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Maj Gen Tayyab Azam named UN mission force commander

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Major General Muhammad Tayyab Azam of Pakistan as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Major General Azam replaces Major General Major Imam Edy Mulyono of Indonesia. The Secretary-General is grateful to Major General Mulyono for his exemplary…

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September 5, 2015

 

UN urged to take notice of Indian ceasefire violations

NEW YORK: Pakistan has urged the United Nations to take notice of civilian casualties in unprovoked Indian firing along the Line of Control and Working Boundary. In a letter to the President of United Nations Security Council, Pakistan representative to the UN Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said twenty citizens were martyred and ninety-seven more injured due…

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September 5, 2015

 

UN chief again urges India, Pakistan to resume dialogue

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call on India and Pakistan Monday to resume dialogue to defuse tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) in disputed Kashmir region and working boundary after an exchange of fire at the weekend resulted in the death of a number of civilians. “We continue to monitor…

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August 31, 2015

 

UN chief urges stronger response to migration tragedies

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed Friday to governments to step up their response to Europe’s migrant crisis following more drownings at sea and the discovery of migrant bodies in an abandoned truck in Austria. Ban praised leaders and communities who were taking action to cope with the flow of migrants, but added: “Much…

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August 29, 2015

 

India must halt court case on Italy marine shooting: UN court

BERLIN: The UN’s tribunal on maritime law Monday ordered India to halt court proceedings against two Italian marines pending the international body’s ruling on the deadly 2012 case that sparked a diplomatic row. Two Italian marines serving aboard an oil tanker as part of an anti-piracy mission allegedly fired shots that killed two Indian fishermen…

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August 24, 2015

 

‘OIC capable of resolving Kashmir, Mideast disputes’

UNITED NATIONS: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in cooperation with the United Nations, has the potential to deal with the decades-old Kashmir and the Middle East disputes, a top Pakistani diplomat has told the Security Council.

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August 19, 2015

 

UN chief urges restraint after LoC clashes

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged India and Pakistan to show restraint following clashes in the disputed region of Kashmir that have caused deaths on both sides. Ban said an upcoming meeting of security chiefs on August 23-24 could help bolster dialogue between the two countries. A Pakistani woman was killed and…

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August 18, 2015

 

UN says expects states to respect its privacy

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said it expects member states to respect its right to privacy and is assessing how to respond to a report that telecommunications company AT&T Inc helped the US National Security Agency spy on the world body’s communications. The company gave technical assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret…

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August 18, 2015

 

UN slams 'terrorist act' after Palestinian toddler killed

UNITED NATIONS: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the killing of an 18-month-old baby in an arson attack by suspected Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Ban called on the perpetrators of what he called a “terrorist act” to face justice, and expressed condolences for the family of the dead baby, Ali Saad…

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August 1, 2015

 

UN says Pakistan must stop executions

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Wednesday urged Pakistan to reinstate its moratorium on the death penalty, condemning a recent surge in executions. The plea came as the number of people executed in Pakistan rose to 182 since a moratorium was lifted in December last year, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner…

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July 29, 2015

 

MQM to knock UN door against Rangers action

KARACHI: After finding all the doors slammed shut in its face, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leadership has decided to move United Nations and other international institutions against its alleged victimization at the hands of paramilitary force in Karachi, Samaa reported. “We will go to the UN and other fora to raise our voice against MQM's…

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July 17, 2015

 

UN chooses Dane to head General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly chose a new president Monday, selecting Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark to serve the one-year term. Lykketoft, a politician who is speaker of the Danish parliament, was the sole candidate put forward by Western European nations for the position that is rotated between regions. The 69-year-old has been speaker of…

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June 15, 2015

 

Ebola deaths pass 11,000 mark: WHO

GENEVA: The number of deaths from the Ebola epidemic now exceeds 11,000, figures from the World Health Organization showed on Wednesday. In the three countries worst affected — Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — 26,593 people were infected, and 11,005 had died, the WHO said. The worst ever outbreak of Ebola began in southern Guinea…

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May 6, 2015

 

U.N. chief appeals to Indonesia not to carry out executions

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Indonesia on Saturday not to execute 10 prisoners, including two Australians, for drug-related crimes. Indonesia has so far informed seven of the 10 death row inmates, including the Australians and one Nigerian, that they will be executed in a matter of days, possibly as soon as…

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April 25, 2015

 

UN to vote on Yemen arms embargo today

UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. Security Council is due to vote on Tuesday on a resolution to blacklist the son of Yemen's former president and a Houthi leader and effectively impose an arms embargo on the rebels who rule most of the country, diplomats said. It was unclear how Russia would vote on the draft by…

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April 14, 2015

 

Pakistani volunteer becomes folk hero in Ebola-hit village

UNITED NATIONS: A Pakistani social worker volunteering for the United Nations campaign to stop the spread of deadly Ebola virus has become something of a folk hero for his devoted services to the people of a disease-afflicted village of Sierra Leone, a West African country, according to reports received at UN Headquarters in New York….

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April 4, 2015

 

Syrian army makes rapid advance north of Aleppo: monitor

BEIRUT: The Syrian army, backed by allied militia, has captured several villages near Aleppo in battles aimed at encircling the northern city and cutting off insurgent supply lines, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. SANA, Syria's state news agency, said the army seized at least six villages near Aleppo. The advance on Aleppo is the…

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February 18, 2015

 

Countries to accept over 100,000 Syrian refugees: UN

GENEVA: Countries have more than doubled the number of Syrian refugees they are willing to resettle to over 100,000, the head of the UN refugee agency said Tuesday. “Today, 28 countries expressed their solidarity with the Syrian refugees but also with the five neighbouring countries which are hosting them… offering what we estimate will be…

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December 9, 2014

 

'Mind your own business', NKorea says of UN demand for justice

SEOUL: “Mind your own business,” North Korea's ambassador told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday, moments before it voted to demand justice for Nazi-style atrocities in his country. U.N. human rights investigators said last month security chiefs and possibly Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself should be tried for ordering systematic torture, starvation and…

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March 28, 2014

 
 
 
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