World Bulletin / News Desk
The number of refugees fleeing Syria could reach 700,000 by the end of the year, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday, far surpassing its previous forecast of 185,000 reached in August.
About 294,000 Syrian refugees fleeing 18 months of conflict in their homeland have already crossed into four neighbouring countries - Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey - or await registration there, it said.
"This plan provides for up to 700,000," Panos Moumtzis, regional refugee coordinator for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, told a news briefing.
Since the 2011 uprising, the Arab world's most populous nation has suffered a slump in key tourism revenues, slowing economic growth and investment, double-digit inflation and falling foreign currency reserves.
In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office.
The visit is the first by a Saudi foreign minister to the Iraqi capital since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003
19-year-old medic Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter for the murder of 21-year-old Palestinian Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in the head after he had already been disarmed and injured in an incident in al-Khalili last year.
Homs has been under the full control of the government since May 2014 when rebels withdrew from the centre under a UN-brokered truce deal.
Nuclear weapons require uranium enriched to 80 percent or more.
King Salman's first stop will be close ally Malaysia, which the late king Abdullah visited 11 years ago.
In an online statement, SDF spokesman Talal Sello said Votel had met with several SDF commanders.
State comptroller Yossef Shapira's report, the result of a two-year inquiry, will be published on Tuesday.
United Nations human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani further charged the Jewish state with having "a chronic culture of impunity" regarding cases involving Israeli troops and Palestinians.
Warplane had been part of Saudi-led coalition against Yemen’s Shia Houthi militia group
Last year, the Israeli parliament passed a controversial law compelling Israeli NGOs that receive most of their funding from foreign state entities to declare it in official reports.
Slain soldier had been deployed as part of Saudi-led Arab coalition against Yemen's Houthi group
Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army forces gain control of all neighborhoods in northern Syrian town, says Turkish military
Suicide car-bomber targets police station in Abyan province’s regional capital