The spiraling refugee crisis from Syria’s civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon’s security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 percent of the $3.74 billion needed for emergency needs, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said Thursday.
Human Rights Watch on Monday urged Syrian rebel groups to stop enlisting teenagers in their ranks and warned their foreign backers that they could be implicated in “war crimes.”
The humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has reached 10.8 million — almost half of Syria’s population of 22 million, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday.
Forensic sleuths said Thursday they had found the oldest known egg of the bilharzia parasite, revealing how human advancement enabled a tiny freshwater worm to become a curse for millions.
An Al-Qaida breakaway group, apparently backed by other Sunni groups and fighters, has seized a large section of northern Iraq after previously taking much of northeastern Syria with an eye toward establishing an Islamic state straddling the two countries.