Jun 17, 2016

MSF rejects EU funds over 'shameful' migrant policy

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders on Friday said it would no longer take funds from the EU in protest at its “shameful” policies on the migration crisis, including a deal with Turkey. The charity, widely known by its French acronym MSF (Medecins Sans ...

May 23, 2016

Peace Corps coming to Vietnam for first time

The Peace Corps is at last coming to Vietnam. President Barack Obama was expected to announce Monday during his visit to Vietnam that the Peace Corps will be invited to establish operations in that country, the volunteer organization said. The volunteers will focus on ...

May 21, 2016

Japan to up infrastructure aid to developing nations to $200 billion

The government plans to expand financial assistance for infrastructure improvement and resources development in emerging countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, to $200 billion over the next five years, it was learned Friday. Tokyo earlier unveiled a plan to extend $110 billion over five ...

Kumamoto quake info: where to go, how to help

Apr 17, 2016

Kumamoto quake info: where to go, how to help

Starting with a magnitude-6.5 quake on April 14, a series of major earthquakes have hit the central Kumamoto area of Japan, causing deaths, injuries and widespread damage to the area’s residences and infrastructure. As aftershocks continue, tens of thousands of people have moved into ...

China seeks 'new chapter' in first visit with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Apr 6, 2016

China seeks 'new chapter' in first visit with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

China and Myanmar pledged to open a “new chapter” in their sometimes strained relationship, raising the prospect that stalled Chinese investment projects in the Southeastern Asian country could be allowed to resume. Aung San Suu Kyi, head of Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy ...

Syria aid conference to seek record $9 billion for 2016

Feb 3, 2016

Syria aid conference to seek record $9 billion for 2016

International aid to the victims of Syria’s five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday’s annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion ...

Feb 3, 2016

Syrian aid appeals routinely go underfunded

A look at growing gaps in aid for Syria, with needs rising faster than contributions by donors. U.N. figures show that the five-year-old war has so far displaced more than 11 million Syrians and that multi-billion-dollar aid appeals have routinely been underfunded. Funding gaps ...