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UNRWA was set up after the 1948 war that accompanied the creation of Israel, during which more than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes.

Lebanese troops were injured when Israel fired tear gas on the border.

Syria says deal struck with Jordan to return refugees

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Syria says deal struck with Jordan to return refugees

Syrian media have reported that Damascus and Amman have struck a deal to return refugees back home to Syria.

More Syrian refugees leave <em>Lebanon</em> in 'voluntary return'

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More Syrian refugees leave Lebanon in 'voluntary return'

In the latest wave of refugee returns, over a hundred Syrians left Lebanon amid a Russian-led push to pressure refugees to return home.

Tunisian leader vows to enshrine inheritance equality in law

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Tunisian leader vows to enshrine inheritance equality in law

Tunisia's President vowed to submit a bill to parliament 'as soon as possible' to grant women equal inheritance rights, despite protests from ...

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Turkey pushes refugee return with new Syria 'safe zones'

President Erdogan wants to create more safe areas in Syria to encourage refugees to return home from Turkey.

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Israel 'asked US not to cut UNRWA funding'

Israel asked the US not to slash funding to the UN body for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, to prevent angry protests and unrest in Gaza

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Thousands of conservative Muslims protest Tunisia gender equality report

Conservative Muslims in Tunisia have continued demonstrations in the country's capital against gender equality and LGBT reforms.

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Syrian military engages 'enemy target' in Hizballah area

Syrian state TV reported that anti-aircraft missiles engaged with an 'enemy target' near the Lebanese border, while not specifying who was ...

Canada asks European allies for support in Saudi dispute

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Canada asks European allies for support in Saudi dispute

Canada has been disappointed that Western powers including the United States - a key ally of Saudi Arabia - did not publicly support Ottawa in ...

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Cost of Syria war destruction almost $400 billion: UN

The figure does not include the loss of competences and skilled labour, considered the "most important enablers of the Syrian economy".

Canada's Trudeau refuses to back down in Saudi spat

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Canada's Trudeau refuses to back down in Saudi spat

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says Canada "must correct its actions towards the kingdom".

<em>Lebanon</em> pop-star Elissa reveals cancer battle in music video

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Lebanon pop-star Elissa reveals cancer battle in music video

One of Lebanon's most beloved pop stars has revealed her battle with cancer in a music video released on Tuesday.

Regime forces block food to refugee camp

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Regime forces block food to refugee camp

The Syrian regime has blocked food and aid from reaching a refugee camp in south Syria.

Washington's Lebanese dilemma

Robert Springborg

Washington's Lebanese dilemma

Comment: Washington could decide to pull the rug out from under Lebanon's economy, leaving Hizballah with an empty shell, writes Robert ...

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Syrian regime creates committee to repatriate refugees

Despite proposals to return millions of displaced Syrians, many fear detention and even death under Assad's brutal regime.

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US takes aim at UN Palestinian refugee agency, again

The UNRWA has been a regular target of Israel and the Trump administration.

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Lebanese official: Repatriated IS members fairly questioned

Eight suspected members of the Islamic State group handed over to Lebanon recently are being questioned under the supervision of ...

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Kushner 'pressured Jordan' to strip Palestinians of refugee status

US President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly pressured Jordan to strip more than two million Palestinians ...

Thousands of Israeli Druze protest Jewish nation law

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Thousands of Israeli Druze protest Jewish nation law

Tens of thousands of Israeli Druze and their supporters rallied in central Tel Aviv Saturday to protest a new law they say makes them ...

Nadim Houry

Syria's bureaucracy of death

Comment: Over 80,000 people are estimated to have been 'disappeared' by Assad's regime. Why, after years of denials, has it started releasing ...

Iran-backed forces 'withdraw from Golan to avoid irritating' Israel

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Iran-backed forces 'withdraw from Golan to avoid irritating' Israel

Israel has escalated its attacks against targets inside Syria suspected of being linked to Iran, insisting that it won’t allow Iran to establish ...

World Bank warns some <em>Lebanon</em> projects might be cancelled

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World Bank warns some Lebanon projects might be cancelled

A senior World Bank official warned that the Lebanese economy is 'not doing great' and is in a 'state of fragility'.

Trump's trade war sees Chinese gains in the Gulf

Elisabeth Siegel

Trump's trade war sees Chinese gains in the Gulf

Comment: The UAE and China have found love in the middle of a trade war, writes Elisabeth Siegel.

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