UN appeals for $3.85 bn as Yemen faces famine Mar 02, 2021 0 332 12345 dpa Geneva The United Nations is appealing for $3.85 billion in funding to save millions of people in Yemen from hunger, in an international donor meeting on Monday.Last year, countries only donated 1.9 billion dollars for people in Yemen, just over half of the funding that would have been needed, OCHA, the UN emergency aid office, said ahead of the online pledging conference.Of the 29 million people in the impoverished country, 24 million need humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.A record 2.3 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition, and nearly 400,000 children below the age of five are in danger of dying unless they receive urgent food aid.The European Commission pledged 95 million euros ($114.4 million) in humanitarian aid this year to Yemen, to “address the most pressing needs” of Yemenis, including food, health care, financial assistance, water and sanitation, education and other life-saving support.“New EU funding will be essential in maintaining life-saving aid for millions of people, exhausted after a disastrous year marked by fighting, Covid-19 and further economic collapse,” the EU’s crisis management commissioner, Janez Lenarcic, said.He called on warring parties to facilitate access for humanitarian groups to those most in need. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India widens vaccine drive to curb COVID-19 spike; Modi takes jab Mar 02, 2021 0 1316 Foreign journos in China complain on work conditions Mar 02, 2021 0 39 Netanyahu points finger at Iran after Friday freighter attack Mar 02, 2021 0 49 No nuclear talks with US before sanctions get lifted : Iran dpa Tehran Iran refused a meeting with the United States and other world powers involved in the 2015 nuclear accord before sanctions are lifted. “The US must first return to the nuclear agreement and lift its illegal .. Witchcraft: Woman arrested in Lanka after death of child Colombo: A woman in Sri Lanka who caned a nine-year-old girl claiming it would help to drive out evil spirts has been arrested after the child died of the injuries caused, police said Monday. The woman claiming to have .. Malaysia won’t hold elections until after the pandemic, says PM dpa Bangkok Malaysia will not hold parliamentary elections during the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a Monday speech marking one year since he took office. “Once the pandemic is over, ..