Mike Pompeo:  said  the terrorist designation would give the US “additional tools” to pile pressure on Iran, which has supported Houthi rebels. Photograph:  Tami Chappell/AFP)  via Getty Images

Aid agencies have sharply criticised the Trump administration’s decision to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels a terrorist organisation, warning it will(...)

 A girl reacts as she waits to get a school bag provided by a local aid group, Mona Relief Yemen, at a public school in Sana’a, Yemen. Mona Relief Yemen has distributed school bags to encourage girls to keep attending classes as the number of out-of-school children is estimated at more than two million. Photograph: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Yemen is the country most at risk of humanitarian catastrophe in the coming year, according to a report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). (...)

Syrian children in the south of Idlib prvoince at a camp for the displaced near the border with Turkey last year.  Ireland allocated more than  than €25m  to the Syria crisis in 2019. File photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty Images

State spending on overseas development aid rose by nearly 10 per cent in 2019 with the Government set to increase spending by an additional €21 mil(...)

 Family members wearing  PPE suits carry the remains of an elderly  relative who died from  Covid-19  at a graveyard in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph:  EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Confirmed coronavirus cases on the African continent are expected to hit one million this week, with experts raising concerns about the lack of testin(...)

Yongo Lydia (29), a refugee from Juba, South Sudan. She described her journey to Uganda in three words: ‘trauma, pain, tears.’ Photograph: Christine Onzia Wani

For hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda debating whether to stay put or return home, a new series of potentially deadly conside(...)

Migrants and refugees, some wearing face masks for protective measures, queue in a makeshift camp next to the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph: Getty

Doctors and aid groups have warned of a looming disaster as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to hit camps for migrants and refugees across Europe. (...)

Children leaving school in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.’No one will be safe here if coronavirus arrives,’ a Congolese woman told The Irish Times.  Photograph: Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

As Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan announced their first cases of coronavirus on Friday, refugees hundreds of miles from African capital cities fretted thei(...)

Aerial view of Gwoza, the town that became the headquarters of Boko Haram’s short-lived caliphate from 2014-2015. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Two girls blew themselves up outside a mosque at the former headquarters of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in the early hours of Sunday – the lat(...)

People gather at the site of an explosion in the northeastern Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli on Friday.  Photograph: Mohammed Ahmad/AFP via Getty Images

Kurdish civilians have been fleeing key towns in northeastern Syria as Turkish forces continue to bombard targets for a third consecutive day. US pre(...)

 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

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