ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland - The escalating civil war in Syria and the deepening divisions between the western powers and Russian President Vladimir Putin over the war-torn country are to be the focus of the G8 summit that opened here Monday. Putin is likely to attack US President Barack Obama over his move to arm the rebels fighting the Assad regime. "The EU is convinced that we are ...
WASHINGTON - Al Jazeera's new American channel coming in summer hopes to be different with lesser focus on celebrities or other tabloid fodder found on U.S. television news. Al Jazeera America hopes to stand out with a diet heavy on "fact-based, in-depth, long-format news." According to Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera Media Network, Al Jazeera ...
17 June 2013 150 Warning that the centrifugal force of the Syria crisis continues to imperil the region, a senior United Nations agency official today said that more than half of the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria have become "theatres of war," where killings and kidnappings have become the norm. According to the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine ...
Iran's newly elected president is giving a glimpse into what he says may lie ahead for relations between Tehran and the rest of the world. Cleric Hassan Rowhani spoke at a news conference Monday, during which he promised to follow a path of moderation. President-elect Hassan Rowhani took to the podium to make clear his victory represents a new era, hinting at a new start with world ...
DUBAI Four more people have died and three more have fallen ill in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like coronavirus MERS-CoV, the Saudi Health Ministry said on Monday. The ministry said the four deaths were among previously registered cases. The new infections were in Eastern Province, in the capital Riyadh and in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia has been the country ...
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is warning Europe it will "pay the price" if it arms the rebels fighting to drive him from power. Assad told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that giving the rebels weapons would "export" terrorists to Europe. He said fighters in Syria would gain combat experience and return to Europe with extremist ideologies. The Syrian president ...
LONDON World leaders gathering at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland have been discussing how to end the Syrian conflict - and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been defending his support for Syrian leader Bashar al Assad, despite criticism from the his G8 counterparts. Intense gun battles rage in the heart of Damascus and Aleppo on the same day that G8 leaders gather in Northern ...
US lawmakers have pressed President Barack Obama to go beyond supplying Syrian rebels with small arms and to consider imposing a no-fly zone over the war-torn country. South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said supplying rebels with automatic weapons and ammunition is not enough to stop the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. According to Fox News, Graham said they need to ...
Telecom services provider Bharti Airtel Monday completed the allotment of 199.87 million new equity shares, representing 5 percent equity stake in the company, to Qatar Foundation Endowment, it said in a communication to the Bombay Stock Exchange. Bharti Airtel, which has operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has issued the equity shares, with a face value of Rs.5, at Rs.340 each ...
The election of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani as Iran's president is seen with optimism among analysts in Oman. Most analysts moreover see him as the best bet among the eight candidates in Saturday's elections. According to Gulf News, Turki Al Belushi, journalist who runs Oman's popular news portal Albaladoman.com., said that the reformist in Rouhani raises some hopes for the region, but then ...
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17 June 2013 150 Warning that the centrifugal force of the Syria crisis continues to imperil the region, a senior United Nations agency official today said that more than half of the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria have become "theatres of war," where killings and kidnappings have become the norm.
According to the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Filippo Grandi, seven out of 12 of the agency's camps are now virtually inaccessible.
"Killings, kidnappings, poverty, destruction and fear have become part of daily life," he said at the bi-annual meeting of UNRWA's Advisory Commission in Amman, Jordan.
He also said that of the 530,000 Palestinian refugees registered with the United Nations in Syria are believed to be displaced, an official for the world body said today. Some 15 per cent of all Palestinian refugees have fled abroad, including more than 60,000 that are now in neighbouring Lebanon and 7,000 in Jordan.
The conflict in Syria has affected humanitarian access and disrupted education and health services, exacerbating stress and uncertainty in refugee communities, according to UNRWA, which has provided basic services, and at times emergency assistance, to Palestinian refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza for over 63 years. ...
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