Quake-hit Nepal appeals for aid to rebuild country

Nepal is to host a major meeting of donors Thursday to raise funds to rebuild the quake-devastated country, hoping to dispel doubts that money will be lost to corruption and reconstruction hamstrung by red tape.

World Bank pledges up to $500 million for quake-hit Nepal
World Bank pledges up to $500 million for quake-hit Nepal

The World Bank on Tuesday pledged up to half a billion dollars to help Nepal rebuild after two earthquakes killed nearly 9,000 people there in April and May, leveling homes and pushing hundreds of thousands of people deeper into poverty.

'Kaaka Muttai' makers to provide financial aid for film's kids
'Kaaka Muttai' makers to provide financial aid for film's kids

The makers of Tamil drama "Kaaka Muttai" along with the presenters of the film Wunderbar Films and Grass Root Film Company, are associating with a charitable non-profitable organisation called Bhumi for the well-being of child actors Ramesh and Vignesh.

UN appeals for $1.6bn for war-ravaged Yemen

The United Nations on Friday appealed for $1.6 billion to help the 21 million people in need of aid in war-torn Yemen, warning of a "looming catastrophe".

UN uses food aid to fight against child labour in Egypt

Almost 24,000 Egyptian children have received school meals and rations for their families under a scheme to prevent youngsters in the poorest areas from dropping out of school and working, UN and EU officials said.

Qatar pledges $50 mn to Indonesia for hosting migrants

Gas-rich Qatar pledged $50 million on Thursday to help Indonesia shelter Muslim Rohingya migrants from Myanmar, the official QNA news agency reported.

Saudi king doubles Yemen aid pledge to $540 mn

King Salman doubled Saudi Arabia`s aid commitment to Yemen to $540 million on Wednesday, the first day of a humanitarian pause in a bombing campaign it has led against its neighbour. 

Nepal bars UK aid helicopters, may damage buildings when landing

 Britain said on Tuesday it was negotiating with the Nepalese authorities after three British military helicopters sent to help the earthquake relief effort were denied entry because of fears they could damage buildings while landing.

Iran to send humanitarian aid to Yemen via sea

 The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will this weekend send a cargo ship carrying relief aid to Yemen, an official said on Thursday.

US Air Force contingency response group reaches Nepal

A US Air Force contingency response group has reached the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to help the Nepal government in its recovery and rescue mission after a devastating earthquake hit the country recently.

Saudi considering bombing pauses for Yemen aid delivery

Saudi Arabia is considering temporary halts in coalition air strikes against rebels in Yemen to allow for aid deliveries, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday.

Morocco pledges $1 mn in relief to quake-ravaged Nepal

 Morocco has decided to provide $1 million in emergency assistance to the earthquake victims in Nepal, the foreign ministry said.

US announces fresh aid of USD 9 million for Nepal

The US has announced fresh aid of USD 9 million for quake-hit Nepal as it launched relief and rescue mission in the Himalayan nation, sending a disaster response team alongwith rescue dogs to search for survivors.

Five abducted aid workers killed in Afghanistan: Officials

The bullet-ridden bodies of five aid workers have been found, weeks after they were abducted by armed gunmen in the volatile south of Afghanistan, officials said Saturday.

Aid will reach Yemen when conditions right: Coalition

Aid will be allowed into strife-torn Yemen when conditions are right, the Saudi-led military coalition said Saturday after the Red Cross urged a 24-hour ceasefire to address `dire` conditions.

US releases military aid to Egypt, cites national security

President Barack Obama today released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region.

First aid teams reach Vanuatu, find widespread devastation
First aid teams reach Vanuatu, find widespread devastation

The first aid teams to reach Vanuatu reported widespread devastation on Sunday as authorities declared a state of emergency after a "monster" cyclone tore through the vulnerable Pacific island nation.

Vanuatu president appeals for 'lending hand' after Pacific cyclone

The president of Vanuatu appealed for international assistance on Saturday after his island nation was hit by a terrifying tropical cyclone in what may be one of the region`s worst weather disasters.

Britain donates £2 million to cyclone-struck Vanuatu

Britain will donate £2 million (2.8 million euros, $2.9 million) to help Vanuatu recover from a cyclone that slammed into the South Pacific island nation, a minister announced Saturday.

2.5 million on brink of famine in South Sudan: UN

Over 2.5 million South Sudanese are on the brink of famine, with the civil war likely to intensify, the United Nations said Monday as it launched a $1.8 billion aid appeal.