UN: Thousands of Tigray Children Risk Death from Starvation, Malnutrition

United Nations agencies are warning that tens of thousands of children in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray province are at risk of death from starvation and malnutrition-related illnesses because aid agencies cannot reach the region with humanitarian relief.Conflict-ridden Tigray remains off-limits to United Nations and private aid agencies despite Ethiopian government promises they would have unfettered access to the region.UNICEF spokesman James Elder told reporters Friday in Geneva the region is on…

Malawi Expresses Regret Over Expulsion of Its Diplomats From South Africa

Malawi's government said Saturday that it had received news of its diplomats' alleged misconduct in South Africa with regret and that it would punish those involved when they returned home.South Africa on Friday declared all Malawian diplomats persona non grata for abusing diplomatic privileges and gave them 72 hours to leave the country. South Africa's Ministry of International Relations said in a statement that the action followed an investigation that…

Malawi Expresses Regret Over Expulsion of Its Diplomats From South Africa

Malawi's government said Saturday that it had received news of its diplomats' alleged misconduct in South Africa with regret and that it would punish those involved when they returned home.South Africa on Friday declared all Malawian diplomats persona non grata for abusing diplomatic privileges and gave them 72 hours to leave the country. South Africa's Ministry of International Relations said in a statement that the action followed an investigation that…

Food Aid Not Reaching Tigray, People Dying, UN Says

GENEVA - The World Food Program warns the food situation in northern Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region has reached catastrophic proportions and people are beginning to die.The United Nations warns more than 350,000 people in Tigray are facing near famine-like conditions, and many will not survive without immediate humanitarian assistance. UNICEF says 30,000 severely malnourished children are among those at risk of death.Aid agencies are calling for unimpeded access to the…

UN General Assembly Confirms 5 Countries to Security Council

NEW YORK - The U.N. General Assembly voted Friday to give two-year terms on the powerful 15-nation Security Council to five countries. Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates all ran unopposed for available seats in their regional groups, and each secured the necessary two-thirds majority required of the secret ballots cast.They will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2022.The council deals with issues of international peace and…

Mystery Over Claim World’s 1st ‘Decuplets’ Born in S. Africa

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has been gripped by the mystery of whether a woman has, as has been claimed, actually given birth to 10 babies, in what would then be the world's first recorded case of decuplets.Gosiame Thamara Sithole from the Tembisa township near Johannesburg gave birth to the babies on Monday, according to the Pretoria News newspaper which quoted the parents. The babies — seven boys and three girls…

160 Million of World’s Children Forced to Work During Pandemic, UN Says

A new report finds 160 million children or nearly one child in ten is involved in child labor globally, an increase of 8.4 million since 2016. A joint report by the International Labor Organization and UN Children’s Fund warns the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening an already alarming situation. The report is being launched in advance of the World Day Against Child Labor on June 12. This is the first increase…

US Again Condemns Nigeria’s Twitter Ban

The U.S. has condemned Nigeria’s continuing ban of Twitter in the country, saying the action “has no place in a democracy.”“Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Thursday in a statement calling for the African nation to reverse its Twitter suspension.He said the U.S. “condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the…