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Afghan government and pro-Taliban groups sign deal

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net Afghanistan signed a draft agreement on Wednesday, May 18 with the Hezb-e-Islami militant group in a move the government hopes could lead to a full peace accord with one of the most notorious warlords in the insurgency, Reuters says. Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a veteran of decades of Afghan war and rights groups have accused his group of widespread abuses, particularly during civil war in the early 1990s, when he briefly served as prime minister. But with little sign that the Taliban are ready to join peace talks, the deal offers President Ashraf Ghani’s government a concrete sign that it is making headway in drawing...

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Report: Internally displaced people is almost 41 million globally

By: Wayne Lee Source: VOA News WASHINGTON – A new report says the number of people throughout the world who were uprooted from their homes due to conflicts and natural disasters stood at a record 40.8 million last year, the highest figure ever recorded. The Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) reported Wednesday that 27.8 million people were internally displaced just in 2015. “It’s shocking,” Karl Schembri, the NRC’s Middle East Advisor, said in an interview with VOA. The report found an average of 66,000 people were uprooted daily in 2015, enough last year to equal the combined populations of New York City, London, Paris and...

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UN rep: Indian Muslims being forced into slums

By: Source: United Nations (UN) special rapporteur Leilani Farha has taken strong exception to “discrimination” against minorities in housing in India’s big cities, pointing towards how “private landlords, real estate brokers, and property dealers will often refuse to rent to someone who is Muslim, or impose unfair conditions.” “Under international human rights law, there is an obligation by all Government authorities to ensure protection from discrimination by private actors, such as for example private landlords and developers”, the top UN official, who was in India between April 11 and 22, visiting Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, underlined. Pointing...

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