Author: web Desk

Americans Prepare for Holidays as Inflation Squeezes Wallets

    Tawanda Carter is a school librarian in New Orleans, Louisiana. She said preparing for the holidays has presented a unique set of challenges this year, a sentiment shared by millions of Americans. “Food prices are higher, and a lot of items aren’t even in stock,” she said, as she gets ready to celebrate […]

Myanmar families fearing arrest cut ties with activist children

Myanmar families fearing arrest or confiscation of their property are severing ties with sons or daughters active in opposing military rule, with announcements posted prominently in public media, sources say. At least 15 activists or militia members were disowned by their parents during the last week, according to media monitoring by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Film […]

India’s latest Zika Outbreak Sees Surge of Nearly 100 Cases

  At least 89 people, including 17 children, have tested positive for the Zika virus in a surge of cases in the Indian city of Kanpur, its health department said on Monday. First discovered in 1947, the mosquito-borne virus Zika virus reached epidemic proportions in Brazil in 2015, when thousands of babies were born with […]

UN: Sharp Jump in Number of People Facing Famine

  The U.N.’s food agency said Monday the number of people on the edge of famine in 43 countries had risen to 45 million, as acute hunger spikes around the world. The jump from 42 million people earlier in the year was largely down to a food security assessment that found another 3 million people […]

Yemen’s Humanitarian Situation ‘Fragile’

The United Nations’ top humanitarian official in Yemen says that while widespread famine was averted in the country earlier this year with a surge in donor support, the situation is fragile and many essential programs remain at risk of further cuts. “It’s not enough that we just got that one push, we need a continuous […]

UN Wants More Protection for Haitian Migrants

Several U.N. agencies are calling on countries in the Americas to stop “expelling” Haitians without first assessing their “protection needs” and to uphold the “fundamental human rights of Haitians on the move.” The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the U.N. Human Rights Office […]