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Saudi pledges $50 million to UN Palestinian refugee agency

By: Arab News Source: Arab News Saudi Arabia has pledged on Wednesday $50 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), which has been hit by the withdrawal of all US funding, an official said. The announcement was made at a press conference in the Saudi capital by the director of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, Abdullah al-Rabeea. Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump cut aid for Palestinians and announced it would no longer provide any funding to UNRWA, a week after cutting over $200 million in separate aid to Palestinians. They were the latest in a series of controversial moves by the Trump administration that have thrilled Israel’s government but...

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UN warns 1 million children at risk in Middle East winter

By: AFP Source: AFP AMMAN: The UN children’s fund warned Tuesday that a funding gap and the start of winter could leave nearly one million children “out in the cold” in the Middle East and North Africa. “Years of conflict, displacement and unemployment have reduced families’ financial resources to almost nothing. Staying warm has simply become unaffordable,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. The UN agency said it was facing a $33-million funding gap –- two thirds of its total allocation — for assistance to children across the region this winter. Cold and rainy weather would hit those living in extremely basic conditions, especially camps...

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Mawlid returns to Tripoli after extremist repression

By: Jamal Adel Source: Libya Herald With overt enthusiasm, Libyans openly celebrated Prophet Mohamed’s birthday (the Mawlid al-Nabawi or Miloud) this year, reinvigorating life into an old traditional practice recently prosecuted, silenced and perceived as un-Islamic by some Islamic interpretations. The Sufi turuqs (orders) have been an integral part and in the forefront of mainstream Islamic traditions in Libya for centuries. Indeed, long before they were labled as Sufis or traditional Malikies, the Islamic Sufi school has taken pride in overtly celebrating the Prophet’s birthday. Mawlid organizing Majalis have been composing religious poetry (hymns) and performing  various types of...

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