Aid reaching disaster-hit Tonga brings first virus outbreak

BANGKOK – For more than two years, the isolation of the Pacific archipelago nation of Tonga helped keep COVID-19 at bay. But last month’s volcanic eruption and tsunami brought outside deliveries of desperately needed fresh water and medicine – and brought the virus. Tonga is only one of several Pacific island countries to experience their … Read more

UN: 2,000 children recruited by Yemen’s rebels died fighting

UNITED NATIONS – UN experts said in a new report that nearly 2,000 children recruited by Yemen’s Houthi rebels died on the battlefield between January 2020 and May 2021, and the Iranian-backed rebels continue to hold camps and courses encouraging youngsters to fight. In the report to the UN Security Council circulated Saturday, the experts … Read more