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Voluntary Humanitarian Return Flights Resume January 1 as Un Migration Agency Continues Efforts to Assist Migrants in Libya

On Monday, 1 January, the UN Migration Agency’s Libya mission chartered its first flight of 2018 under the Voluntary Humanitarian return (VHR) programme, assisting 142 returnees departing from Libya to Gambia.

Desperate, Destitute, Damaged: The Plight of Myanmar’s Persecuted Rohingya Muslim Refugees

When a major upsurge in violence broke out in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state on August 25, it started an exodus that sent almost half a million of the mainly stateless Rohingya Muslim minority fleeing over the border into Bangladesh in just two months. As the year comes to an end, the number of new arrivals is now more than 655,000.

Hatta goes solar

By WAM
The Hatta solar project has enabled building owners to install solar panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power as part of the Shams Dubai initiative. Implemented by Etihad ESCO, it is the largest residential rooftop solar PV project in the region.

UN human rights chief urges Iranian authorities to defuse tensions, investigate protest deaths

By WAM
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday urged the Iranian authorities "to handle the wave of protests that have taken place around the country with great care so as not to further inflame violence and unrest," and to investigate all deaths and serious injuries that have occurred so far.

Arab Parliament affirms rights of Palestinians to establish independent country

By WAM
Dr. Meshaal Al Salmi, Chairman of the Arab Parliament, has renewed the Arab Parliament's firm commitment to supporting the rights of the Palestinian people to establishing their independent sovereign country, with Jerusalem as its capital, in line with international laws and resolutions.

Rohingya Arrivals in Bangladesh Hit 655,000 as Winter Weather Brings New Shelter, Health Challenges

Cox’s Bazar - On Christmas day it will be four months since the start of the influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh. Latest figures show 655,000 people have arrived in that period, bringing the estimated total number of Rohingya in Cox’s Bazaar to 867,500.

Big Little Lies

Pakistan has had plenty of genuine conspiracies. The assassinations of Liaquat Ali Khan, Gen Zia and Benazir Bhutto were all planned and plotted — and yet no one was brought to justice. Hidden hands have influenced elections and jihadis have been given secret funds. In such cases conspiracy theories seem entirely appropriate. Even so, there is a national tendency to explain just about any event by way of a conspiracy theory. With the dreary, and more often than not, unenlightening phrase ‘who benefits?’, people claim to be able to see the schemes behind the most mundane happenings.

Question Paper Leaks

It's that time of the year again, the season traditionally known for weddings and pitthas. But seasons undergo changes, and the winter can barely live up to its name anymore. And with that we should reconsider what things we associate with this time—a phenomenon that truly characterises this winter. I propose that the winter of 2017 be remembered as the season of question paper leaks, given the almost daily reports this month, sparing no grade, starting from class I.

One year of EU partnership with IOM: migrants protection and reintegration in Africa

The EU and the UN Migration Agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), launched one year ago a joint initiative for migrant protection and reintegration.

MOCCAE launches e-Service regulating trade of endangered fauna and flora

By WAM
The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, has launched an electronic service on its website to regulate domestic and international trade in endangered and threatened animals and plants covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES.

Key Facts You Should Know About Global Migration Trends

The UN International Organization for Migration --IOM’s Global Migration Trends Factsheet presents a snapshot of the major migration trends worldwide for the year 2015 based on statistics from a variety of sources.

Saudi German Hospital provides treatment services for Rohingya refugees

By WAM
A medical team of doctors from the Saudi German Hospital in Dubai have volunteered in the Zayed Giving Convoy to alleviate the suffering of Rohingya refugees in the city of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, by providing diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services.

Dr. Al Qassim: “The promotion of Arabic language and culture is key to enhance cultural diversity and promote peaceful relations between peoples“

On the occasion of the 2017 World Arabic Language Day, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim stated that the increased use of Arabic language worldwide is key to build bridges between peoples and to enhancing intercultural understanding between Arabs and non-Arabs.

UAE reaffirms commitment to achieving SDGs

By WAM
The UAE has reiterated its serious commitment to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, stressing the importance of reaching gender balance as part of its fulfilment of said goals.

Engaging Audiences Through Visual Storytelling

Why are Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood so successful? Because they’ve mastered the art of capturing audiences’ hearts and minds through storytelling.

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