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U.N. calls for release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

U.N. calls for release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Geneva – The United Nations human rights office called on Friday on Myanmar authorities to release two detained Reuters journalists, a day after they were denied bail. “We repeat the calls for their immediate release and for the charges to be dropped,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing. “We are […]

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Syrian refugee sets himself ablaze at UN office in Lebanon

Syrian refugee sets himself ablaze at UN office in Lebanon

Tripoli – A Syrian refugee in Lebanon set himself on fire Wednesday outside a UN office in desperation at aid getting cut off to his family, suffering serious burns. Refugee agency UNHCR and the World Food Programme told AFP that the man – named by family as 43-year-old father of four Ryad Khalaf Zibou – […]

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UN Chief appoints Malaysian as new head of UN-Habitat

UN Chief appoints Malaysian as new head of UN-Habitat

United Nations – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday appointed Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia as new executive director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), China’s Xinhua news agency reported. The appointment was made following her election by the UN General Assembly. Maimunah, who succeeds Joan Clos of Spain as UN-Habitat head, is currently […]

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Malaysia not cowed by US threat over UN Jerusalem vote – Zahid

Malaysia not cowed by US threat over UN Jerusalem vote – Zahid

Putrajaya – Malaysia stated today that it will not be cowed by a United States threat to cut financial aid to the countries which backed a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid […]

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Defying Trump, over 120 countries at UN condemn Jerusalem decision

Defying Trump, over 120 countries at UN condemn Jerusalem decision

More than 120 countries defied President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favor. A total of 128 countries […]

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Jerusalem: Malaysia to voice objections at UN

Jerusalem: Malaysia to voice objections at UN

Male – Malaysia will play its role to bring the strong voice rejecting the United States’ unilateral declaration on the status of Jerusalem at the United Nations (UN), said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said Malaysia strongly supported Egypt’s draft-resolution rejecting the declaration made by the US to recognise Jerusalem as the […]

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UN envoy warns N. Korea ‘miscalculation’ could trigger conflict

UN envoy warns N. Korea ‘miscalculation’ could trigger conflict

A senior UN envoy warned Saturday there was a grave risk of a miscalculation that could trigger conflict with North Korea as he urged Pyongyang to keep channels open after a rare visit to the reclusive state. Jeffrey Feltman’s four-day trip to the North – the first by such a high-ranking UN diplomat since 2010 […]

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Isolated US defends Trump on Jerusalem at the UN

Isolated US defends Trump on Jerusalem at the UN

The United States stood alone yesterday as one after another fellow UN Security Council member criticised its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The debate unfolded at a largely symbolic emergency meeting of the council — no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power — two days after President […]

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North Korea says visiting UN official expressed willingness to ease tensions

North Korea says visiting UN official expressed willingness to ease tensions

UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, who visited North Korea this week, expressed willingness to ease tension on the Korean peninsula, state media said today, amid a rising war of words over the North’s missile and nuclear programmes. North Korea also said in a statement carried by its official KCNA news agency that the UN […]

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Myanmar rebuffs ‘harmful’ UN statement on Rohingya

Myanmar rebuffs ‘harmful’ UN statement on Rohingya

Yangon – Myanmar on Wednesday hit back at a UN Security Council statement critical of its handling of the Rohingya refugee crisis, saying it could “seriously harm” efforts to repatriate the Muslim minority from Bangladesh. On Monday the top UN body called on Myanmar to rein in military operations that have pushed more than 600,000 […]

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