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  • UN workers kidnapped in Pakistan 19-04-2014 08:18 AM

    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...
  • Hopeful SC will review decision on homosexuality ban in India: UN 17-04-2014 04:29 PM

    The UN has expressed hope that the Indian Supreme Court's verdict recognising transgenders as a third gender will pave the way for the apex court to review its decision of upholding criminalisation of consensual same-sex relationships. The historic ruling by India's Supreme Court to legally uphold rights of transgender people...
  • North Korean agents tell a London hairdresser to remove Dear Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's 'bad hair day' poster 16-04-2014 03:05 PM

    It seems the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is spreading his tentacles of total obedience even in distant England. A hairdresser in Ealing was visited by two North Korean officials after he used a photo of Kim Jong-un to attract customers having a 'bad hair day', reports The Telegraph. He...
  • Ukraine's east braces for anti-rebel operation as deadline passes 14-04-2014 04:38 PM

    Slaviansk: Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation. As the 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) deadline issued by authorities in Kiev expired, a...
  • Russia criticizes UN resolution condemning Crimea's secession 28-03-2014 06:37 PM

    Russia said on Friday a UN resolution declaring invalid Crimea's Moscow-backed referendum on seceding from Ukraine was counterproductive and accused Western states of using blackmail and threats to drum up "yes" votes. The non-binding resolution passed with 100 votes in favor, 11 against and 58 abstentions in the 193-nation UN...
  • India abstains from voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC 27-03-2014 05:56 PM

    Geneva: India on Thursday abstained from voting on the US-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council. Even as India refrained from voting against its neighbour, the resolution was passed with the support of 23 nations. A tweet from the Ministry of External...
  • All university male students in North Korea are now required by law to get the same goofy haircut as supreme leader Kim Jong Un 27-03-2014 01:23 PM

    It could well be an Onion story. According to various media reports, all university men in North Korea will now have to get the same hairstyle as their Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. The middle-parted, sides-shaved haircut isn't the greatest thing in fashion right now but the Time Magazine reported...
  • Italian marines case: Don't succumb to foreign pressure, Chandy tells PM 21-03-2014 02:37 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to not succumb to foreign pressure in the Italian marines case. Chandy appealed to the PM to not release the duo without a trial. "Ever since the killing of the two fishermen, the entire people...
  • Obama targets Putin allies as Russia races to complete Crimea annexation 21-03-2014 12:28 AM

    US President Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region. Moscow responded by announcing its own sanctions against senior US politicians in retaliation against visa...
  • Fishermen killings case: Italy appeals to UN to help free marines 18-03-2014 02:38 PM

    New Delhi: Italy on Tuesday approached the United Nations over the prolonged detention of two of its marines in India in connection with the killing of two Kerala fishermen in January 2012. Italy has appealed to the UN to help free marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone who are being...
  • Missing Malaysian jet: UN watchdog says no explosion, crash detected 18-03-2014 10:41 AM

    United Nations: A UN-backed nuclear watchdog has said that it did not detect either any explosion or crash that could be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, amid continued speculation over fate of the aircraft. "Regarding the missing Malaysian Airlines flight... the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) confirmed...
  • Crimea votes on whether to secede from Ukraine 16-03-2014 09:57 PM

    In a referendum watched closely around the world, residents of Ukraine's strategic Crimean Peninsula voted Sunday on whether to demand greater autonomy or seek to join Russia. The vote has been condemned as illegal by the United States and European countries. The referendum comes two weeks after Russian-led forces seized...
  • North Korea using sophisticated means to avoid UN sanctions: Report 11-03-2014 02:04 PM

    North Korea has developed sophisticated techniques to circumvent UN sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report said. It said North Korea was also making use of more complicated financial countermeasures that made the isolated country's purchase of prohibited...
  • Putin: military force would be 'last resort' in Ukraine 04-03-2014 08:06 PM

    President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia would only use military force in Ukraine as a last resort, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic. Russia however reserved the right to use all options in Ukraine to protect its...
  • Russia tightens grip on Ukraine; world capitals, stock markets rattled 04-03-2014 09:16 AM

    Kiev: Russian troops said to be 16,000 strong tightened their stranglehold on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula Monday, openly defying the U.S. and the European Union and rattling world capitals and stock markets. The West struggled to find a way to get Russia to back down, but with little beyond already threatened...
  • 16,000 Russian troops deployed in Crimea: Ukraine tells UN 04-03-2014 06:54 AM

    United Nations: Ukraine's mission to the United Nations has claimed that 16,000 Russian troops have been deployed in the strategic Crimea region, while Russia's UN ambassador told an emergency Security Council meeting that Ukraine's fugitive president requested them. A letter from Ukraine's UN mission circulated during the latest emergency council...
  • Photoshop fail? 5 insanely hilarious poster tributes to Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa showing world leaders bowing before her 25-02-2014 10:02 AM

    It was Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa 66th birthday yesterday and her fans didn't spare any opportunity to make the day special for the politician. Apart from the huge Parliament-shaped cake that the 66-year-old cut on her birthday, she also got to see photoshopped hoardings and posters of her...
  • UNSC unanimously approves Syria aid access resolution 23-02-2014 09:58 AM

    The UN Security Council achieved rare unity to act on Syria's civil war on Saturday when Russia and China supported adoption of a resolution to boost aid access in Syria that threatens to take "further steps" in the case of non-compliance. Russia, supported by China, has shielded its ally Syria...
  • North Korea rejects UN human rights report as 'lies and fabrications' 22-02-2014 01:22 PM

    North Korea on Saturday rejected the findings of a UN panel, which accused the state of crimes against humanity that evoked Nazi-era atrocities, saying they were based on "lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs." North Korean security chiefs and even Kim Jong Un should face...
  • UN warns North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on accountability of spreading crimes 18-02-2014 11:48 AM

    A UN panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation, ranging from systematic executions to torture, rape and mass starvation. It is unusual for a UN report to directly implicate a...
  • UN letter to Kim Jong Un warns on accountability 17-02-2014 09:57 PM

    Geneva: A UN panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation. It is unusual for a UN report to directly implicate a nation's leader. But in a letter accompanying a yearlong...
  • India, Italy should resolve marines issue: United Nations 15-02-2014 02:27 PM

    The long-standing issue of two Italian marines being tried by India is prompting tensions between the two countries and they should try to find a "reasonable" and "mutually acceptable" solution to it, the UN has said. "The Secretary-General is concerned that this long-standing matter between Italy and India remains unresolved...
  • UN: US, Russia to try to 'unblock' Syria stalemate 14-02-2014 08:21 AM

    Geneva: The mediator for the UN-brokered Syrian peace talks says Russia and the United States have promised to try break the deadlock. UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said after meeting with senior US and Russian officials on Thursday that they have pledged to try "to unblock the situation" because "we...
  • Italy approaches UN over trial of its two marines in India 12-02-2014 04:35 PM

    Italy has petitioned the UN over the trial of its two marines in India under a strict anti-piracy law for the killing of two Indian fishermen, and said it would exercise "all options" to bring back the naval personnel. Italy has "initiated contact" with the Office of the UN High...
  • Russia, China skip Security Council talks on Syria 11-02-2014 07:05 AM

    Russia is scuttling Western efforts to push through a Security Council resolution that would raise the prospect of sanctions against Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver humanitarian aid. Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin vowed to veto the proposed measure if necessary. Both he and China's UN ambassador...
  • Kerala bags UN award for sustainable tourism 10-02-2014 08:20 AM

    Kumarakom: The United Nations has brought in some good news for Kerala Tourism as Kumarakom has become the first Indian destination to win an UN Award for sustainable tourism. Right from coconut leaves weaving to coir making, toddy tapping and a country boat ride through the lush green Vembanad Lake,...
  • Syria talks end first round, government not committed to return 01-02-2014 07:11 AM

    A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days. Darkening the atmosphere further, the United States and Russia clashed over the...
  • Chemical weapons watchdog discusses Syria mission 30-01-2014 05:28 PM

    The international chemical weapons watchdog will be meeting on Thursday to discuss slow progress in its mission to destroy Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program by the end of June. In a note prepared last week for the behind-closed-doors meeting of the executive council of the Organisation for the...
  • Syria talks bring offer of exit from siege of Homs 27-01-2014 04:54 PM

    The Syrian government said women and children could leave the besieged rebel city of Homs on Sunday as negotiators from the warring sides discussed humanitarian gestures on a second day of face-to-face talks in Geneva. Government and opposition delegates also spoke of releasing prisoners and enabling access for aid convoys...
  • Syria sides to meet but peace talks may not take off 25-01-2014 07:50 AM

    Geneva: After a day's delay and repeated bitter recriminations, the warring sides in Syria will hold their first joint meeting on Saturday to launch talks aimed at ending almost three years of conflict. In a measure of the task ahead, diplomatic sources said the first two days of talks in...