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  • Rohingya in Rakhine state suffer government retaliation

    When Faizul fled the shouldering remains of his village in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state, he barely noticed the shards of wood that punctured every extremity of his body. He just wanted to escape the bullets raining down from a helicopter above. But by the time he reached Bangladesh, a shrapnel wound on his right leg had grown to the size of a golf.. More

  • Hunger and desperation: Aleppo siege tests limits of endurance

    As Syria's regime presses a fierce assault on eastern Aleppo, its siege is making life ever harder for civilians who are being forced to sift through garbage for food and scavenge firewood from bombed-out buildings. With winter setting in, shortages of food, medicine and fuel coupled with intense air strikes and artillery bombardment are testing the.. More

  • Spurned, hopeless and attacked, refugees' drama goes on

    By the thousands they came, fleeing bombs, brutality and hardship. At day, they tore through muddy fields; at night, they huddled around small fires. Young and old, they passed through barbed wire, crammed inside trucks and braved rough seas in flimsy boats. Along the way, they saw loved ones - wives and husbands, daughters and sons - perish. With.. More

  • Hundreds of Rohingya Muslim houses destroyed in Myanmar

    More than 1,000 houses have been destroyed in northwestern Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Human Rights Watch said on Monday, in a report based on the analysis of satellite images. Members of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority are being persecuted after troops began cracking down on dissident activity along the Bangladeshi border last month. Around.. More

  • 20 million children need immediate aid, UNICEF says

    More than 20 million children in the Middle East need immediate help, the UN children’s agency said. Sunday is Universal Children’s Day and UNICEF has called for the rights of every child to be protected. “More than 20 million children, who have been affected by wars and clashes in the Middle East, particularly Syria, Iraq and Yemen,.. More

  • 350 Palestinian minors held in Israeli jails

    At least 350 Palestinian children are languishing in Israeli jails, a local Palestinian NGO said Saturday. "Israeli authorities are holding 350 Palestinian children aged between 12 and 18,” the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement on the occasion of the UN Universal Children’s Day. It said twelve females were among jailed.. More

  • Israel's Muezzin Bill seeks 'Judaisation of Jerusalem'

    Palestinian politicians in Israel have found an unexpected ally inside the government against a new bill banning mosques from using loudspeakers to broadcast the call to prayer. The so-called Muezzin Bill - named after the person who calls Muslims to prayer - was approved by a ministerial committee on Sunday, on the grounds that it is needed to reduce.. More

  • In east Aleppo 'there is no way out'

    Although residents of besieged east Aleppo have been told to leave immediately, they have no safe way of doing so. Syrian regime forces sent a text message to residents of east Aleppo on Sunday, demanding they leave the opposition-controlled area within 24 hours or risk their lives during a major offensive. Approximately 250,000 people are believed.. More

  • How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed. By Ramzy Baroud Ramzy Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author. When I was a child growing up in a Gaza refugee camp, I looked forward to November 2. On that day, every year, thousands.. More

  • Palestinians in Gaza protest against aid cuts

    Umm Baha has become a regular participant in protests against reduced UNRWA services in the besieged Gaza Strip. The 43-year-old Palestinian widow says she has no choice but to demonstrate against recent cuts to services offered by the United Nations refugee agency. "The diminished assistance that I receive is disproportionate, considering my.. More

  • Mosque attacks show xenophobia on the rise in Germany

    In 2009, two mosques were vandalised in the country. The number rose sharply to 99 in 2015. On a cold September evening in the German town of Dresden a bomb exploded outside a mosque. No one was hurt, but the sense of fear that had gripped Muslims in the city since 2015 reached fever pitch. "We have been expecting something like this for a long.. More

  • 'Syrian regime's policy of terror targets aid groups'

    With Syria's war entering its sixth year, hundreds of civilians are being killed weekly and at least 1.9 million continue to live under siege, lacking access to life-saving humanitarian aid. Few international aid agencies have been allowed to deliver relief supplies or to work within the country; those that have, are doing so at the high risk of being.. More

  • Mosque construction shows growth of Islam in Thailand

    Islam is a minority faith in Buddhist Thailand, yet mosques continue to be built outside of the predominantly Muslim areas on the Malaysian border, with Bangkok and the southern tourist resort of Phuket enjoying a sizeable Muslim community. One such religious building is presently being erected in the heart of the Phuket district of Kamala, an enclosed.. More

  • Spain: Muslim women battle headscarf discrimination

    During the same week as headscarves and Muslim fashion made a stunning debut on the catwalks of New York Fashion Week, women in Spain choosing to don headscarves saw a small victory of their own. Takwa Rejeb, 22, a vibrant tourism student, made headlines across the country when she denounced a school in Valencia, on Spain’s eastern coast, for.. More

  • Fallujah fallout: More than 700 Sunni men 'missing'

    Shia militias in Iraq detained, tortured and abused far more Sunni civilians during the American-backed capture of the town of Fallujah in June than US officials have publicly acknowledged. More than 700 Sunni men and boys are still missing more than two months after ISIL stronghold fell. The abuses occurred despite US “efforts to restrict”.. More