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  • Nearly a half-million Rohingya refugees: UN report

    Nearly a half-million Rohingya from Myanmar have been displaced due to decades of oppression in southwestern Myanmar, according to a new UN report. The report, published by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) to mark June 20 World Refugee Day, says by the end of 2016 the number of Rohingya refugees rose to 490,300, up from 451,800 the previous.. More

  • UN: Record 141 million people need aid

    A record 141 million people across 37 countries will need humanitarian assistance this year, the UN said on Wednesday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said an international aid appeal for 2017 had risen to $23.5 billion, but said plans to help over 100 million people were only one-quarter funded. In December 2016,.. More

  • Israel reduces Ramadan exit permits for Gaza

    By Nigel Wilson When two buses stopped close to Bab al-Asbat in Jerusalem on the second Friday of Ramadan, the elderly passengers were quick to disembark and head straight for the Old City. It was around 10am, more than two hours before the Friday prayer would begin, but this was an extremely rare opportunity for Palestinians from Gaza to pray at.. More

  • UN: Israeli occupation prolongs 'immense pain'

    The UN’s human rights chief on Tuesday called for an end to the Israeli occupation and warned that maintaining it would cause “prolongation of immense pain” for both Palestine and Israel. Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council’s 35th session in Geneva, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.. More

  • Ramadan in Yemen: Fasting by day, starving by night

    Fatima Salah, 58, does not sleep in the daytime as many do during the fasting month of Ramadan. Instead, she wanders the city of Sanaa visiting neighbors and local shops, hoping to obtain enough food to feed her family at night. "I am exhausted and thirsty because of walking, and I have been fasting without a good breakfast," Fatima told.. More

  • Italy refugee crisis: Gangs running child prostitution rings

    by Laurence Lee My team and I first came to cover the G7 talks, in which US President Donald Trump successfully fended off an Italian proposal for all the countries at the table to treat the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea as a humanitarian emergency. But we then stayed on to have a look at the crisis now. As it turns out, things are going.. More

  • How Israel has failed Palestinian victims

    A recent plea deal for an Israeli police officer who killed a Palestinian teenager has highlighted a broader policy of leniency in Israel for offences committed against Palestinians, analysts say. "The police, the army, the investigative units, the public attorney and the judiciary are all in concert protecting each other ... They see Arabs, whether.. More

  • ‘Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth’

    Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people. It's a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. When we read it, we reinforce assumptions and stories about Africa that we've heard throughout our lives. We reconfirm our image of Africa. Try something.. More

  • Zakir Naik: Why India wants to arrest the preacher?

    He has 16 million followers on Facebook, 150,000 on Twitter and has given more than 4,000 lectures on Islam across the world. But Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, the popular Islamic preacher, is now wanted by the Indian authorities. Problems arose for the preacher last summer, after Bangladeshi authorities said that one of the gunmen responsible for an attack.. More

  • How Israel is targeting Palestinian institutions

    When Israeli police showed up at the maps and survey department of the Arab Studies Society's office in Jerusalem last month, director Khalil Tufakji was surprised to receive a six-month shutdown order. Police proceeded to confiscate computers and the main server, along with posters and maps that had hung on the walls. Tufakji, along with the equipment,.. More

  • UNICEF: Number of unaccompanied refugee children soars

    The number of unaccompanied child refugees globally has increased five-fold since 2010, according to new figures by UNICEF. In a report released late on Wednesday, the United Nations Children's Fund counted 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children worldwide in 2015 and 2016 - up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011. Of the 300,000, some 100,000 were.. More

  • Palestinian hunger strikers: 'They had no choice'

    On a sweltering spring afternoon, relatives and supporters of the Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners gathered at a marquee in downtown Ramallah. The tent, one of dozens erected in solidarity with the prisoners across towns and villages in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, stretched across one end of Clock Square, its blue tarpaulin walls.. More

  • Israel accused of 'killing children with impunity'

    At the Hjeiji family home in the occupied West Bank village of Qarawat Bani Zeid, classmates, friends and relatives of Fatima Hjeiji lined up to pay their respects. One by one, the women and girls hugged Fatima's mother Dareen and offered sympathetic words. "She was such a lovely girl. Everybody at school loved her," said Nadin Imad, 17,.. More

  • UN: 2m children displaced by South Sudan conflict

    The civil war in South Sudan has forced more than two million children to flee their homes, according to two UN agencies. Children make up 62 percent of the more than 1.8 million South Sudanese refugees who have arrived mainly in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, say the UN children's fund, UNICEF, and the refugee agency, UNHCR. More than a million.. More

  • Syrian regime forces used nerve gas in four attacks: HRW

    Syrian regime forces have used deadly nerve gas in four chemical weapons attacks since December, including one in Khan Sheikhoun that killed nearly 100 people in April, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Citing new evidence, the US-based rights group said the attacks are "part of a clear pattern" that could amount to crimes against humanity. B.. More