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Syrian government refuses UN truce terms for Aleppo

The Syrian government has refused the UN envoy’s latest proposal for a truce in Aleppo, calling on insurgents to withdraw and saying it would not grant autonomy to the rebel-held east in exchange for calm. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem yesterday said restoring government rule was a matter of “national sovereignty,” and that Damascus would not allow the people of eastern ... Read More »

India slams UNSC for taking months to sanction terrorist Masood Azhar

UNITED NATIONS: India has strongly criticised the Security Council for taking months to consider sanctioning leaders of groups it has itself designated as terror entities, in an obvious reference to the “technical hold” on India’s bid to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN. Asserting that the Security Council is stuck in its own “time warp and politics”, ... Read More »

UN votes to launch talks on nuclear weapons ban

UNITED NATIONS, United States: A UN General Assembly committee on Thursday voted to launch negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons despite fierce opposition from the world’s nuclear powers. A resolution presented by Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil was adopted by a vote of 123 to 38, with 16 abstentions, following weeks of lobbying by the ... Read More »

Islamic State traps Mosul civilians as human shields: Pentagon

Islamic State jihadists are trapping Mosul’s civilians to use as human shields, the Pentagon said Tuesday as President Barack Obama warned of “significant” potential displacement as the offensive for the Iraqi city progresses. Authorities and aid agencies are bracing for a massive flow of civilians fleeing the northern Iraqi city as the fight to seize the last remaining IS stronghold ... Read More »

Iraq launches offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday launched a battle to liberate the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State in its most ambitious campaign since US forces left five years ago, and the United States predicted the militant group would suffer “a lasting defeat.” “I announce today the start of the heroic operations to free you from the ... Read More »

India rejects Pakistan’s reference to women’s condition in Kashmir

Innocent Indian women have suffered for long due to the persistent terrorist acts perpetrated by ‘proxies of Pakistan’, India has said as it strongly rejecting references by Islamabad to conditions of women in Kashmir.  Counsellor Mayank Joshi in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN ‘completely’ rejected the ‘baseless allegations’ made by Pakistan about women in Jammu and Kashmir, saying ‘in ... Read More »

Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’, carries out war crimes, India tells UN

UNITED NATIONS: India on Thursday called Pakistan a ” terrorist state ” and accused it of carrying out “war crimes” against Indians through its “long-standing policy” of sponsoring terrorism, hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif racked up Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session. In a strong rebuttal, India said the terrorists designated by the UN continued to ... Read More »

Global pledge to stamp out drug-resistant infections

The 193 countries of the United Nations have signed a landmark declaration to rid the world of drug-resistant infections or “superbugs”. Six years in the making, the international commitment could prevent 700,000 deaths a year, say experts. It is the fourth time a UN declaration has been reached on a health issue – following HIV in 2001, non-communicable diseases in ... Read More »