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May10

Leaked audio: Italians ignored distress calls of doomed refugee boat

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net Almost four years ago, 268 Syrian refugees — including 60 children — lost their lives in a shipwreck about 60 miles south of Lampedusa, a small Italian island that sits between Sicily and Tunisia. It was considered one of the worst tragedies of the European refugee crisis, but a leaked audiotape published Monday, May 8 by the magazine L’Espresso suggested that Italian authorities let the Syrians drown despite being alerted several hours earlier that the refugees’ ship was in danger, The Washington Post reports. On the evening of October 10, 2013, a ship carrying at least 480 people left Zuwarah, in northwestern Libya, headed for Lampedusa. Most...

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Mar28

UN: Millions in the Middle East unsure of their next meal

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net The devastating conflicts gripping the Middle East and North Africa have left 30 million people unsure of their next meal, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said, according to AFP. “Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years,” the agency said in a report released Monday, March 27. “The prevalence of severe food insecurity in the adult population… was close to 9.5 percent in 2014-2015, representing approximately 30 million people,” it said. “Countries such as Iraq, Sudan, Syria and Yemen have rates that are among the highest in...

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Mar16

Morocco: King removes Prime Minister

By: Smita Nordwall Source: VOA News Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has ousted Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane because of his failure to form a government five months after elections. A surprise palace statement late Wednesday said the king is expected to name another member of the Party for Justice and Development to replace Benkirane. The PJD won the October election, but didn’t garner enough of a majority to govern alone. But the PJD’s relations with a former coalition partner, the conservative Istiqlal party, soured over economic reforms, and talks over formation of a government with the center-right National Rally of Independence have stalled. The royal statement said...

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