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Yemen Plans U.N. Complaint over Iran Weapons Transfers

By Yara Bayoumy NEW YORK, Sept 25 – Yemen plans to complain to the U.N. Security Council over what it says are Iran’s weapon transfers to Houthi allies fighting the internationally recognised Yemeni government, the foreign minister said on Saturday. In an interview with Reuters, Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi also said he hoped a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire

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UAE to Receive 15,000 Syrian Refugees in the Next Five Years

NEW YORK: The UAE has announced that it is to welcome 15,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years with the aim of sharing in the responsibility of addressing the Syrian refugee crisis, local media reported. Speaking at the “Leaders’ Summit on Refugees” at the UN headquarters, Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International

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Fighting Further Buries Hopes for Syria Truce

By Tom Perry and John Davison BEIRUT, Sept 21 – Syrian rebels and pro-government forces battled each other on major frontlines near Aleppo and Hama, and air strikes reportedly killed a dozen people including four medical workers, as a ceasefire appeared to have completely unravelled. The renewed battles demonstrated the thin prospects for reviving a

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U.N. War Crimes Panel on Syria Seeks Access to Refugees in Europe

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 19 – U.N. war crimes investigators on Monday called on European countries to let them interview more newly-arrived Syrian refugees to document fresh violations, saying it had become increasingly difficult. The panel, set up five years ago, says it has compiled a confidential list of suspects on all sides of

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U.N. says Sees Significant Drop in Syria Violence

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Sept 14 – Syria has seen a significant drop in violence in the 24 hours since a cessation of hostilities came into effect, the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday. Although there was some violence after sunset on Monday, by early morning the guns had fallen

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Fighting in Syria’s Hama Province Displaces 100,000

GENEVA, Sept 7 – Fighting in Syria’s western Hama province displaced an estimated 100,000 people between Aug. 28 and Sept. 5, the United Nations said on Wednesday, citing the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the governor of the province. Syrian rebels launched an offensive last week in northern Hama, an area of strategic importance to

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World Will Miss Education-for-All Target by 50 Years

By Emma Batha LONDON, Sept 6  – The world is set to miss by more than half a century a deadline for ensuring all children receive secondary education, the United Nations said on Tuesday, adding that 40 percent of pupils are being taught in a language that is not their mother tongue. World leaders agreed

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Morocco, Polisario Standoff Escalates Western Sahara Tensions

By Patrick Markey and Michelle Nichols ALGIERS/NEW YORK, Sept 1 – U.N. peacekeepers have deployed to monitor a standoff between Moroccan forces and Western Sahara’s Polisario Front that risks escalating into one of the worst flare-ups in the disputed region since a 1991 ceasefire. Polisario, which declared an independent republic in the desert land in the

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U.N. Experts Urge Bahrain to Halt “Persecution of Shiites”

GENEVA, Aug 16 – Bahrain is targeting its Shi’ite Muslim community through arrests and prosecutions of clerics, activists and entertainers, a group of United Nations-appointed independent experts said on Tuesday. In a statement, the experts urged Bahraini authorities to halt what they said were “arbitrary arrests” based on religion and release those detained for free

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