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The UAE will grant paternity leave to new fathers in the private sector.

Comment: The functioning of MSF and other humanitarian organisations is inherently racist. Whether or not it can shed its colonial attitudes will define this watershed moment, writes Yazan Al-Saadi.

Israel nurses strike over staffing shortages amid pandemic

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Israel nurses strike over staffing shortages amid pandemic

Israeli nurses launched a strike in protest of staff shortages after failed negotiations with the finance ministry.

Afghan healthcare deliberately targeted, says UN

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Afghan healthcare deliberately targeted, says UN

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said it had registered 12 such acts of violence between March 11 and May 23 against ...

MSF closes Kabul program after May <em>maternity</em> hospital attack

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MSF closes Kabul program after May maternity hospital attack

MSF had been working at the clinic since 2014, providing free-of-charge maternity and neonatal care. Last year, 16,000 babies were ...

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Iran ends state-backed contraception in bid to boost population

Iran's government will no longer provide contraception or vasectomies, in a bid to force citizens to have more children and combat falling birth and marriage rates.

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Far-right Israeli lawmaker compares Bedouin birth rate to bomb

A far-right Israeli lawmaker with a history of espousing anti-Arab sentiment said Bedouin birth rates in Israel were comparable to a bomb that ...

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Popular imam killed in 'heinous' attack on Kabul mosque

A popular and outspoken imam at a mosque in Kabul's fortified Green Zone was among two people killed in an attack on Tuesday.

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Joy and sorrow for Afghan parents after hospital attack

New Afghan parents are haunted by the memory of an horrific killing spree at a Kabul maternity ward earlier this month.

Afghan president vows to quicken release of Taliban prisoners

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Afghan president vows to quicken release of Taliban prisoners

The release of Taliban prisoners will be accelerated, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday.

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Pandemic and violence jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process

The Covid-19 pandemic and a spike in violence threaten to jeopardise Afghanistan's fragile peace process.

Taliban leader affirms commitment to peace deal with US

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Taliban leader affirms commitment to peace deal with US

The leader of the Taliban says that his group is committed to a peace deal signed in February with the US, amid increasing violence between ...

Gunmen kill seven Afghan worshippers in attack on mosque

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Gunmen kill seven Afghan worshippers in attack on mosque

Gunmen opened fire on worshippers praying in a mosque north of Kabul on Tuesday night, killing seven and wounding twelve, amid a spike in ...

Afghan woman voluntarily nurses babies of slain mothers

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Afghan woman voluntarily nurses babies of slain mothers

Firooza Omar volunteered to nurse the newborn babies of mothers who were murdered in a horrific attack on a maternity ward.

UN: Rise in civilian deaths by Taliban, Afghan forces

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UN: Rise in civilian deaths by Taliban, Afghan forces

The UN report blamed the Taliban for killing 208 civilians last month and also said that operations by Afghan forces in April had killed 172 ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Job cuts in the UAE, a spike in cases in Yemen, and a tragic death in Algeria.

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Car bomb kills nine Afghan intelligence officials

At least 40 other security personnel were wounded in the attack, with eight in critical condition.

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Outcry in Algeria after pregnant doctor dies of coronavirus

Wafa Boudissa was denied maternity leave and forced to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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US says Taliban honouring commitment to Afghanistan peace deal

US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad says the Taliban have been fulfilling their commitments not to attack US forces under a recently signed deal, ...

Will a gut-wrenching attack shake up Afghanistan's peace process?

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Will a gut-wrenching attack shake up Afghanistan's peace process?

Comment: Two gruesome attacks shook Afghanistan this week, but even these horrific acts seem unlikely to mark a significant turning point in the ...

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US blames horrific Kabul maternity hospital attack on IS

The United States has claimed the vicious attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul was perpetrated by Islamic State militants.

Truck bomb in eastern Afghanstan kills five

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Truck bomb in eastern Afghanstan kills five

A car bomb killed at least five people in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez on Thursday, two days after gunmen attacked a maternity ...

Attack on Kabul <em>maternity</em> ward a 'war crime': HRW

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Attack on Kabul maternity ward a 'war crime': HRW

Human Rights Watch has called for an end to violence in Afghanistan's capital following an attack on a maternity ward which killed at ...

Death toll in Afghan hospital attack rises to 24

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Death toll in Afghan hospital attack rises to 24

The number of victims of a horrific attack on a Kabul maternity hospital has risen to 24, with 16 injured.

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