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More than 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The International Organization of Migration in Libya says, a 'wooden boat carrying around 250 people, including women and children, sank some 5 nautical miles from the coast'

Handout picture taken and released on July 5, 2019 by German migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye, shows members of the German migrant rescue charity NGO Sea-Eye (L) approaching an overloaded rubber boat spotted in international waters off the Libyan coast. The blue dinghy lacked sufficient drinking water for the 64 men and one woman, and there was no satellite phone or navigation aid on board, the group said in a statement. Fabian Heinz / / AFP

Rohingya protest for 'justice' on crackdown anniversary

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Rohingya exodus continues today, as refugees continue to trickle over the border throughout this year

PROTEST. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP

Over 100 migrants escape from Libya trafficking camp

May 26, 2018 - 8:19 PM

'This is another example of the ongoing horrors suffered by many migrants and refugees while transiting through Libya,' says Doctors Without Borders

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Doctors Without Borders reveals sex abuse cases as Oxfam scandal widens

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) A scandal over sexual abuse in the foreign aid industry that began with Oxfam spreads as French group Doctors Without Borders reveals it had fired 19 staff last year for harassment or abuse

MSF. This file photo shows the entrance of the Ebola treatment center of aid agency Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), in Liberia on October 3, 2014. Pascal Guyot/AFP

Nigerian military blames homeless for botched air strike

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:19 AM

UPDATED Charity group Doctors Without Borders says they are extremely worried by the Nigerian military s statement 6 months after the bombing

25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat horror

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:31 PM

UPDATED The find adds to the grim evidence of the hazards of crossing the Mediterranean – a journey that the UN said Wednesday has claimed more than 3 800 lives so far this year a record

Syria regime advances in Aleppo, MSF decries 'bloodbath'

Oct 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Aleppo is also the focus of a new French led United Nations draft resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities

'BLOODBATH.' Syrian volunteers carry an injured person on a stretcher following Syrian government forces airstrikes on the rebel held neighbourhood of Heluk in Aleppo, on September 30, 2016. Photo by Thaer Mohammed/AFP

At least 11 killed in coalition air raid on Yemen hospital – MSF

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:01 AM

An Arab coalition air raid hit a Yemeni hospital on Monday August 15 killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 19 just 48 hours after strikes that killed children

This hand out picture released by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows people examining a hospital operated by the NGO after it was hit by an Arab coalition air strike on August 15, 2016 in Abs. MSF/Handout/AFP

Yemeni rebels free 276 loyalists

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:40 PM

The government loyalists are reportedly freed as a sign of good will for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

epa05376312 Houthi militia members hold up weapons during a gathering mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, Sana'a, Yemen, 18 June 2016. According to reports, violent clashes are still taking place between Houthi rebels and Yemen?s Saudi-backed government forces in Yemen?s several areas as UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait between Yemen?s warring factions come into the second month of sessions in an attempt to end more than a year of conflict in the troubled Arab country. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

No longer just a job: the unlikely crew saving lives in the Med

May 30, 2016 - 8:31 PM

They are unlikely members of the same crew: career seamen for whom it was initially just another job and landlubber humanitarian workers trying to make the world a better place

RESCUED. Migrants protect themselves from the cold with blankets as they wait to arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 26, 2016 aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius," two day after their rescue off the Libyan coasts. Photo by Gabriel Buoys / AFP

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo not in fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and pushed a landmark February 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse

FIGHTING FREEZE? Syrians at the site of airstrikes in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan Al Qasr in Aleppo, Syria, April 28, 2016. Photo by Zouhir Al Shimale/EPA

A fair shot: Campaign to cut PH pneumonia vaccine price

Apr 12, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Although pneumonia is the best selling vaccine it is also the priciest NextDayBetter and MSF want to change that

MSF pulls out of Lesbos hot spot as aid groups slam migrant deal

Mar 24, 2016 - 9:01 AM

The move comes a day after the UN refugee agency UNHCR said it had suspended some activities in Greece saying reception centers had become detention facilities

REFUGEES IN LESBOS. A refugee family after they arrived on a boat from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos, near the port city of Mytilene, Greece, March 9, 2016. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Dozens of Syria health facilities hit last year – MSF

Feb 18, 2016 - 5:52 PM

The health infrastructure of the war torn country has been decimated says the organization

epaselect epa05162072 A handout image dated 15 February 2016, provided by the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Bordersorganization, showing destruction and rubble at an MSF-supported hospital in Idlib province in northern Syria, largely destroyed in an attack on early 15 February 2016. At least eight staff members are missing after airstrikes at a hospital affiliated with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in northern Syria, believed to have been carried out by Russian jets. 'We can confirm that the MSF-supported structure in Maaret al-Noumaan in northern Idlib was destroyed this morning in airstrikes,' said Mirella Hodeib, a press offer at MSF in Beirut. MSF said 40,000 people would be cut off from access to medical services as a result of the latest strikes on the hospital in Idlib. Three MSF-supported hospitals were recently damaged in Aleppo. EPA/SAM TAYLOR / MSF / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Air strikes hit MSF-backed hospital in Syria, 9 dead

Feb 15, 2016 - 8:13 PM

Suspected Russian air strikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in Syria killing 9 people including a child the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

AFTERMATH. Syrian boys run past a destroyed field hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 29 October 2015 by forces loyal to the Syrian government. File photo by Mohammed Badra / EPA

Camps full as tens of thousands flee Syria's Aleppo

Feb 09, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Up to 20 people are forced to stay inside each tent – meant for 7 only – at refugee camps

Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near Turkish crossing gate.  Nearly 40,000 Syrian civilians have fled a regime offensive near Aleppo, a monitor said, as Turkey warned it was bracing for a wave of tens of thousands of refugees. / AFP / BULENT KILIC

Opposition heads to peace talks as more Syrians starve

Jan 30, 2016 - 11:47 PM

The High Negotiations Committee bows to US and Saudi pressure to at least show up in Geneva but insists it won t negotiate with Assad s regime until UN resolutions putting an end to sieges of towns are adhered to

PEACE TALKS. Representatives sit after arriving for the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 29, 2016. Martial Trezzini/EPA

Syria's UN envoy says no starvation in Madaya

Jan 12, 2016 - 7:46 AM

Ambassador Bashar Jaafari speaks after a convoy of 44 trucks loaded with food baby formula blankets and other supplies entered Madaya where medical charity MSF says 28 people have starved to death since December 1

A convoy of cars loaded with aid material moves towards the besieged city of Madaya, Syria, January 11, 2016. Youssef Badawi/EPA

At least 4 dead in missile strike on MSF clinic in Yemen

Jan 10, 2016 - 11:10 PM

MSF could not specify whether the medical facility was hit in an air strike by the Saudi led coalition or by a rocket fired from the ground

My Syrian patients’ strength amid war

Jan 02, 2016 - 8:56 AM

When I came home and saw my loved ones I thought about how lucky I am not to live in a country at war

Death toll rises to 42 in Afghan hospital strike – MSF

Dec 12, 2015 - 7:58 PM

After a methodical review of records and testimonies the MSF revises the number of people killed in the October 3 air raid

DEADLY BOMBING. A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 3. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

MSF hospital strike 'caused primarily by human error' – US probe

Nov 25, 2015 - 11:43 PM

The investigation reveals the medical facility was misidentified as a target by US personnel

DEADLY BOMBING. A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 3. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

MSF wants answers from Saudi-led coalition over Yemen hospital strike

Oct 30, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Saudi Arabia denies that the coalition which launched an air campaign against Iran backed Huthis and their allies in late March were behind the attack in the rebel stronghold Saada

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS. A Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) (MSF) flag is raised to half-mast and candles and messages are left in solidarity with those killed outside MSF headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, October 7, 2015. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

Yemen MSF says hospital hit by air raid, no casualties

Oct 27, 2015 - 10:22 PM

Around 5 000 people have been killed in the conflict since March more than half of them civilians according to UN estimates

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban MSF, UN agencies

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:53 AM

UN agencies such as the World Food Programme would be affected by the ban as they do not have necessary accreditation

MEDICAL AID IN DONETSK. Medical brigade soldiers transport an injured Ukrainian serviceman at the Artemivsk village not far of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, February 19, 2015. Photo by Sergei Kozlov/EPA

Swiss support international probe of Afghan hospital bombing

Oct 15, 2015 - 8:33 PM

MSF condemns the attack as a war crime and insists an independent probe is needed not only to establish the facts of the attack

Pentagon to make 'condolence payments' to Kunduz victims

Oct 11, 2015 - 7:39 AM

Doctors Without Borders has condemned the attack which killed 12 staff and 10 patients as a war crime

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. A handout file picture made available on October 1, 2015 shows members of the humanitarian aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors without borders) treating injured people in a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, September 30, 2015. Phtoo by EPA/MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi accepts help to combat haze, Obama apologizes

Oct 09, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the recovery of bodies of plane crash victims increased US maritime assistance and reactions on the bullet train deal with China

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

Hospital never a legitimate target – US general

Oct 09, 2015 - 3:29 AM

Asked whether the presence of Taliban fighters in a hospital could justify a strike Campbell said simply: No

Obama apologizes to MSF for deadly Kunduz air strike

Oct 08, 2015 - 7:58 AM

Three separate probes – by the US military NATO and Afghan officials – are under way into Saturday s catastrophic strike in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz which left 22 people dead

OBAMA. US President Barack Obama participates a discussion at the White House Summit on Worker Voice, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, October 7, 2015. Photo by Michael Reynolds.

MSF demands international probe into Kunduz air strike

Oct 07, 2015 - 4:33 PM

UPDATED MSF chief: This was not just an attack on our hospital it was an attack on the Geneva conventions This cannot be tolerated

 An handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 Octoberr 2015. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

Afghan forces called for hospital air strike, US general says

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:18 AM

General John Campbell s statement marks the first US military acknowledgement it was behind Saturday s October 3 devastating raid in the northern Afghan city which triggered international outrage

ATTACKED. In this photograph released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on October 3, 2015, fires burn in part of the MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz after it was hit by an air strike. AFP/MSF

Medical charity MSF leaves Afghan city after fatal airstrike

Oct 04, 2015 - 6:47 PM

A spokeswoman of the medical charity cannot confirm whether the Kunduz trauma center will re open or not following the tragic airstrike

MSF: Medical giant of the humanitarian world

Oct 04, 2015 - 9:44 AM

The non profit provides emergency medical care in war zones during epidemics and in the wake of natural disasters

A handout file picture made available on 01 October 2015 shows members of the humanitarian aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors without borders) treating injured people in a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 30 September 2015.  EPA/Medicins sans frontiers handout

Obama vows full probe into Afghan hospital airstrike

Oct 04, 2015 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED Doctors Without Borders MSF says patients burned to death in their beds during a raid that continued for more than an hour early Saturday October 3 even after US and Afghan authorities were informed the hospital had been hit

 An handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 Octoberr 2015. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

UN slams 'inexcusable' Afghan hospital air strike that kills 19

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:57 PM

4th UPDATE US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says a full investigation is being carried out

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. A handout file picture made available on October 1, 2015 shows members of the humanitarian aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors without borders) treating injured people in a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, September 30, 2015. Phtoo by EPA/MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES

500,000 more children uprooted by Boko Haram – UNICEF

Sep 18, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The additional numbers of children made homeless has taken the total number of youngsters in the Lake Chad region who have been forced to flee to 1 4 million

'RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES.' A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows children standing in the Assaga refugee camp, set up by the UN three months ago for Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram. Photo by Boureima Hama/AFP

Hundreds of migrants feared drowned off Libya

Aug 05, 2015 - 11:34 PM

The so called central Mediterranean route proved by far the deadliest with just over 1 930 people dying as they tried to cross from Libya to Italy

AFP file photo

4 dead in helicopter crash in quake-hit Nepal

Jun 02, 2015 - 11:23 PM

Four people including 3 staff from medical charity MSF are killed when a helicopter delivering aid to an earthquake devastated region in Nepal crashed in the Sindhupalchowk district

WAITING. Relatives react as a helicopter carrying the bodies of helicopter crash victim arrives at helipad of Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, 02 June 2015. Photo by Narendra Shrestha / EPA

Niger battles deadly meningitis epidemic

Apr 25, 2015 - 10:01 AM

The government has ordered all schools closed until next week in an effort to limit the spread of the deadly disease

OUTBREAK. A meningitis outbreak in Niger has already killed 129 people out of 1,150 cases. Screenshot from Al Jazeera

World's largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats

Jan 28, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Five months later to the day it registered no patients at all for the first time and staff this week mark a drastic retreat of an epidemic which has killed thousands by dismantling and burning the first tent put up at the clinic

Photo taken on January 27, 2015 shows tents being dismantled after Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) decommissioned the first section of the ELWA III Ebola Management Center in Monrovia. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO

How a Pinay doctor helped fight Ebola in Liberia

Dec 13, 2014 - 11:48 AM

The Philippines may not be sending health workers to Ebola hit countries but there s no stopping Filipino doctors who want to fight the outbreak at its epicenter

EBOLA FIGHTER. Dr Natasha Reyes is one of the few Filipino health workers who helped fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa this 2014. File photo from Doctors Without Borders

Very few drugs, trial sites in search for Ebola cure – WHO

Nov 15, 2014 - 10:00 AM

A key problem is that the drugs showing the most promise in animal trials are novel ones that are in very short supply and would be near impossible to scale up to a level that would allow proper testing

LIFE-SAVING? Boxes containing the first ZMapp test drugs for Ebola patients in Liberia moments after they arrived at Roberts International Airport, Margibi County, Liberia on August 13, 2014. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

US envoy sees 'first tangible signs' Ebola will be beaten

Oct 31, 2014 - 12:15 AM

We stand at a historic juncture We face the greatest public health crisis ever

EBOLA . UNICEF says Ebola is profoundly affecting the lives of children in Liberia, where the disease left 600 of them orphans. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

MSF warns Liberia Ebola 'progress' could be illusory

Oct 30, 2014 - 8:54 PM

It is too soon to draw conclusions on the reduction of Ebola cases in Monrovia says Fasil Tezera MSF head of mission in Liberia

MEDICATION. A photograph made available 13 October 2014 shows a Liberian health worker gives medication to a young Ebola patient at the MSF Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia 20 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Norway repatriates MSF doctor with Ebola

Oct 07, 2014 - 11:44 PM

The patient who is now in the Oslo University Hospital will remain in total isolation and receive experimental treatment

NORWEGIAN PATIENT. The first Norwegian Ebola patient arrives at Oslo University Hospital Ullval, Oslo, Norway, 07 October 2014. Terje Pedersen/EPA

French nurse cured of Ebola contracted in Liberia

Oct 04, 2014 - 8:51 PM

The first French national to be infected with the virus was airlifted back to France on September 19 and received experimental treatment at a military hospital on the outskirts of Paris

CURED. Avigan, a drug approved as an anti-influenza drug in Japan, was given to a French nurse who contracted Ebola in Liberia. French health minister Marisol Touraine says the nurse has been cured of Ebola. File photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Ebola strikes 4th American as UN ramps up response

Oct 03, 2014 - 10:59 AM

UPDATED By far the most deadly epidemic of Ebola on record has spread into five west African countries since the start of the year infecting more than 7 000 people and killing about half of them

EBOLA. Liberians watch as a burial team enters their community to collect a dead body suspected of being an Ebola victim in the slum area of Logan Town outside Monrovia, Liberia, 30 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA