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 Nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi condemned the meddlesome US’ statement about the execution of a rioter sentenced to death for running over and killing a number of police forces in Tehran during February protests.

Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States has evidently failed in achieving its intended policies in the region, stressing that Muslim nations worldwide are now more united than ever before in pursuing their common goals despite enemies' plots.

"The killing of children, as well as of clearly identified journalists and medical staffers by security forces during a demonstration are particularly unacceptable," Guterres said. "They must be allowed to perform their duties without fear of death or injury."

Americans make up 4 percent of the world’s population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, Reuters reported a survey as showing on Monday.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Israeli troops’ unrestricted use of live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip has left the enclave’s health workers struggling to cope with an unprecedented crisis.

Palestinians have fired three rockets towards Israel after warplanes bombed parts of the besieged Gaza Strip early Monday in an escalation which prompted warnings of a new war.

 As onlookers lauded reports of Taliban fighters and Afghan government security forces shaking hands and embracing during an unprecedented ceasefire to mark Eid, a deadly bombing in eastern Afghanistan marred celebrations Saturday.

Yemen's Houthis have dismissed reports that Saudi-led forces had seized the airport in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, saying the aggressors were on the retreat on all front lines.

The Israeli military says its aircraft on Sunday targeted a leading figure behind the launching of balloons and kites into Israel from the besieged Gaza Strip.

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