GENEVA — The U.N.’s humanitarian aid co-ordination agency says it and partners require a record $22.2 billion next year to help people hit by conflict and disasters around the world, a 10 per cent increase from the appeal for this year with war and disease wracking countries like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has put an American priest killed during Guatemala’s civil war on the path to possible sainthood by declaring him a martyr.
POWELL, Ohio — The oldest known gorilla living in a zoo, a female named Colo, is slated to undergo a surgical biopsy sometime soon ahead of her 60th birthday on Dec. 22.
TEXAS CITY, Texas — Family members of a Houston-area high school student who killed herself are rallying for tighter laws against cyberbullying.
Brandy Vela’s family says cyberbullying pushed the 18-year-old over the edge, leading her to shoot herself in the chest Tuesday afternoon at the family’s Texas City home as family members watched.
NEW YORK — It took two hours of sifting through more than 200 bags of garbage at a New Jersey trash-transfer station before a New York City woman was reunited with three rings she mistakenly discarded.
VERBANIA, Italy — The Italian woman who is the world’s oldest living person has marked her 117th birthday by blowing out all the candles on her cake.
Iraq’s prime minister says his country will agree to cut its own oil production as part of a plan by OPEC to push crude prices higher.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press that current prices are not sustainable for oil-producing countries.
TOKYO — About 5,000 dead fish packed in the ice at a skating rink in western Japan are causing an uproar.
Space World amusement park closed the attraction Sunday after a flood of criticism on social media.
BRUSSELS — The Netherlands and Belgium, with their royals in attendance, have signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere fact that it makes sense to do so.
HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese authorities have seized 619 kilograms (1,362 pounds) of ivory smuggled from Africa after finding 4 tons at the same port over the past two months, state media and an official said Friday.
The ivory seized Thursday had been hidden in two containers arriving at Cat Lai port in southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, the Customs newspaper said.