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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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Abbas says Palestinians won’t accept US peace plan

PARIS: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that his people would “no longer accept” any peace plan proposed by the United States, following Washington’s decision to unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Trump administration has been preparing a plan in secret which is expected to be presented to the two sides in…

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Nikki Haley speech on UN vote: Here’s how Twitter responded

NEWS DESK: Over 120 countries defied President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the US to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. On the issue, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the 193-member General Assembly ahead of Thursday’s vote…

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Pakistan does not get pressurised by threats: Lodhi tells US categorically

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, said on Friday that the country did not respond to threats in the wake of the United States’ do-more demand.  “Pakistan does not get pressurised from threats,” said Maleeha Lodhi. “Pakistan was threatened to stay away from the UN resolution on Jerusalem,” she added….

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Defying Trump, over 120 countries at U.N. condemn Jerusalem decision

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid UNITED NATIONS:…

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UN to vote on new N.Korea sanctions targeting oil

The UN Security Council will vote Friday on a US-drafted resolution ramping up sanctions on North Korea by restricting oil supplies vital for Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs. The United States has been in negotiations with China, Pyongyang’s ally, on slapping new sanctions in response to the November 28 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile…

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Jerusalem decision: Palestinians happy over UN vote

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian president welcomed Thursday a United Nations General Assembly resolution criticising the US government’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “This decision reaffirms once again that the just Palestinian cause enjoys the support of international law, and no decision by any party can change the reality,” a statement from Palestinian president Mahmud…

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Jerusalem decision: Donald Trump faces defeat at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS: Defying President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off funding, the United Nations overwhelmingly approved on Thursday a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 193-member General Assembly adopted the motion by 128 to nine with 35 abstentions, in what Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour called a “massive setback”…

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Israel’s Netanyahu calls U.N. “house of lies” before Jerusalem vote

TEL AVIV: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the United Nations as a “house of lies” ahead of a vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “Israel totally rejects this vote, even before (the resolution‘s) approval,” Netanyahu said in a speech at…

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Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote

They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us, said Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw…

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UN assembly to vote on Jerusalem resolution

The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency session Thursday to vote on a draft resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after the United States vetoed the measure at the Security Council. Turkey and Yemen requested the urgent meeting of the 193-nation assembly on behalf of the Arab group…

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U.S. vetoes U.N. call for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision

UNITED NATIONS: The United States was further isolated on Monday over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn, reported Reuters. The remaining 14 council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention…

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