UN: World is failing to protect millions of civilians caught in conflicts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief is decrying the “terrible truth” that the world is failing to live up to its commitments to protect a growing number of civilians caught in conflicts. And the International Committee of the Red Cross is lamenting that countless civilians in conflicts around the world are experiencing “a living hell.” From Ukraine and Sudan to Africa’s Sahel and the Mideast, civilians are scrambling to evade missiles and explosives and to find food and medicine. Switzerland, which is serving its first two-year term on the Security Council, chose the protection of civilians in conflict as its showcase event on Tuesday.