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May 21, 2014

Food distribution under way for 60,000 in Aleppo: Red Cross

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Red Cross has begun a “major distribution” of emergency food rations on both sides of the front lines in the Syrian city of Aleppo, its first since October, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told Reuters on Wednesday.

The Syrian government finally gave approval this week for the plan, submitted in January, and the operation to feed 60,000 people in the divided northern city is being carried out with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, ICRC President Peter Maurer said.

May 8, 2014

Red Cross seeks more access to Aleppo, besieged Damascus areas

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Red Cross appealed on Thursday for greater access to civilians in rebel-held and besieged areas of Syria where the humanitarian situation is “catastrophic”, particularly in the divided northern city of Aleppo and in suburbs of Damascus.

Basic services and infrastructure in Syria are near collapse and the economy is at a standstill after three years of conflict, with millions dependent on food and medical supplies that are not reaching the most desperate, the aid agency said.

May 7, 2014

Daffodil yellow and blue diamonds star at Geneva auctions

GENEVA (Reuters) – Huge yellow and blue diamonds are expected to fetch strong prices at Geneva jewelry sales next week, as investors seek rare stones fresh to a healthy market, auction houses said on Wednesday.

The “Graff Vivid Yellow”, star lot at Sotheby’s on May 13, is a yellow diamond weighing 100.09 carats that was cut by the London-based top jeweler Laurence Graff.

Apr 16, 2014

Putin risks upstaging talks on defusing Ukraine crisis

GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine, prospects of significant progress at the four-way talks appear slim. By contrast, what Putin says during his annual “hotline” session with the Russian people may have far greater influence on events in Ukraine’s rebellious east.

Apr 15, 2014

U.N. finds fear-mongering by Russian speakers in Ukraine

GENEVA (Reuters) – Ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine have falsely claimed to be under assault to justify Russian intervention, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday in a report that warned of an impact on the May 25 election if propaganda persisted.

Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armored personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

Apr 15, 2014

U.N. finds fear-mongering by pro-Russians in Ukraine

GENEVA (Reuters) – Ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine have falsely claimed to be under attack to justify Russian involvement, a report by the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday.

“Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread,” said the report, which follows two visits to the country last month by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic.

Apr 11, 2014

Militias in Central African Republic block Muslims exit to Cameroon: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Christian militia forces are blocking the main roads used by Muslim civilians trying to flee Central African Republic to Cameroon and attacking the refugees, the United Nations said on Friday, citing accounts from “traumatized” victims.

Some refugees have suffered serious machete and gunshot wounds and many are severely malnourished after walking for months, having to detour and enter Cameroon via remote entry points, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

Apr 11, 2014

Militias in C. African Republic block Muslims exit to Cameroon – UN

GENEVA, April 11 (Reuters) – Christian militia forces are
blocking the main roads used by Muslim civilians trying to flee
Central African Republic to Cameroon and attacking the refugees,
the United Nations said on Friday, citing accounts from
“traumatised” victims.

Some refugees have suffered serious machete and gunshot
wounds and many are severely malnourished after walking for
months, having to detour and enter Cameroon via remote entry
points, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

Apr 8, 2014

Drought could push millions more Syrians into hunger: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – A looming drought in Syria could push millions more people into hunger and exacerbate a refugee crisis caused by years of civil war, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Syria’s breadbasket northwestern region has received less than half of the average rainfall since September and, if it stays dry up to wheat harvest time in mid-May, the country – already reliant on aid for millions of people – will need to import even more food.

Apr 8, 2014

Syrians face drought, wheat production seen at record low: WFP

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrians battered by years of war are facing a major drought that could cut wheat production in the country’s northwest breadbasket to a record low of 1.7 million to 2 million metric tonnes, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

Millions more people could face hunger and shortages if the drought, which is also being felt across the Middle East, takes hold, the United Nations agency warned.