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Health Officials Warn of Dengue Outbreak in War-Torn Yemen

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 01 (IPS) - An outbreak of dengue fever in Yemen's most populated governorate has prompted urgent calls from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for a "humanitarian corridor" to facilitate the flow of medicines to over three million civilians trapped in the war-torn area.

Will New Sri Lankan Government Prioritize Resettlement of War-Displaced?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Aug 30 (IPS) - The new Sri Lankan government that was voted in on Aug. 17 certainly didn't inherit as much baggage as its predecessors did during the nearly 30 years of conflict that gripped this South Asian island nation.

Europe Squabbles While Refugees Die

Sunday, August 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 30 (IPS) - As tens of thousands of refugees continue to flee conflict-ridden countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, Western European governments and international humanitarian organisations are struggling to cope with a snowballing humanitarian crisis threatening to explode.

U.S.-Made Cluster Munitions Causing Civilian Deaths in Yemen

Thursday, August 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (IPS) - New research released today by a leading human rights watchdog has found evidence of seven attacks involving cluster munitions in Yemen's northwestern Hajja governorate.

Emerging Industrial Power Rises From Aid Beneficiary to Donor Nation

Thursday, August 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (IPS) - Back in 1996, when South Korea voluntarily quit the 132-member Group of 77 (G77) – described as the largest single coalition of developing nations -- it joined the 34-member Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), long known as the "rich man's club" based in Paris.

Deliberate Targeting of Water Sources Worsens Misery for Millions of Syrians

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 26 (IPS) - Imagine having to venture out into a conflict zone in search of water because rebel groups and government forces have targeted the pipelines. Imagine walking miles in the blazing summer heat, then waiting hours at a public tap to fill up your containers. Now imagine realizing the jugs are too heavy to carry back home.

Majority of Child Casualties in Yemen Caused by Saudi-Led Airstrikes

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 (IPS) - Of the 402 children killed in Yemen since the escalation of hostilities in March 2015, 73 percent were victims of Saudi coalition-led airstrikes, a United Nations official said Monday.

U.N. Aid Agencies Launch Emergency Hotline for Displaced Iraqis

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 (IPS) - In the hopes of better responding to the needs of over three million displaced Iraqis, United Nations aid agencies today launched a national hotline to provide information on emergency humanitarian services like food distribution, healthcare and shelter.

UAE Wins Hearts and Minds at World Exhibition in Milan

Friday, August 21, 2015

MILAN, Aug 21 (IPS) - She only turned nine last June. But Mahra Mustafa has become a celebrity at the Expo Milan. She stars as Sara in ‘The Family Tree', a short film on the UAE's heritage being screened at the United Arab Emirates pavilion. Sara is in fact the face of young, dynamic and innovative Emirates.

U.S. Provides Cover for Use of Banned Weapons in Yemen

Friday, August 21, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 21 (IPS) - The United States is providing a thinly-veiled cover virtually legitimising the use of cluster bombs – banned by an international convention – by Saudi Arabia and its allies in their heavy fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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