Airstrikes hit Aleppo aid convoy as Syria ceasefire collapses

At least 12 aid workers killed in Syria airstrike on a convoy carrying aid to war-torn Aleppo after ceasefire ends An aid convoy carrying life-saving aid to 78,000 people was attacked near... Read more »
A Syrian refugee child who fled the violence from the Syrian town of Flita, near Yabroud, poses for a photograph at the border town of Arsal in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon situated along the border with Syria

Almost 50 million children displaced by war & poverty worldwide, says UNICEF

Nearly 50 million children worldwide have been uprooted from their homes due to violence, poverty and other factors out of their control, according to a new report released by the U.N. children’s... Read more »
Turkey's coup attempt foiled by Erdogan government

Turkey’s government regains control after failed coup attempt

At least 260 people were killed and 1,440 injured during the attempt while 2,839 members of the army had been detained A violent, chaotic night in Turkey concluded with at least 260... Read more »

Global Donors Forum in Istanbul seeks new humanitarian approach

Participants in the Global Donors Forum in Istanbul, focusing on Islamic philanthropy, highlighted the need for larger burden-sharing to address humanitarian needs By Yusuf Ziya Durmuş (Daily Sabah) At Global Donors Forum,... Read more »
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in Jerusalem and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday is a bid to ease tensions in the region. (Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters)

UN condemns attacks on hospitals in war zones, demands protection of hospitals

Deliberate attacks on hospitals amount to “war crimes,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said just hours after a hospital was targeted in the Syrian city of Aleppo. “Let us be clear: Intentional and direct... Read more »
Refugees arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey - a crossing EU leaders want to discourage people from taking AFP/GEtty Imagese

‘The more the Afghan people suffer, the less attention they get’: Red Cross chief

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is in a “downward spiral,” according to the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Despite the worsening situation, attention paid to Afghanistan is inversely... Read more »
A refugee couple with their babies after safely reaching Greece

Every two seconds, a baby is born in a conflict zone: UNICEF

More than 16 million babies born into conflict in 2015: UNICEF ISLAMABAD – Millions of babies around the world are born into life-threatening situations every year. UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake said too... Read more »
Malala Yousafzai celebrated her birthday and the opening of a new school with "brave and inspiring girls of Syria" in Lebanon on Sunday. Photo: WAEL HAMZEH/EPA /LANDOV

On 18th birthday, Nobel winner Malala opens school for Syrian girls

ebanon — Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, celebrated her 18th birthday in Lebanon on Sunday by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls and called on world... Read more »

Syria Refugee Crisis worsens as four million forced to flee: UNHCR

With the fighting dragging into its fifth year the number of Syrians who have fled into neighboring countries to escape the civil war has reached more than 4 million and the number... Read more »

EU agrees to launch military mission against migrant smugglers

EU foreign ministers have agreed to launch an operation against networks smuggling people across the Mediterranean. The group also agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia by a further six months. Luxembourg... Read more »

Why did Saudi Arabia intervene in Yemen?

By Mohammed Khalid Alyahya While Iran’s destructive influence in Yemen is as alarming to Saudi Arabia as its meddling in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Saudi Arabia’s decision to intervene militarily in Yemen... Read more »

Europeans divided on rescuing Mediterranean Migrants

The stretch of sea between North Africa and Italy is the world’s deadliest migration route. Over 1,700 people are believed to have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year alone while... Read more »

How migrant crisis could lead to the break-up of the EU

Marco Antonsich The European Commission has taken a radical step in announcing a new policy on immigration, following the deaths of thousands of people in the Mediterranean. This is the first ever... Read more »

The axes of Yemen’s war

By Abdulrahman al-Rashed The Yemeni crisis involves several parties, but the major axes are the forces of isolated former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthis on one hand, and the Yemeni... Read more »
Justin Pomella, from Melbourne, was last contacted on Friday when he was in Kathmandu.

Nepal earthquake: Around 200 are safe but many Australians still missing

Families, officials and aid agencies in countries including Britain, Australia and the US launch hunt for information about citizens More than 200 Australians were confirmed safe on Sunday after a massive earthquake... Read more »