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As Lebanon reels from one of its worst tragedies in recent times, experts are concerned about what the explosion could mean for the future.

The United Nations' agencies are scrambling to meet multiple urgent needs in Lebanon following the Beirut blast.

Often on brink, Lebanon headed toward collapse

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Often on brink, Lebanon headed toward collapse

Lebanon is hurtling toward a tipping point at an alarming speed, driven by financial ruin, collapsing institutions, hyperinflation and rapidly rising poverty - with a pandemic on top of that.

Restricted Hajj hits Somalia's livestock economy

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Restricted Hajj hits Somalia's livestock economy

Exports are predicted to be sliced in half this year, primarily due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

A new wave of emigration looms over Lebanon

Alessandra Bajec

A new wave of emigration looms over Lebanon

Betrayed by the ruling elite and disillusioned, many Lebanese are looking for a way out.

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War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent from the poll, no surprises are expected and the ruling ...

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Algeria's new economic reforms aims to save $20 billion

The North African country is launching an economic plan that would help it out of its financial strait.

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Lebanon 'spiralling out of control': UN rights chief

The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned Lebanon's economic crisis is 'spiralling out of control'.

Ten million face acute <em>food</em> shortages in Yemen: UN

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Ten million face acute food shortages in Yemen: UN

The UN's World Food Programme spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said action must be taken before a famine is declared.

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Fuel crisis in Houthi-controlled Yemen puts millions at risk

Yemen's Houthi-controlled areas are facing a devastating fuel crisis that threatens to impact clean water supplies, hospital operations and ...

Fear of disaster if UN cuts aid entering Syria

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Fear of disaster if UN cuts aid entering Syria

After a Russian veto, hope that aid reaches rebel-held areas in Syria dwindles.

Lebanon's rising power cuts add to economic crisis

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Lebanon's rising power cuts add to economic crisis

Lebanon is experiencing a serious economic crisis offset by power cuts and austerity.

Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

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Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

Heavy rains and reduced violence in parts of the country this year have led to a much improved harvest.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran to start testing coronavirus vaccine on humans, strained Iraqi doctors pushed over the edge battling virus and world ...

Gasia Ohanes

The future of international aid in sanctions-hit Syria

As global donors hold a virtual meeting to pledge funds for Syria's humanitarian crisis, aid workers warn operating in the war-torn country is becoming increasingly challenging.

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In Lebanon, mothers barter clothes for baby milk

Mothers in Lebanon have resorted to bartering for baby supplies as the economic crisis continues.

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Lebanon army scraps meat from meals as prices skyrocket

The Lebanese army, which has been condemned for violence against peaceful protesters has scrapped meat from its meals.

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UN to call for $10 billion aid for Syrians

The UN is looking to raise $10 billion this year to assist war-affected people inside and outside Syria, in a crunch conference in Brussels.

Migrant workers stuck in virus-hit Iraq

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Migrant workers stuck in virus-hit Iraq

Migrant workers in Iraq are stranded without wages by their employers, leaving them at risk.

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Syria facing 'unprecedented' hunger crisis amid coronavirus outbreak: UN

The United Nations has warned that Covid-19 and the deteriorating economic situation in Syria could prove to be a cocktail of disaster for the ...

UN: Yemen will 'fall off cliff' without new funds

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UN: Yemen will 'fall off cliff' without new funds

The UN's humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said there were two options for the international community: 'support the humanitarian response... or ...

'End neo-slavery': Lebanon maid abandonment sparks outrage

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'End neo-slavery': Lebanon maid abandonment sparks outrage

Both the Black Lives Matter movement and Lebanon's economic crisis have given the push to end the 'abusive and racist' kafala system a new sense ...

Empty fridges as Lebanon economic crisis bites

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Empty fridges as Lebanon economic crisis bites

Lebanon's economic crisis is leaving residents with empty fridges as instability continues.

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