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Third victim of Sidon boat accident dies in hospital

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A young man, who had been admitted to a south Lebanon hospital after the boat he was on capsized last week, has died, a source confirmed to The Daily Star Wednesday. Twenty-year-old Syrian national Khalil Ahmad Dakhil was announced dead early Wednesday, after having been in hospital for more than ...

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50 countries pledge to receive 360,000 refugees in 2017

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A summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama garnered pledges from dozens of countries to resettle or allow the lawful admission of some 360,000 refugees, doubling the number of slots that were available last year, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said. But Ambassador Samantha Power said that was ...

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Iran leader meets with Fidel Castro during stop in Havana

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his brother President Raul Castro during a one-day state visit in Havana on Monday. His sit-down with Fidel Castro was an unusual encounter since Cuba’s 90-year-old retired president receives only a few people. Officials did not say where ...

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World leaders at UN must tackle Syria, extremism, refugees

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World leaders gather at the United Nations for their annual meeting Tuesday with an array of global crises that desperately need solutions, topped by the Syrian conflict, escalating attacks around the world by I extremists, and millions of people fleeing fighting and poverty. Whether the 135 heads of state and ...

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Fire at Greek migrant camp, thousands flee

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Thousands of migrants on Monday fled one of Greece’s main camps on the island of Lesbos after apparently setting fire to the facility, police said. “Between 3,000 and 4,000 migrants have fled the camp of Moria” because of the fire, a police source told AFP, adding that strong winds were ...

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Soros to invest $500 million to help refugees and migrants

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Soros, who chairs the Open Society Institute, made the announcement Tuesday, following the first-ever U.N. summit on migrants and refugees and ahead of a meeting chaired by President Barack Obama to spur pledges to help the world’s 65.3 million displaced people. “Our goal is to harness the private sector for ...

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New mobile app launches to drive action on Sustainable Development Goals

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UN and partners collaborate to increase awareness of and engagement with Sustainable Development Goals The United Nations, in collaboration with the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, and Project Everyone, a non-profit global campaign, today launched the Sustainable Development Goals in Action mobile application, which provides a ...

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