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  • Afghan election resolution inches forward with audit deal 6 hours 44 minutes ago

    Kabul: Afghanistan's floundering attempts to declare a winner of its presidential election inched forward on Thursday with a deal allowing an audit of all votes to restart, but the United Nations warned of the risk of further delays. Alleged fraud during the June 14 election has plunged the country into a...
  • US denounces shelling of UN school in Gaza 15 hours 5 minutes ago

    Washington: The US on Wednesday condemned the shelling of a UN school in Gaza but refused to pinpoint Israel for it. The US does condemn the shelling of a UN school in Gaza which reportedly killed and injured innocent Palestinians, including children and UN humanitarian workers," Xinhua quoted White House spokesperson...
  • Israel's killing sleeping children in Gaza universal shame: UN Yesterday

    Jerusalem: The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)on Wednesday condemned Israel's killing and injuring refugees, including children in their sleep and women in a UN designated shelter in Gaza, as a "serious violation of international law by Israeli forces" and as "a source...
  • Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight 2 days ago

    Gaza:Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave on Tuesday, with no end in sight to more than three weeks of conflict. Health officials said at least 30 Palestinians were killed in some...
  • Ban urges Israel, Hamas to build on Gaza lull 3 days ago

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged Israel and Hamas to build on a lull in fighting in Gaza to lay the groundwork for talks on a lasting peace. The appeal came a few hours after the UN Security Council called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza during...
  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza ceasefire ahead of Eid 3 days ago

    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...
  • Ahead of Eid, Hamas agrees to 24-hour Gaza humanitarian truce 4 days ago

    Gaza: Hamas on Sunday belatedly said it has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce, shortly after Israel announced a resumption of hostilities in Gaza following a day-long pause. "In response to the UN's intervention request to monitor the situation, it has been agreed between the resistance factions that a 24-hour humanitarian...
  • ISIS jihadists order genital mutilation of all women in Iraq 4 days ago

    Geneva: Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said on Thursday. The UN's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock,...
  • Iraq gets new president, UN chief urges more urgency 1 week ago

    Baghdad: Kurdish politician Fuad Masum became the new president of Iraq on Thursday, in a step towards forming a new government that visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon said must be inclusive for the country to survive. A June onslaught on Sunni Arab areas north and west of of Baghdad led by...
  • Malaysian Airliner's voice recorder in good condition, says UN Civil Aviation body 1 week ago

    Ottawa: The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the United Nations civil aviation body said on Wednesday, adding that it was holding talks with airlines and states on how to assess the danger posed by conflicts. Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down...
  • India votes in support of UNHRC resolution on Gaza 1 week ago

    Geneva: India along with BRICS countries on Wednesday voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel's offensive on Gaza. India joined Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to vote for a Palestinian-drafted resolution on "Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied...
  • US announces $4.8 million for projects against child marriages July 23, 2014

    Washington: The US has announced $4.8 million to fund projects in over half a dozen countries, including India, to end child and forced marriages. Other countries include Nepal, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen. "We know the fight against child marriage is the fight against extreme poverty," US Agency for...
  • India home to one in every three child brides in the world: UN report July 22, 2014

    United Nations: India has the sixth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child bride living in India, a United Nations report said. Child marriage among girls is most common in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and India is among the top 10 countries with...
  • Israel presses blistering attack on Gaza, toll rises to 572 July 22, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel on Monday pressed on with its heavy bombardment of Gaza and foiled major infiltration attempts by Hamas on the 14th day of the conflict that has killed 572 Palestinians and 27 Israelis, even as the UN and the US called for an "immediate ceasefire". A day after Israel's deadliest...
  • MH17:UN to vote on crash resolution; Russia has doubts July 21, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council will on Monday vote on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his country would view a Russian veto...
  • US presses case against Russia on MH17 as horror deepens July 21, 2014

    Hrabove: US Secretary of State John Kerry laid out what he called overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as international horror deepened over the fate of the victims' remains. Kerry demanded that Moscow take responsibility for actions of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine...
  • Hamas says Israeli soldier captured; Gaza death toll jumps to 447 July 21, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Israeli tanks shelled militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and a woman died in an air strike after the bloodiest day of a nearly two-week military offensive that showed no signs of abating, despite global calls for a truce. Palestinian health officials said the death toll since July...
  • UN to vote on MH17 crash resolution July 21, 2014

    Canberra: Diplomats said that the UN Security Council could vote as early as on Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area. But Australia and Russia on late Sunday were still working out key differences, and Britain accused...
  • Israel UN envoy says no Israeli soldier kidnapped in Gaza July 21, 2014

    United Nations: Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said on Sunday there was no kidnapped Israeli soldier, dismissing a televised announcement in the Gaza Strip from Hamas's armed wing that it had captured an Israeli soldier during the fighting in Shejaia. "There's no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumours are untrue," Prosor...
  • Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza July 21, 2014

    Gaza: The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price on Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting. Israeli...
  • Israeli PM accuses Hamas militants of using civilians as human shields July 20, 2014

    The death toll in Gaza over 12 days has crossed 300. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas militants of using civilians as human shields and said his troops did not want to harm a 'single innocent person'. But the UN has estimated that more than 70 per cent of...
  • Gaza toll hits 342 on day 12, UN chief heads to region July 20, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel on Saturday pressed on with its lethal ground offensive and intensive airstrikes across Gaza, killing 46 Palestinians including children in one of the bloodiest days of fighting as the death toll rose to 342 with the UN chief set to visit the region. Israeli tanks plunged deeper into Gaza...
  • Gaza toll crosses 300, UN chief heads to the region to bolster truce efforts July 19, 2014

    Gaza: Fresh Israeli air strikes killed 10 people in Gaza on Saturday, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts. The new peace push came as Israel's campaign against the besieged Palestinian territory entered day 12 in the bloodiest conflict...
  • Family of 8 killed in Gaza, as UN's Ban heads to region July 19, 2014

    Gaza: Israel's Gaza ground assault sent the Palestinian death toll soaring to 296 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region on Saturday to bolster efforts to clinch a truce. The new peace effort came as eight members of a single family were killed in Israeli tank fire in northern...
  • UNSC demand full probe over downed Malaysian plane July 18, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council joined the call made by UN Chief Ban Ki-moon for a thorough and independent investigation into the apparent downing of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine, stressing that all parties should grant immediate access to the investigators. "The members of the Security Council called for...
  • UN chief urges transparent probe of Malaysia jet crash July 18, 2014

    United Nations: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has called for a full investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine as he expressed his condolences to the families of the 298 victims who died in the disaster. "I am closely monitoring the reports, along with the International Civil...
  • UK lauds India's efforts to reduce poverty, stress on growth July 18, 2014

    London: The British government has appreciated India's fast movement towards reduction of poverty with "inclusiveness" and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stress on investment in growth and infrastructure was "encouraging". Applauding India's efforts to alleviate poverty, Baroness Northover, government's spokesperson on international development, told the House of Lords on Thursday that...
  • UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine July 18, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Friday morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said on Thursday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 am on Friday. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and Thursday's...
  • MH17 crash: US pilots previously told not to fly over Ukraine July 18, 2014

    Washington: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had warned US pilots earlier this year not to fly over portions of Ukraine in the Crimea region, according to notices posted on the agency's website. The notices were posted on April 23. The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization and the aviation authorities in most...
  • Gaza humanitarian truce goes into force, hours after tunnel clash July 17, 2014

    Gaza: Palestinians rushed to shops and banks on Thursday as a five-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas came into force, hours after the Israeli military said it had fought off gunmen who infiltrated from Gaza. During the ceasefire, air raid sirens went off briefly in southern Israel and the...