Nearly 87 Million Children Under 7 Live in Conflict Zones, Brains Not Developing

LONDON, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nearly 87 million children around the world under seven years of age have been growing up in conflict zones, in conditions that can hinder the development of their brains, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. Exposure to extreme trauma may hinder the development of brain… Continue reading Nearly 87 Million Children Under 7 Live in Conflict Zones, Brains Not Developing

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Yemen: The Abandoned Animals of Taiz

THE citizens of Yemen’s Taiz city have been dealt many blows in recent months. Conflict, hunger, isolation and struggle dominate the city’s streets. But they are not the only ones affected by the conflict, which escalated in March 2015. Yemen’s animals, too, are the silent victims of airstrikes, sieges and the internecine conflict that continues… Continue reading Yemen: The Abandoned Animals of Taiz

Daesh Claims Killing of Christian in Bangladesh as “Lesson to Others”

DHAKA, March 23 – Daesh claimed responsibility for stabbing a Christian to death in Bangladesh as a “lesson to others”, an online group that monitors extremist activity said, the latest killing declared by the militant group in the Muslim-majority nation. The South Asian country has seen a surge in Islamist violence in which liberal activists, members… Continue reading Daesh Claims Killing of Christian in Bangladesh as “Lesson to Others”

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Libya’s Presidential Council Calls for Transfer of Power to Unity Government

TUNIS, March 13 – Libya’s U.N.-backed Presidential Council called on Saturday on the country’s institutions to begin a transfer of authority to a unity government, and appealed to the international community to stop dealing with any rival powers. The Presidential Council is tasked with guiding through a transition to end the political chaos and armed… Continue reading Libya’s Presidential Council Calls for Transfer of Power to Unity Government

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Italy Rescues 910 Boat Migrants, Nearly 600 Saved Off Libya

MILAN/TRIPOLI, March 20 – Italy’s coast guard said more than 900 migrants were rescued in four separate operations in the Strait of Sicily on Saturday, while Libyan authorities said they had rescued nearly 600 migrants from four boats, one of which sank. A spokesman for Libyan naval forces, Ayoub Qassem, said the bodies of four… Continue reading Italy Rescues 910 Boat Migrants, Nearly 600 Saved Off Libya

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U.N. Chief Furious With Morocco Over Western Sahara Demonstration

UNITED NATIONS, March 15 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Morocco’s foreign minister on Monday he was angered and disappointed by a demonstration in Rabat he said was a personal attack on him over remarks he made about the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Tens of thousands of Moroccans marched though the capital on Sunday… Continue reading U.N. Chief Furious With Morocco Over Western Sahara Demonstration

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War, Disasters Disrupt Education of 80 Million Children

LONDON, March 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At least 80 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted last year, leaving them prey to child labour, trafficking and extremism, experts said on Thursday. Many humanitarian aid appeals for 2015 ignored education, and aid appeals for education were only… Continue reading War, Disasters Disrupt Education of 80 Million Children

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Software, Printer Problems Delayed Discovery of Bangladesh Heist

DHAKA, March 17 – The cyber thieves who stole $81 million from Bangladesh Bank hid their tracks by installing malware that manipulated a central bank printer to hide evidence of the heist, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Earlier, two central bank officials filed a police report that said that a computer and… Continue reading Software, Printer Problems Delayed Discovery of Bangladesh Heist

On World Water Day, 650 Million People Can’t Get a Safe Drink

LONDON, March 16 – Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrhoeal diseases in children, killing 900 under-fives a day across the world, according to… Continue reading On World Water Day, 650 Million People Can’t Get a Safe Drink

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Anti-Trump Protesters: A Patchwork of People and Facebook Pages

KANSAS CITY, Mo./BLOOMINGTON, Ill., March 13 – Donald Trump has called them thugs, professional organizers and supporters of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders. But the protesters who have stepped up their actions against the Republican presidential front-runner are a disparate group from different walks of life, with no national organization to speak of. They assemble… Continue reading Anti-Trump Protesters: A Patchwork of People and Facebook Pages

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Palestinian Kills U.S. Tourist in Stabbing Spree on Tel Aviv Boardwalk

TEL AVIV, March 9 – An American tourist was stabbed to death and at least nine other people were wounded by a Palestinian armed with a knife on a popular boardwalk in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, authorities said, while U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in a meeting a few kilometres (miles) away. The attack… Continue reading Palestinian Kills U.S. Tourist in Stabbing Spree on Tel Aviv Boardwalk

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Daesh Using Birth Control To Maintain Sex Slaves

WASHINGTON, March 13 – Daesh is using several forms of contraception to maintain its supply of sex slaves, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing interviews with more than three dozen Yazidi women who escaped from the militant group. The New York Times reported that Daesh used “oral and injectable contraception, and sometimes both” to ensure that the women did not… Continue reading Daesh Using Birth Control To Maintain Sex Slaves

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Daesh Using Birth Control To Maintain Sex Slaves

WASHINGTON, March 13 – Daesh is using several forms of contraception to maintain its supply of sex slaves, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing interviews with more than three dozen Yazidi women who escaped from the militant group. The New York Times reported that Daesh used “oral and injectable contraception, and sometimes both” to ensure that the women did not… Continue reading Daesh Using Birth Control To Maintain Sex Slaves

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As Hard Times Hit, Egyptians At Last Find Fault With Sisi

CAIRO, March 11 – “Your exellency: you are not working,” television presenter Azza al-Hemawy said, looking into the camera but addressing the Egyptian president. “Not one single issue has been solved since you took over.” After years of hearing little but enthusiastic applause for Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and vilification of his enemies, the tens of… Continue reading As Hard Times Hit, Egyptians At Last Find Fault With Sisi

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Yemen War Generates Widespread Suffering, But Few Refugees

March 9 – Amid Yemen’s misery, two young women living in the war-damaged cities of Aden and Sanaa know they are among the relatively fortunate. They are not starving, their homes have not been destroyed and they have survived bombs and bullets unscathed. But both long to escape the conflict plunging their country ever deeper… Continue reading Yemen War Generates Widespread Suffering, But Few Refugees

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Militants, Tunisian Forces Clash in Border Town, 45 Killed

TUNIS, March 7 – Islamist fighters attacked army and police barracks in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan near the Libyan border on Monday and at least 45 people, including civilians, were killed in the clashes, residents and the Interior Ministry said. Authorities sealed off the nearby beach resort town of Djerba, a popular destination… Continue reading Militants, Tunisian Forces Clash in Border Town, 45 Killed

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Egypt Parliament Expels MP for Dining With Israeli Ambassador

CAIRO, March 3- Egypt’s parliament voted on Wednesday to expel an independent lawmaker who invited the Israeli ambassador in Cairo for dinner, drawing widespread criticism and prompting a fellow deputy to attack him with his shoe. Speaker Ali Abdelaal announced that 465 lawmakers, out of 490 who attended the session voted to expel Tawfik Okasha… Continue reading Egypt Parliament Expels MP for Dining With Israeli Ambassador

Bahrain Opposition Leader Jailed for Insulting Ruling System

DUBAI, Feb 24 – A prominent Bahraini opposition figure was sentenced to a year in jail on Wednesday on charges of insulting the kingdom’s ruling system in a speech last year, his defence lawyer said. But the court cleared Ibrahim Sharif, former head of the secular National Democratic Action Society, or Waad, of the more… Continue reading Bahrain Opposition Leader Jailed for Insulting Ruling System

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Yemen: Sweet Spot

The scent of the food that wafts from Mat’am Souriya (Syria’s Restaurant) attracts passersby in Hada Street in the middle of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, where Sobhi Al Marei and his colleagues are hard at work, crafting delicious meals. When the Syrian war became unbearable in Aleppo, Marei decided to shut shop and head… Continue reading Yemen: Sweet Spot

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Saudi Arabia: The End of Oil

“The wake-up call has arrived. The politics of waste must end,” Khaled Al Maeena says in his 27th floor office in the Saudi city of Jeddah. He was referring to a transformation plan that has shaken Saudi Arabia—the biggest in decades. At the turn of the year, a newly-consolidated Ministry of Economy and Planning announced… Continue reading Saudi Arabia: The End of Oil

Pakistan: The Shame Of It All

The medieval practice of honor killing is defined as “the murder of a family member, usually a female, who is perceived to have brought dishonor and shame on their family.” In the majority of cases, an honor killing is not only justified as such by the perpetrators, but also by their families and communities. As… Continue reading Pakistan: The Shame Of It All

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Iran Committed to OPEC’s Oil Output Freeze: Iranian Ambassador to Oman

Muscat (Newsweek Middle East)– A day after Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh ridiculed a decision by the Organization of the Oil Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to freeze oil output, the Islamic Republic’s Ambassador to Oman said his country “is committed to OPEC’s oil output freeze decision.” Speaking on the sidelines of Iran’s Capital Market Roadshow… Continue reading Iran Committed to OPEC’s Oil Output Freeze: Iranian Ambassador to Oman

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Book Review: Extremist Eclipse

The war in Syria is becoming less and less about Syria. At the diplomatic level, it has turned into a sordid spectacle where foreign powers with conflicting and probably irreconcilable objectives—most notably Russia, the United States, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia—squabble amongst themselves. In Europe, it has turned into a debate about immigration and the… Continue reading Book Review: Extremist Eclipse

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