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World - States, aid agencies agree to cut costs, free up money for people in crises

By Megan Rowling ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments and humanitarian agencies have agreed a `Grand Bargain` which aims to cut the costs of administering aid by around $1 billion a year, and ensure more of that money goes to help people in crisis. At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on Monday, 21 donor countries and 16 aid organizations - which include several U.N. agencies and the Red Cross - agreed to reduce inefficiencies and slim down overheads. `It should lead to faster action, better engagement with people affected by crises, more funding for national organizations, greater efficiency and more accountability,` he told a launch event in Istanbul.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  02:35


World - Tuvalu PM urges new legal framework for climate migrants

By Megan Rowling ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tuvalu`s prime minister on Tuesday called for a U.N. resolution to create legal protection for people displaced by the impacts of climate change, saying there was currently no international framework to protect their rights. Speaking at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, where he made the proposal, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation it was time to start working out how to deal with communities that might have to be moved due to rising seas, water shortages and other threats to their homes. `Think of a situation where Tuvaluans have to be relocated because no land is there,` said Enele Sopoaga, suggesting the low-lying island nation could start disappearing under the waves as the planet warms.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  23:00


World - As disaster risks rise, 20 vulnerable nations get help to prepare

By Megan Rowling ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new scheme launched by U.N. agencies, the World Bank and countries most vulnerable to climate change on Tuesday is seeking funding of up to $130 million to help 20 at-risk nations prepare better for natural disasters. The Global Partnership for Preparedness, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on Tuesday, aims to help the countries attain a basic level of readiness by 2020 for future disaster risks mainly caused by climate change. `The aim is to save lives, safeguard development gains, and reduce the economic impacts of crises,` said United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  15:37


World - World leaders meet in Istanbul to fix `broken` aid system

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Global leaders met in Istanbul on Monday to tackle a `broken` humanitarian system that has left 130 million people in need of aid, a near insurmountable task for a two-day summit that critics say risks achieving little. Billed as the first of its kind, the United Nations summit aims to develop a better response to what has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two, mobilize more funds and find agreement on better caring for displaced civilians. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on governments, businesses and aid groups to commit to halving the number of displaced civilians by 2030.

Monday, May 23, 2016  13:05


World - Merkel calls for end to empty promises on humanitarian aid

Istanbul (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called for an end to empty commitments on aid, on the opening day of a UN-backed summit in Istanbul.

Monday, May 23, 2016  10:39


World - Erdogan urges greater sharing of aid burden at humanitarian summit

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the international community to share the responsiblity of aid, at the opening of a unprecedented UN-backed humanitarian summit in Istanbul.

Monday, May 23, 2016  10:14


World - U.N. says world must stand up for widely flouted humanitarian law

By Dasha Afanasieva ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.N. second-in-command Jan Eliasson said on Sunday it was necessary to stand up for international humanitarian law which was being disregarded, citing attacks on hospitals and `practically medieval` sieges on civilians in Syria and Yemen. `We have to stand up for international humanitarian law. Government and business leaders, aid groups and donors gather in Istanbul for the summit this week to try to develop a more coherent response to what U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has called the worst global humanitarian situation since World War Two.

Sunday, May 22, 2016  17:36


World - HRW: World leaders must press Turkey to allow in Syrians

ISTANBUL (AP) — Human Rights Watch is urging participants at an international summit to be held in Istanbul next week to press Turkey to reopen its border to Syrian asylum-seekers.

Friday, May 20, 2016  10:13


World - Turkish Airlines plane in Istanbul evacuated after bomb hoax: spokesman

A Turkish Airlines aircraft at Istanbul`s main airport was evacuated and searched after a note threatening a bomb attack was found on board on Monday, an airline spokesman said, although it later turned out to be a hoax. All 134 people, including the crew, who had been on board the flight from Ataturk Airport to the central Turkish city of Kayseri had been evacuated, the spokesman said. Turkey has suffered a series of suicide bombings in its cities this year, including two attacks in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on Islamic State and two car bombings in the capital, Ankara, which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group.

Monday, May 23, 2016  15:49


Europe - VIDEO: Meet Istanbul`s migrant musicians

BBC News meets some of the musician migrant bringing new sounds to Turkey`s capital.

Saturday, May 21, 2016  10:01

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