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  • Malnutrition grows among Syrian refugee children

    Trapped in her northern Syrian village by fighting, Mervat watched her newborn baby progressively shrink. Her daughter's dark eyes seemed to grow bigger as her face grew more skeletal. Finally, Mervat escaped to neighboring Lebanon, and a nurse told her the girl was starving.

  • Somaliland leaders want female genitals to be cut

    The 30 Somali teenagers - both boys and girls - all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice should be abandoned. But what they really meant, they revealed moments later, is that girls should have their genitalia cut - just not sewn shut.

  • ** FILE ** In this Feb. 2, 2014 photo, a Pakistani health worker vaccinates a child against polio, in Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistan's beleaguered battle to eradicate polio is threatening a global, multi-billion dollar campaign to wipe out the disease worldwide. Because of Pakistan, the virus is spreading to countries that were previously polio-free, U.N. officials say. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistani polio strain threatens global campaign

    Just a few weeks ago, 11-month-old Shaista was pulling herself up, giggling as she took her first wobbly steps with the helping hand of her teenage mother. Then the polio virus struck and Shaista was no longer able to stand, her legs buckling beneath her weight.

  • Beckham visits typhoon-devastated Philippine city

    David Beckham visited the storm-devastated Philippine city of Tacloban on Thursday as part of UNICEF's relief efforts.

  • Aid worker from Michigan killed in Afghan attack

    A Somalia-born woman who came to Michigan for higher education was among the 21 people who were killed in a Taliban attack on a popular restaurant in the Afghan capital of Kabul last week.

  • Spoelstra featured in UNICEF typhoon relief ad

    Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino-American, released a public service announcement with UNICEF on Wednesday asking people to help with typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

  • Spoelstra seeks aid for typhoon-struck Philippines

    With a bit of his mother's native language thrown in at the end, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra released a public service announcement on Wednesday asking people to give to UNICEF and help with typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

  • NBA, NBPA donate $250,000 to Philippines efforts

    The NBA and NBA Players Association are donating $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF's emergency relief efforts in areas of the Philippines ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Syrian children return to school amid war

    Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government-controlled areas returned to school this week despite the civil war that has left almost 4,000 schools — one in five — damaged, destroyed or sheltering displaced families.

  • Correction: Sierra Leone-Gates Fund story

    In a story March 10 about Sierra Leone charging 29 people with fraud, The Associated Press erroneously identified the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's vaccine program. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, or GAVI, is a recipient of Gates Foundation money, but it also receives funds from other sources including the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the World Bank.

  • Shakira shows 1st baby photo, with father Pique

    Shakira is sharing the first public photograph of her recently born baby, with father Gerard Pique planting a kiss on his infant son's cheek.

  • FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique kisses the cheek of his and Colombian singer Shakira's son, Milan, born Jan. 22 in Barcelona. (AP Photo/Photo courtesy of Shakira)

    Shakira: Singer shows 1st baby photo, with father Pique

    Shakira is sharing the first public photograph of her recently born baby, with father Gerard Pique planting a kiss on their infant son's cheek.

  • Two children sitting on a church pew look back as a New Year's Day morning mass is conducted at the Notre Dame Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Jan. 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

    New child soldier fears in C. African Republic

    The U.N. children's agency says it's concerned about a growing number of children being recruited by armed groups in Central African Republic as President Francois Bozize's government faces a rebellion in the north.

  • AIDS experts: Focus on pregnant women not enough

    The AIDS epidemic increasingly is a female one, and women are making the case at the world's largest AIDS meeting that curbing it will require focusing on poverty and violence, not just pregnancy and pills.

  • AIDS Experts: Focus on pregnant women not enough

    Tackling the female side of the AIDS epidemic means going far beyond today's global focus on pregnant women, specialists told the world's largest AIDS meeting Wednesday.

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