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Syrian official: War causes $15 billion in losses

Source : AP | 01 Jul 2013

More than two years of fighting in Syria’s civil war has damaged some 9,000 state buildings and run up $15 billion in losses to the public sector, a government minister said Sunday, shining a light on the devastating toll the crisis has taken on the country’s economy.

Myanmar authorities accused of aiding killings of Muslims

By Paul Carsten | Reuters | 23 Apr 2013

Human Rights Watch on Monday accused authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine State of crimes against humanity in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims last year, charges the government dismissed as one-sided and "unacceptable".

OIC Urges UN Action on Burma Muslims

Source : IslamOnline | 17 Apr 2013

Appealing for UN intervention to stop attacks on Muslims in Burma, a world Muslim body has urged the Burmese government to allow in a ministerial delegation to discuss anti-Muslim violence in the Buddhist country.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation calls on "Burmese authorities to strongly respond to the organization's appeal and allow a ministerial OIC delegation to visit" Burma, the OIC said in a statement cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

A generation ‘traumatized’ in Syria, expert witnesses say

Source : AFP | 20 Mar 2013

Women and children are suffering the worst horrors in Syria, with many subjected to rape and sexual violence in a war that has traumatized a generation of young people, U.S. lawmakers heard Tuesday.

Women and children make up around three-quarters of the four million people who have fled either across the border or within Syria, top U.S. and U.N. officials told a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations committee.

Iraqi living standards still low, ten years on from U.S.-led invasion

By AP | 19 MAr 2013

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the government in Baghdad is under pressure to do more to raise living standards for its population.

Global conference in Kuwait seeks to raise $1.5 bln for Syrian refugees

By Agencies | 30 Jan 2013

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah pledged $300 million on Wednesday to help fund humanitarian efforts for millions of Syrians affected by nearly two years of conflict.

Announcing the pledge at an aid donor conference, al-Sabah added that “horrifying reports” of violence had raised questions over the future of Syria and aid efforts had to be redoubled.

Speaking at the conference, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to all combatants in Syria’s civil war to stop fighting “in the name of humanity.”

20,000 Palestinians flee Syria for ‘horrible’ living conditions in Lebanon: U.N.

By Reuters | 23 Jan 2013

Palestinian refugees who fled Syria’s war to neighboring Lebanon are living up to 20 in a room with no water, fresh air or electricity, the head of the U.N. agency for Palestinians said on Tuesday.

Donors needed to do more to help at least 20,000 Palestinians who have already come in from Syria and more than 200 who join them every day to endure “horrible” conditions, U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) chief Filippo Grandi told Reuters.

Thailand Sells Rohingya Refugees

By OnIslam & News Agencies / 21 Jan 2013

Running out of the frying pan into the fire, Burmese Muslims escaping from state-sponsored persecution are being intercepted and sold by Thai police to human traffickers, a BBC investigation has revealed on Monday, January 21.

“The broker said that they bought us from police,” Ahmed, a Rohingya refugee who was sold by Thai police, told BBC.

Winter brings more troubles for displaced Syrians

By AP | 13 Dec 2012

This tent camp sheltering Syrians uprooted by their country’s brutal civil war has lost the race against winter: The ground under white tents is soaked in mud, fights erupt over scarce blankets and volunteer doctors routinely run out of medicine for coughing, runny-nosed children.

The 21-month-old battle to bring down President Bashar Assad has already forced some 3 million Syrians from their homes, according to a new estimate, and cold, wet winter weather is making life increasingly unbearable for the displaced.

Stateless in Burundi: Omanis search for a nationality

By : AFP | 03 Dec 2012

It was around a century ago when Sultan Salum’s ancestors left Oman for the east African spice island of Zanzibar, before setting off westwards into the interior for Burundi.

But while the exact date of his forebears’ arrival in the small central African nation will never be known, he still does not have proper documents to make him Burundian, and now he wants to go to his ancestral home in Arabia.

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