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Humanitarian crisis worsens in Syria's Idlib amid mass exodus

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We take a look at the humanitarian crisis fast unravelling in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. According to the United Nations, over the past three months, almost one million people have been displaced by a Russia-backed regime offensive. NGOs say camps are overcrowded, while water and sanitation facilities are inadequate. We talk to Gwen Young, Managing Director of the Global Emergency Response Coalition, about the situation on the ground - including the challenges faced by medical workers.

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In other news, Monday saw the biggest plunge in the price of oil since the Gulf War in 1991, sending tremours through battered global stock exchanges. The trigger for much of the market panic was an OPEC meeting that ended without an agreement and which prompted Saudi Arabia to slash prices to punish Russia for ditching its alliance with OPEC.

Meanwhile, Lebanon agrees on a package of long-stalled reforms after defaulting on its sovereign debt for the first time in its history. 

And Dubai holds its version of the Comic Con, with pop culture fans defying the coronavirus threat.

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