U.N. seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots led by Afghanistan, Ethiopia

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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations appealed on Thursday for a record $41 billion to provide life-saving assistance next year to 183 million people worldwide caught up in conflict and poverty, led by a tripling of its programme in Afghanistan. Famine remains a “terrifying prospect” for 45 million people living in 43 countries, as extreme weather caused by climate change shrinks food supplies, the U.N. said in the annual appeal, which reflected a 17% rise in annual funding needs. “The drivers of needs are ones which are familiar to all of us. Tragically, it includes protr…

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