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Youth in Haiti remain optimistic amid worsening instability

The agency surveyed over 3500 young people in early June, the majority of whom believe their rights are rarely or never respected. “When I ask children if their rights in Haiti are being respected, the answer is often a resounding:…

WHO: First confirmed human bird flu case did not die from it

The World Health Organization said Friday the first confirmed human infection with H5N2 bird flu, a man who died in April, suffered from multiple ailments and his death was not directly attributable to bird flu. At a Geneva news conference…

Canadian volunteer helps displaced Ukrainians from hard-hit areas

Paul Hughes, a former hockey coach from Canada, arrived in Kharkiv in March 2022. In the two years since, he and other volunteers — some local, some foreign — have been helping Ukrainians internally displaced by the war survive. Anna…

WHO: First fatal human case of H5N2 bird flu identified

Geneva —  The World Health Organization said Wednesday a person in Mexico had died in the first confirmed human case globally of infection with the H5N2 variant of bird flu. The patient, who died on April 24 after developing fever,…

Keep global spotlight on Haiti as millions go hungry, WFP official says

“We now have five million people in Haiti that are acutely food insecure, of which 1.6 million are classified as facing emergency food insecurity conditions,” said WFP Country Director Jean-Martin Bauer, speaking via videolink to journalists at UN Headquarters in…

Climate change, El Niño to blame for deadly floods in Brazil

Climate change and the El Niño weather phenomenon are to blame for the historic floods in southern Brazil that killed almost 170 people and displaced about 600,000 people, a team of international scientists said Monday. The World Weather Attribution (WWA)…

In Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, a hidden underground world is under threat by the Maya Train

AKTUN TUYUL CAVE SYSTEM, Mexico —  Rays of sunlight slice through pools of crystal water as clusters of fish cast shadows on the limestone below. Arching over the emerald basin are walls of stalactites dripping down the cavern ceiling, which…

Panama prepares to evacuate first island in face of rising sea levels

GARDI SUGDUB, Panama —  On a tiny island off Panama’s Caribbean coast, about 300 families are packing their belongings in preparation for a dramatic change. Generations of Gunas who have grown up on Gardi Sugdub in a life dedicated to…

UN humanitarian flight takes vital medical supplies to Haiti

The international airport had been closed due to rampant gang violence in the country. The flight carried nearly 15 metric tonnes of medicine and medical supplies to be added to the resources of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the…

US announces measures to help over 11,000 Cuban small businesses

WASHINGTON —  The United States announced regulatory changes on Tuesday to increase support for the Cuban people and independent private sector entrepreneurs. The changes will enable more U.S. financial support for small private businesses in Cuba, enhance internet-based services on…