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Can an Animal Heist Fable Help Solve the Middle East Crisis?

Friday, April 15, 2016

ROME, Apr 15 (IPS) - 13 April 2016 – Make no mistake--the Middle East is the longest and perhaps the most complex crisis in recent History, this explaining the innumerable, successive –and frustrating- attempts to solve it.

Desert Locust Invading Yemen, More Arab States

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CAIRO, Apr 13 (IPS) - Now that Yemenis begin to hope that their year-long armed conflict may come to an end as a result of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations sponsored round of talks between the parties in dispute, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait, a new threat to their already desperate humanitarian crisis has just appeared in the form of a much feared massive desert locust invasion.

‘Little Boy’ Devouring African Food

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Mombasa, Kenya, Apr 07 (IPS) - There is a ‘Little Boy' who has nothing to do with the atomic bomb that the United States dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. This time it is about another ‘Little Boy' who has been devastating the harvests in many regions, especially in Africa.

Want to Feel Fit? Eat Falafel, Dahl, Cow Pea and…!

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

CASABLANCA, Morocco, Apr 06 (IPS) - This is not a minor issue. Chickpea, faba bean, lentil, common bean, field pea, mung bean, black gram, pigeon pea, cowpea, and grass pea are the major pulse crops produced globally. And these especially play an important role in food and nutritional security and sustainable agricultural production systems in the drylands, which cover over 40 per cent of the world's land area and are home to approximately 2.5 billion people.

UN Chief Lauds Oman for Discreet Role in Peace Talks

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 (IPS) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has singled out Oman as perhaps the only Arab country in the Gulf playing a discreet role – mostly behind-the- scenes – in helping resolve some of the military and political conflicts in the war-ravaged region.

Yemen’s Health Crisis is “Critical,” Says WHO

Monday, March 28, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (IPS) - The health situation in Yemen has severely deteriorated and is critical, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported.

Western Powers Unlikely to Impose Arms Embargo on Saudi Arabia

Thursday, March 24, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - As hundreds of civilians continue to be killed in the ongoing conflict in Yemen, one of the leading human rights organization is calling for an arms embargo – specifically against Saudi Arabia which is leading a coalition of eight countries battling Houthi rebels in the war-ravaged neighbouring country.

Corruption Swallows a Huge Dose of Water

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

MOMBASA, Kenya, Mar 22 (IPS) - While the United Nations marked this year's World Water Day on March 22 focusing on the connection between water and jobs, a new report has rung loud alarm bells about the heavy impact of corruption on the massive investments being made in the water sector.

DIHAD Emphasizes Relief and Development Efforts to Meet Humanitarian Challenges

Monday, March 21, 2016

DUBAI, Mar 21 (IPS) - The Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) opened today with key speakers emphasizing the urgency to discuss innovative solutions to be applied in humanitarian operations. Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, the 13th edition of DIHAD was inaugurated by HE Mr. Ibrahim Bumelha, Cultural and Humanitarian Advisor of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Chairman of DIHAD Higher Committee, President of DISAB, on behalf of UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Reaping the Gender Dividend

Monday, March 21, 2016

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Mar 21 (IPS) - For the first time, an all-female flight crew recently operated a Royal Brunei Airlines jet from Brunei to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Such a feat certainly appears noteworthy in a country where gender segregation is pervasive. When women are still not permitted to drive a car; where there are separate entrances for men and women in banks, is there a possibility of an all-female crew operating a Saudi Airlines plane from Jeddah to Brunei? Not immediately, as there are disturbing signs that the limited gains on the gender front might face reversals.

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