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Bangladesh says Rohingya outflow ‘untenable’, seeks solution

GENEVA: Nearly one million Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar are now in Bangladesh, which is an “untenable situation”, Bangladesh told a U.N. meeting on Monday, reported Reuters. Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told a donors meeting that his country was pursuing efforts with Myanmar to find a…

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Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, UN says

TEKNAF: More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since violence erupted in northern Rakhine in August, a UN report said Sunday.

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Pakistan elected to UN Human Rights Council, polling 151 votes

NEW YORK: Pakistan on Monday won a key election by securing a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council when the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body. “This victory is a ringing endorsement of Pakistan’s strong commitment to human rights,” an elated Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the…

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Army in ‘systematic’ campaign to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

Myanmar’s “systematic” crackdown on the Rohingya is aimed at permanently expelling the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday.  The UN report, which is based on interviews with refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, details a campaign by Myanmar’s military to terrorise the Rohingya through atrocities that range…

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Rohingya Muslim crisis: UN blasts Myanmar after access refused to Rakhine state

GENEVA: Muslim Rohingyas continue to flee Myanmar to Bangladesh and the United Nations is bracing for possible “further exodus”, the U.N. humanitarian aid chief said on Friday. Mark Lowcock, U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, reiterated the world body’s appeal for access to the population in northern Rakhine state saying that the current situation was “unacceptable”….

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Pakistan warns India against any cross-LoC strikes

UNITED NATIONS: A top Pakistani diplomat Tuesday sternly warned India against its repeated threats to carry out “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region, saying Pakistan would effectively respond to any Indian aggression. “All I can say to them is: do not underestimate Pakistan’s resolve and capacity to defend…

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UN finds ‘unimaginable’ suffering in Myanmar’s Rakhine on visit

The scale of the suffering inside Myanmar’s Rakhine state is “unimaginable”, the United Nations said Monday, after three of its members joined a belated government-steered visit for aid agencies and diplomats to the conflict-battered region. Myanmar has tightly controlled access to the state since last month when attacks by Rohingya militants prompted an army kickback…

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Death toll from Rohingya boat capsize likely to top 60: UN

GENEVA: The death toll from a boat which capsized off Bangladesh carrying Rohingya refugees is set to pass 60, the International Organization for Migration said Friday. “Twenty-three people have been confirmed dead … 40 are missing and presumed drowned,” IOM spokesman Joel Millman told reporters in Geneva, referring to the Thursday accident. “The total fatality…

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UN plans food aid for up to 700,000 Rohingya

Cox’s Bazar: The UN has drawn up a contingency plan to feed up to 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar after some 480,000 fled to Bangladesh over the past month and arrivals continue. A senior official from the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) told AFP they were now prepared to provide massive food and other…

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Saudis threaten fallout if Yemen probe passes

NEWS DESK: Saudi Arabia has threatened other countries over a proposed resolution at the U.N.’s main human rights body, saying if they send international, independent investigators to war-torn Yemen that could “negatively affect” trade and diplomatic ties with the wealthy kingdom, a Saudi letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press shows. Two competing resolutions — one…

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Watch: Pakistani representative responds to India at UNGA

NEWS DESK: Exercising its right, Pakistan’s representative responded to allegations from India at the United Nations General Assembly. Watch here:

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UN says Rohingya must not be forced to move to remote island

Bangladesh must not force Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to move to camps on a desolate island, the UN refugee chief said Monday. Authorities have stepped up moves to house the Rohingya on the island in the Bay of Bengal since a new surge which now totals 436,000 refugees started arriving on August 25….

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Watch: Pakistan gives a befitting response to India in UN session

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative in the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi has termed India as the “Mother of terrorism in South Asia”.

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At UN, India blames Pakistan for ‘exporting terrorism’

United Nations: India’s foreign minister took a swipe at Pakistan Saturday, telling the United Nations that Pakistan had given the world “terrorists” while India was producing top-notch doctors and engineers. “Why is it today India is a recognized IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognized only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?”…

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Trump to add sanctions on North Korea, but not on oil: U.S.

NEW YORK: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States will add more sanctions against North Korea, while U.S. allies have called for enforcing existing international sanctions as the best way to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program. The sanctions are not expected to further target oil, a senior Trump…

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North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

PYONGYANG: North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children. Han Tae Song, Pyongyang’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was speaking at a hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the…

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Hollywood stars and world leaders: A round-up of who Malala met at UNGA

NEW YORK: Pakistani Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai had a ball at the United Nations General Assembly as she got to meet Hollywood stars and Heads of State of various nations across the globe. Here’s a round-up of who the 20-year-old activist from Swat met at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Honored…

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PM seeks support of World Bank for Diamer Bhasha Dam

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday sought support of the World Bank for Diamer Bhasha Dam and said it was a critical project for the water security needs of the country. “We are prepared to work on some innovative solutions like separating water and power components of the project,” the Prime Minister…

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UN chief urges Myanmar to halt military campaign against Rohingya Muslims

NEW YORK: The 72nd annual General Debate of the UN General Assembly has begun in New York. The theme for the Debate is ‘Focusing on People – Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet. The discussion will define international responses to many of the global challenges of the day,…

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World afraid of nuclear war with N. Korea, says UN chief Guterres

NEW YORK: Global anxieties about a nuclear war are at their highest level in decades, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday as he opened a gathering of world leaders dominated by the crisis with North Korea. Addressing the high-level debate at the General Assembly, Guterres said millions of people are living in dread as a…

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UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya atrocities

Rangoun, Myanmar: Pressure grew on Myanmar Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated “ethnic cleansing” campaign. The call from Human Rights Watch came as the UN General Assembly prepared to convene in New York,…

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