Africa

UN chief: South Sudan is ignoring famine

Secretary-General Guterres says government in Juba refuses to acknowledge plight of 100,000 people suffering famine.

Humanitarian crises

Week in pictures: From Rohingya exodus to Peru floods

From floods in Peru and fighting in Mosul to Nowruz celebrations, here is the week in photos.

Rohingya

UN to 'urgently' probe crimes against Rohingya Muslims

UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in Myanmar.

Thailand

Montagnards: Escaping Vietnam, stateless in Thailand

In the heart of Bangkok, a small community says it is escaping religious persecution by the Vietnamese authorities.

Humanitarian crises

South Sudan: 'There are only dead bodies'

South Sudanese who have fled to Uganda - escaping rape, murder, assault and torture - share their stories.

Middle East

UN: 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus fighting

'Starvation around the corner' if humanitarian aid is not allowed into besieged areas in the capital, UN officials say.

Refugees

250 migrants feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea

More than 250 migrants are believed to have drowned after two partially submerged dinghies were found by a rescue boat.

Refugees

UNHCR: World has failed Africa's most vulnerable people

UN calls for urgent $250m as numbers of refugees fleeing violence and famine could surpass a million before mid-2017.

Asia Pacific

South Korea raises sunken ferry after three years

More than 300 people, most schoolchildren, were killed when the vessel capsized and sunk almost three years ago.

Syria's Civil War

The voices missing from Syria's peace talks

As negotiations on the war in Syria resume in Geneva, civil society groups say their voices are not being heard.

Humanitarian crises

UN: Worst yet to come with 400,000 'trapped in Mosul'

'Worst is yet to come', with hundreds of thousands remaining in Mosul's Old City under siege-like conditions, UN says.

Humanitarian crises

From Gambia to Italy: a refugee's perilous journey

After making a harrowing journey across desert and sea to reach Italy, a Gambian man waits and hopes for asylum.

Humanitarian crises

6,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean

The refugees and migrants were rescued on the Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy in the last few days, IOM says.

Humanitarian crises

Libya instability behind increase in sea migrants

Libyan prime minister asked for rescue and emergency equipment to curb illegal migration across its border into Europe.

Famine

Ending famine in Somalia, the Turkish way

As Somalia faces yet another famine, donors should learn from the successful aid model Turkey employed in the country.

by Afyare Abdi Elmi