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  • Iraq gets new president, UN chief urges more urgency 20 hours 52 minutes 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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • New Israeli air strikes raise Gaza toll above 200: medics July 16, 2014

    Gaza city: New Israeli air strikes in Gaza early Wednesday killed several people, medics said, bringing the death toll from Israel's operation in the besieged Palestinian territory to 203. A strike on a house in the southern city of Rafah killed two men, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said and a...
  • 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...
  • Watch: A viral video had proclaimed that North Korea was in the World Cup finals. Did the North Koreans believe it? July 14, 2014

    While the world was gearing up for a Germany vs. Netherlands World Cup final, North Korea was looking forward to defeating Portugal according to the country's news channels! A YouTube video where a North Korean news channel was airing news of North Korea reaching the football World Cup went viral....
  • UN Security Council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire July 13, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council called on Saturday for a ceasefire in hostilities between Palestinians and Israelis and expressed serious concern about the welfare and protection of civilians on both sides. "The Security Council members called for de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, and reinstitution of the November 2012...
  • Getting ready for every possible scenario, says Israeli Prime Minister July 13, 2014

    Hostilities between Israel and Gaza have escalated again, following the killings of three Israeli teenagers and one Palestinian teenager in last one week. The UN Security Council called for a ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants on Saturday. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that the ...
  • India @ 9 with Anubha Bhonsle July 11, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Anubha Bhonsle on India @ 9. ...
  • 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,...
  • Delhi becomes world's second most populous city July 11, 2014

    United Nations: Delhi has become the world's second most populous city in 2014 after Tokyo, more than doubling its population since 1990 to 25 million, according to a UN report. The 2014 revision of the World Urbanisation Prospects launched on Thursday said that India is projected to add the highest...