as Part of an Ambitious New Guaranteed Income Program

More Than 2,000 New York Artists Will Receive $1,000 a Month as Part of an Ambitious New Guaranteed Income Program

A lucky group of artists in New York will get guaranteed income as part of an ambitious pilot program. The Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) initiative has announced that it is spending $43.2 million to distribute monthly payments of $1,000 to 2,400 to artists and other creatives living across the state. Lasting for 18 months, … Read more

Ukraine’s Kherson races to restore power, water after Russian retreat

Ukraine’s Kherson races to restore power, water after Russian retreat

Key infrastructure in Kherson mined by Russians -governor Kherson’s humanitarian situation ‘very difficult’ -official Authorities working to restore critical services Fighting rages on in eastern Donetsk, Luhansk regions KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Utility companies in Kherson were working to restore critical infrastructure mined by fleeing Russian forces, with most homes in the southern … Read more