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  • Belgium pledges $23m to UNRWA after US aid cut

    Belgium has pledged to donate 19m euro ($23m) to UNRWA, the UN's aid organization for Palestinian refugees, after the US government announced it would slash its funding to the agency by half. Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said in a statement on Wednesday that Brussels would allocate the funds over three years. The first annual payment is.. More

  • Global NGOs Criticize Drastic US Cuts of UNRWA Funding

    International NGOs have condemned the US government's decision to cut more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a Twitter post late on Tuesday that Washington was "holding Palestinian kids' humanitarian needs hostage to political.. More

  • Deadly twin blasts rock central Baghdad

    Twin explosions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad have killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 100, police and medical sources said. Monday's attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers, who detonated their belts in a crowd of workers at the Al Tayaran Square in central Baghdad, Iraq's interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan said. The interior.. More

  • Missile attack targets refugee camp in Syria

    A missile has crashed near civilians in Syria's Idlib province at a makeshift camp for displaced people from the nearby Hama province. Dramatic footage captured in the countryside area by Al Jazeera showed men, women and children desperately trying to find the nearest cover after the attack - which was also filmed. Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu, reporting.. More

  • Up to 100 refugees feared drowned off Libyan coast

    Between 90 and 100 refugees are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after their rubber dinghy sank off the coast of Libya. The inflatable boat was carrying more than 100 people when it went down off the eastern city of Khoms on Tuesday, said Ayub Qasim, a spokesman for Libya's coastguard. Rescuers found just 17 survivors clinging to the.. More

  • Eight refugees die in shipwreck off Libya

    At least eight refugees have died and 86 others were rescued off the coast of Libya after a rubber dinghy ran into trouble in what is believed to be the first Mediterranean shipwreck of 2018. Italy's coastguard said an aircraft on patrol for a European anti-smuggling operation spotted the dinghy on Saturday morning. Sergio Liardo, an Italian coastguard.. More

  • Deadly air strikes hit Syria's Eastern Ghouta

    At least 17 civilians have been killed in aerial bombardments carried out by Syrian regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). A series of strikes carried out on Saturday in the district killed 12 people in the Hammuriyeh area, three in Arbin city and two in Madira, the British-based monitor said. According.. More

  • 20 civilians killed by Assad regime in E. Ghouta

    At least 20 civilians were killed in attacks by Bashar al-Assad regime forces in opposition-held parts of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta district, according to Syrian Civil Defense sources. The Syrian Civil Defense organization, also known as the White Helmets, said that 11 civilians -- including White Helmets personnel -- were killed by regime attacks.. More

  • 2 Russian pilots killed in attack on Syria base

    The Defense Ministry on Thursday said two Russian military personnel were killed during a mortar attack on the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria's Latakia province on Dec. 31, 2017. In a written statement, the ministry said reports of seven fighter jets being destroyed were "fake" news. Russian Kommersant newspaper reported earlier that seven Russian.. More

  • Regime air raids intensify in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

    Dozens of people have been killed in a recent spike in violence in Syria. At least 40 people have died in recent days in what opposition activists describe as "indiscriminate bombardment" by Syrian regime forces. The air raids are believed to be part of the regime's assault on opposition-held positions in Eastern Ghouta, a neighborhood near.. More

  • Far-right German MP slammed for anti-Muslim tweet

    A far-right German politician has been condemned for an anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Tweet, which briefly saw her suspended from the platform. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) MP Beatrix von Storch said Cologne police were appeasing "barbaric, gang-raping, Muslim hordes" when they tweeted out a New Year's Day message in Arabic. Under newly.. More

  • Death toll rises in Iran anti-regime protests

    At least 16 people, including a police officer, have been killed in anti-government protests across Iran, officials said. At least five people were killed Monday in protests in Isfahan province, according to Iran's state-run Asriran news agency. One police officer was killed and three others injured during protests in Najafabad city near Isfahan. According.. More

  • Palestine recalls US envoy after Trump's Jerusalem move

    The Palestinian leadership has said it is recalling its envoy to the United States following Washington's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Palestinian officials have previously said they will "no longer accept" any peace plan put forward by the US following President Donald Trump's unilateral declaration on December.. More

  • Likud calls for annexation of parts of West Bank

    Israel's governing Likud party has approved a draft resolution urging its leaders to formally annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, a move that is expected to further anger Palestinians. Members of the Likud Central Committee voted on Sunday in favor of imposing Israeli sovereignty over illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. The resolution.. More

  • Two protesters killed in Iran anti-government rallies

    At least two protesters have been killed in rare anti-government protests in Iran, according to a semi-official Iranian news agency. The Mehr news agency said on Sunday that at least two people died on Saturday night in Dorud, a city in western Iran. Habibollah Khojastepour, security deputy of the governor of Lorestan province, said the presence of.. More