As violence aggravates existing crises, 15% of Burkina Faso's population is currently faced with food insecurity, and 1 in 10 children suffer from malnutrition, says the Red Cross.
El Salvador has enacted a state of emergency to fight a new spike in homicides while thousands of Haitians demonstrate against a lack of governmental support to protect their population from gangs.
Red Cross' Director General Robert Mardini called for support from the international community, which has so far taken a cautious approach in engaging with the Taliban.
The calls from the United Nations three top officials come after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Iran-linked Houthis a “foreign terrorist organisation.”
Days before he takes office, rights organisations highlight US human rights transgressions and international law violations at the military detention centre.
Ethiopia is rejecting calls for independent investigations into the deadly fighting in its Tigray region, saying it “doesn’t need a baby-sitter."
The clutch of nuclear-armed states, including the United States, Britain, France, China, and Russia, have not signed the treaty.
Swiss humanitarian relief expert Philippe Lazzarini replaces another Swiss national, Pierre Krahenbuhl, who was forced to resign in November 2019 amid accusations of mismanagement.
Return of Houthi prisoners to capital, Sanaa, comes two days after the Saudi-led military coalition announced freeing 200 Houthis, a decision the UN hailed.
Earlier, the rebels announced they would release 350 prisoners, including three Saudi Arabians, under UN's supervision as part of peace initiative.
The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says "over a million people live in misery, held hostage to a profoundly unsettling contradiction." Peter Maurer was speaking after visiting Rohingya refugees in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) said four patients have been taken to hospitals in Damascus, the first of 29 critical cases approved for medical evacuation, and that the remainder would be evacuated over the coming days.
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