Category: World » Middle East

Intensified fighting across Syria having 'devastating' impact on civilians

17 Jan 14:34 | World

Intensification in hostilities across Syria is having a “devastating” impact on civilians, agencies in the war-ravaged country said, warning that the fighting is also severely limiting life-saving humanitarian operations.read more »

2018-01-17 01:49:24 (M4.6) Windward Islands 11.0 -62.4 (29192)

16 Jan 21:17 | U.S. News

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Syria: 13 million people in desperate need as seventh war-torn winter sets in

9 Jan 11:17 | World

With millions of desperate people across Syria now facing their seventh winter of war, the United Nations warned on Tuesday that intensified military operations in the country's north are forcing families to flee, in the cold, to areas without enough resources to support them.read more »

News From Monsanto: The BioAg Alliance Readies New Seed Coatings to Help Farmers Achieve Better Harvests

4 Jan 2018 | World

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After 1,000 days of conflict, Yemen sliding into 'deepening catastrophe'

3 Jan 2018 | World

As the conflict in Yemen passes the grim 1,000-day milestone, the United Nations is warning that if humanitarian workers cannot gain greater access and the violence does not subside, the cost in lives will be incalculable.read more »

2017-12-28 06:58:32 (M4.3) near the coast of Venezuela 10.7 -62.4 (29192)

28 Dec 2017 | SciTech

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Discovery of a 4,000-year-old military network in northern Syria

22 Dec 2017 | World

The discovery of more than a thousand sites in Syria has revised our understanding of the settlement of the steppes during all periods in the history of the Near East.read more »

Your IMF Update: Country Report No. 17/344 - Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

22 Dec 2017 | Business

International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund: New item in your series of interest.read more »

Hotter temperatures will accelerate migration of asylum-seekers to Europe, says study

22 Dec 2017 | World

New research predicts that migrants applying for asylum in the European Union will nearly triple over the average of the last 15 years by 2100 if carbon emissions continue on their current path. read more »

Two years on, Iran nuclear accord at a ‘critical crossroads,’ UN Security Council told

20 Dec 2017 | World

The United Nations political chief told the Security Council Tuesday that the UN Secretariat is not yet in a position to confirm whether the ballistic missiles launched at the Saudi cities of Yanbu and Riyadh were Iranian Qiam-1 missiles, as assessed by Saudi authorities.read more »

Mizzou’s ‘successful career outcomes’ rate of 90.4% is significantly above peer average

15 Dec 2017 | SciTech

Outcomes rate includes those who have found jobs, are in the military or continuing their educationread more »

Middle East envoy warns of 'risk of violent escalation' after US decision on Jerusalem

11 Dec 2017 | World

The decision by United States President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been widely welcomed in Israel but it has also caused much anger among Palestinians and anxiety across the Middle East and beyond, the United Nations envoy on the region's peace process told a special Security Council meeting.read more »

Issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties: UN

7 Dec 2017 | World

In the wake of the announcement by the United States President recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties.read more »

Millions of babies, mostly in South Asia, risk brain damage from breathing toxic air

6 Dec 2017 | World

Almost 17 million babies live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially risking their brain development, according to a new paper released by UNICEF.read more »

Mediterranean crossing still world's deadliest for migrants

27 Nov 2017 | World

Crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is “by far the world's deadliest” journey for migrants, with at least 33,761 reported to have died or gone missing between 2000 and 2017, a report finds.read more »

2017-11-22 20:42:07 (M4.3) Windward Islands 11.1 -62.3 (29192)

22 Nov 2017 | World

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Leaving the house every day may help older adults live longer

22 Nov 2017 | World

In a study of community-dwelling individuals aged 70 to 90 years who were participating in the Jerusalem Longitudinal Study, leaving the house daily was linked with a lower risk of dying over an extended follow-up period, independent of social, functional, or medical factors. read more »

Afghanistan opium production jumps 87 per cent to record level

17 Nov 2017 | World

A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017.read more »

Security Council again fails to extend panel investigating use of chemical weapons in Syria

17 Nov 2017 | World

Two draft resolutions – one sponsored by the United States and another led by Bolivia – were defeated in the United Nations Security Council Thursday, blocking renewal of the international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.read more »

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16 Nov 2017 | World

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 15, 2017)

16 Nov 2017 | World

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Shadi Azhari delivers a safety brief aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) prior to a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its sixth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold (Released) 171115-N-FP878-026read more »

Fact Sheets: United States Assistance to Burma

15 Nov 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 The United States supports a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Burma that respects the human rights of all its people. We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable populations, further national reconciliation, empower local communities and civil society,read more »

Satellite imagery reveals decline in ISIS oil production

13 Nov 2017 | World

Oil production by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) steadily declined between 2014 and 2016, indicating that the group was financing itself in other ways, like taxation or extortion.read more »

Students reflect on study abroad experiences during International Education Week

13 Nov 2017 | World

MU’s Study Abroad program has grown steadily over the years as marketplace demand for global competency increasesread more »

Unlock your superpowers with Android Pay and Justice League

13 Nov 2017 | World

If you use Android Pay today, you’re in for a surprise. Like our beloved animations of space explorers, Halloween haunts, and Wimbledon players in the past, five of our Android bots have channeled their superpowers to become Justice League Super Heroes in celebration of the movie. Starting in the next few days through December 31, you can see them sprint, soar, and fight to defend the planet when you pay with your phone. How did these heroic characters make their way into the app? It began back in 2016, when the Android Pay team designed an animation–an Android bot dressed up as a space explorer–to surprise our fans. This little space traveler sparked so much delight that the team created more, drawing inspiratiread more »

MEDIA ADVISORY: Study Abroad students share experiences, photo contest winners to be announced

9 Nov 2017 | SciTech

Story Contact: Liz McCune, mccunee@missouri.edu, 573-882-6212

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2017-11-09 03:54:42 (M4.0) Trinidad 10.7 -61.6 (29192)

8 Nov 2017 | World

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Rice News Release: Nanoshells could deliver more chemo with fewer side effects

8 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

SUMMARY: Researchers investigating ways to deliver high doses of cancer-killing drugs inside tumors have shown they can use a laser and light-activated gold nanoparticles to remotely trigger the release of FDA-approved cancer drugs inside cancer cells in laboratory cultures.

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Both ISIL and Syrian Government responsible for use of chemical weapons

8 Nov 2017 | World

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) was responsible for using sulfur mustard in a September 2016 attack in Umm Hawsh and the Syrian Government was accountable for the release of sarin in an April 2017 attack in Khan Shaykhun, the head of a Security Council-mandated investigation said.read more »

Report concludes ISIL committed ‘international crimes’ during Mosul battle

3 Nov 2017 | World

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) perpetrated serious and systematic violations in Iraq that amount to “international crimes” during the nine-month battle for Mosul between the terrorist group and Iraqi Government forces, a report has concluded. read more »

2017-11-03 17:19:02 (M4.0) Strait of Gibraltar 36.2 -4.1 (29192)

3 Nov 2017 | SciTech

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Popular Gamer Personalities Stream Call of Duty(R): WWII in the 2017 Race to Prestige

2 Nov 2017 | Entertainment

Event Proceeds to Support Call of Duty Endowment's Mission toread more »

Taking your business global just got easier with Market Finder

1 Nov 2017 | SciTech

Thanks to global e-commerce, there have never been so many opportunities available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). However, there are also challenges in the global market. Reports show that though exports provide an average of GBP £287,000 (the equivalent of about $25,000) in extra revenue to UK businesses, SME owners who haven’t exported to a new market still don’t know where to start. SME owners are experts when it comes to local customers, but are less knowledgeable about finding new markets and everything that entails: culture, buying trends, export legalities, and payment options for their product in other countries. This is a key problem; our 2017 consumer survey shows that UK SMEs cite international marketing and operational barriers as the biggest barriers to success abroad.Today, we’re announcing read more »

For #MyFutureMe finalists, a geofilter shows dreams for the future

1 Nov 2017 | SciTech

A better and brighter future. A world that accepts people for who they are. Voicing opinions for those who may not be able to.These are just a few elements of a future envisioned by five special teenage girls. Along with Snap Inc., we created the #MyFutureMe contest to challenge teens to design a geofilter based on the future they imagine for themselves. More than 22,000 teens entered the contest, and five finalists—chosen by Snap—are attending TEDWomen in New Orleans this week, where they’ll hear from entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and activists. They’ll receive mentoring sessions from three Google engineers, and each girl will work with the Snap Design team to create her own, unique Snapchat Lens.These finalists were chosen from 22,000 teens who entered the contest. Here are thread more »

The Google Assistant on phones, now in Spanish and Italian

1 Nov 2017 | SciTech

The Google Assistant is already available on phones in a number of languages around the world and this week we’re adding a few new ones to the roster—Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain as well as Italian in Italy. So now you can say “Ok Google” and ask the Assistant to play your favorite song, tell you about the weather, navigate home and more. Or try something fun and say “¿Ok Google, sabes nadar?”Our goal is for the Assistant to be available to help you get things done, no matter what language you speak, what device you’re using or what question you’re asking. Today’s update is another step in that direction, as these new languages join English in Australia, Canada, U.S. and U.K.; Portuguese in Brazil; French in Canada and France; German in Germany; Japanese read more »

DIEGO GARCIA (Oct. 24, 2017)

1 Nov 2017 | World

Builder 3rd Class Michael Johnson, left, observes Steelworker 3rd Class Alisha Silva, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4, as she cuts material from a demolished building to stack on pallets to remove from a project site. NMCB-4 is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief operations and to provide general engineering and civil support to the U.S. Navy and allied forces. U.S. Navy photo by Builder 2nd Class Christopher Moore (Released) 171024-N-FT956-0566read more »

WATERS OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN (Oct. 30,

1 Nov 2017 | World

Hull Technician 3rd Class Jose Rodriguez welds L-brackets together aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, providing a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class MacAdam Weissman (Released) 171030-N-AC117-113read more »

ROTA, Spain (Oct. 30, 2017)

1 Nov 2017 | Weather

Hospitalman Jessica Ferguson, left, immunizes Logistics Specialist 1st Class Willson Villavilencio aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). Donald Cook is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, on its sixth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold (Released) 171030-N-FP878-021read more »

Iran implementing nuclear-related commitments:IAEA

29 Oct 2017 | World

Visiting Iran, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)reiterated that the commitments undertaken by the country under the nuclear accord of 2015 are being implemented.read more »

Remarks to Airmen at Minot Air Force Base by Vice President Pence

27 Oct 2017 | World

Minot Air Force Base Minot, North Dakota 2:13 P.M. CDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, and please be at ease. It's an honor to be here with the men and women of Minot Air Force Base in “Magic City” North Dakota where every day, the Warbirds, the Rough Riders, and everyone from Team Minot embody the motto of the Global Strike Command: “Deter, assure, and strike.” You are the pride of the nation. Give yourselves another round of applause, would you please? (Applause.) And I want to thank Secretary Wilson for that kind introduction and for those inspiring words. Would you all mind giving the 24th United States Secretary of the Air Force, an 11-year veteran of the Air Force, another round-of-applause? Secretary Heather Wilson, we are grateful for your leadership. (Applause.) Let me also thank the commanders of the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing for the hospitality theyread more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 10/27/2017, #27

27 Oct 2017 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:40 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Hey, guys. Happy Friday. Q Happy Friday. MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon. It's great to see so many friendly faces in here. Not that that's different than normal. I'm obviously referring to the children around the room. We're really excited and very glad to welcome the kids of the press corps to the White House today. They're going to love trick-or-treating in the Executive Office Building, and I look forward to taking some questions, maybe even from some of the kids, today. Couple of quick things to note before we get into that. As you all saw, yesterday was an important moment for our nation's fight against the drug addiction and opioid epidemic that has hurt so many wonderful families. By directing the declaration of a nationwide public health emergency to address the opioids crisis, the Presidenread more »

Press Releases: On U.S. Support for Spanish Unity

27 Oct 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 27, 2017 The United States enjoys a great friendship and an enduring partnership with our NATO Ally Spain. Our two countries cooperate closely to advance our shared security and economic priorities. Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the United States supports the Spanish government’s constitutional measures to keep Spain strong and united. read more »

Formidable Shield 2017 Concludes with Ship Engaging Supersonic Target

18 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a successful live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a supersonic target Oct. 17.read more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - October 17, 2017

17 Oct 2017 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC October 17, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing GREECE JAPAN SOMALIA read more »

Fact Sheets: 2017 Global Funding and Projects

17 Oct 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration October 17, 2017 The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) aims to be a catalyst to draw attention to the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in conflict-affected settings globally in order to improve dialogue, evidence, response, innovation, coordination, and leadership through funding and policy development. In 2013, PRM and USAID/OFDA launched a joint signature initiative, Safe from the Start (SftS), which is an endeavor to change the way the humanitarian community responds to GBV in emergencies. This initiative works to fill gaps as well as strengthen the core capacity of hread more »

Formidable Shield 2017: Ship Engages BMD Target During NATO Exercise, MDA and Navy Conduct SM-6 Test Launch

16 Oct 2017 | Weather

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a ballistic missile target as well as three anti-ship cruise missiles Oct. 15, 2017.read more »

Press Releases: Spain National Day

11 Oct 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 11, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Spain as you celebrate your National Day. The United States and Spain are great friends and close allies. As the President said during his September 26 meeting with President Rajoy, the deep relationship between our two peoples is a strong foundation for lasting cooperation. Oread more »

What Googlers were up to at GHC ‘17

11 Oct 2017 | World

The 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing wrapped up last week. The largest conference for women in tech with more than 18,000 attendees, it’s also one of our favorite moments of the year for Google. Eight hundred Googlers joined the thousands of other attendees at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, to demonstrate some of our products, meet aspiring Googlers, and connect with talented women (and men) from around the world. Here’s a quick glimpse at what we did at GHC ‘17: read more »

What Googlers were up to at GHC ‘17

11 Oct 2017 | World

The 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing wrapped up last week. The largest conference for women in tech with more than 18,000 attendees, it’s also one of our favorite moments of the year for Google. Eight hundred Googlers joined the thousands of other attendees at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, to demonstrate some of our products, meet aspiring Googlers, and connect with talented women (and men) from around the world. Here’s a quick glimpse at what we did at GHC ‘17: read more »

Google industrial designer Alberto Villarreal talks hardware, mole and marathons

11 Oct 2017 | World

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating the fascinating stories and important contributions of our Hispanic Googlers—their histories, their families, and what keeps them busy inside and outside of work. Next up is Alberto Villarreal, creative lead for hardware and student of his wife (a historian) and 6-year-old daughter, who teach him about history and how to speak German, respectively. Give us the 10-second version of what you do at Google.I lead a team of industrial designers responsible for defining the creative direction of Google’s hardware mobile devices. We launched our latest work—the Pixel 2 phone, the Pixelbook laptop and PixelBook Pen—last week.  read more »

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