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‘Pioneering’ former Chilean Presiden

New York, Aug 11 (IBNS): After a vote on Friday by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, hailed a “pioneer” by the UN Secretary-General, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September.

11-Aug-2018
UN chief welcomes DR Congo President’s

New York, Aug 11 (IBNS): The United Nations Secretary-General has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila’s decision on Thursday, not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on 23 December.

11-Aug-2018
Venezuelan exodus to Ecuador reaches rec

New York, Aug 11 (IBNS): One of the largest population movements in Latin American history is under way from Venezuela, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, which on Friday confirmed that it is increasing assistance to neighbouring Ecuador, where more and more Venezuelans are arriving each week.

11-Aug-2018
UN should never be a target, Baghdad bom

New York, Aug  11 (IBNS): On 19 August 2003, a suicide bomber drove a truck full of explosives to the United Nations headquarters in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Iraq, and blew it up, killing 22 people – among them Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the head of the UN mission in Iraq.

11-Aug-2018
Yemen bus attack just the latest outrage

New York, Aug 11 (IBNS): An air strike on a busy market area in Yemen that reportedly killed scores of people including more than 20 children on a bus, is likely the worst attack on youngsters in the conflict so far, and the latest in a recent spate of violence targeting civilians, UN agencies said on Friday.

11-Aug-2018
UN underscores the need to celebrate ind

New York, Aug 11 (IBNS): Celebrating some 370 million indigenous people across 90 countries; marches, ceremonies and a host of other initiatives took place across the world, as the United Nations marked on Thursday the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

11-Aug-2018
UN underscores the need to celebrate ind

New York, Aug 10 (IBNS): Celebrating some 370 million indigenous people across 90 countries; marches, ceremonies and a host of other initiatives took place across the world, as the United Nations marked on Thursday the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

10-Aug-2018
UN Envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘sei

New York, Aug 10 (IBNS): The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Burundi, Michel Kafando, has called on the country’s leaders to “seize the opportunity” offered by the recent adoption of a new constitution, to create a new political environment that is “conducive to the consolidation of national unity and peace”.

10-Aug-2018
UN chief condemns air strike that hit sc

New York, Aug 10 (IBNS): UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned an air strike by pro-Yemini Government coalition forces, which killed scores of children who were on board a bus travelling through a busy market area in the northern province of Saada.

10-Aug-2018
Thai citizenship means ‘dream of a bri

New York, Aug 10 (IBNS): The decision of the Thai Government to grant citizenship to three of the boys recently rescued after being trapped in a flooded cave, along with their football coach, has been welcomed by UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

10-Aug-2018
Nagasaki is ‘a global inspiration’ f

New York, Aug 10(IBNS): The survivors of the atomic bombings, known in Japanese as the hibakusha, have become global “leaders for peace and disarmament”, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at Thursday’s Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of that devastating day.

10-Aug-2018
Millions at risk if Syria’s war moves

New York, Aug 10 (IBNS): Aid access to embattled Syrians may soon improve following recent military gains by the Government, but the war “cannot be allowed to go to Idlib”, the head of the UN’s Humanitarian Task Force said on Thursday.

10-Aug-2018
Nicaragua must end 'witch-hunt' against

New York, Aug 10 (IBNS): Following weeks of civil unrest in Nicaragua, a group of 11 UN independent human rights experts urged the Government on Thursday to stop the violent repression of protestors, which has left at least 317 people dead and 1,830 injured, stressing that "no one should be detained for the exercise of their human rights”.

10-Aug-2018
FROM THE FIELD: A mountain of indigenous

New York, Aug 10 (IBNS): Indigenous people in a remote mountain town in the Andes in Peru are being helped to boost their incomes by preserving a valuable but threatened breed of alpaca.

10-Aug-2018
Yemen: Dozens of children killed in airs

Sana, Aug 9 (IBNS): Dozens of children lost their lives in Yemen as a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a school bus on Thursday.

09-Aug-2018
Gaza border: Retaliatory fire from Israe

Jerusalem, Aug 9 (IBNS): A pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter were among the three people killed in a retaliatory fire by Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border.

09-Aug-2018
UN urges protection of indigenous people

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS): Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, UN Secretary-General António Guterres put a spotlight on the factors pushing indigenous people to migrate “within their countries and across international borders” despite their “profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources”.

09-Aug-2018
Former Chilean President Bachelet put fo

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS): She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights.

09-Aug-2018
Amid ‘volatile’ environment, UN miss

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS): Despite a myriad of “long-neglected social, economic and development needs”, the Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Wednesday said progress had been made towards recovery and stability in the battle-scarred country, and called for Iraqi political leaders to continue to “work for national reconciliation” through “inclusive” solutions.

09-Aug-2018
In Tokyo, UN chief expresses full suppor

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS): At a joint press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the ongoing talks between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as Japan’s renewed initiative of dialogue with the country.

09-Aug-2018
‘Well-being of two million’ in Gaza

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS): To avert hospital closures and raw sewage overflowing onto the streets of Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator on Wednesday called on Israeli authorities to allow UN-purchased emergency fuel back across the border of the Palestinian enclave.

09-Aug-2018
Let Nagasaki remain ‘the last city’

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS): It’s essential that Nagasaki’s devastation should “not be forgotten” now or in the future, if the threat of nuclear war is to be lifted, said the Director of the Japanese city’s Atomic Bomb Museum, ahead of a visit there on Thursday by the UN Secretary-General.

09-Aug-2018
Entire New South Wales now drought affec

Sydney, Aug 8 (IBNS): The entire state of New South Wales in Australia is affected by drought, its government has said on Wednesday.

08-Aug-2018
Colombia's new President Ivan Duque take

Bogota, Aug 8 (IBNS): Colombia's new President Ivan Duque took office after he was sworn in at Bogota's Bolivar square on Tuesday.

08-Aug-2018
Senior commander of armed Taliban killed

Kabul, Aug 8 (IBNS):  A senior commander of armed Taliban named Najibullah known as Hemat was killed with his two accomplices during overnight operation, Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday.

08-Aug-2018
UN chief calls for ‘increased commitme

New York, Aug 8 (IBNS): Ten years after conflict involving Georgia, Russia and the South Ossetia region broke out, United Nations chief, António Guterres said on Tuesday that “increased commitment” is needed by “relevant actors” to advance the on-going reconciliation and peace process.

08-Aug-2018
‘Immense’ needs of migrants making p

New York, Aug 8 (IBNS): As conflicts and natural disasters have sharply deteriorated living conditions in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, more and more people have been crossing the Gulf of Aden in both directions, leading the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to appeal for $45 million to provide critical aid to 81,000 people over three years.

08-Aug-2018
Indonesia: Psychological impact on earth

New York, Aug 8 (IBNS): Following the magnitude 7 earthquake which rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok at the weekend, more than 130 aftershocks have been felt with some villages being turned into “ghost towns”, journalists at the UN in Geneva heard on Tuesday.

08-Aug-2018
Rights experts call for greater protecti

New York, Aug 8 (IBNS): Governments are being urged to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples are recognized, whether they are living on their traditional lands or forced to move elsewhere.

08-Aug-2018
Key Brazilian border crossing for Venezu

New York, Aug 8 (IBNS): Some 117,000 Venezuelans have claimed asylum already this year — more than for the whole of 2017 — the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, after welcoming a decision by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court to reverse the closure of the country’s border with its northern neighbour.

08-Aug-2018
Australian population to touch 25 milli

Canberra, Aug 7 (IBNS): Australia’s population is due to reach 25 million shortly after 11pm (AEST) on Tuesday, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) population clock.

07-Aug-2018
South Sudan peace deal a ‘big step for

New York, Aug 7 (IBNS): There was jubilation in the streets of South Sudan’s capital overnight on Sunday, as residents celebrated a new agreement that the top UN official in the country has described as “a big step forward” towards ending nearly five years of brutal conflict.

07-Aug-2018
As Hiroshima observes 73rd anniversary o

New York, Aug 7 (IBNS): The world needs the continued moral leadership of the people of Hiroshima, the top United Nations disarmament official said on Monday, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing that devastated the city while lamenting that after decades of momentum towards a nuclear-free world, “progress has stalled.”

07-Aug-2018
UN development agency provides lifeline

New York, Aug 7 (IBNS): If Bilal Bashir, a Palestinian fisherman and lifeguard living on the coast of the Gaza Strip, does not get work over the summer months, he risks being sent to debtors’ prison.

07-Aug-2018
UN chief ‘saddened’ by latest devast

New York, Aug 7 (IBNS): Following the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit Indonesia's East Lombok on Sunday, the United Nations Secretary-General said he was “saddened by the devastating loss of life, injuries and damage caused”, in a statement issued on Monday.

07-Aug-2018
Bologna: Truck explodes on a motorway ne

Bologna, Aug 6 (IBNS): A tanker exploded on a motorway near Bologna Airport in Italy on Monday, media reports said.

06-Aug-2018
Explosion rocks Italian city of Bologna

Bologna, Aug 6 (IBNS): An explosion rocked Italian city of Bologna on Monday, media reports said.

06-Aug-2018
Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador,

Riyadh, Aug 6 (IBNS): Citing interference in its internal matters, Saudi Arabia has expelled the Canadian ambassador and freezes all bilateral ties..

06-Aug-2018
Indonesia: Lombok Island earthquake kill

Jakarta, Aug 6 (IBNS): At least 82 people were killed as a powerful quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale hit Indonesian Island of Lombok,  media reports said on Monday.

06-Aug-2018
Nigeria: Wanted Boko Haram commander nab

Abuja, Aug 5 (IBNS): The Nigerian Army on Sunday said a wanted Boko Haram commander has been nabbed by them, media reports said.

05-Aug-2018
Aircraft with 20 onboard crashes in Swis

Geneva, Aug 5 (IBNS): At least 20 people were killed when a vintage aircraft crashed into a mountainside in eastern Switzerland, media reports said on Sunday.

05-Aug-2018
Indonesia: 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits

Lombok Island, Aug 5 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale hit Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, US Geological Survey said.

05-Aug-2018
Helicopter crash kills 18 in Siberia

Moscow, Aug 4 (IBNS): At least 18 people were killed as a Mi-8 helicopter  crashed in the north of Krasnoyarsk region, East Siberia, media reports said on Saturday.

04-Aug-2018
Woman attracts fine for wearing niqab in

Copenhagen, Aug 4 (IBNS): A woman became the first person to be fined for violating the face veil ban in Denmark.

04-Aug-2018
At least 18 killed as Russian copter cra

Siberia, Aug 4 (IBNS): At least 18 people were killed in a helicopter crash in Russia's Siberia region, reports said.

04-Aug-2018
Ethiopia: humanitarians scale up life-sa

New York, Aug 4 (IBNS): To address the urgent needs of more than a million displaced by inter-communal violence in southwestern Ethiopia over the past four months, UN humanitarian agencies and their partners are ramping up their efforts, providing among other things shelter, household items, water and sanitation, and food to the most vulnerable.

04-Aug-2018
Economy is society’s servant, not its

New York, Aug 4 (IBNS): Marginalized groups suffer unduly harsh consequences due to Brazil’s economic policies of austerity, prompting United Nations rights experts to urge the Government to instead prioritize human rights.

04-Aug-2018
Facebook launches "Digital Literacy Libr

New York, Aug 3 (IBNS): Popular social media website Facebook announced the launch of  "Digital Literacy Library" on Friday.

03-Aug-2018
Sun Wenguang: Chinese police shuts down

Beijing, Aug 3 (IBNS): In a case of human rights violation, the police in China intervened and took down a live interview that featured prominent critic Sun Wenguang, reports said.

03-Aug-2018
This is a new beginning: Zimbabwe Presid

Harare, Aug 3 (IBNS): Zimbabwe's electoral commission has declared Zanu-PF candidate and incumbent President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, as the winner in the recently concluded presidential polls.

03-Aug-2018
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