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04 Oct 2015 description

by Tin Gazivoda

Just hours after harsh new legislation targeting migrants earlier this month was implemented and a new border fence neared completion, the columns of refugees moving through Hungary turned left.

Their new destination was Croatia, and since they shifted course, it is estimated that as many as 100,000 of them have entered that country, with many more arriving each day. For most refugees, Croatia is not their last stop. New arrivals usually register for a place on a train or a bus heading for Hungary or Slovenia.

04 Oct 2015 description

By: Gopal Ratnam

World leaders must act to end extreme poverty in the next 15 years by addressing economic inequality that stems from wealth concentrated in the hands of a few and exacerbates conflict and instability, World Bank Group President Jim Kim said in an address at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

04 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Seventieth Session,
28th Meeting (AM)

In addressing the world’s enormous challenges — serving waves of refugees in the Mediterranean, brokering necessary peace in the Middle East and managing the “existential” threat of climate change — speakers in the General Assembly today called on the United Nations to invoke the spirit that had underpinned its historic founding 70 years ago: one of compassion and dignity.

03 Oct 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 10/3/2015 - 19:42 GMT

by Rana Moussaoui with Anna Smolchenko in Moscow

Russia bombed the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Saturday and vowed to press its aerial campaign despite criticism from Washington and its allies that the military action is strengthening the jihadists.

A long-time staunch backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia began sorties over its ally Wednesday in what it said would be a prolonged bombing campaign against IS and other extremist groups.

03 Oct 2015 description
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3 October 2015 – Two leaders from the European continent took to the United Nations General Assembly podium today, beginning with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, who said many States are marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations “but there are no major reasons to celebrate.”

“During the last five years, we have witnessed 15 wars and armed conflicts, launched or renewed,” Minister Szijjártó stated. “And nowadays Europe has to face a war as well,” he added, referring to the conflict in Ukraine.

03 Oct 2015 description

10/3/2015 - 03:27 GMT

by Bryan McManus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets EU leaders Monday but they will find it hard to bridge gaps on the migrant crisis and the Syrian war that has produced so many of the refugees they must both deal with, analysts say.

Russian air strikes in Syria have upped the ante in a conflict which has destabilised a region in which Ankara plays a pivotal role, with Turkey taking around two million refugees from Syria.

03 Oct 2015 description

10/3/2015 - 03:07 GMT

by Catherine BOITARD

As volunteer doctors, they are accustomed to treating injuries and disease outbreaks in conflict zones -- but now duty calls on Greek soil.

In the mobile Medecins du Monde mobile unit on the island of Lesbos, attending to thousands of refugees and migrants landing from neighbouring Turkey is a round-the-clock affair.

Aching muscles, lower body injuries, pulmonary infections -- with around 350 patients a day, there is little time to dwell on specific patients.

03 Oct 2015 description
report UN News Service

2 October 2015 – Two senior United Nations officials today proposed the establishment of a humanitarian fund for education in emergencies that would offer millions of the world’s displaced children their first chance of schooling, as well as bridge the gap between relief assistance and development aid.

“We need a platform for education in emergencies that can fund without having to put the begging bowl around,” Gordon Brown, the Special Envoy for Global Education, told a news conference at UN Headquarters.

03 Oct 2015 description
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2 October 2015 – Peter Sutherland is the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration. A strong advocate for the rights of migrants – and for action to increase the benefits of migration for countries of origin, destination, and migrants alike – he works to foster cooperation on issues such as protecting migrants affected by crises and ensuring their role in the development process. A former Attorney General of Ireland, Mr.

02 Oct 2015 description

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct 2 (UNHCR) – Tasnim, a 12-year-old refugee girl from Aleppo, Syria, is excitedly preparing to return to school.

"I want to become a dentist. I have always been intrigued by the tools and materials dentists use in their neat clinics. Every time I visited my dentist in Syria, I learned something new," she said.