Palestinian woman Nisreen holds the hand of her son Majd Salem, a six-month-old malnourished Palestinian baby who weighed 3.5 kilograms when he was born and gained just 300 grams in six months, at Kamal Adwan hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on May 9.
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Jun 25, 2024
Gaza faces the threat of famine: How children starve
More than 1 million of Gaza's inhabitants face the most extreme form of malnutrition — classified by the IPC as "Catastrophe or Famine."
Anti-abortion protesters outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 14.
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Jun 19, 2024
'Unthinkable' normalized two years after U.S. abortion ruling
From medics to single mothers to abused minors, Americans from all walks of life have been affected.
An Israeli tank maneuvers inside the Gaza Strip on Thursday. Gaza's environment was already suffering from recurring conflicts, rapid urban growth, and high population density, before the most recent conflict began on Oct. 7.
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Jun 18, 2024
Gaza conflict has caused major environmental damage, U.N. says
Water, sanitation, and hygiene systems are now almost entirely defunct, the report found, with Gaza's five wastewater treatment plants shut down.
Displaced Sudanese families wait to receive food from a charity kitchen in the city of Omdurman, Sudan, in April.
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Jun 14, 2024
Famine watchdog says many Sudanese face starvation in coming months
About 3.6 million children in Sudan are acutely malnourished, according to a joint statement by U.N. chiefs.
Filippo Grandi, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva on Feb. 7
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Jun 13, 2024
U.N. agency says record 117 million people forcibly displaced in 2023
The United Nations refugee agency on Thursday said the number of people forcibly displaced stood at a record 117.3 million as of the end of last year, warning that this figure could rise further without major global political changes.
Pilgrims circle Kaaba as they perform Tawaf at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on June 11.
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Jun 12, 2024
Gaza war hangs over Hajj as pilgrims flock to Mecca
Saudi Arabia's minister in charge of religious pilgrimages warned last week that "no political activity" will be tolerated.
Lee Kyoung-hyun, a popular YouTuber shaman, at her shaman parlor in Seoul on May 13
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Jun 10, 2024
South Korea's young shamans revive ancient tradition with social media
Google Trends shows that searches on YouTube for "shaman" and "fortune-telling" in Korean have nearly doubled over the past five years.

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