News headlines for “Middle East”, page 3

  1. Civilian Casualties Rise in Raqqa as Fighting Intensifies

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 (IPS) - As US-backed Syrian rebels plow ahead in the fight to take back Raqqa from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, the stake of civilian lives, who number as many as 100,000 in the city, has raised concerns among top UN officials.

  2. Did Arab Coalition Threaten to Pull Out of UN in Protest?

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 28 (IPS) - When Saudi Arabia – which has been spearheading a coalition of Arab states in a devastating war against Yemen since 2015 – was accused of bombing civilians, and particularly children caught up in the conflict, the government in Riyadh threatened to cut off humanitarian funding to the world body.

  3. Refugee Protection an Obligation Under International Law

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 (IPS) - It is impossible to be ten years as High Commissioner for Refugees, doing my best to try to help the most vulnerable of the vulnerable, without changing your life. And, indeed, not only witnessing the suffering of people but also learning the extraordinary courage, resilience and capacity to permanently generate hope of refugees is something that has changed my perspective of the world and, to a large extent, changed my life.

  4. Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    ROME/GENEVA, Jun 20 (IPS) - Between 2010 and 2015, nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a major independent, neutral organisation ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence informs.

  5. The World Society Needs to Express Greater Solidarity for Refugees Worldwide

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    GENEVA, Jun 20 (IPS) - The world is heading into troubled waters as we are witnessing an unprecedented movement of people – refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs) alike – fleeing from misery, poverty and conflicts. The refugee crisis that has swept across Europe and the Middle East is becoming the 21st century's most protracted crisis with no immediate solution in sight. The world has not witnessed a more complex movement of people since the end of the Second World War; thousands of human beings undertake perilous and treacherous journeys in hope for a better and a safer future. Many of them perish during these hazardous journeys. How can we forget the words the British-Somali poet Warsan Shire who said:

  6. Housing Refugees of the Middle East Conflicts: Where Will They Go?

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 16 (IPS) - Prolonged conflicts in the Middle East have led to a deadly humanitarian crisis, with as many as 17.5 million people displaced in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

  7. Drought Pushes 1 in 3 Somalis to a Hunger Knife-Edge

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    ROME, Jun 15 (IPS) - Another famine in former European colonies in Africa and another time in its Eastern region, with Ethiopia and Somalia among the major victims of drought and made-made climate disasters mainly caused by US and European multinational business.

  8. Mideast: Drought to Turn People into Eternal Migrants, Prey to Extremism?

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    ROME, Jun 13 (IPS) - Worldwide, land degradation, severe droughts and advancing desertification are set to force populations to flee their homes and migrate. In the specific case of the Middle East and North of Africa (MENA), such an obliged choice implies the additional risk to turn peoples into easy prey to extremist, terrorist groups.

  9. Child Labor in the Arab Region Does Not Belong to the 21st Century

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    GENEVA, Jun 12 (IPS) - Today marks the 2017 World Day against Child Labor to reaffirm the goal to eliminate all forms of child labor. This year's annual theme highlights a subject that is often neglected, namely the importance of addressing child labor in conflict areas and in disaster settings.

  10. Crisis in the Gulf: Escalation or negotiation?

    Thursday, June 08, 2017

    SINGAPORE, Jun 08 (IPS) - Turkey's parliament is this week fast tracking the dispatch of up to 3,000 troops to Qatarhome to the country's military base in the Middle East. Certain to stiffen Qatar's resolve to resist Saudi and UAE-led pressure to force it to change policies, the Turkish move comes amid hints that the kingdom and its allies may seek to undermine the rule of Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

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