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Health services for Palestine refugees extended despite regional turmoil – UN agency

20 May 2015 – A newly published report by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)...
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Saudi religious police warn against New Year’s celebrations

Saudi Arabia's religious police has warned against celebrating the New Year's Eve in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom, the local Okaz daily said on Sunday. The Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, known unofficially as…
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Ex-Israeli premier Ariel Sharon dead at 85

Former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon died in hospital near Tel Aviv Saturday after eight years in a coma, prompting a flood of tributes in Israel but contempt from Palestinians. He was 85. "He's gone," his son Gilad told reporters at the Sheba Medical…

Yemen conflict is taking &#39dreadful toll&#39 on civilians: UN top relief official

10 May 2015 – The conflict in Yemen is taking a dreadful toll on civilians, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the country has...
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Dutch Prime Minister’s Israel trip hit by Gaza row

A visit to Israel by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Sunday was marred by a dispute over a new security scanner on the Gaza border, an Israeli official said. Rutte was to have inaugurated the scanner on the frontier with the Palestinian Islamist-ruled…

UN official urges halt to displacement of Palestinians as Israel continues demolitions

31 January 2014 – A senior United Nations relief official today called for a halt to the displacement of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley,...
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Holy Land hit by heaviest snowfall in decades

The heaviest snowfall in decades blocked roads across Israel and the West Bank Saturday, while torrential rains flooded areas of the Gaza Strip. The heavy snow, which stopped falling Saturday afternoon, prompted Israeli authorities to interrupt the…

UN health agency reports deaths top 1,000 in Yemen, hospitals risk shutdowns amid hostilities

22 April 2015 – As the United Nations humanitarian wing appealed for “any initiative that can reduce the violence” in Yemen, the World Health...
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Qaeda-linked group urges Iraq Sunnis not to surrender

An Al-Qaeda-linked group called on Iraqi Sunnis fighting government forces not to lay down their weapons, saying the choice is between conflict and enslavement, in an audio recording released Tuesday. "Oh Sunni people, you were forced to take up the…

Those guilty of chemical weapons attacks in Syria must be held accountable – Ban

13 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to hold accountable those responsible for the use of chemical weapons...