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Child Labour: A Hidden Atrocity of the Syrian Crisis

Friday, July 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 03 (IPS) - In a conflict that has claimed over 220,000 lives and injured a further 840,000 people as of January 2015, it is sometimes hard to see beyond the death toll.

Funding For Desperate Palestinian Refugees Under Threat

Friday, July 03, 2015

JERUSALEM, Jul 03 (IPS) - The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) faces a severe financial crisis which could see core services to desperate Palestinian refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank halted unless donors step in before the end of September.

Syrian Refugees Face Hunger Amidst Humanitarian Funding Crisis

Thursday, July 02, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jul 02 (IPS) - The United Nations' food aid organisation, the World Food Programme (WFP), said on Jul. 1 that up to 440,000 refugees from war-torn Syria might have to go hungry if no additional funds are received by August.

High Hopes in Iran as Nuclear Talks Head Into Final Round

Friday, June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jun 26 (IPS) - A final deal on Iran's nuclear programme wouldn't only make non-proliferation history. It would also be the beginning of a better life for the Iranian people—or at least that's what they're hoping.

Journalists Pay the Price in Egypt's Crackdown on Dissent

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEW YORK, Jun 25 (IPS) - The Egyptian government is holding a record number of journalists in jail, a press freedom group said Thursday, despite promises to improve media freedoms in the country.

Security Council Action on Gaza War Crimes a Non-Starter

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - When a U.N. panel released a 217-page report accusing both Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes committed during the 50-day conflict in Gaza last July, the chances of Security Council action were remote because of the traditional U.S. commitment to stand by Israel – right or wrong, mostly wrong.

Israel’s Deadly Game of Divide and Conquer Backfiring

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jun 16 (IPS) - Israel's deadly game of divide and conquer against its enemies could be coming home to roost with a vengeance, especially as the Islamic State (ISIS) grows in strength in neighbouring countries and moves closer to Israel's borders.

Israel, Hamas Escape U.N.’s List of Shame on Attacks on Children

Monday, June 08, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 08 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, reportedly under heavy pressure from the United States and Israel, has decided not to blacklist the Jewish state in an annex to a new U.N. report on children victimised in armed conflicts.

Fishing and Farming in Gaza is a Deadly Business

Monday, June 08, 2015

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jun 08 (IPS) - Three Palestinian fishermen were injured last week after Israeli naval forces opened fire on fishing boats off the coast of al-Sudaniyya in the northern Gaza Strip, bringing to 15 the number of farmers and fishermen shot and injured by Israeli security forces as they attempted to earn a living.

8.2 Million Iraqis In Need of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance

Friday, June 05, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 05 (IPS) - As fighting drags on between Iraqi armed forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), millions of refugees caught between the warring groups are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

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