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In turbulent Middle East, UN envoy warns against ‘sleep-walking into another violent conflict’ (19.10.2016)

As the absence of progress towards a two-state solution has led to growing anger and frustration among Palestinians and profound disillusionment among Israelis, the top United Nations Middle East envoy warned today: “We must all avoid the risk of sleep-walking into another violent conflict at a...

U.S. to send 600 more troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul from ISIS (28.09.2016)

[…] The announcement means that there will soon be 5,000 American troops in Iraq, seven years after the Obama administration withdrew all American troops from the country.

Two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict at risk of giving way to ‘one-state reality,’ - Ban (15.09.2016)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for intensified efforts to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to take the difficult steps required to change the current destructive trajectory of the conflict, which is heading towards a “one-state reality” rather than a peaceful...

More than two-thirds of those killed in August civilians, reports UN mission (01.09.2016)

Civilians continue to disproportionately bear the burden of acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, accounting for more than two-thirds of those killed or injured in the month of August, the United Nations mission announced today.

Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (30.08.2016)

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously extended the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), until the end of August 2017.

Iraq parliament approves cabinet overhaul, bolstering PM Abadi (15.08.2016)

The vote eases a political crisis that broke out in February over anti-graft reforms sought by Abadi, and consolidates his position ahead of a battle planned for later this year to recapture Mosul, the largest city under Islamic State control.

UN says to help Iraq tackle rampant corruption (11.08.2016)

The U.N. Development Program will recruit international investigators to mentor and train Iraqi government auditors tasked with corruption investigations, it said in a statement released after a signing ceremony with the Iraqi government.

Israel arrests UN Gaza employee for 'aiding' Hamas (09.08.2016)

Israeli authorities have charged a Palestinian employee of a UN agency in the Gaza Strip of providing “material assistance” to Hamas. Shin Bet, the Israeli security service, on Tuesday charged 38-year-old Waheed Borsh of the UN Development Programme of using his position to renovate homes belonging...

Iraqi parliament votes to ban the Baath party (31.07.2016)

The Iraqi parliament … voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill banning the Baath Party from any political activity in the country. The vote comes amid weeks of turmoil in the country’s capital following a series of suicide attacks by the Islamic State (IS) group which killed more than 250 Iraqi...