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UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

Syrian refugee family members, who fled their home from Syria, break their fasting outside their tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern town of Marj in Bekaa valley, Lebanon, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Across a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims mark the beginning of Ramadan this weekend. The holy season is marred by unprecedented turmoil, violence and sectarian hatreds that threaten to rip apart the Middle East, the epicenter of Islam. AP

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.

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Syria rebels recruit teenage fighters – HRW

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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.”

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN says 10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Syrian refugee children stand outside their tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Majdal Anjar, Lebanon. For the first time since the World War II era, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. AP

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.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Antique parasite worms its way into human history

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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.

Posted: June 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

What is happening in Iraq?

This image made from video posted by Iraqi0Revolution, a group supporting the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Wednesday, June 12, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows militants on Al-Sharqat base north of Tikrit, Iraq. The al-Qaida-inspired group that led the charge in capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq this week has vowed to march on to Baghdad, raising fears about the Shiite-led government’s ability to slow the assault following lightening gains. Fighters from ISIL on Wednesday took Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces.  AP

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.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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