2020.10.09 17:02 autotldr WFP fights hunger in food-deprived places, crises, war zones
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic, recognition that shines light on vulnerable communities across the Middle East and Africa that the U.N. agency seeks to help, those starving and living in war zones that may rarely get the world's attention.
Last year, WFP partially suspended its operations in the rebel-held capital over accusations that the Houthis were stealing the food aid.
Now widespread flooding has displaced well over a half-million people, further complicating the efforts of WFP and aid partners in reaching hard-hit areas with assistance as food prices rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
WFP said three crew members were wounded and another was missing and likely dead. SUDAN. In Sudan, where inflation has soared to 166% amid the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented 9.6 million people are facing potentially life-threatening levels of food insecurity.
"We have been counting on WFP for decades," said Yousef, director of the Kalma displacement camp in South Darfur, noting that the agency's food aid has most recently helped fend off malnutrition for those in camps suffering from the fallout of virus-induced lockdowns, severe floods and bouts of ethnic violence.
During truces, the World Food Program occasionally managed to take limited amounts of food into besieged towns, where dozens have died of malnutrition and hunger-related illnesses.
2020.04.28 03:01 autotldr It remains unclear if Kim Jong Un is alive or dead, but North Korea state media using thank-you note supposedly written by supreme leader to prove former. "Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has sent his appreciation to the workers who devoted themselves to building the Wonsan-Kalma tourist zone."
It remains unclear if Kim Jong Un is alive or dead, but North Korea state media is using a thank-you note supposedly written by their supreme leader to prove the former, according to a South Korean press agency.
North Korean state media reported Monday that the note was recently sent to the builders of a tourist zone near where Kim's personal train was reportedly seen in recent days, according to the South Korea-based Yonhap News Agency.
"Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has sent his appreciation to the workers who devoted themselves to building the Wonsan-Kalma tourist zone," the Rodong Sinmun, the North's main newspaper, said, echoing reporting from the Korean Central Broadcasting Station.
North Korean state media have recently put out reports of Kim sending diplomatic letters and gifts, but there have been no reports on the leader's "Field guidance" trips or photos of his public activities for more than two weeks, according to Yonhap News.
A North Korean monitoring project, 38 North, has also said a recent report that Kim's personal train was parked at a "Leadership station" in Wonsan on April 21 and April 23.
"The train's presence does not prove the whereabouts of the North Korean leader or indicate anything about his health, but it does lend weight to reports that Kim is staying at an elite area on the country's eastern coast," North Korean state media reported, according to Yonhap News.
2018.09.27 12:01 autotldr N. Korea promotes east coast tourist area, ski resort
SEOUL, Sept. 27 - North Korea's official media on Thursday promoted its east coast tourist area and nearby ski resort to the outside world on the occasion of the Day of World Tourism.
This file photo released by Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency on May 26, 2018, shows the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist area under construction on North Korea's east coast.
The newspaper then singled out the Masikryong Ski Resort and the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist area, both close to the inter-Korean border on the east coast, as the engines of the North's tourism industry.
"A lot of wonderful cultural and tourist establishments, including the Masikryong Ski Resort, are injecting fresh energy into the development of national tourism," the Rodong Sinmun said in an article, which was also carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency in English.
"Several areas of the DPRK such as Songdowon, Majon and Ryongsupho, seashore scenic spots, are coastal tourist destinations, and the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist area with the condition favorable for coastal tourist activity is being successfully built according to the far-sighted plan of the WPK," the newspaper said.
The North reportedly aims to complete the construction of the Wonsan-Kalma tourist area by the WPK's Oct. 10 founding anniversary in 2019.
2018.07.26 19:02 autotldr North Korea to start return of US soldier remains
North Korea on Thursday said it would start returning the remains of some of the US soldiers killed in the Korean War, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
North Korea had accepted 100 wooden caskets, which were carried in two trucks, and the first transfer was due to be made on Friday to mark the 65th anniversary of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the war, Yonhap reported, citing diplomatic sources.
The reparations will see the remains airlifted from North Korea's Kalma Airport on the eastern coast to Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, before they are transferred to a forensic lab in Hawaii, it said.
US broadcaster CNN earlier this week cited a US official as saying that Washington expected to receive an initial 55 sets of remains and planned to send officials to North Korea to open and photograph each casket as part of a "Cursory review" of what the North Koreans handed over.
The remains, along with any military uniforms, identification tags or documentation, would then undergo an in-depth assessment by forensic specialists in the South Korean city of Osan, which could take up to five days.
The repatriations of the remains of US soldiers was one of the agreements made at a landmark summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.