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  • Pope appeals to UN to end tragedy in Iraq 1 week ago

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has written to the UN secretary-general appealing for "action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway" against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. In the letter released on Wednesday, Francis urged UN agencies "responsible for security, peace, humanitarian law and assistance to refugees" to aid the...
  • Downing of flight MH17 'may amount to a war crime': UN July 28, 2014

    Kiev: The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 "may amount to a war crime", the UN said Monday, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed over 1,100 lives with both government and rebel forces using heavy weaponry in built-up areas. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the...
  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza ceasefire ahead of Eid July 28, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas. The council adopted the presidential statement at an emergency meeting just after midnight on Monday as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the...
  • Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800 July 25, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a UN-run school, killing at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit...
  • MH17 crash: Cannot rule out Russian help in Ukraine missile firing, US tells UN July 18, 2014

    United Nations: The United States said on Friday it could not rule out Russian help to separatists in Ukraine in firing an SA-11 surface-to-air missile that likely downed a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board. "Because of the technical complexity of the SA-11 it is unlikely that...
  • UN Security Council authorises cross-border aid access in Syria July 15, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Monday authorised humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, even though Syria has warned it deems such deliveries incursions into its territory. "The consent of the Syrian authorities will no longer be...
  • PM Modi leaves for Brazil to attend the BRICS summit July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Brazil on Sunday to attend the five-nation summit of BRICS nations on July 14 and 15. The summit is expected to finalise the setting up of a development bank and seek reforms of the United Nations and international financial organisations. "I look at...
  • India asks J&K UN Military Observer Group to vacate Delhi bungalow July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: In a stern step, India on Friday asked the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan to vacate its government bungalow in New Delhi. The government says the group has outlived its relevance but maintains that the move will not have any impact on the Kashmir dispute. However,...
  • UN calls for peace in Gaza July 10, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restore peace in the violence-hit Gaza region, media reported on Thursday. Ban on Wednesday said that he was alarmed by the new wave of violence that has engulfed Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,...
  • Pakistan survivor of honour killing attempt fears for her life June 7, 2014

    Lahore: A Pakistani woman who survived an attack by relatives who tried to kill her for marrying for love on Friday said that she feared for her life and appealed for protection. Saba Maqsood, 18, survived being shot and thrown in a canal by her family on Thursday, weeks after the...
  • Modi accepts Obama's invitation to visit US in September June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Another high-table diplomatic meeting is on the cards with Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepting US President Barack Obama's invitation for a meeting in late September. The dates of the meeting to be held in Washington DC are yet to be finalised. "A date was offered by the US...
  • UN condemns Badaun gangrape, calls for justice June 2, 2014

    The United Nations on Monday condemned the gangrape and murder of two girls in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district and called for immediate action against the perpetrators and to address violence against women across India. "There should be justice for the families of the two teenaged girls and for all the women...
  • UN terms rape and murder of minor Dalit girls in UP 'horrendous' May 31, 2014

    United Nations: The United Nations has strongly condemned the rape and murder of two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, calling it a "horrendous crime" and stressed that all citizens should be protected by the law. "The rape and death of the two girls, who were hanged from a tree, is a...
  • Nigeria asks UN al-Qaeda committee to blacklist Boko Haram May 21, 2014

    Nigeria has formally asked the UN Security Council al-Qaeda sanctions committee to blacklist the Islamist militant group Boko Haram after the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls, according to a confidential document obtained by Reuters. If there is no objection by the 15-member council committee, which operates by consensus, Boko Haram will...
  • A billion people still defecate in public, most in India: UN May 9, 2014

    Geneva: One billion people worldwide still practise "open defecation" and they need to be told that this leads to the spread of fatal diseases, UN experts said on Thursday at the launch of a study on drinking water and sanitation. "'Excreta', 'faeces', 'poo', I could even say 'shit' may be,...
  • Nobel economists, others urge end to 'war on drugs' May 6, 2014

    London: Global efforts to thwart the drugs trade have failed and the time has come for a radical rethink, according to a group of Nobel-prize winning economists, a former US secretary of state, the deputy prime minister of Britain and others. "It is time to end the 'war on drugs' and...
  • World to have 3 billion Internet users by the end of 2014: UN May 6, 2014

    United Nations: The world will have nearly three billion Internet users by the end of 2014, with two-thirds of them from the developing world, and mobile-cellular subscriptions will reach almost seven billion by the year end, new figures released by the UN said. The report by the UN's International Telecommunications...
  • Pakistan's failure to fight polio sparks global emergency response May 6, 2014

    Geneva: Pakistan's failure to stem the spread of polio triggered global emergency health measures on Monday, with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending all residents must show proof of vaccination before leaving the country. The emergency measures also apply to Syria and Cameroon, which along with Pakistan are seen as posing...
  • After UN award, Bihar woman gets Florence Nightingale award May 4, 2014

    After being honoured with the United Nations Foundation award, a Bihar health official has now been selected for the National Florence Nightingale Award 2014 for her extraordinary work to eradicate polio, officials in Patna said on Sunday. "I am happy the president will honour me for my work in polio immunization...
  • Afghanistan landslide rescue now focuses on displaced May 4, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast, with the number killed or missing put at between a few hundred and as many as 2,700. The United Nations said the focus now was on helping more than 4,000 displaced...
  • More than 2,100 confirmed dead in Afghanistan landslide May 3, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast, putting the death toll at more than 2,100, as the aid effort focused on the more than 4,000 people displaced. Officials expressed concern the unstable hillside above the site of the disaster...
  • Watch: In a first, UN releases a beautiful Bollywood music video featuring Celina Jaitly to support gay rights in India May 2, 2014

    In a society that has been divided on the basis of caste and creed for decades now, accepting gay rights hasn't been very easy either. We've seen debates over article 377 that criminalises homosexual acts and the battle between those who think it is unnatural and those who support it...
  • UN workers kidnapped in Pakistan April 19, 2014

    Karachi: Two local workers of the United Nations are suspected to have been kidnapped from Gulshan-e-Maymar area here, police said. The two workers, Sami Nawaz and Farrukh Saleem, went missing on Friday night while returning from a water theme park at super highway near Gulshan-e-Maymar. "We are investigating the matter after the...
  • Karunanidhi slams Centre's abstention from vote against Lanka at UN March 28, 2014

    Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday slammed the Centre for abstaining from vote against Sri Lanka at United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva on Thursday. He said that India has gone against international human rights issues by not voting against Lanka. He said that despite his readiness to...
  • After Italy's plea, UN to raise marines issue with India March 19, 2014

    New York: UN General Assembly President John Ashe has informed Italy that he will try and raise with India the issue of the two Italian marines who are being tried for killing two Indian fishermen during his three-day visit that begins today. Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano...
  • 'Disappointed' UN chief Ban concerned about Ukraine unity March 18, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed deep disappointment at the crisis in Ukraine, saying that the Crimea referendum will exacerbate the situation and urged all parties concerned to intensify efforts and engage constructively toward a peaceful solution. "The Secretary-General continues to closely follow the situation in Ukraine....
  • MP inks MoU with UN to make women's squads in villages February 19, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Government on Wednesday inked an MoU with the United Nations to constitute women's squads in every village. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while attending the event said the government has signed an MoU with 'UN Women', a United Nations' organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women,...
  • UN conducts probe into N Korea jails, people forced to eat snakes February 18, 2014

    The United Nations conducted an investigation detailing horrific human rights abuses in North Korea where starving women were delivering babies in prison camps. People were forced to eat snakes and rats to survive. The UN now warning Kim Jong Un that he could face prosecution. ...
  • Italian marines issue bilateral: Ban Ki-moon February 13, 2014

    In a blow to Italy's attempt to internationalise the case of two Italian marines being tried in India for killing two fishermen, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Rome to resolve the issue bilaterally. "It's better for the question to be addressed bilaterally, rather than with the involvement of the UN,"...