Kazakhstan has agreed to let the US ship non-lethal supplies to US and NATO troops serving in Afghanistan, days after the Kyrgyz goverment ordered the closure of an airbase that served as a vital supply route for the cargo.
A major UN aid agency has suspended shipments to the Gaza Strip after Hamas seized supplies for the second time in a week. Hamas denies confiscating any supplies, claiming it was a misunderstanding between drivers.
UN officials have accused Hamas of seizing aid supplies meant for Palestinian civilians in Gaza. The UN emergency relief coordinator on Wednesday called for all sides to respect the "neutrality and independence" of aid workers and supplies.
A Gaza-bound ship carrying aid was stopped by the Israeli navy on Thursday and ordered to return to Lebanon, from where it reportedly set off. Journalists on board said shots were fired, but the Israeli military denied the reports.
Israel will open a "humanitarian corridor" into Gaza, said a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (pictured). This will involve opening certain areas temporarily to allow the population "to receive the aid and stock up."
A boat carrying humanitarian aid has been allowed to pass through an Israeli naval blockade to dock in the Gaza Strip. A blockade of the stricken Palestinian territory has been in place since Hamas took control of Gaza last year.
The International Monetary Fund has approved $75.6 million in aid for Senegal to help mitigate the effects of skyrocketing food and energy prices on the country. But the IMF has also warned that Dakar must work to ensure fiscal transparency.