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Promoting unity in Lebanon through a cultural cafe

Promoting unity in Lebanon through a cultural cafe

Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh neighbourhoods in Lebanon have been warring since Lebanon’s civil war ended in 1990. But the opening of “Hand in Hand” cafe in Tripoli’s Syria Street, the former frontline of fighting between the two neighbourhoods was met with a big crowd from the residents. As the residents of Jabal Mohsen support the […]

Nationwide electricity blackout hits Syria

Nationwide electricity blackout hits Syria

War-torn Syria was hit Thursday 3rd March by a nationwide power cut, state television reported, but the cause was not immediately known. “Electricity has been cut across all provinces and teams are trying to determine the reason for this unexpected cut,” the station reported, citing a source within the electricity ministry. Damascus residents said power […]

South Korean actor Jung Woo Sung visits Lebanon as a goodwill ambassador

South Korean actor Jung Woo Sung visits Lebanon as a goodwill ambassador

UN’s high commissioner for refugees said on Wednesday 24th February that South Korea actor Jung woo Sung who was appointed goodwill ambassador, is planning to visit Lebanon during upcoming March to meet with Syrian refugees. Jung is expected to visit informal housings for refugees in the capital Beirut and the surrounding area. Lebanon alone holds […]

An online platform to debunk refugees “crimes”

An online platform to debunk refugees “crimes”

Developer Lutz Helm and Karolin Schwarz launched last week “Hoaxmap,” an online platform that allows people to separate fact from fiction by debunking false rumours about supposed crimes committed by refugees across Europe. According to AlJazeera, the platform will “use an interactive system of popping dots, as the map documents and categorises where those “crimes” […]

World powers sign on Syria ceasefire

World powers sign on Syria ceasefire

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov have announced that peace talks in Munich aimed at reaching resolution on the conflict in Syria have brokered a deal that could see a ceasefire “within a week”. Military action against Islamic State fighters would continue, but humanitarian access for civilians besieged by […]

European Parliament to vote on genocide in Middle East

European Parliament to vote on genocide in Middle East

The European Parliament is set to vote on a resolution addressing the plight of Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. “What we witness in the Middle East is clearly genocide aimed at the destruction of Christians and other religious minorities. This vote gives the European Parliament the opportunity either to respond appropriately […]

Syrian refugees use music to express their heartaches

Syrian refugees use music to express their heartaches

British filmmakers Olly Burton and Alex Blogg of Recording Earth visited a Syrian refugee camp to make a series of short documentaries about the camp and its residents, telling the stories of the refugees and how they deal with conflict through music. Zaatari is a refugee camp located just a few kilometers east of Mafraq, […]

Sweden and Finland plan to deport thousands of migrants

Sweden and Finland plan to deport thousands of migrants

Finland joined Sweden on Thursday in announcing plans to deport tens of thousands of failed asylum seekers in a bid to contain the migrant crisis. As at least 31 more people died attempting to reach the European Union, the two Nordic countries are both struggling to cope with an influx of refugees and migrants fleeing misery […]

Syrian Orchestra reunites for a London concert

Syrian Orchestra reunites for a London concert

Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music (SNOAM) is to be reunited for a rare concert in London. On 25 June, the orchestra, led by conductor Issam Rafea, will perform at the Southbank Centre, presented by Africa Express, and with appearances by Damon Albarn and others. Since their foundation in 1990, and turning professional in 2003, they’ve […]

Turkey bombing kills 10 and wounds 15

Turkey bombing kills 10 and wounds 15

Ten people were killed and 15 wounded when a blast rocked Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, the governor’s office said. “Investigations into the cause of the explosion, the type of explosion and perpetrator or perpetrators are underway,” it said in a statement quoted by the “Dogan news agency” after the blast in the Sultanahmet neighborhood. Turkish […]

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