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UN refugee chief says Afghan stability needed

KABUL, Afghanistan The international community and therefore the Taliban will get to find how to affect one another for the sake of stabilizing Afghanistan, the chief of the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday. Filippo Grandi said the…

UN: Gaza has significant trauma, medical needs

GENEVA The World Health Organization has tallied “significant trauma needs” in Palestinian areas, where at least 243 people have been killed during 11 days of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris…

Indian interfaith institute bags UN award

Jose Kalathil NEW DELHI: The Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies (IHPS), New Delhi, has been selected for the 11th ‘King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week’ 2021 Prize. Other winners of the prize are Wellington Interfaith…

Language a Medium of Inter-cultural Harmony

Dr M. D. Thomas 21 February is celebrated worldwide as ‘International Mother Language Day’. It could also be called ‘world mother tongue day’. This day was proclaimed so in 1999 in its General Conference, by UNESCO, that is to say,…

End impunity for torture, UN experts urge Israel

GENEVA UN human rights experts urged Israel on Monday to end torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment universally prohibited under international law. The demand comes after Israel’s Attorney-General last month ended…

Libya forum to vote on executive: UN envoy

GENEVA A committee advising a UN-brokered Libyan political forum ended Saturday with the acting special envoy saying a new phase to elect presidential candidates will begin in a virtual process Monday by choosing a temporary executive.…

U.N World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway The United Nations’ World Food Program on Friday won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The organization provided assistance to almost 100 million people in…

UN: Myanmar fails to resolve Rohingya crisis

Myanmar has failed to take necessary measures to resolve the Rohingya crisis, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Monday. Speaking at the opening of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council…

India reports record 75,000 new virus infections

NEW DELHI India has recorded another single-day record of new coronavirus cases, reporting 75,760 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry on Thursday also reported 1,023 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total…

US envoy calls for Iran arms embargo renewal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates An expiring United Nations weapons embargo on Iran must remain in place to prevent it from “becoming the arms dealer of choice for rogue regimes and terrorist organizations around the world,” the U.S. special…

Virus forces cancellation of Asian peace prize

BANGKOK A Philippine peace award has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking only the third disruption in six decades for the annual prize regarded as an Asian Nobel. The Manila-based foundation that hands out the…

UN Secretary-General: Domestic violence on rise

UNITED NATIONS United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says there has been “a horrifying global surge in domestic violence” in recent weeks as fear of the coronavirus pandemic has grown along with its social and economic…

Singapore has first 2 deaths from coronavirus

coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 275,000 people and killed more than 11,300. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing…

Feeling the pressure

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations and is commonly known as the world court. It settles legal disputes submitted by states and gives advisory opinions on legal questions referred…

Mini-Hydro Village Electrification in Nepal

Kathmandu Mini hydropower plans to provide off-grid electricity for villages in the Nepalese mountains. So far, 500 micro power plants have been installed under this project Project Duration: July 2014 - July 2019 Funding: Government of…

UN expert praises ICC war crimes probe on Israel

GENEVA: A formal criminal investigation into war crimes allegations in Palestine is a “momentous step forward in the quest for accountability,” a UN human rights expert said Tuesday of the ICC’s decision. “Accountability has, until now,…