Tag: Humanitarian Aid

Cruise Ships, Long Contentious in Bahamas, Offer Lifeline After Dorian

At 76, disabled, with half the roof of her Grand Bahama home blown off and facing the prospect of months without electricity, Myrtle Cartwright decided she had to leave. Ms. Cartwright escaped in luxury: On Friday, she boarded Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration with about 1,200 other Hurricane Dorian survivors and headed for Palm […]

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Guns, Filth and ISIS: Syrian Camp Is ‘Disaster in the Making’

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In the desert camp in northeastern Syria where tens of thousands of Islamic State fighters’ wives and children have been trapped for months in miserable conditions with no prospects of leaving, ISIS sympathizers regularly torch the tents of women deemed infidels. Fights between camp residents have brought smuggled guns into the open, […]

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Hundreds of Migrants Stranded in Mediterranean in Standoff Over Aid Ships

More than 500 migrants and refugees afloat in the central Mediterranean were in limbo on Monday, as the two aid ships that had rescued them searched for a safe port that would take them. The impasse came days after Italy had announced fines of up to €1 million — more than $1.1 million — for […]

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With Guns, Cash and Terrorism, Gulf States Vie for Power in Somalia

When a small car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in the bustling port city of Bosaso in northern Somalia, local news reports chalked it up to Islamist militants retaliating for American airstrikes. At least eight people were wounded, and a local affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility. The attack, however, may have also been […]

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Puerto Ricans Deserve Better From Their Government

Over the past week, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets of San Juan to let their government leaders — and the world — know that they have had enough. The proximate cause of the protests was the July 13 release of 889 pages of private chat messages between Puerto Rico’s […]

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U.S. Prepares to Arrest Thousands of Immigrant Family Members

Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux. The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, partly because of resistance among […]

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Trump Officials Dismiss Reports of Disease and Hunger in Border Facilities

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration immigration officials on Sunday contested reports that migrant children were being held in horrific conditions in federal detention facilities, arguing that the government was enforcing oversight standards even as it struggled to house and care for an influx of migrants. Accounts of disease, hunger and overcrowding have multiplied in recent […]

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Lawmakers Criticize Migrant Holding Sites in Texas as ‘Toxic’ and ‘Broken’

CLINT, Tex. — Women held in rooms without running water, sleeping bags set up on concrete and children left apart from their families: That was what Democratic lawmakers said they heard about on Monday as they toured two Texas border facilities. Their emotional, and graphic, descriptions came on a day when ProPublica reported the existence […]

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In Defeat, Pelosi Agrees to Pass Senate Border Bill Without House Conditions

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed on Thursday to clear the Senate’s version of emergency humanitarian aid package for strapped federal agencies dealing with a migrant crisis, jettisoning the House’s strict controls on the $4.6 billion in a stinging defeat that was ensured by Democratic disunity. The change was a striking display of disarray and […]

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House Democrats Demand More Control Over Border as Impasse Deepens

WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Thursday moved to attach thick strings to a Senate-approved humanitarian aid package for the southwestern border, pushing for stronger protections for children and adults in migrant detention facilities and restrictions on how the Senate’s $4.6 billion could be spent. But within an hour of the House Rules Committee meeting to […]

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Senate Approves $4.6 Billion for Border With Few Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday approved $4.6 billion in emergency humanitarian aid for the southwestern border, rejecting House legislation approved Tuesday that sought to rein in President Trump’s immigration crackdown by setting significant rules on how the money could be spent at squalid detention facilities. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California rejected the Senate’s bill […]

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House Adds New Policy Restrictions Ahead of Border Funding Vote

WASHINGTON — The House pressed toward a vote Tuesday evening on an emergency $4.5 billion humanitarian aid bill to address the plight of migrants at the border, as Democratic leaders appeared confident they had quelled a rebellion in their ranks by adding new health and safety requirements for children and adults held by the government. […]

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Emergency Aid for Migrants Badly Divides Democrats

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to rush $4.5 billion in emergency humanitarian aid to the southwestern border while placing new restrictions on President Trump’s immigration crackdown, spurred on by disturbing images of suffering migrant families and of children living in squalor in overcrowded detention facilities. But with a House vote on the package planned for […]

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South Korea to Send the North 50,000 Tons of Rice

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said on Wednesday that it would provide 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea, in the hope that the humanitarian aid will help persuade the North to return to talks on improving inter-Korean ties and ending its nuclear weapons program. Kim Yeon-chul, the South Korean unification minister, said the […]

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An Arizona Teacher Helped Migrants. Jurors Couldn’t Decide if It Was a Crime.

TUCSON — For 15 years, volunteers have trekked into the Arizona desert to place jugs of water, canned beans and blankets in spots where migrants traverse the most treacherous reaches of the borderlands. When those provisions have been unable to help, the volunteers have searched for migrants who are missing, and for the remains of […]

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U.N. Aid Chief Warns of Looming ‘Horror’ as Somalia Again Faces Famine

The top humanitarian official at the United Nations sounded the alarm on Wednesday about the looming risk of famine in the Horn of Africa because of drought, warning that more than five million people are threatened, mostly Somalis. The official, Mark Lowcock, under secretary general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, said that […]

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Congress Gives Final Approval to Long-Delayed Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Monday to a long-delayed disaster aid package, ending the congressional impasse that has stymied efforts to send billions of dollars in relief to ongoing recovery efforts from a series of natural disasters. The 354-to-58 House vote capped a lengthy and complex odyssey for the $19.1 billion package, which […]

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For Second Time, One Republican’s Objection Delays Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON — A single House Republican again blocked final passage of a long-delayed emergency aid package, the second Republican in a week to use the power of an individual lawmaker to ensure the delay of relief for communities and farmers still recovering from natural disasters. House Democrats tried for a second time on Tuesday to […]

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