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PM urges Muslim world to raise blasphemous caricatures issue at UN

Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the Muslim world to raise the issue of blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) at the United Nations using the platform of the OIC. “The [plan to hold] exhibition of blasphemous caricatures in the Netherlands is not the issue of a few Muslims or a couple of Muslim…

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Saudi-led coalition denounces UN report on Yemen as inaccurate

The coalition said it would provide a “comprehensive and detailed legal response” at a later time

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UN points to possible ‘war crimes’ in Yemen conflict

The head of UN’s Group of Independent Eminent International and Regional Experts said the investigators had identified a number of alleged perpetrators

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Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has passed away

The former secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80. Annan, a Ghanaian, served as the UN secretary general from 1997 to 2006. He was also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He died at hospital in Bern, Switzerland. The Kofi Annan Foundation announced Annan’s death on…

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China and the UK congratulate Imran Khan on becoming prime minister

The Chinese and British leadership congratulated Imran Khan on becoming Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister

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North Korea has not stopped nuclear programme, says confidential UN report

North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters on Friday. The six-month report by independent experts monitoring the implementation of UN sanctions was submitted to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee late on Friday. “[North Korea] has…

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UN calls on Saudi Arabia to release activists who campaigned for lifting driving ban

They included prominent women’s rights advocate Hatoon al-Fassi, arrested in June as she was planning to take journalists in her car

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Fraud risk looms over Zimbabwe’s post-Mugabe election

Zimbabwe goes to the polls on Monday in its first election since authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe was ousted last year, with allegations mounting of voter fraud and predictions of a disputed result.

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High risk of ‘losing control’ of AIDS epidemic: experts

The AIDS epidemic risks resurging and spiralling out of control unless billions of extra dollars are pumped into prevention and treatment, experts warned Sunday on the eve of a major world conference.

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UN chief again calls for end to military operations in south Syria

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a new call Friday for “an immediate cessation” to military operations in southwest Syria, where government forces are attacking rebel-held areas. Guterres is “deeply alarmed by the military offensive in southwestern Syria and its devastating toll on civilians,” said a statement from his spokesman Stephane Dujarric. “The secretary-general recalls that…

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Pakistan lends support to peace process in Afghanistan

Pakistan urged the international community and Afghanistan stakeholders to make the most out of the reconciliatory efforts in Afghanistan. Maleeha Lodhi, the permanent envoy of Pakistan to the United Nations, spoke at a debate on the situation in Afghanistan at the 15-member United Nations Security Council. She said that Pakistan would assist the process and…

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UN envoy in Yemen for Hodeida crisis talks

The UN envoy for Yemen was in rebel-controlled capital Sanaa for a second day Sunday to hold emergency talks over the key aid port of Hodeida, where a regional coalition is battling Huthi rebel fighters. Martin Griffiths was believed to be pushing a deal for rebel leaders to cede control of the Red Sea port…

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15-year-old among four killed by Israeli troops in Gaza

Israeli troops killed four Palestinians including a 15-year-old boy with live fire and tear gas at the Gaza border, medics said. Friday’s deaths bring the total number of Palestinians killed along the Gaza border to 124 since protests began on March 30, including 60 people killed in a single day last month. Israel said it…

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UN peacekeepers from Nepal accused of child rape in S. Sudan

UNITED NATIONS: UN peacekeepers from Nepal are facing allegations of child rape in South Sudan, the UN spokesman said Monday, describing the case as “especially heinous.” At the request of the United Nations, Nepal agreed to send a team of investigators to work with the UN office of internal oversight on the case. “Any act…

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Key world reactions to US-led strikes on Syria

The US, France and Britain unleashed air strikes on Syria early Saturday targeting the Damascus regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on civilians. Western powers said the strikes were necessary to halt the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Here is a selection of the main responses from across the world:…

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Russia likely to call U.N. meeting over Syria attack: Russian lawmaker

Russian lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov said on Saturday that Russia was likely to call for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss U.S., British and French air strikes on Syria, RIA news agency reported. “The situation is being analysed right now. Russia will demand a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, I think,…

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Kashmir Day being observed to express solidarity, support for Kashmiris

ISLAMABAD: Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed today (Monday) to express solidarity and whole-hearted support of the Pakistani nation to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right of self-determination under UN resolutions. President Mamnoon Hussain will address the main ceremony of the Kashmir Solidarity Day in Islamabad today. Besides the leadership of…

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US urges United Nations to pressure Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS: Returning from a UN Security Council visit to Afghanistan, US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday stressed the Kabul government wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan. Haley joined the 14 other council envoys for talks with top Afghan leaders in Kabul at the weekend as the government considers holding peace talks…

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Arab League to lobby U.N. to recognize Palestinian state

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi speaks during his joint news conference with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Amman, Jordan January 6, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed AMMAN: Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured…

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U.S. threatens to withhold aid cash to Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS: U.S. President Donald Trump said in tweets on Tuesday that the United States may withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, accusing them of being “no longer willing to talk peace” with Israel. Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t…

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UN slaps new sanctions on North Korea

With China’s backing, the UN Security Council on Friday slapped new sanctions on North Korea that will restrict oil supplies vital for Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs. The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that also orders the repatriation of North Korean workers sent abroad to earn revenue for Kim Jong-Un’s regime. It is the…

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