News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. U.N.’s Islamic State Probe Unit Kicks into Gear

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 16 (IPS) - A United Nations-backed probe into atrocities committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq has frequently been criticised for making slow progress during its first two years of operations. Lately, that could be changing.

  2. U.S.-backed Kurds to Halt Child Soldier use in Syria

    Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 02 (IPS) - The United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have struck a deal with the United Nations to stop using child soldiers across swathes of eastern Syria under their control and to release all youngsters from their ranks, the U.N. announced Monday.

  3. US & Iranian Actions Put Nuclear Deal in Jeopardy

    Monday, July 01, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Jul 01 (IPS) - Kelsey Davenport is director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association and Daryl G. Kimball is executive director

    Iran's announcement that it may soon breach the 300-kilogram limit on low-enriched uranium set by the 2015 nuclear deal is an expected but troubling response to the Trump administration's reckless and ill-conceived pressure campaign to kill the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

  4. ‘Born A Refugee, I Dream of a Place Called Home’

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, USA, Jun 20 (IPS) - On World Refugee Day, personal reflections of a young Palestinian from the Gaza Strip

    Mohammed Eid* is from Rafah Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip.

    I am a refugee, born to a refugee family. I was granted that status on the day I came into this world. I was not aware of what had happened before then. I did not fight any battle, I did not threaten anyone. I did not even choose my own race or ethnicity. I just came to this world to find myself a displaced person.

  5. An Uncertain Future for Palestinian Refugees

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 12 (IPS) - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been forced to justify its existence at the United Nations ahead of a pledging conference later this month.

  6. US “Emergency” Arms Sales to Mideast Nations Under Fire

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - When the UN Security Council met last week to discuss the deaths and devastation caused to civilians in ongoing military conflicts and civil wars, the killings in Yemen and the air attacks on hospitals, schools, mosques, and market places—whether deliberate or otherwise-- were singled out as the worst ever.

  7. US Threats to Dismantle Palestinian Refugee Agency Trigger Protests

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (IPS) - As it relentlessly pursues its strongly pro-Israeli policy – along with its disdain for multilateralism – the Trump administration continued to display its hostility towards the United Nations and its humanitarian agencies at a meeting of the UN Security Council focusing on the recent escalation of violence in Gaza.

  8. Stop The War on Children

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, May 17 (IPS) - Too many children are dying as a result of explosive weapons, and the international community must step up to protect and declare children off limits in war.

  9. Is UAE Leading the Way for Concentrated Solar Power in GCC?

    Thursday, May 09, 2019

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 09 (IPS) - Sania Aziz Rahman is a data journalist doing a fellowship with Climate Tracker

    In April 2019, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a report on a "roadmap to 2050" in terms of renewable energy.

  10. From Sanctioning Iran to War?

    Wednesday, May 08, 2019

    DENVER, May 08 (IPS) - With the recent military moves announced uncharacteristically by the White House first, the world is witnessing with grim fascination what could turn out to be the early moves towards a war against Iran. How plausible is this scenario and what is likely to happen geopolitically if and when the US belligerence leads to an actual military confrontation with Iran?

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