GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged European leaders to do more to help Greece and Italy cope with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and to put protection of people at the center of debate.
After up to 900 died in the worst known shipwreck yet, European Union ministers on Monday set out a 10-point action plan and called an extraordinary summit of EU leaders for Thursday.
GENEVA/PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – Italian police arrested 15 African men suspected of throwing about a dozen Christians from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as the crisis off southern Italy intensified.
Forty-one more deaths were reported in a separate incident.
Police in the Sicilian capital Palermo said they had arrested the men, from Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal, after survivors reported they had thrown 12 people from Nigeria and Ghana to their deaths and threatened other Christians.
LAUSANNE (Reuters) – Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headline the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival and Brazilian legends Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil will appear in a rare double billing.
The line-up for the July 3-18 event also includes veterans Santana, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie and Lenny Kravitz as well as Grammy-winning newcomer Sam Smith, the organizers said.
GENEVA, April 15 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people desperate to
be rescued from a packed migrant boat in the Mediterranean
pushed to one side when they saw a ship approach, capsizing the
craft and pitching everyone into the sea where hundreds died, an
official said on Wednesday.
Survivors’ accounts suggested at least 500 people were on
the boat when it sank on Monday evening, some 120 km (75 miles)
off the Italian island of Lampedusa. With 145 people rescued
that leaves at least 350 unaccounted for, probably drowned.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations refugee agency urged Kenya on Tuesday to reconsider an order to close the teeming Dadaab refugee camp, saying it would not be part of any transfer of Somalis back to their homeland that violated international law.
Kenya said on Saturday it had given the United Nations three months to remove the camp housing hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees, as part of a get-tough response to the killing of 148 people in Garissa. Kenya has in the past accused Islamist militants of hiding out in Dadaab camp.
GENEVA (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola epidemic still poses a threat to other countries but the risk of it spreading internationally appears to be diminishing as the areas affected shrink, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
The U.N. agency declared in August 2014 that the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, which began in December 2013, represented a “public health emergency of international concern” that forced health officials worldwide to shore up defences.
GENEVA, April 10 (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola epidemic
still poses a threat to other countries, but the risk of it
spreading internationally appears to be diminishing, the World
Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
The U.N. agency declared in August 2014 that the world’s
worst Ebola outbreak — which began in December 2013 —
represented a “public health emergency of international concern”
that forced all health officials to shore up defences.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The first two planeloads of medical aid for Yemen landed in the capital Sanaa on Friday after weeks of conflict which have killed 600 people and displaced 100,000 others, and the United Nations appealed for a pause in fighting to allow more aid in.
U.N. officials and aid workers say that the fighting is pushing the country of 25 million people, one of the poorest in the Arab world, toward a humanitarian catastrophe.
GENEVA/ADEN, April 4 (Reuters) – The International Committee
of the Red Cross appealed on Saturday for an immediate 24-hour
halt to hostilities in Yemen to deliver life-saving medical aid
into the country where it said the humanitarian situation was
The Saudi-led military coalition conducting air strikes in
Yemen was still blocking three shipments of aid and medical
staff, aid agency said earlier. Talks were being held with all
parties, spokeswoman Sitara Jabeen said.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 3 (Reuters) – Iranians
celebrated in the streets after negotiators reached a framework
for a nuclear deal that could bring their country in from the
cold, hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama as an “historic
understanding” with an old adversary.
The tentative agreement, struck on Thursday after eight days
of talks in Switzerland, clears the way for negotiations on a
settlement aimed at allaying Western fears that Iran was seeking
to build an atomic bomb and in return lift economic sanctions on
the Islamic Republic.