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U.S., Britain suspend aid to north Syria after Islamists seize weapons store

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria after Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could end up in the wrong hands.


U.S. confirms suspension on non-lethal assistance to northern Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has suspended all further deliveries of non-lethal assistance into northern Syria, the White House confirmed on Wednesday.


First snow in Syria camps presages lethal winter to come

TEL SARHAN CAMP, Lebanon (Reuters) - The season's first snow settled in parts of Lebanon on Wednesday and refugee children who have fled the war in Syria took the opportunity to have a snowball fight outside their tents.


Floods: Terengganu evacuees on the rise

KUALA LUMPUR: Kemaman and Marang remain the only districts in Terengganu that still face a worsening flood situation as the number of evacuees continues to climb in both areas.


United States suspends non-lethal assistance into northern Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The United States has suspended all non-lethal assistance into northern Syria after Islamic Front forces seized headquarters and warehouses belonging to the opposition's Supreme Military Council (SMC), a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Ankara said.


70 Perak volunteers to help flood victims in Pahang, Terengganu

IPOH: Seventy volunteers from Perak on Wednesday joined a humanitarian aid mission organised by the Perak Umno Youth to help flood victims in Pahang and Terengganu.


Syrian opposition head urges Gulf states to launch aid fund

KUWAIT (Reuters) - The head of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) opposition group urged wealthy Gulf Arab states on Tuesday to set up an aid fund for millions of Syrians stricken by civil war.


16 million at risk of hunger in Africa's Sahel despite good harvest - U.N.

DAKAR, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Around 16 million people are at risk of hunger across Africa's Sahel belt next year due to conflicts and rapid population growth despite good harvests and rainfall, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.


U.N. plans first aid airlift to Syria from Iraq as winter grips

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations' first relief airlift to Syria from Iraq will deliver food and winter supplies to the mostly Kurdish northeast over the next 10 days with the permission of both governments, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday.


Highland Towers: It still hurts - 20 years on

On Dec 10 1993, he returned from India with his family. The next day, he lost everything: his home, his wife, his two children – and his will to live. It took a long time for him to get over the Highland Towers tragedy but the painful memories will never go away.