WASHINGTON – The White House confirmed Thursday that the U.S. military has begun its withdrawal from Afghanistan and proactively deployed additional troops and military equipment to protect forces in the region.
“Potential adversaries should know that if they attack us in our withdrawal, we will defend ourselves, [and] our partners, with all the tools at our disposal,” White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters traveling on Air Force One.
“While these actions will initially result in increased forces levels, we remain committed to having all U.S. military personnel out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021,” she said, adding that the Biden administration is intent on a “safe and responsible” exit from the war-torn country.
The Pentagon has temporarily provide...
NAIROBI, 30th April 2021 (PSCU) – The Coronavirus pandemic has temporarily set back the global agenda of ensuring young people aged between 10 to 24 years are in education, training or employment by 2030, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta during Generation Unlimited (GenU) global leadership council meeting held virtually and attended by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo of Belgium, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana and former British PM Gordon Brown. President Kenyatta was joined at the virtual meeting by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and ICT CS Joe Mucheru.
The President noted that globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been closed for almost an entire year due to Covid-19 lockdowns..
"Young people have lost jobs and li...
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are deeply saddened by the latest loss of at least two lives after a boat capsized off Venezuela’s shores on Thursday 22 April.
According to local authorities, at least 24 people including several children are believed to have been on board the boat heading towards the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Seven people were rescued by commercial Venezuelan vessels, and two bodies have so far been recovered, while rescue operations are ongoing to find other survivors among the 15 Venezuelans that are still unaccounted for according to authorities.
“The waters of the Caribbean Sea continue to claim the lives of Venezuelans,” said Eduardo Stein, Joint Special ...
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced the appointment of popular TV personality Raya Abirached as a Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Abirached has been working as a High-Profile Supporter with UNHCR since 2017 and is a powerful voice and advocate for the forcibly displaced across the world.
Prior to her appointment, Abirached had been working closely with UNHCR on several campaigns and appeals. The first female Arab to be appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, her engagement with UNHCR began in 2017 through MBC Hope, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of MBC Group. Since then, she has consistently advocated for refugee rights through her participation in UNHCR’s Ramadan and winter campaigns, as well as in various emergency ap...
London Stocks to Open Flat OpenContracts on the FTSE 100 futures were little changed on Monday, in line with its European peers, as investors were cautious to start a busy week for earnings and economic data. A slew of earnings from big US tech companies, GDP figures for the US and Europe and Fed interest rate decision will be in the spotlight during the week. In the UK, Shell, BP, GlaxoSmithKline and Whitbread along with the major banks will be in the spotlight. Meanwhile, coronavirus infections specially a devastating surge in India is also weigh on investors' mood.China Shares Turn Lower in Afternoon TradeThe Shanghai Composite Index fell 16 points or 0.5% to 3,458 in afternoon deals on Monday, giving up its early gains, amid renewed worries over policy tightening. Traders became cauti...
Aymeric Laporte was City’s hero, heading home from Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick in the 82nd minute to give Pep Guardiola’s side a thoroughly deserved victory, which sees us move level with Liverpool as the most successful side the competition’s history.
City rose to the occasion at Wembley Stadium, where the most surprising aspect of the contest was that it took so long for a goal to come.
The defending champions were in total control from the first minute and but for some heroic last ditch defending, would have been out of sight at half time.
Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld both made goal saving blocks to deny Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden, as Spurs were forced to withstand wave after wave of City attack in a particularly one-sided opening 45-minutes in which Zack Steffen didn’t...
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called today for stepped up international support and solidarity with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – a country struggling with one of the largest internally displaced populations in Africa and a generous host to half a million refugees fleeing conflict elsewhere in the region.
During a three-day mission to the Central African nation, the High Commissioner travelled to the DRC’s northern region bordering the Central African Republic (CAR) where according to local authorities 92,000 refugees have arrived in the past four months, following post-election violence in CAR. Meeting with refugees in this remote area, Grandi heard accounts of brutal violence, and personal loss.
He also praised the crucial role played by Congolese...
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are deeply disturbed by reports of a tragic shipwreck off the coast of Libya. Fears are that this latest incident could have claimed the lives of up to 130 people.
The rubber boat, which reportedly embarked from the Al Khoms area east of Tripoli, is said to have capsized due to bad weather and stormy seas.
The NGO SOS Méditerranée reported that the first distress call was received by authorities on Wednesday morning. SOS Méditerranée and commercial vessels searched the area on Thursday only to discover several bodies floating around the deflated rubber dinghy but no survivors.
This would be the largest loss of life recorded in the Central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. So fa...
Three people, including a WFP employee, Mustapha Milambo, the Ambassador of Italy to the DRC, Luca Attanasio, and a Carabinieri officer from the Italian Embassy to the DRC who served as a close protection officer for the Ambassador, Vittorio Iacovacci, were killed in the attack.
This incident is a stark reminder of the dangers that humanitarian personnel face in delivering assistance to those in need and WFP reiterates its demand that the perpetrators of this heinous attack are apprehended and brought to justice.
Immediately after the attack, WFP requested that UNDSS carry out a fact-finding mission. At the same time, WFP has been cooperating closely with the Italian and Congolese authorities who are carrying out ongoing investigations.
The findings of the UNDSS fact-findin...
WFP’s operations in Venezuela and the world over are guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence.
“We are grateful for the great support we received from all parties, who agreed with these principles”, said David Beasley, WFP Executive Director.
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and WFP signed today a memorandum of understanding whereby WFP will establish a presence in the country and commence the humanitarian operation.
WFP will provide nutritious school meals to children, particularly in pre-primary and special education schools, as well as invest in the rehabilitation of school canteens and training school staff on food safety practices.
“With this agreement, WFP will move forward with i...