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43 million people lack food in Europe: Red Cross

Source : Presstv / 14 Oct 2013

The Red Cross says that the financial crisis in Europe has left 43 million of its citizens with insufficient food to eat, calling it the worst humanitarian crisis over a half century.

Bekele Geleta, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) presented a report in Geneva on Thursday over the impacts of the economic crisis.


Number of pilgrims increases 75 times in 70 years

Source : Arab news / 7 Oct 2013
The number of foreign pilgrims has increased more than 75 times over the past 70 years, according to Abdulhamid Abal Arry, general director of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
He said the number of pilgrims increased from 23,863 in 1941 to 1.8 million in 2010. 
He said that 1.67 million pilgrims had arrived by air this season. Around 8.3 million pilgrims came through King Abdulaziz International Airport for Haj and Umrah in 2012 alone. 


Israel arrested 10,000 Palestinian children since 2000

Source : IINA / 3 Oct 2013

The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-detainees on Saturday said that the Israeli forces arrested 10,000 Palestinian since the outbreak of second Intifada in September 2000.

The ministry said in a report on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the second Intifada, also known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada, that Israel is holding 250 children in prisons and detention camps in Israel and in the West Bank.


Passports of Arab, Muslim states among the 10 worst in the world

Source : Al Arabiya / 2 Oct 2013
The passports of seven Arab or Muslim states are among the 10 worst in the world in terms of free access to other countries, according to a recently published Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Palestine, Eriteria, Nepal, Sudan, Sri lanka and Lebanon, remain in the bottom 10 places of the ranking. This means that the citizens of these countries enjoy the least freedom of international travel, according to the index.


Israel fears normal Iran-US ties: Analyst

Source : Presstv / 2 Oct 2013
The Israeli regime and its lobby in the United States are worried about the likelihood of normalization of ties between Tehran and Washington, a political analyst says.
“The Tel Aviv regime and the pro-Israel lobby in the United States are clearly worried about the diplomatic impact of [Iran President Hassan] Rouhani’s UN visit and the qualitative steps forward which were taken by both the US and Iran toward dialog and negotiation,” Kaveh L. Afrasiabi wrote in a Monday article for Press TV. 


Poll: 68 percent of Americans see US on wrong track


Source : Presstv / 26 Sep 2013
Americans are growing pessimistic about the course of the United States amid the political turmoil in Washington, according to a Bloomberg National Poll.
The poll shows that 68 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Only 25 percent of those surveyed said the US is on the right track -- the lowest mark since September 2011. 

The Grand Mufti of Syria preaches a message of forgiveness


The Grand Mufti of Syria preaches a message of forgiveness

‘I met those men who assassinated my own son – and they told me they didn’t even know whom they were killing.” Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria, sits in a straightbacked chair, his immaculate white turban atop a narrow, intelligent and very troubled face. His son Sania was a second-grade student at Aleppo University when he was shot dead getting into his car.


Trust in us media edges up from lows: poll

Source : AFP / 21 Sep 2013

Americans' trust in the news media has come up from an all-time low, but many still see the media as "too liberal."

A Gallup survey found 44 percent of those polled had a great deal or fair amount of trust and confidence in the mass media, up from 40 percent in 2012, the lowest reading since Gallup regularly began tracking the question in 1997.


Chemical weapons debates: How to destroy it?

Source : Anadolu Agency | 19 Sept 2013

The estimated amount of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is around a thousand tons, yet it may cost billions to destroy it.

A "temporary ceasefire" could be applied to in order to conduct healthy destruction operations on Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons, said Dr. Patricia Lewis of the UK's leading think tank, the Chatham House.


6.6m children under 5 died in 2012: UNICEF

Source : AP / 14 Sep 2013

Childhood death rates around the world have halved since 1990 but an estimated 6.6 million children under the age of 5 still died last year, the UN children’s agency said Friday.

Nearly half of all children who die are in five countries: Nigeria, Congo, India, Pakistan and China, it said in a report.


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