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New UN report finds that without obstacles Occupied Palestinian Territory’s economy could easily double gross domestic product

Sept. 12, 2016 – The economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory could easily produce twice the gross domestic product (GDP) it generates now, while unemployment and poverty could recede significantly, according a new United Nations report. “Surveying a number of studies, the report reveals the channels through which occupation deprives the Palestinian people of their […]

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Nations Condemn Use of Cluster Bombs

Geneva, September 8, 2016 – Nations attending the annual meeting of the international treaty banning cluster munitions on September 7, 2016, condemned the continued use of these weapons in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. During the three-day meeting in Geneva, first responders, local activists, and journalists reported at least eight cluster munition attacks in […]

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New Movement Demands Referendum on the Fate of Israeli Control over the Palestinian Territories and on the Future of Israel

Sept. 5, 2016 – “Decision at 50” launched a campaign demanding a referendum on the future of the Territories and the future of Israel during the 50th year of Israel’s control over the West Bank and Gaza. Under the slogan “It’s time to decide,” the movement will promote a large scale media campaign, accompanied by public […]

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Stop indifference: Mass sea rescues continue a year after tragic death of Alan Kurdi

Geneva/Malta, September 2, 2016 – A year to the day since images of little Alan Kurdi captured global attention, the need for search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea is increasing. Search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean is set to double as the Responder rescue ship rejoins its sister ship, the Phoenix, in […]

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Uzbekistan: Authoritarian President Karimov Reported Dead

New York, September 2, 2016 – Uzbekistan’s authoritarian president, Islam Karimov, whose death was reported on September 2, 2016, leaves a legacy of political and religious repression, Human Rights Watch said today. His death provides a moment for concerned governments to press for concrete human rights and democratic reforms, and accountability for past abuses. During […]

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Central Mediterranean: 3,000 people rescued in one day

AUGUST 30, 2016 — A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search and rescue ship, the Dignity I, took part in operations yesterday that rescued approximately 3,000 people from about 20 rubber dinghies and several wooden boats adrift in the central Mediterranean. “This is one of the largest numbers of people we have assisted in […]

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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake southeast of Norcia, Italy

August 23, 2016 – The August 24, 2016 M 6.2 earthquake southeast of Norcia, Italy, occurred as the result of shallow normal faulting on a NW-SE oriented fault in the Central Apennines. The Apennines is a mountain range that runs from the Gulf of Taranto in the south to the southern edge of the Po […]

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World Humanitarian Day Tragedy: IFRC calls for humanitarian solution to Mediterranean drownings as two young children confirmed drowned

Geneva, 19 August 2016: Two Syrian children, eight months and five years old, were today confirmed to be amongst five people who drowned at sea yesterday after their boat capsized trying to cross the Mediterranean. The Red Cross search and rescue boat, the Responder, is assisting in the operation to transfer those who had died […]

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