Families in critical situation in southern Iraq as winter bites

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Jane Pearce, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) country director for Iraq, said structures had not yet been put in place to cater for the people fleeing into the three southern provinces.
WFP is distributing food to 50,000 displaced families in Basra, Dhi Qar, Qadisiya, Missan, Wasit, Muthanna, Najaf, Kerbala and Babil.
Many of those who fled were unable to find refuge in the crowded Kurdistan region, which hosts close to half of internally displaced Iraqi families, while others said it was too expensive to live in the north.

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Last week, the Obama White House rejected an opportunity to meet with Netanyahu in March when he is in Washington to address a joint meeting of Congress, saying it didn’t want to influence the Israeli elections. The White House criticized House Speaker John Boehner for inviting Netanyahu, accusing him of “breaking protocol.”

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ISIS claims car bombing outside hotel in Libya's Tripoli | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR
TRIPOLI, Libya: ISIS has claimed a car bombing outside a hotel popular with foreigners in the Libyan capital, the Anadolu Agency said Tuesday.
Libyan security forces are currently surrounding the hotel, believed to be engaging gunmen inside.

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