States have pledged more than $3 billion to support refugees and about 50,000 resettlement places, the United Nations (UN) refugee agency said on Wednesday (December 18) at the end of a ministerial conference.
Troops allied to the Tripoli government moved more vehicles from the western city of Misrata to defend the capital. Since Qaddafi’s downfall, the country has been divided between the UN-backed government in Tripoli and the parallel administration allied to Haftar
Prime Minister Designate, Adel Abd al-Mahdi is expected to present his cabinet next week. The Iraqi parliament will then approve or reject the cabinet choices that he makes. Currently, Abd al-Mahdi is facing internal sectarian challenges with many parties wanting to continue the ethno-sectarian quota system.
The Basra province, in southern Iraq, was rocked by renewed violence last week as political protests regain momentum, threatening local oil facilities. To make matters worse, the state-run company responsible for oil projects in mid-stream has had “a spotty execution track record.
The High Committee for National Conciliation in coordination with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) have held a festival in Bashiqa to promote ethno-religious harmony amongst the different groups living in the Nineveh Plains.