UNICEF appeals for US$2.6 billion to meet increasing children’s needs in the Middle East and North Africa [EN/AR]

AMMAN, 13 December 2022- As part of a record global appeal, UNICEF is appealing for US$2.6 billion in emergency funding to deliver lifesaving assistance to over 52.7 million children in need in the Middle East and North Africa in 2023.   “With almost half of the countries in the region living in crisis or undergoing […]

World Sports

World Boxing Council to open up to transgender fighters category

MEXICO CITY— World Boxing Council’s (WBC) Mexican President Mauricio Sulaiman said transgender athletes may have their space in 2023.   “We will make a global call for those who are interested in 2023 and we will establish the protocols, start the consultation and probably create a league and a tournament […] It is the time […]


World Welcomes 2023, Leaves Stormy Year Behind

The world welcomed the new year with a packed party in Times Square and fireworks soaring above European capitals, while hoping for an end to the war in Ukraine and a return to post-COVID normality in Asia. It was a year marked by the conflict in Ukraine, economic stresses and the effects of global warming. […]


Call for Papers: IAEA International Symposium on Isotope Hydrology

Interested contributors have until 30 January 2023 to submit abstracts for the IAEA’s International Symposium on Isotope Hydrology: Sustainable Water Resources in a Changing World, to be held from 3 to 7 July at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.   Isotope hydrology is a sophisticated nuclear technique that reveals the history of water molecules and […]


Nearly 1,700 journalists killed worldwide over past 20 years: RSF

PARIS— Nearly 1,700 journalists have been killed worldwide over the past 20 years, an average of more than 80 a year, according to an analysis published by Reporters Without Borders.   The two decades between 2003 and 2022 were “especially deadly decades for those in the service of the right to inform”, said the Paris-based […]


Alleged Racist Attack on Two Young Black South Africans Raises Specter of Nation’s Apartheid Past

One of three white South African men accused of racially attacking two young Black South Africans on Christmas Day has been charged with attempted murder and released on bail. A video of the men using force to prevent the two from using a resort swimming pool went viral and raised the specter of past racial […]