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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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September 21, 2017

 

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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September 21, 2017

 

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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September 21, 2017

 

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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September 20, 2017

 

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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September 19, 2017

 

Rights group urges new Myanmar sanctions over Rohingya crisis

YANGON: A rights group has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against the Myanmar military in response to an offensive that has sent 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing, reported Reuters. The latest spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on…

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September 18, 2017

 

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to attend 72nd UNGA session

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead Pakistan delegation to 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from September 18. The Annual gathering of the 193-member body will give Pakistan an opportunity to engage multilaterally and bilaterally to advance its priorities in diverse areas. The Prime Minister will hold bilateral…

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September 16, 2017

 

Bangladesh to build 14,000 shelters for Rohingya

DHAKA: Bangladesh will build 14,000 new shelters to house the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees camping on roadsides, in fields and on hills, an official said Saturday. According to the UN nearly 400,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after fleeing a military crackdown launched by Myanmar’s military. Bangladesh authorities said…

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September 16, 2017

 

Houthis threaten Saudi, UAE civilian targets

DUBAI: Houthi insurgents have threatened to attack civilian targets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in response to Riyadh’s call to put Yemen’s Al-Hodeida port under UN administration. In a televised speech, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek Al-Houthi said his militia’s ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere…

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September 15, 2017

 

Int’l Day of Democracy today

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations (UN) International Day of Democracy will be observed on September 15 (Friday) across the world, including Pakistan, to raise public awareness about democracy. This year’s theme of democracy and conflict prevention focuses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and stability. A more integrated approach to foster…

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September 15, 2017

 

UN fears worse to come as Rohingya exodus reaches 389,000

DHAKA: The number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh to escape ethnic unrest hit 389,000 on Thursday and the United Nations warned of a looming “worst case scenario” with all of the Muslim minority group trying to leave. The figure rose 10,000 in 24 hours, indicating the Rohingya crisis remains acute. Relief agencies…

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September 14, 2017

 

International Literacy Day to be observed tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations’ (UN) International Literacy Day will be observed on September 8 to raise people’s awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.     According to UNESCO, about 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills. One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. About 75…

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September 7, 2017

 

Imran criticizes int’l community’s silence on Rohingya issue

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan criticized the world community over its silence on the Rohingya issue. Speaking to media on Thursday, Imran Khan stated that people – from all walks of life in Pakistan – condemned the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Khan claimed that United Nations (UN) and Organization of…

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September 7, 2017

 

Islamic State threat remains despite military blows: UN report

UNITED NATIONS: The Islamic State group continues to “motivate and enable” global attacks and funnel funds to supporters despite military blows to its so-called Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, according to a UN report Thursday. The 24-page text, prepared by a panel of experts for the Security Council, noted that remittances sent abroad — often…

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August 11, 2017

 

World food prices surge 2.3 percent in July: FAO

ROME: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday that world food prices rose 2.3 percent in July from the month before, their third successive monthly increase, supported by higher values for most cereals, sugar and dairy. The FAO Food Price Index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds,…

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August 6, 2017

 

U.S. slaps sanctions on Iran firms after satellite launch

WASHINGTON: The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on six subsidiaries of a company key to Iran’s ballistic missile programme, citing continued “provocative actions” like Tehran’s launch of a rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit. Iranian state television reported on Thursday that Iran had successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into…

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July 29, 2017

 

UN blames Saudi-led coalition for deadly Yemen strike

The United Nations on Friday blamed a Saudi-led coalition for a deadly air strike on civilians in Yemen this week, saying there were no military targets in the area hit. The attack on Tuesday in the Mawza district of the southwestern province of Taez killed at least 20 people, including four children, according to residents….

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July 21, 2017

 

Kashmiri leaders voice concern over killing of Hindu pilgrims

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the killing of Hindu pilgrims performing Amarnath yatra. In a joint statement in Srinagar, they expressed solidarity with the families of the victims. The United Nations has also deplored…

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July 12, 2017

 

Trump defends daughter Ivanka’s seat at G20 table

HAMBURG: U.S. President Donald Trump defended his daughter, White House adviser Ivanka Trump, on Monday after she raised some eyebrows over the weekend by taking his place at a table with world leaders at a G20 meeting. She briefly sat in her father’s chair at the global gathering in Hamburg during a closed-door session on…

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July 10, 2017

 

Over 100 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

UNITED NATIONS: A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favor with one country — NATO member The Netherlands voting against — while Singapore…

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July 7, 2017

 

Russia blocks UN statement calling for North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS: Russia on Thursday blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for “significant measures” in response to North Korea’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, arguing that the missile was in fact of medium range. The United States had circulated the statement for adoption by the 15-member council after announcing plans for a…

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July 7, 2017

 
 
 
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