Bring on the clowns: UN agency finds new ally in helping Iraqi refugee children

The United Nations refugee agency has enlisted a new ally – red-nosed clowns – to help put Iraqi children traumatized by the violence of their homeland at ease while they register for school in neighbouring Syria.

Security Council extends UN force in Golan Heights for further six months

The Security Council today extended for a further six months the United Nations force that has monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for over 30 years.

Fire ravages UN refugee agency warehouses in Syria

The United Nations refugee agency today reported that a fire in its warehouses near Damascus destroyed tents worth about $1 million, setting back operations in Syria, which is home to over a million Iraqis who have fled violence in their home country.

Iraqis prevented from entering Syria by new visa rules, UN refugee agency says

Many Iraqis fleeing violence in their home country have found their entry into Syria cut off because of new visa restrictions which went into effect yesterday, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Ban Ki-moon and Syrian leader discuss Lebanon, regional peace and security

Regional peace and security and the situation in neighbouring Lebanon in the wake of last year’s war topped the agenda during talks today in Damascus between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.