East Africa bloc says 50 million face acute food insecurity
More than 50 million people in the wider East African region are expected to face acute food insecurity this year, a regional bloc said Friday, warning that some 300,000 in Somalia and South Sudan are projected to be under full-blown famine conditionswashingtonpost.com
East Africa bloc says 50 million face acute food insecurity
More than 50 million people in the wider East African region are expected to face acute food insecurity this year, a regional bloc said Friday, warning that some 300,000 in Somalia and South Sudan are projected to be under full-blown famine conditions.
Prosecutor seeks to interview Haiti PM in president slaying
Haiti’s chief public prosecutor has invited Prime Minister Ariel Henry to meet with him next week as part of an ongoing investigation into the slaying of President Jovenel Moïse, noting that Henry spoke with one of the main suspects in the case just hours after the killing.
Samantha Power on Vice President Kamala Harris' immigration comments
The new head of the U.S. Agency for International Development speaks with 60 Minutes+ about the Biden administration's response to the historic increase of migrants coming to the U.S. southern border. See the interview, streaming now, only on Paramount+cbsnews.com
Who benefits? US debates fairest way to share spare vaccine
In April, the Biden administration announced plans to share millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses with the world by the end of June. Five weeks later, nations around the globe are still waiting — with growing impatience — to learn where the vaccines will go and how they will be distributed. To President Joe Biden, the doses represent a modern-day “arsenal of democracy,” serving as the ultimate carrot for America’s partners abroad, but also as a necessary tool for global health, capable of saving millions of lives and returning a semblance of normalcy to friends and foes alike.news.yahoo.com
US steers El Salvador funding away from government
The United States Agency for International Development will redirect its funding from El Salvador's state institutions to its civil society groups as tensions rise between the two governments over the Central American country's removal of Supreme Court justices and the Attorney General. USAID Administrator Samantha Power said in a statement Friday that the agency has “deep concerns” about the shake-up in the justice system earlier this month and more generally about transparency and accountability. Funding will be redirected from the court and Attorney General's Office, the National Civilian Police and El Salvador's Institute for Access to Public Information and given instead to local civil society groups and human rights organizations “for promoting transparency, combating corruption and monitoring human rights.”news.yahoo.com
Senate confirms Samantha Power as USAID administrator
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Samantha Power as the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development after a 68-26 vote, with several Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues in backing President Biden's nominee. Power is a familiar face in Washington, having served as former President Barack Obama's ambassador to the United Nations during the majority of his second term in the White House. In addition to her duties running USAID, The Hill reports, Power is expected to have a spot the White House National Security Council, which she also served on during Obama's first term before she took on the U.N. role. While Power ultimately received more than enough votes for confirmation, she did face more Republican opposition this time around than in 2013, when she breezed through the Senate on the back of a 87-10 vote. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who has not voted for Power either time, said Wednesday that her tenure as U.N. ambassador was "deeply problematic" because of the role she played in the Iran nuclear negotiations, and the fact that U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which stated Israel's settlements violated international law, passed while she held the office, although the U.S. abstained from the vote. Read more at The Hill. Sen. @tedcruz tells me he voted no on Samantha Power’s confirmation because her tenure as UN Ambassador was “deeply problematic,” citing her role in the Iran nuclear deal and UN resolution 2334, “one of the most virulently anti-Israel resolutions ever adopted at the UN.” — Logan Ratick (@Logan_Ratick) April 28, 2021 More stories from theweek.comLumber is shockingly expensive. Thanks, Obama.Giuliani flakes on 'live statement' he announced 23 minutes earlierLate night hosts find the lighter side of Rudy Giuliani's FBI raidnews.yahoo.com
Hunger-striking Ethiopia politicians 'deteriorating' in jail
FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, opposition politician Jawar Mohammed speaks with The Associated Press at his house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “Four of them have continued with their hunger strike and their health is deteriorating quickly,” lawyer Tokuma Daba told The Associated Press, saying he last visited them on Monday. It is really concerning.”The jailed politicians include media mogul-turned-politician Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, Hamza Adane and Dejene Tafa. They accuse him of defaulting on some of his promises by arresting some politicians who returned to Ethiopia from abroad, including Jawar, after he assumed power. AdTokuma said his clients are conducting a hunger strike for several reasons including protesting the harassment and arrests of their supporters and family members.
Pompeo offers burst of actions, attacks before leaving State
While the House debated Trump's role in encouraging the riot, Pompeo sent a tweet promoting Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. And in a sign of his post-Trump ambitions, he urged followers of his official State Department Twitter account to start following his personal one. Already the most political of recent secretaries of state, Pompeo has bristled at even the mildest criticism and accused his critics of being misguided, unintelligent or incompetent. Pompeo and the State Department were largely absent from that diplomacy, with the exception of Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who reports mainly to the White House. “L’Chaim to Pompeo wine!” Pompeo said on Twitter.
Biden picks Samantha Power, former UN envoy, for US aid post
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo, Harvard professor Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, addresses an audience at a forum on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. President-elect Joe Biden has selected Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to run the U.S. Agency for International Development. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has picked Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to run the agency overseeing American foreign humanitarian and development aid. Biden said USAID will coordinate America's work to lead a global response to combat the coronavirus and help the most vulnerable nations.
Biden's choice for UN envoy signals return to US engagement
Thomas-Greenfield joined the State Department more than three decades ago, when Black women were even more of a rarity in the U.S. diplomatic corps than they are today. That makes her the most experienced diplomat of the six people named by Biden for top national security positions on Monday. Her tenure at the State Department rivals that of previous U.N. ambassadors like Richard Holbrooke, John Negroponte and Thomas Pickering, all of them white men. Other than secretary of state, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is often the most high-profile foreign policy portfolio in a presidential administration. Thomas-Greenfield's immediate predecessors — all women — highlight that dichotomy: Rice, Samantha Power, Nikki Haley and Kelly Craft.
U.N. ambassador on why Assad regime in Syria must end
ISIS and its allies are reportedly gaining more ground against Syria's army. Syrian President Bashar al Assad made a rare public appearance, saying there are gains and losses in any war. Charlie Rose spoke with Samantha Power, the American Ambassador to the United Nations, on his PBS program.cbsnews.com
Open: This is Face the Nation, September 21
Open: This is Face the Nation, September 21 The latest on the fighting in Iraq and Syria, the domestic violence controversy facing the NFL, and the Ebola outbreak, with UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, and more.cbsnews.com
September 21: Power, Feinstein, Rogers
September 21: Power, Feinstein, Rogers The latest on the fighting in Iraq and Syria, the domestic violence controversy facing the NFL, and the Ebola outbreak, with UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, and more.cbsnews.com
U.N. ambassador Power: "Russia must end this war"
U.N. ambassador Power: "Russia must end this war" At a U.N. Security Council meeting, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power called on Russia to end the war in Ukraine, which is believed to have played a role in the deadly shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.cbsnews.com