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Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

Friday, April 21, 2017

ROME, Apr 21 (IPS) - A perfect storm has engulfed the Middle East, and continues to threaten international peace and security.

Hardly anyone could sum up the Middle East explosive situation in so few, blunt words as just did Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Yemen, World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ROME, Apr 19 (IPS) - With 18.8 million people –nearly 3 in 4 inhabitants-- in need of humanitarian aid, including 10.3 million requiring immediate assistance, Yemen is now the largest single-nation humanitarian crisis in the world, the United Nations informs while warning that the two-year war is rapidly pushing the country towards "social, economic and institutional collapse."

Demand for Lower Peacekeeping Dues to Pit US Against UN

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - The Trump administration, buoyed by a powerful anti-internationalist movement among conservative Republicans in the United States Congress, is headed for a new confrontation with the United Nations over who decides how much the US should pay for peacekeeping.

'We Can't Protest So We Pray': Anguish in Amhara During Ethiopia's State of Emergency 

Monday, April 17, 2017

BAHIR DAR, Apr 17 (IPS) - As dawn breaks in Bahir Dar, men prepare boats beside Lake Tana to take to its island monasteries the tourists that are starting to return.

A Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Is in the Making

Friday, April 14, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 (IPS) - The nine possessors of nuclear weapons and most of their allies chose to ignore the negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.

Survivors of Sex Abuse Say UN Neglected Them

Friday, April 14, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 (IPS) - Several survivors who were sexually abused by peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) continue to be neglected by the UN, an investigative team has found.

The Unbearable Cost of Drought in Africa

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ROME, Apr 12 (IPS) - Nearly 50 per cent of all emergency multilateral food assistance to Africa is due to natural disasters, with advancing droughts significantly threatening both livelihoods and economic growth, warns the African Union through its ground-breaking extreme weather insurance mechanism designed to help the continent's countries resist and recover from the ravages of drought.

World Must Act Now on Lake Chad Basin Crisis: FAO DG Graziano da Silva

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ROME, Apr 11 (IPS) - Food assistance is a priority and the only way to prevent the crisis from worsening in the Lake Chad Basin, is to support food production according to José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

No U.S. Refuge for Syrians Even After Military Strikes

Friday, April 07, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 07 (IPS) - U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday night described the deepening Syrian refugee crisis as partial justification for the first direct U.S. airstrike against the Syrian government, even though the United States still bans all refugees from Syria.

Brazilian Capoeira Heals Wounds in the DRC

Monday, April 03, 2017

RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil, Apr 03 (IPS) - On the earthen floor, to the sound of a single-string percussion instrument called a BerimbauCongolese children stand in a circle practicing rhythmic movements with their arms and feet and chanting.

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