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Islamic State claims fatal attack on for

Dushanbe, July 31 (IBNS): The Islamic State has claimed Sunday's fatal attack on four foreign cyclists in Tajikistan, reports said.

31-Jul-2018
UN receives 70 new allegations of sexual

New York, July 31 (IBNS): The United Nations received 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse across all its entities and implementing partners, between the beginning of April to the end of June this year, UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, announced on Monday, with 18 cases involving peacekeeping operations, and 25 from “agencies, funds and programmes.”

31-Jul-2018
Local aid workers in Syria are the ‘ba

New York, July 31 (IBNS): Delivering life-saving assistance to millions of women, children and men in Syria, local aid workers need to be safer and better protected, said the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country on Monday.

31-Jul-2018
Governments need to step up protection f

New York, July 31 (IBNS): Marking World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations sheds light on the plight of millions of children, women and men – especially migrants – who, every year, fall prey to traffickers across the world.

31-Jul-2018
Mugabe-less Zimbabwe to vote for the fir

Harare, July 30 (IBNS): Zimbabweans will witness history on Monday as the country will undergo the presidential polls without its longtime leader, Robert Mugabe, for the first time since independence.

30-Jul-2018
Hudaydah ‘one airstrike away from unst

New York, July 30 (IBNS): The crucial Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, which has been living under fire from pro-Government forces for weeks now, could be just “one airstrike away from an unstoppable epidemic”, said the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country on Sunday.

30-Jul-2018
Government and opposition must ‘respec

New York, July 30 (IBNS): The recent infringement of democratic rights and civil liberties in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros, ahead of a vote on constitutional reform, is a source of concern said United Nations chiefAntónio Guterres on Sunday.

30-Jul-2018
Ahead of World Day against human traffic

New York, July 30 (IBNS): Ahead of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Monday, the UN human rights expert on the issue has emphasized that both victims and potential victims’ rights must be upheld – especially women and children – and appealed for all States to prevent and combat the global scourge.

30-Jul-2018
Indonesia earthquake leaves 14 killed

Bali, July 29 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit   Indonesia's popular tourist island of Lombok and left at least 14 people killed, media reports said.

29-Jul-2018
Make Sunday ‘an important celebration

New York, July 29 (IBNS): On the eve of Mali’s crucial presidential election, the United Nations Secretary-General said that despite clear security challenges, voters in the arid African nation of around 18 million, needed to ensure that the key poll was first and foremost “an important celebration of democracy”.

29-Jul-2018
Mali: Any dispute over key Sunday vote m

New York, July 28 (IBNS): With key presidential elections in Mali just two days away, the top United Nations official there on Friday stressed that candidates must accept the results and ensure that the democratic process in Mali is “irreversible”.

28-Jul-2018
Ahead of World Day against human traffic

New York, July 28 (IBNS): Ahead of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the UN human rights expert on the issue emphasized on Friday that both victims and potential victims’ rights must be upheld – especially women and children – and appealed for all States to prevent and combat the global scourge.

28-Jul-2018
UN chief welcomes new law giving extra a

New York, July 28 (IBNS): The UN Secretary-General on Friday welcomed a new law which grants extra autonomy to Muslim communities living in the Southern Philippines, describing it as a “landmark achievement on the road to lasting peace”.

28-Jul-2018
The ‘used and abused’ children of Sy

New York, July 28 (IBNS): More than 7,000 children have lost their lives or been maimed as a result of the brutal conflict in Syria, a senior United Nations official told the UN Security Council on Friday, stressing that they had been abused by the warring parties for far too long.

28-Jul-2018
‘Warehouses emptying’ amid growing h

New York, July 28 (IBNS): More than 180,000 people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in south-west Syria after weeks of escalating hostilities that have restricted aid access to the area, the UN said on Friday.

28-Jul-2018
Cambodia: Before crucial vote on Sunday,

New York, July 28 (IBNS): As Cambodians prepare to vote in general elections on Sunday, the United Nations Secretary-General issued a statement on Friday calling for “an inclusive and pluralistic political process” saying that it “remains essential for safeguarding the progress made by Cambodia in consolidating peace.”

28-Jul-2018
North Korea returns remains of US soldie

Pyongyang/Washington, July 27 (IBNS): In its latest diplomatic gesture towards the United States of America, North Korea has returned the remains of  the American soldiers, believed to have been slain during the Korean War

27-Jul-2018
New ECOSOC president to revive ‘delibe

New York, July 27 (IBNS): The newly-elected President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Ronda King, of the Caribbean island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, said on Thursday that she intended to make the year ahead “a defining” one for the body that leads the UN’s ambitious drive for sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

27-Jul-2018
Guterres sounds alarm over worst cashflo

New York, July 27 (IBNS): The United Nations is at risk of running out of cash, the UN chief has warned, urging Member States to pay their mandatory contributions on time and in full, so that the world body can continue to deliver on its key mandates.  

27-Jul-2018
Despite challenges and ‘unfinished bus

New York, July 27 (IBNS): Amid a long series of challenges, the implementation of the peace process in Colombia is moving forward and has achieved important milestones in recent months, according to a new report by the United Nations Secretary-General presented to the Security Council on Thursday.

27-Jul-2018
‘Stigma and discrimination still persi

New York, July 27 (IBNS): Although progress in treating people living with HIV has enabled them to work, they continue to face career discrimination, says a new study launched on Thursday by the United Nations labour agency.

27-Jul-2018
DR Congo: UN envoy calls for ‘a level

New York, July 27 (IBNS): Major progress has been made on preparations for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but “conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place”, said the most senior United Nations official based in the country.

27-Jul-2018
UN human rights experts urge Egypt to re

New York, July 27 (IBNS): Galal El Behairy has been held in detention since February after penning a song critical of Egypt’s policies, prompting United Nations human rights experts on Thursday to urge the government to release him immediately.

27-Jul-2018
UN chief strongly condemns terrorist att

New York, July 27 (IBNS): The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, has strongly condemned multiple suicide bombings on Wednesday in the government-held town of Sweida, in Syria’s south-west, which killed and injured scores of civilians.

27-Jul-2018
Man detonates bomb outside US embassy in

Beijing, July 26 (IBNS): A man detonated a bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, triggering an explosion, media reports said.

26-Jul-2018
Dozens evacuated as fire rages through L

London, July 26 (IBNS): Around  100 firefighters fought a blaze on the top floor of a block of flats in north-west London's  West Hampstead early on Thursday, media reports said.

26-Jul-2018
Explosion near US embassy, in Beijing

Beijing, July 26 (IBNS): A huge explosion has reportedly taken place outside the US embassy in Beijing, media reports said.

26-Jul-2018
Pakistan: UN chief condemns suicide atta

New York, July 26 (IBNS): The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Wednesday condemned the killing of dozens of people near a polling station in the western city of Quetta due to a suicide attack, as voters headed to the polls in Pakistan’s general elections. 

26-Jul-2018
Greek wildfire tragedy: world must ‘st

New York, July 26 (IBNS): Following the death of at least 80 people due to wildfires close to the Greek capital, Athens, in recent days, the top UN official for Disaster Risk Reduction expressed her condolences and called for more investment in wildfire suppression and prevention across the world.

26-Jul-2018
Proposal for Spain to reckon with its pa

New York, July 26 (IBNS): A group of UN human rights experts has welcomed the announcement earlier this month by the Spanish Minister of Justice that the Government is paving the way for a Truth Commission to investigate violations that occurred during the civil war and the era of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco that followed.

26-Jul-2018
Cameroon violence needs urgent investiga

new York, July 26 (IBNS): Persistent reports of grave human rights abuses in Cameroon — including a widely shared video showing the alleged execution of a woman, child and baby — must be investigated by the authorities urgently, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Wednesday.

26-Jul-2018
Acute lack of funding threatens critical

New York, July 26 (IBNS): Despite major fundraising efforts, UNRWA – the UN agency tasked with providing life-saving support to Palestinian refugees – is facing the “largest ever reduction in funding” in its history which is threatening the very existence of many of its critical assistance programmes.

26-Jul-2018
At least 19 dead, 49 missing and many ho

Vientiane, July 25 (IBNS): At least 19 people are dead and 49 believed missing in southern Laos after an unfinished hydroelectric dam collapsed with the gushing water inundating downstream villages, Lao media reported.

25-Jul-2018
Syria: Over 30 killed in suicide attacks

Damascus, July 25 (IBNS): Over 30 people have been killed as a suicide blast rocked Syria's Sweida city on Wednesday morning, reports said.

25-Jul-2018
Greece wildfires: At least 74 killed, PM

Athens, July 25 (IBNS): Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has declared three days of mourning as at least 74 lives were lost in the ravaging wildfires, which hit several parts of the peninsular southern-eastern European nation.

25-Jul-2018
UN ready to assist rescue and relief eff

New York, July 25 (IBNS): Following reports that dozens of people are dead or missing following the collapse of a dam that was under construction in Laos, the United Nations chief on Tuesday said that the world body stands ready to support the rescue and relief efforts, if authorities request it.

25-Jul-2018
UN, Egypt help avert another Israel-Pale

New York, July 25 (IBNS): Intense diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and Egypt have helped avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza that appeared just “minutes away” over the past weekend, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.

25-Jul-2018
UN rights office appeals for peaceful Zi

New York, July 25 (IBNS): Zimbabwe’s upcoming presidential elections must be peaceful and credible, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, amid increasing reports of voter intimidation and coercion linked to the ruling ZANU-PF party.

25-Jul-2018
Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet th

Jerusalem, July 24 (IBNS): The Israel defence forces said a Syrian warplane flying over its airspace was shot down in the country's Golan area on Tuesday.

24-Jul-2018
Rescued Thai boys to be inducted into Bu

Bangkok, July 24 (IBNS): In accordance with tradition, the rescued Thai boys and their coach will be inducted into Buddhist monastery, reports said.

24-Jul-2018
Greece wildfires: At least 20 dead, over

Athens, July 24 (IBNS): A deadly forest fire has killed at least 20 people while it ravaged parts of Greece.

24-Jul-2018
UN experts urge India to align new anti-

New York, July 24 (IBNS): India must revise its planned new legislation to tackle trafficking in persons so that the measures proposed are in line with international human rights law, said two independent UN human rights experts on Monday.

 

24-Jul-2018
UN human rights chief denounces grave 'a

New York, July 24 (IBNS): From arbitrary detentions and deliberate deprivation, to attacks against civilians and forced displacements, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, expressed “acute concerns” on Monday over the current human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

24-Jul-2018
Maldives resort employees on warpath wit

Male, July 23 (IBNS): Thousands of resort workers in Maldives have launched an agitation and threatened to strike work for their voting rights after the island nation's Election Commission (EC) decided to have ballot boxes in only seven resorts as against 40 in the 2013 polling.

23-Jul-2018
Essential services on verge of shutdown

New York, July 23 (IBNS): Supplies of emergency fuel provided by the United Nations for critical facilities in Gaza are being fast depleted, a senior UN relief official there warned on Sunday.

23-Jul-2018
Gunmen kill 11 taxi drivers in South Afr

Johannesburg, July 22 (IBNS): At least 11 taxi drivers were shot dead by gunmen in South Africa when they were travelling from Johannesburg city to  Kwa-Zulu Natal area, media reports said on Sunday.

22-Jul-2018
UN chief urges Hamas and Israel to ‘st

New York, July 21 (IBNS): Voicing deep concern over the latest flare-up of violence around Gaza, the United Nations chief on Saturday urged all sides to “step back from the brink of another devastating conflict”.

22-Jul-2018
Colombia: New Congress marks rebel group

New York, July 22 (IBNS): Celebrating the holding of the first session of a new Congress in Colombia, the United Nations has said that the inclusion of former rebels in the legislative body marked their transition “from weapons to politics”.

22-Jul-2018
Uzbekistan holds roundtable for betterme

Tashkent, July 22 (IBNS): The National Human Rights Centre of Uzbekistan, together with the committees on democratic institutions, non-state non-profit organizations and civil society institutions, as well as on the issues of science, education, culture and sports of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis, organized a roundtable discussion for protection of child rights.

22-Jul-2018
E-Governance: A powerful tool to combat,

New York, July 21 (IBNS): E-governance plays a critical role in building inclusive, resilient societies both before and in response to disasters, according to a United Nations report issued this week.

21-Jul-2018
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