News in Brief 1 February 2017 (AM)

Israeli settlement expansion could be “obstacle” to peace

The decision by the Israeli government to approve the building of more than 5,000 new housing units on land in the occupied West Bank, could be an “obstacle” to peace.

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News in Brief 23 January 2017 (AM)

Vaccination campaign targets six million children in Iraq

A five-day campaign has been launched to immunize over six million under-fives in Iraq.

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Palestinian pianist spreads positive message about refugees

A Palestinian man who escaped the conflict in Syria is using music to spread a positive message about refugees.

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“Cease and reverse” illegal Israeli settlements, UN urges

Israeli authorities should “cease and reverse” illegal settlement-building on occupied Palestinian land as prospects “dwindle” for a two-state solution to the conflict.

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Israel accuses world powers of “deafening silence” over Iran threats

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the majority of UN member states on Thursday of doing “absolutely nothing” to counter Iran’s threat to “destroy” Israel.

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Palestinian flag raised at the United Nations headquarters

The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at UN headquarters on Wednesday, a symbol of Palestinian determination to live in a fully-independent state.

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Senior UN officials condemn West Bank arson attack that killed Palestinian child

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN special envoy on the Middle East have strongly condemned today's arson attack in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian child and left the child's parents severely injured.

“Tremendous challenges” faced by UNRWA in its history

There have been tremendous challenges faced by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in its 65 years of existence.

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Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people marked at UN with calls for action

Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, United Nations officials today called for steps to translate the promises of the peace process – most recently expressed at a major meeting in the United States city of Annapolis – into action to achieve a two-State solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

UN agency launches appeal to aid refugees displaced by Lebanese fighting

The main United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees launched an appeal today for nearly $13 million to help the thousands of people who have had to flee the Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon because of deadly fighting.