US announces nearly $204m in additional humanitarian assistance for Iraq

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo(R) and Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein arrive for a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC on August 19, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 19 August 2020

US announces nearly $204m in additional humanitarian assistance for Iraq

  • “This assistance will provide critical shelter, essential health care, emergency food assistance," Pompeo said

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the United States is providing nearly $204 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Iraq, Iraqi refugees and communities hosting them.
“This assistance will provide critical shelter, essential health care, emergency food assistance, and water, sanitation, and hygiene services across Iraq. It will also improve access to civil documentation and legal services, the capacity of health care facilities and increase access to education and livelihoods opportunities,” Pompeo said in a statement.


Tunisia bans internal travel to contain pandemic

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Tunisia bans internal travel to contain pandemic

TUNIS: Tunisia on Thursday banned travel between the country’s regions, suspended schools and public gatherings and extended a curfew, as it tried to contain a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases with hospitals nearly full.
Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has said Tunisia cannot afford a second lockdown with the government already fighting the central bank over a projected deficit double what it had originally foreseen.
However, after successfully containing the coronavirus in the spring and summer, Tunisia is now experiencing a very rapid spread of the disease with more than 55,000 cases and intensive care units full in some regions.
As well as banning internal travel in most cases, the new rules include a suspension of schools until Nov. 8, a two-week suspension of universities and a ban on protests and public gatherings of more than four people.
A night curfew already in place in several regions has been extended across the country and brought forward to start at 8pm instead of 9pm on weekdays, while remaining at 7pm on weekends.