ISRAEL-OPT: Nearly half of Gazans unemployed - UNRWA report

JERUSALEM, 24 July 2008 (IRIN) - In the Gaza Strip at the end of 2007, over half the population was living below the official poverty line, and unemployment, in real adjusted terms, stood at an "unprecedented high" of about 45 percent, a new UN study released on 24 July said. (read more)
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US envoy in Sudan expresses disappointment over Bashir speech

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July 24, 2008 (Al-FASHER) — The US charge d’affaires, Alberto Fernandez said he was “disappointed” with the speech of the Sudanese president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir that he made in Darfur. (read more)
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Karadzić arrest "decisive step" toward ending impunity, says Ban

23 July 2008 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the arrest of former Bosnian Serb leader and fugitive war crimes suspect Radovan Karadžić, who had evaded capture for over a decade after being indicted by the United Nations tribunal set up to try those responsible for atrocities committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. (read more)
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Congress mulls Jewish refugee cause

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Jul 23 2008: Two resolutions currently before Congress aim at requiring that any international discussion mentioning Palestinian refugees refer to Jewish refugees as well. It is the latest attempt to bring greater attention to the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. (read more)
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UNHCR cards give refugees in Bangladesh individual identities

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UTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh, July 23 (UNHCR) – Far too often, women in the conservative Muslim community of this refugee camp have been considered as appendages of their male relatives, dependent on them even for their daily food rations. (read more)
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Mauritanian refugees return home

SENEGAL, Jul 22 2008: The return of over 4,000 Mauritanian refugees
who have been living in exile in Senegal for almost two decades has been smooth on the whole, but in some cases tensions are arising as refugees complain about their new living conditions and come up against difficulties in reclaiming their land.
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Displaced Congolese return home


CONGO, Jul 22, 2008: United Nations refugees agency has began repatriation of displaced Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals to their homes in town of Gobu in Ituri district.
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Justice for Darfur: An International Affair


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DARFUR, Jul 19 2008: The United Nations is reportedly withdrawing staff in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan after an international prosecutor accused Sudan’s president of genocide. (read more)
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Aviation Sans Frontières eases air journey for refugees from Bhutan

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PARIS, France, July 22 (UNHCR) – The France-based Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) charity is assisting in one of the biggest resettlement programmes in the world, but its staff will not be piloting repatriation flights but joining them as passengers. (read more)
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Sierra Leoneans to lose refugee status Jan 1 - UNHCR

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Sierra Leoneans who fled their country's 1990s civil war will lose their refugee status next January 1, a U.N. official said on Monday. (read more)
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