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Aid Delivery In Syria Slows Due To Anti-Terrorism Laws, U.N. Official Says

BBC News: Anti-terrorism laws ‘hinder aid operations’ “Anti-terrorism laws around the world are preventing aid agencies reaching people in desperate need, the U.N. humanitarian chief has warned. Valerie Amos said more people would die in Syria because charities feared prosecution if they worked in areas controlled by the jihadist group…

U.N. Urges Protection From Sexual Violence For Women, Girls Displaced In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: Displaced girls, women face increasing risk of sexual violence, U.N. warns “An estimated 20,000 women and girls in Iraq are at an increased risk of sexual violence as a result of the mounting crisis in northern and western parts of the country, warned the United Nations…

U.N. Remains Unable To Deliver Aid To Syria’s Yarmouk Camp Despite Truce

U.N. News Centre: Palestinians in Syria’s Yarmouk camp now without aid for one month — U.N. “The United Nations agency charged with ensuring the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East has warned today that, despite reports of a truce between the Syrian government and armed groups inside Yarmouk…

Accessible HIV Treatment, Education Vital For Women In MENA Region

Houston Chronicle: HIV in the Middle East: Women at risk Ariana Marnicio, research analyst for the Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute “…The majority of the reported cases of people living with HIV [in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region]…

News Outlets Report On Possible Source Of, Response To MERS In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on the possible sources of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and Saudi Arabia’s response to the outbreak. New York Times: Flawed Saudi Response Fueled Outbreak of MERS, Middle East Virus “…Saudi officials know how urgently they need to beat the disease, and they say they…

Global Community Needs To Recognize S. Arabia’s ‘Viral Sovereignty Rights’ To MERS

Al Jazeera America: To prevent MERS pandemic, respect Saudi Arabia’s rights to the virus Qanta Ahmed, associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York, honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Public Health, and a Ford Foundation public voices fellow “…To be sure, where viral sovereignty…