UN chief appeals for more money for displaced people in Idlib, Syria

21 February 2020, 9:45 PM
The United Nations Chief has appealed for an additional 500 million dollars, almost 7.5 billion rand,  to cover the needs of newly displaced people due to the unfolding military escalation in Idlib, northwestern Syria.
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Greek lawmakers to vote on Macedonia name change 24 January 2019, 9:02 AM

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Pope Francis
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian militant group Hamas on Wednesday of a "lethal" reaction to any renewed Palestinian violence on the Gaza border, after blocking aid to the strip in response to the wounding of a soldier there.

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Hong Kong on Wednesday presented a controversial bill to lawmakers that prescribes jail terms of up to three years for disrespecting the Chinese national anthem.

The White House is seen on the first day of a partial federal government shutdown in Washington.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit on Monday by proposing to seek further concessions from the European Union on a plan to prevent customs checks on the Irish border.

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An Indian man was mauled to death by a lion after he scaled the wall of a zoo in northern Punjab state, officials said on Monday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a visit to the Portmeirion factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
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