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Red Cross says delivers medical aid to Taiz in Yemen 'breakthrough'

Red Cross says delivers medical aid to Taiz in Yemen 'breakthrough'

The Red Cross said on Saturday it had entered the war-torn Yemeni city of Taiz for the first time since August, delivering three tonnes of life-saving medical supplies to four hospitals treating the wounded.

   February 13, 2016 - 12:40 GMT

Saudi envoy: Aid groups in Yemen urged to 'be careful'

GENEVA - Saudi Arabia's permanent representative in Geneva says his country sent letters to the U.N.

   February 12, 2016 - 21:23 GMT

Pregnant women should consider delaying travel to Zika areas: WHO

Women who are pregnant should consider putting off travel to areas infected with the Zika virus as a precautionary measure, the World Health Organization WHO said on Friday in new advice.

   February 12, 2016 - 19:22 GMT
WHO: Zika vaccines at least 18 months away from broad trials

WHO: Zika vaccines at least 18 months away from broad trials

GENEVA - Possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials, the World Health Organization said Friday as it advised pregnant women to consider delaying travel to areas where the mosquito-borne virus has turned up amid concerns it may be linked to abnormally small heads in newborns.

   February 12, 2016 - 19:13 GMT
UN expects aid deliveries to beseiged Syrians 'without delay'

UN expects aid deliveries to beseiged Syrians 'without delay'

The UN said Friday it expected to be able to deliver aid to besieged Syrians without delay after world powers agreed a plan to cease hostilities in the war-wracked country.

   February 12, 2016 - 18:53 GMT
FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years

FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years

GENEVA - Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.

   February 12, 2016 - 16:15 GMT

Outlook for Syria peace talks still 'cloudy': U.N.

The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a rapid cessation of hostilities, a U.N.

   February 12, 2016 - 12:19 GMT

Munich deal could be breakthrough: chair of U.N. aid talks

Jan Egeland, the head of the Norwegian Refugee Council who will chair a U.N.

   February 12, 2016 - 11:53 GMT
WHO says will know if Zika causes microcephaly in weeks

WHO says will know if Zika causes microcephaly in weeks

Geneva AFP - The World Health Organization said Friday that it will know in a matter of weeks whether the Zika virus causes microcephaly and the severe neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome.

   February 12, 2016 - 10:18 GMT

Russia's Lavrov: Cessation of Syria hostilities 'difficult'

MUNICH Reuters - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday following an international meeting on the Syria crisis that peace talks should resume in Geneva as soon as possible, and that all opposition groups should participate.

   February 12, 2016 - 00:57 GMT
51,000 displaced since Russian air strikes on Aleppo began: UN

51,000 displaced since Russian air strikes on Aleppo began: UN

About 51,000 people have been displaced since Damascus, backed by Russian air strikes, launched its latest offensive on the Syrian city of Aleppo last week, the United Nations reported Thursday.

   February 11, 2016 - 14:09 GMT
FIFA candidate Ali queries Salman's role in Bahrain protests

FIFA candidate Ali queries Salman's role in Bahrain protests

GENEVA - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali has questioned the role of election rival Sheikh Salman in not protecting Bahrain players who alleged abuses after pro-democracy protests in 2011.

   February 11, 2016 - 13:42 GMT

U.N. warns of hunger in Homs as Syrian offensive strands 120,000

GENEVA Reuters - A military offensive by Syrian government and allied forces has cut supply routes to 120,000 people in northern Homs governorate since mid-January, causing a risk of hunger and deaths due to lack of medical care, the United Nations said on Thursday.

   February 11, 2016 - 10:12 GMT

WHO advises women on Zika protection but no travel advisories

Adds study on link between Zika and birth defects in paragraphs 7-8 * Most women in affected areas will have normal infants -WHO * Scientists agree to share knowledge * Catholic group appeals to pope on contraception, abortion By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON, Feb 10 Reuters - The World Health Organisation advised women on Wednesday on how to protect themselves from Zika, particularly if pregnant, but also reassured them that most women in areas affected by the mosquito-borne virus will give birth to normal infants.

   February 11, 2016 - 08:08 GMT

International Red Cross stepping up aid to displaced in northern Syria

About 50,000 people have fled an upsurge in fighting in northern Syria, requiring urgent deliveries of food and water despite some supply lines being cut, the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC said on Wednesday.

   February 10, 2016 - 18:20 GMT
Widow of famed chef Violier to run restaurant after his suicide

Widow of famed chef Violier to run restaurant after his suicide

The widow of top chef Benoit Violier, whose January 31 suicide shocked the culinary world, said she would take charge of her husband's celebrated restaurant, in an interview published Wednesday.

   February 10, 2016 - 16:24 GMT
Syria opposition calls for end to sieges to resume talks

Syria opposition calls for end to sieges to resume talks

London AFP - Sieges on towns and cities across Syria must be lifted and air strikes on civilian areas must stop if the opposition is to resume talks in Geneva as planned on February 25, a top opposition leader said on Wednesday.

   February 10, 2016 - 14:58 GMT
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