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Aid Groups Suspend Cooperation With UN In Syria Because Of Assad ‘Influence’

Aid Groups Suspend Cooperation With UN In Syria Because Of Assad ‘Influence’

  More than 70 aid groups have suspended cooperation with the UN in Syria and have demanded an immediate and transparent investigation into its operations in the country because of concerns the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has gained “significant and substantial” influence over the relief effort. The coalition, which includes some of Syria’s most widely […]

Morocco To Give 600 Mosques A Green Makeover

Morocco To Give 600 Mosques A Green Makeover

Six hundred “green mosques” are to be created in Morocco by March 2019 in a national consciousness-raising initiative that aims to speed the country’s journey to clean energy. If all goes to plan, the green revamp will see LED lighting, solar thermal water heaters and photovoltaic systems installed in 100 mosques by the end of […]

Iraqi Children Pay High Health Cost Of War-Induced Air Pollution, Study Finds

Iraqi Children Pay High Health Cost Of War-Induced Air Pollution, Study Finds

Air pollution caused by war may be a major factor in the numbers of birth defects and cancers being reported in Iraq and other war zones, a study has suggested. Human exposure to heavy metals and neurotoxicants from the explosion of bombs, bullets, and other ammunition affects not only those directly targeted by bombardments but […]

Refugees Claim Abuse By Soldiers As Mali’s Conflict Spreads

Refugees Claim Abuse By Soldiers As Mali’s Conflict Spreads

Hundreds of refugees have arrived in Mauritania, fleeing Mali’s spreading conflict, just a year after armed groups signed up for peace with the government in Bamako. The arrival of more than 500 Fulani nomads from central Mali adds to the strain on Mbera camp in south-eastern Mauritania, where aid agencies are struggling to meet the […]

Threat Of Marriage Hangs Over Young Malian Refugee Girls In Mauritania

Threat Of Marriage Hangs Over Young Malian Refugee Girls In Mauritania

Tinalbaraka Amano has done well to adapt to life in the desert. Three years ago, the 16-year-old had her own room in a suburban house in Mali’s capital, Bamako. She had school friends with middle-class aspirations and Snapchat. At Mbera refugee camp in southern Mauritania, she sleeps in a tent with her parents. Before bed, […]

Little Respite For Iraqis Displaced By Mosul Fighting

Little Respite For Iraqis Displaced By Mosul Fighting

Aid agencies are warning that northern Iraq is in dire need of support due to a renewed offensive in the area, a funding slowdown and the threat of more attacks on the region’s cities, which are likely to result in hundreds of thousands more people being displaced. The UN said camps for displaced people are […]

Turkey To Shut Military Academies As It Targets Armed Forces For ‘Cleansing’

Turkey To Shut Military Academies As It Targets Armed Forces For ‘Cleansing’

Turkey will shut its military academies and put the armed forces under the command of the defence minister, Fikri Işık, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday in a move designed to bring the military under tighter government control after a failed coup. Isik told broadcaster NTV the shake-up in the military was not yet […]

Airline Pilots Complain Of Dangerous Fatigue In Leaked Documents

Airline Pilots Complain Of Dangerous Fatigue In Leaked Documents

Airline pilots describe being pushed to the limit and warn about the impact on flight safety in a cache of leaked documents that give a unique and occasionally hair-raising insight into the aviation industry. Crews complain about fatigue and potentially dangerous schedules at a leading budget airline, which is already under pressure following a crash […]

Life In Film: Preserving The Legacy Of Sudanese Film-Maker Jadallah Jubara

Life In Film: Preserving The Legacy Of Sudanese Film-Maker Jadallah Jubara

As she drove past an apartment complex on a street in Khartoum, Sara Jadallah fell silent. It was here that her late father, the legendary film-maker Jadallah Jubara, set up Sudan’s first private film studio in the 1970s. But in 2008, following an eight-year court battle over ownership of the land, the government demolished Studio […]

‘The Best Solution? Move The Mauritanian Capital’: Water On The Rise In Nouakchott

‘The Best Solution? Move The Mauritanian Capital’: Water On The Rise In Nouakchott

The two events are not unrelated. As heads of state fly into Nouakchott’s new airport for the Arab League summit on Monday, Vieux Fall will be raising the roof – and the floor – of his family’s small compound. “The water table has risen more than usual this year. The toilets are overflowing. We are […]

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