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  1. More Diversified Trade Can Make Middle East & Central Asia More Resilient

    - Inter Press Service

    WASHINGTON DC, May 17 (IPS) - Dislocations from the pandemic, geoeconomic fragmentation, and Russia’s war in Ukraine have shifted world trade dynamics. While this has created challenges, the redirection of trade has also generated new opportunities, particularly for the Caucasus and Central Asia.

  2. Israel refutes South Africa’s accusations at UN world court

    - UN News

    A story from UN News

    The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ), on Friday, heard the response from Israel on the case brought forward by South Africa requesting emergency provisional measures to immediately halt Israeli military operations under way in Rafah, in southern Gaza, where over one million Palestinians were sheltering after having been displaced from elsewhere in the enclave.

  3. Gaza: Aid delivery via floating dock welcomed, but land routes ‘more important’

    - UN News

    Trucks carrying desperately needed aid into Gaza have started moving ashore on the temporary floating dock built by the United States military, but this is not enough to meet the needs of civilians, UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Friday.

  4. Afghan Women Struggle with Soaring Mental Health Issues

    - Inter Press Service

    May 16 (IPS) - Afghanistan is grappling with a growing crisis of mental illness, particularly among its women, as highlighted in a United Nations report. Officials from the mental health department at Herat regional hospital have observed a concerning uptick in the number of women afflicted by psychological disorders in the province.

  5. Stories from the UN Archive: UN’s first peacekeeping force

    - UN News

    As the world celebrates the International Day of Living Together in Peacemarked annually on 16 May, we are taking you back to the 1950s, when the UN deployed its first ever peacekeeping force to the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula to help bring an end to the Suez Canal crisis.

  6. UN forum in Bahrain closes with calls to support women entrepreneurs in conflict areas

    - UN News

    The bi-annual UN forum on entrepreneurship and innovation wrapped up its work in Bahrain on Thursday focusing on women entrepreneurs from conflict zones, who stressed the importance of investing in their activities as a means of building peace, security, and stability in their communities.

  7. Rights expert condemns death of Palestinian doctor in Israeli custody, urges independent inquiry

    - UN News

    A renowned Palestinian orthopaedic surgeon’s death in Israeli detention has been labelled “horrifying’ by a UN human rights expert, prompting calls for an independent international investigation.

  8. Gaza: World court opens hearings on request to halt Israel’s Rafah incursion

    - UN News

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began public hearings on Thursday stemming from South Africa’s recent request for emergency provisional measures to immediately halt Israeli operations under way in Rafah, in southern Gaza, where more than one million Palestinians were sheltering during the seven-month-long war in the besieged enclave.

  9. UN envoy outlines Iraq’s growth and ongoing struggles

    - UN News

    Iraq is a nation brimming with potential but still haunted by legacies of past turmoil, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the country, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, said in a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday.

  10. At Arab League Summit, Guterres appeals for Gaza ceasefire and regional unity

    - UN News

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres repeated his longstanding call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, the release of all hostages held in the enclave, and unimpeded access for aid delivery, in remarks to the Summit of the League of Arab States in Bahrain on Thursday.

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