News headlines for “Middle East”, page 2

  1. What Charities and Relief organizations do to alleviate poverty in the Arab region

    Tuesday, September 05, 2017

    GENEVA, Sep 05 (IPS) - Extreme poverty remains one of the world's biggest challenges. According to the United Nations, 767 million people live in extreme poverty around the world. Although world society has managed to lift nearly 1 billion people out of extreme poverty – in 1999 it was estimated that 1.7 billion were affected by extreme poverty – the unprecedented rise of conflict and of violence in the Arab region has worsened the socioeconomic situation of vulnerable population segments in many countries. On 22 February 2017, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations –Stephen O'Brien – stated to the United Nations Security Council that 67% of the population in Syria is living under conditions considered as extreme poverty. In another Arab country affected by war and conflict – Yemen – the World Bank estimates that poverty affects 62% of the population, whereas the World Bank's estimates this number to be at approximately 22% for Iraq or even as high as 40% in territories controlled by DAESH. Inevitably, conflict and violence have worsened the situation in the Arab region.

  2. 20,000 Civilians Trapped in Raqqa City, Deemed “The Worst Place on Earth”

    Monday, August 28, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (IPS) - The battle to reclaim Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), has raised concerns among top UN officials as at least 20,000 civilians remain trapped under heavy fire in the city. Last week Monday, 42 civilians, including 12 women and 19 children, were killed in an air attack, according to the AP.

  3. Lebanon Joins Jordan and Tunisia in Fight Against Rapists Impunity

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    ROME, Aug 23 (IPS) - The top United Nations human rights official hailed the repeal of laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan that used to allow rapists to avoid criminal prosecution by marrying their victims.

  4. Jordan Abolishes Law Allowing Rapists to Avoid Prosecution

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) - In just three weeks time, two Arab countries adopted major steps to combat violence against women, with Jordan abolishing a law allowing rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims, while Tunisia adopting its first national law to prevent gender-based violence and provide support to survivors.

  5. Civilians Increasingly Bearing Burden of Armed Conflicts in Arab Region

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug 18 (IPS) - The war in Syria has now entered its 6th year and is becoming the world's worst man-made disaster.

  6. Jordan Makes Strides Toward Inclusive Green Economy

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    AMMAN, Aug 10 (IPS) - Jordan may be one of the smallest economies in the Middle East, but it has high ambitions for inclusive green growth and sustainable development despite the fact that it lies in the heart of a region that has been long plagued with wars and other troubles, says the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Dr. Frank Rijsberman.

  7. Zaatari Camp Marks Fifth Year With 80,000 Refugees

    Tuesday, August 01, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 01 (IPS) - Jordan's Zaatari camp, which opened in 2012 as a makeshift camp to house Syrian refugees fleeing the war, marked its fifth year on June 28.

  8. Yemen Records 400,000 Cholera Cases

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 (IPS) - The directors of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO) released a joint statement today shedding light on a deadly cholera epidemic engulfing war-torn Yemen.

  9. No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 (IPS) - Human rights groups are urging the UN Secretary-General to include the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) in a child rights' "shame list" after documenting grave violations against children.

  10. The Arab Youth Bulge and the Parliamentarians

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    ROME/AMMAN, Jul 13 (IPS) - More than ever before, the Arab region now registers an unprecedented youth population growth while facing huge challenges such as extremely high unemployment rates --more than half of all regional jobless population--, and inadequate education and health provision, in particular among young women.

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