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UN food body approves $200 mn food aid to N. Korea

The UN food body on Saturday said it had approved $200 million of food aid for North Korea, targeting the country's most vulnerable people who remain dependent on external assistance.

UN food body approves $200 mn food aid to N. Korea
Kerry renews $1.3 bn annual military aid for Egypt
Kerry renews $1.3 bn annual military aid for Egypt

Secretary of State John Kerry last month approved $1.3 billion in annual US military aid to Egypt, despite concerns over democratic progress by the country's new government.

Kerry renews $1.3 bn annual military aid for Egypt
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Pussy Riot rockers in US to fight for jailed bandmates

Two members of the Russian feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot on Friday urged the United States to help free their bandmates jailed last year for an anti-government protest performance.

Pussy Riot rockers in US to fight for jailed bandmates
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Spanish regions take steps to help needy children

To help children plunged into poverty by Spain's grinding recession, several regional governments have stepped up aid programmes for needy students.

Spanish regions take steps to help needy children
Japan pledges $14 bn in aid to Africa over 5 years
Japan pledges $14 bn in aid to Africa over 5 years

Japan said Saturday it would give $14 billion in aid to Africa over the next five years, as Tokyo scrambles to grab a share of resources and the potentially vast marketplace on offer.

Japan pledges $14 bn in aid to Africa over 5 years
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France blacklists 17 countries for handling foreign aid

France has drawn up a blacklist of 17 countries including Switzerland that do not help investigate foreign aid fraud, banning the use of their banks to help distribute development funds.

France blacklists 17 countries for handling foreign aid
Afghan leader to push for Indian military aid
Afghan leader to push for Indian military aid

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will try to secure more military aid in talks with Indian leaders on Tuesday as he looks to beef up his security forces after international troops pull out next year.

Afghan leader to push for Indian military aid
Hope guides visitors through revamped Red Cross Museum
Hope guides visitors through revamped Red Cross Museum

Hope and human resilience are the guiding themes of the new permanent exhibit at Geneva's International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, which will finally re-open its doors this week after a nearly two-year makeover.

Hope guides visitors through revamped Red Cross Museum
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Robotic insects take wing in US, but remain on leash

US scientists have devised tiny winged robots inspired by flies that could one day help pollinate crops or aid the search for survivors at collapse sites -- once they get off the leash, that is.

Robotic insects take wing in US, but remain on leash
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US would consider food aid request from N. Korea

The United States would consider any new request from North Korea to resume food aid stalled since 2009, provided Pyongyang allowed US staff inside the isolated country to monitor distribution.

US would consider food aid request from N. Korea
UN says 6.8 million need aid in Syria, raps Damascus
UN says 6.8 million need aid in Syria, raps Damascus

Nearly seven million people need humanitarian assistance in Syria, a senior United Nations official said Thursday, criticizing Damascus for hampering aid distribution.

UN says 6.8 million need aid in Syria, raps Damascus
US offers aid as Iran quake kills 40 in Pakistan
US offers aid as Iran quake kills 40 in Pakistan

Pakistani troops scrambled Wednesday to aid the remote victims of an earthquake centred in nearby Iran, as the United States offered assistance and a strong aftershock jolted the region.

US offers aid as Iran quake kills 40 in Pakistan
Syrian wounded to be flown to Germany for treatment: report
Syrian wounded to be flown to Germany for treatment: report

Germany is due Monday to send a specially-equipped military aircraft to bring more than 30 people seriously wounded in the Syrian conflict for treatment in the country.

Syrian wounded to be flown to Germany for treatment: report
US urges China to help rein in N. Korea
US urges China to help rein in N. Korea

Top US officials urged China Friday to use all its leverage to stop North Korea's "destabilising" actions on the Korean peninsula.

US urges China to help rein in N. Korea
US seek China's cooperation on North Korea: report
US seek China's cooperation on North Korea: report

The United States is pressuring China's new President Xi Jinping to crack down on the regime in North Korea or face an increased US military presence in the region.

US seek China's cooperation on North Korea: report
US unlocks $100,000 in aid as Myanmar riots spread
US unlocks $100,000 in aid as Myanmar riots spread

The United States said Tuesday it was providing some $100,000 to help the victims of communal riots in Myanmar, as the violence crept closer to the main city of Yangon.

US unlocks $100,000 in aid as Myanmar riots spread
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Facebook chief Zuckerberg tackling politics: report

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg is helping form a group to lobby for US political reform in areas such as education and immigration policy.

Facebook chief Zuckerberg tackling politics: report
Aid flowing to Myanmar may hinder, not help: experts
Aid flowing to Myanmar may hinder, not help: experts

Governments and agencies must be wary of drowning Myanmar with well-intentioned but ill-targeted aid, experts warned Thursday, admonishing the global community to "first do no harm."

Aid flowing to Myanmar may hinder, not help: experts
US pledges first direct aid to Syria rebel fighters
US pledges first direct aid to Syria rebel fighters

The United States has announced it will provide direct aid to Syrian rebels, but not the arms they had hoped for, as well as $60 million in extra assistance to the political opposition.

US pledges first direct aid to Syria rebel fighters
Prince Harry returns to Lesotho for charity visit
Prince Harry returns to Lesotho for charity visit

Britain's Prince Harry attended a fundraising gala dinner organised in neighbouring South Africa for his Lesotho charity projects as he wrapped up his three-day visit to southern Africa.

Prince Harry returns to Lesotho for charity visit