News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. Forced out of school, but refusing to give up on education in Afghanistan

    - UN News

    Girls in Afghanistan have been forced out of high school, ever since the Taliban returned to power a year ago. A United Nations-backed initiative is training girls to help others in their situation, educating their peers until they are able to return to formal schooling.

  2. With help, Iraq’s spirit of hope, forward-looking youths can keep nascent democracy on track, Prime Minister says

    - UN News

    Iraq represents a living example of how hope prevails over seemingly impossible odds, especially conflict and political crises, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi told the UN General Assembly on Friday, and while the nascent democracy still needed international support, it is looking to its younger generations to keep the spirit of hope and courage alive.

  3. At least 70 dead in latest ‘tragic’ shipwreck, off Syria coast: UN agencies

    - UN News

    The bodies of 71 migrants have reportedly been recovered following another shipwreck in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Syria, which heads of UN agencies described as a “simply tragic” development that demanded an international response to improve conditions for those forced to flee their homes.

  4. Palestine calls for full UN membership and a plan to end the occupation

    - UN News

    President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his appeal for the State of Palestine to become a full-fledged member of the UN, and warned of waning peace prospects with Israel, in his speech to the General Assembly on Friday. 

  5. Leadership Council marks ‘new era’ for Yemen, but country remains wary of terrorist threat

    - UN News

    President Rashad Mohammed Al-Alimi said on Thursday that with the formation in early April of the Presidential Leadership Council as the legitimate representative of the Yemeni people, his country had entered a new era in based on partnership and national consensus.

  6. At UN, Iran’s leader decries West’s ‘double standard’ towards country’s nuclear programme

    - UN News

    Taking the rostrum at the annual United Nations General Assembly, Iran’s President decried as a great injustice the “double standard” exhibited by Western nations towards what he described as his country’s peaceful nuclear activities.

  7. Yemen: Marking ‘significant milestone’, UN says stricken tanker salvage operation can begin

    - UN News

    The salvage of the ageing supertanker FSO Safer, off the Yemeni coast, can now begin, the UN said on Wednesday, after it announced that more than $75 million has been pledged to carry out the vital operation.

  8. Syrians ‘can come together to rescue their country’ from war, Security Council hears

    - UN News

    “Progress is possible” to end more than 11 years of war in Syria, in order to produce a peaceful future for all, the UN’s Deputy Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  9. Syria: Cholera outbreak is ‘serious threat’ to whole Middle East

    - UN News

    The official declaration of a cholera outbreak in the Aleppo region of Syria at the weekend, represents “a serious threat to people in Syria”, and the whole Middle East region, said the UN humanitarian relief coordinator for the country on Tuesday.

  10. Security Council calls for intensifying efforts to expand Yemen truce

    - UN News

    The UN Security Council has urged warring parties in Yemen to urgently intensify negotiations towards expanding their historic truce, according to a statement issued on Monday. 

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