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Record 4.1mn in Syria received food aid in August, UN says ISLAMABAD: A record 4.1 million people in Syria received food rations in August due to more convoys being able to cross front lines and borders from Turkey and Jordan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said."We are reaching more people every day with urgently needed food assistance many of them have been going hungry for months," Muhannad Hadi, the WFP's regional emergency coordinator for the Syria crisis, said in a statement, Today's Zaman Reported.Over the last six weeks, the WFP and partner agencies have crossed front lines to reach more than 580,000 people, over four times the 137,000 reached in the preceding six weeks, it said.The UN Security Council authorized the movement of UN aid through four border crossings in July.That ended more than a year of aid paralysis that began when Damascus denied permission for UN staff to cross borders into rebel-held areas. Although Syrian forces did not ...

Kerry holds 'constructive' talks with Palestinians WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry met for over two hours Wednesday with Palestinian negotiators for "constructive" talks on future relations with Israel, a US official said.The talks come just days after Israel announced its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s, and as a new showdown looms at the United Nations with the increasingly frustrated Palestinians planning to push a resolution setting a three-year deadline to end the Israeli occupation.It was Kerry's ...
Israel to supply offshore gas to Jordan in new deal JERUSALEM: Israel is to supply Jordan with natural gas from its vast Leviathan offshore gas field over a period of 15 years, US giant Noble Energy announced on Wednesday.A source close to the deal said it was worth $15 billion (11.4 billion euros) a significant chunk of some $60 billion which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said will come from Israel's offshore gas exports.Noble announced in a statement the "execution of a non-binding letter of ...
Kerry building coalition to fight militants WASHINGTON: Top US diplomat John Kerry revealed on Wednesday he was working to forge a global coalition to fight the "medieval savagery" of militants terrorizing a swathe of Syria and Iraq and blamed for killing two journalists.As President Barack Obama called for an international front against the group known as the Islamic State (IS), US officials also revealed that two videos showing the beheadings of Steven Sotloff and James Foley were not filmed at the ...
Obama sends 350 more troops to Baghdad WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered about 350 more US troops to Baghdad to safeguard American diplomats in the Iraqi capital, increasing the US military presence to more than 1,000 forces.The move comes after a request last month from the State Department for additional US troops to bolster security for the US embassy and other facilities in Iraq, where Islamic State (IS) extremists have seized territory in the north and west of the country.White ...
Electronic reader to quicken the pace of Haj permit checking ISLAMABAD: The Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia has warned prospective pilgrims to obtain a Haj permit as security forces were on high alert to avert any attempt to sneak into the holy sites without a permit."The interior minister has issued an order that people without a Haj permit will not be allowed to enter the Haj premises," Director of Public Security Maj. Gen, Arab News Reported.Uthman Al-Muhrej said while launching the Electronic Haj permit teader ...
Ireland demands review of UN Golan Heights mandate DUBLIN: Ireland may not replace its 130-person rapid response force in the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants, until the United Nations reviews its mandate for its forces there, the defence minsiter said on Monday. Islamist fighters involved in Syria's three-year-old civil last week overran a crossing point in the line that has separated Israelis from Syrians in the Golan Heights since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Ireland's contingent, which ...


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