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  • UN chief Antonio Guterres ‘outraged’ by terror attacks in Afghanistan

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed outrage over the series of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, with a top UN official in the country saying the attacks on journalists ahead of World Press Freedom Day is a “direct assault on the freedom of expression”.

  • UNSC must prevent Syria spiralling out of control: UN chief

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed to the five permanent members of the Security Council to break the current deadlock on reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and prevent the situation spiralling out of control in the war-torn country.

  • Jerusalem status must be negotiated: UN

    The UN Secretary General, Nickolay Mladenov, warned of repercussions of any action taken over the disputed city.

  • Pakistan: UN condemns deadly terror attack on Sufi shrine

    United Nations: The United Nations today condemned the terrorist attack inside a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s Sindh province that left over 75 people dead and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justices swiftly.

  • Ban Ki-moon urges UN staff to be voice for voiceless

    New York: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon bid goodbye to staff and Permanent Representatives at United Nations Headquarters in New York and urged them to be a voice for the voiceless.

  • Hope India, Pak will resolve water issue themselves: Ban Ki-moon

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed hope that India and Pakistan will bilaterally resolve issues over water-sharing, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the waters of Sutlej, Beas and Ravi rivers that rightfully belong to India will be stopped from going waste in Pakistan.

  • Deeply concerned about situation at Kashmir LoC: Ban Ki-moon

    United Nations: Deeply concerned over the “deterioration” in situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for restoration of stability in the region, saying the world body supports “all efforts” to reach “durable” peace and security.

  • Hopes fading for woman UN Secretary-General

    United Nations: Hopes for a woman to lead the UN appear to be fading as Portugal’s former premier Antonio Guterres maintained his lead in the fourth round of informal polls to elect the next UN Secretary General, with men occupying the top four positions out of the 10 contenders.

  • Rajnath takes on Pak, says no power can separate Kashmir from India

    New Delhi: Accusing Pakistan of being fully responsible behind the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by the security forces, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday lashed out at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said that no power in the world can wrest Kashmir from India.

  • Ban Ki-moon hails Indo-US commitment to joining Paris accord

    New York: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the efforts made by India and the US to join the Paris Climate agreement, an official statement said. “The Secretary-General welcomes the domestic steps being undertaken by both countries to join the Paris Agreement as soon as possible, including in 2016, and their collaborative efforts to address climate change,” the press statement, released on Tuesday, said.

  • UN chief urges dialogue with North Korea

    Seoul: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today urged a return to talks with North Korea, during a visit to South Korea that has fuelled speculation of his presidential ambitions in his home country. “We must find the path back to dialogue,” Ban said at a peace and security forum on the southern island of Jeju.

  • Iran to sue US over court seizure of USD 2 bn in frozen funds

    Tehran: Iran is preparing international legal action to recover nearly USD 2 billion that the US Supreme Court has ordered be paid as compensation to American victims of terror attacks, President Hassan Rouhani said today. “We will soon take the case of the USD 2 billion to the international court,” Rouhani said in a televised speech. “We will not allow the United States to swallow this money so easily,” the president said to

  • Muslim student in US kicked off flight

    Los Angeles: A 26-year-old Muslim student in the US, who was talking on the phone about a question on the Islamic State he asked to the UN Secretary-General, was booted from a Southwest flight after another passenger felt threatened when he spoke in Arabic.

  • Record number of countries to sign Paris climate accord

    United Nations: A record number of countries are expected to sign a historic climate agreement at a ceremony on April 22, the deputy UN spokesman said. More than 130 countries have confirmed that they will sign the Paris Agreement on April 22, the first day that the accord adopted in December in Paris will be open for signature, Farhan Haq said at a daily news briefing here on Thursday.

  • India calls for transparency at the office of UNGA President 

    United Nations: India has called for ensuring transparency in financial contributions made to the office of the UN General Assembly President, emphasising that such financial disclosures will help in maintaining accountability and integrity of the office. “There is certainly a need to increase transparency, accountability and institutional memory of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA),” First Secretary in the Indian Mission to the UN, Noor Rahman Sheikh, said

  • UN chief greets Myanmars new president

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated U Htin Kyaw on being elected Myanmar’s new president, a UN statement has said. hailed the election “as a significant achievement toward advancing the democratic reforms ushered in by the outgoing government,” Xinhua news agency cited a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman.

  • UN chief advocates press freedom

    United Nations: Citing the murder of Indian journalist Karun Misra, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said every time a journalist is killed anywhere in the world and the press is silenced, the rule of law and democracy get weaker. “Across the global agenda, the media are critical. Yet  journalists face growing efforts to silence their voices – through harassment, censorship and attacks. Journalists are not criminals. But they are often mistreated or even killed because they have the courage to expose

  • For first time, UN chief aspirants to be quizzed by members

    United Nations : The election of the next UN Secretary General will be “historic” and “game-changing” as the member states will interact and question all potential candidates with equal representation being given to women aspirants for the first time in its 70-year-old history. As the process to select the next UN Secretary-General gets under way, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft said that he will hold a series of informal dialogues and meetings with all potential candidates from April 12

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