UAE’s Sheikh Khalifa pardons more than 3,000 prisoners ahead of Ramadan

Sheikh Khalifa also pledged to settle the prisoner’s - who are serving various sentences – financial obligations. (WAM)
Updated 03 May 2019
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UAE’s Sheikh Khalifa pardons more than 3,000 prisoners ahead of Ramadan

DUBAI: UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan pardoned 3,005 prisoners on Thursday ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, UAE state-news agency WAM reported.

Sheikh Khalifa also pledged to settle the prisoner’s - who are serving various sentences – financial obligations.


Donors pledge over $110 million to help Palestinian refugees

Updated 25 June 2019
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Donors pledge over $110 million to help Palestinian refugees

  • The $1.2 billion budget for UNRWA provides education, health care, food and other services to Palestinian refugees
  • The Trump administration cut all funding for UNRWA this year

UNITED NATIONS: Donors have pledged over $110 million to help some 5 million Palestinian refugees, an amount the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees called encouraging.
But Pierre Kraehenbuehl in an announcement Tuesday after a donor’s conference at UN headquarters said, however: “The situation does remain precarious.”
The $1.2 billion budget for the UN Relief and Works Agency provides education, health care, food and other services to refugees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
The Trump administration cut all funding for UNRWA this year.
Kraehenbuehl said the agency covered its expenses through May 30 but is now operating in deficit.
He expressed hope the $110 million will bridge UNRWA’s funding in coming months but said another pledging conference will be needed.