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Thousands of children have been forced to flee their homes during the three-year conflict [AFP]

Thousands of children have been forced to flee their homes during the three-year conflict [AFP]

Al Jazeera – At least 10 children have been killed after two schools were hit in a series of air strikes carried out by the Syrian government in Damascus and villages in the Idlib province, sources say.

Military jets dropped barrel bombs on a school in the town of Safohan in Idlib province on Tuesday, killing seven children. (more…)

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The Hague, Binnenhof

The Hague, Binnenhof

MEFD, London – Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) and British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) are delighted with the decision of the Dutch government to designate Pakistani Christians as a ‘risk group’, implicating a major change in the country’s asylum policy towards the minority group that will make it easier for them to be recognised as refugees in The Netherlands. (more…)

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One million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients. (File photo: AFP)

One million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients. (File photo: AFP)

Al Arabiya – One million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the World Health Organization’s Syria representative said, according to Reuters news agency.

“In Syria, they have a million people injured as a direct result of the war. You can see it in the country when you travel around. You see a lot of amputees,” Elizabeth Hoff said. “This is the biggest problem.” (more…)

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AP – The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.

North Korea has been outraged by the resolution that urges the U.N. Security Council to refer the country’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. The council will meet for the first time Monday on North Korea’s human rights violations. (more…)

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The vast majority of those killed in the attack were school children.© AFP/Getty Images

The vast majority of those killed in the attack were school children.© AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty International – Today’s Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need for protection of civilians in the area, Amnesty International said. (more…)

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carte2014_enTime – Media activists say attacks on journalists are becoming increasingly barbaric

At least 66 journalists were killed across the globe this year while another 178 media workers were imprisoned, according to industry monitoring outlet Reporters Without Borders (RSF). (more…)

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Deutsche Welle – Thirty non-governmental organizations have urged nations distant from Syria’s borders to provide long-term sanctuary for at least 180,000 highly endangered refugees. Syria’s neighbors are already sheltering 3.6 million.

Ahead of a United Nations donors’ conference in Geneva, 30 non-governmental organizations, including Save the Children and Islamic Relief, have urged the world to take in a minimum of five percent or 180,000 of those displaced by Syria’s civil-war. (more…)

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2013619152256191734_20(AFP) – Affluent nations have taken in a “pitiful” number of the million of Syrian refugees uprooted by the country’s civil war, placing the burden on Syria’s ill-equipped neighbours, according to Amnesty International.

The London-based rights group, in advance of a December 9 donors’ conference in Geneva, deplored on Friday what it called the shocking failure of rich nations to host refugees. (more…)

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An adolescent girl holds a younger girl in one arm and a box of winter clothes in the other, in Dohuk, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-2036/Khuzaie

An adolescent girl holds a younger girl in one arm and a box of winter clothes in the other, in Dohuk, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-2036/Khuzaie

UNICEF, MANGESH/Iraq, By Jeffrey Bates – When her village near Sinjar mountain was attacked last summer, 11-year-old Zeynab fled with her family to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where many Iraqis as well as Syrians have sought refuge from fierce fighting that has taken an enormous toll on civilians. (more…)

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At least 60 people reportedly dead after regime forces drop bombs on Idlib camp housing people displaced by fighting (ALJAZEERA).

At least 60 people reportedly dead after regime forces drop bombs on Idlib camp housing people displaced by fighting (ALJAZEERA).

ALJAZEERA – At least 60 people have been killed and dozens injured, activists say, after a Syrian government helicopter dropped two barrel bombs on a camp for people displaced by fighting in the country’s north, charring some bodies beyond recognition.

The bombs were dropped on a camp near al-Habeet in the northern province of Idlib on Wednesday, mostly killing women and children at the camp, an activist told Al Jazeera. (more…)

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