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British Council aids MENA youth vocational project
Mar06

British Council aids MENA youth vocational project

  The British Council and HSBC will aid a youth ‘skills for learning, life and work’ programme aimed at 15-16-year-olds in eight countries of the Middle East and North Africa region. Addressing youth employability in MENA is a pressing challenge, an announcement [6 March 2016] on the launch of the programme said. That challenge, it said, requires government, education institutions and business to come together to...

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Chingiz Aitmatov honoured at House of Lords event
Dec10

Chingiz Aitmatov honoured at House of Lords event

The considerable legacy of Central Asian writer and visionary Chingiz Aitmatov (pictured on horseback) was celebrated at the House of Lords, Westminster (10 December 2015), in an event that marked a coming together of diverse ethnicities in a singular tribute to the late genius. A Kyrgiz by birth and the scion of a proud  family rising from Stalin’s brutal and infamous purges, Aitmatov before his death in 2008 was paradoxically...

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UK reviewing Muslim Brotherhood status: Cameron
Nov05

UK reviewing Muslim Brotherhood status: Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron said today [5 November 2015] the UK is urgently reviewing the status of Muslim Brotherhood and will publish its decision later this year. Cameron spoke to the news media while welcoming Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at Number 10 Downing Street. Asked when Britain would review its policy toward Muslim Brotherhood, described by the reporter as “the mother of all terroristic...

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Yemen war crimes warrant a moratorium on arms sales: Amnesty
Oct07

Yemen war crimes warrant a moratorium on arms sales: Amnesty

Amnesty International campaign group called [7 October 2015] for an immediate suspension of arms transfers to the Saudi-led coalition and accountability for war crimes. Analysts told The Middle East in Europe they believe the campaign group’s impassioned appeal conflicts directly with major European powers’ business interests in the region, which have burgeoned with recent sales worth billions of dollars of arms, equipment...

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UK reopens Tehran embassy
Aug20

UK reopens Tehran embassy

Britain reopen its Tehran embassy, the scene over the years of numerous historical dramas, and thereby opened itself to delicate international brinkmanship amid an almost universal regional disdain for the West’s overture to Iran after the six-party nuclear agreement. In Britain and Europe at large, Britain’s move was universally welcome and followed similar overtures by Germany, France and other members of the European...

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WHO teams attacked in conflict zones
Aug14

WHO teams attacked in conflict zones

WHO teams continue to come under attack even as the organisation’s facilities suffer in conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Yemen and elsewhere, WHO data show. Ahead of international events marking World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2015, the Geneva-based UN body called for greater protection for health emergency workers. In Yemen alone, five health workers were killed and 14 injured in June this year. Ahead of the World...

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