News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. Groups Condemn U.S. Cuts to Palestinian Refugee Agency

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 (IPS) - International organizations have criticized the United States' decision to cut more than half of planned funding to a UN agency serving Palestinian refugees.

  2. OFID Director-General commits to Bangladesh, meets with Prime Minister

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    VIENNA, Austria, Jan 18 (IPS) - The Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Suleiman J Al-Herbish, has concluded a mission to Bangladesh, the first high-level visit to South Asian country, and in addition to meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Al-Herbish signed two loan agreements to help bolster the country's transportation sector.

  3. US Faces Collective Defiance at UN Over Jerusalem

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (IPS) - When the UN General Assembly condemned the United States for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the vote was described as a "collective defiance" of the international community against public threats against the United Nations and its member states by a politically unpredictable and predictably wavering US President.

  4. Trump-Mideast: Much More than a ‘Kiss of Death’ to Palestinians

    Thursday, December 07, 2017

    ROME, Dec 07 (IPS) - US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital does not represent only a ‘kiss of death' to the two-State solution, but also a strong blow in the face of 57 Muslim countries, let alone igniting fire in this easily inflammable region, providing more false arguments to criminal terrorist groups to escalate their brutal attacks, in addition to taking a step further in Washington's new conflict with Iran and the ‘restructuring' of the Middle East.

  5. Turkish Surveillance Invades Social Media Privacy

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Nov 20 (IPS) - "The present government has taken measures that go beyond anything the previous military juntas did", according to legal expert Sercan Aran of the trade union confederation KESK. The army has previously registered personal data and the private political opinions of suspected dissidents, but always under secrecy.

  6. Aid Groups Condemn Yemen Blockade, Warn of ‘Catastrophic’ Famine

    Friday, November 10, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 10 (IPS) - If aid deliveries are not resumed, Yemen will experience the worst famine the world has seen in recent decades.

  7. The Illusion of Justice: When Will Reparations be Served to Iraq’s Victims?

    Thursday, November 09, 2017

    TORONTO, Nov 09 (IPS) - It is difficult to spend any time in Iraq without being struck by a sense of profound injustice. After successive decades of war and occupation, violence has become the rule rather than the exception in the country, with each phase of conflict outdoing the previous in terms of brutality and capacity to shock the conscience.

  8. Western Sahara’s Locked Positions Might be Loosening

    Monday, October 30, 2017

    STOCKHOLM, Oct 30 (IPS) - In August last year armed forces from both sides pushed forward into the desert and into the no-go buffer zone that the UN had established.

  9. Russian & US Vetoes Protect Client States

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 25 (IPS) - The vote on the latest American-sponsored resolution in the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Syria was predictable: of the five big powers, China abstained and Russia vetoed, while the US, UK and France voted for it.

  10. Peace and stability must be restored in the Middle East and North Africa so as to alleviate poverty

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    GENEVA, Oct 17 (IPS) - On the occasion of the 2017 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim observed that the unprecedented rise of violence and insecurity in the Arab region combined, breed poverty and societal decline.

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