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Taliban requests to address UN General Assembly in New York City

The Taliban have requested to address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York City. A UN committee will rule on the request but it is unlikely to happen during the current session of the body. The Taliban also nominated their Doha-based spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador. The […]

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Taliban are carrying executions, blocking girls from attending school, recruiting child soldiers: UN human rights chief

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says her office has credible reports of serious violations by the Taliban. They include summary executions, blocking girls from attending school and recruitment of child soldiers. Though the ultraconservative Islamists have sought to present themselves as more moderate since taking control of the country, evidence gathered by the UN […]

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‘Code Red For Humanity’: UN report sounds alarm over irreversible climate impact

The United Nations scientific panel on Monday released the world’s largest, in-depth report into climate change, setting out a stark reality of the state of our Earth. The report was compiled by 234 experts from 66 countries and is the most comprehensive to be released by the UN panel since 2013. The alarming report called […]

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Two arrested for plotting to kill Myanmar’s anti-coup UN ambassador

Two Myanmar citizens were arrested in the United States for plotting to kill Myanmar’s UN ambassador. The US attorney’s office in New York said Phyo Hein Htut and Ye Hein Zaw had planned to hire attackers to force Kyaw Moe Tun to step down. He is a vocal critic of Myanmar’s military rulers, who seized […]

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Car bomb explosion wounds 13 UN peacekeepers in northern Mali

A car bomb explosion in northern Mali wounded at least 13 UN peacekeepers, UN and the German government said. The UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said on Twitter on Friday that the wounded soldiers were evacuated following the incident earlier in the day that targeted a temporary base near Tarkint in the northeastern region […]

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Taliban takes control of more than 50 districts in Afghanistan, UN sounds alarm

The Taliban has taken more than 50 of the 370 districts in Afghanistan since May this year, UN special envoy Deborah Lyons told the Security Council, warning of “dire scenarios” ahead of the foreign troop withdrawal. The US and NATO troops have set 11 September as the final date for withdrawal, though Pentagon spokesman John […]

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More than 8,400 children were killed by wars in 2020: UN report

Grave violations against children in conflict remain “alarmingly high”, with the coronavirus pandemic increasing their vulnerability to abduction, recruitment and sexual violence, a new United Nations report has found. In its annual Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) report the UN said at least 19,379 children affected by war in 2020 were victims of grave violations […]

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350,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region face famine conditions: UN report

A high-level UN-led committee on humanitarian crises estimated about 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are facing famine conditions. The 350,000 figure was presented at a meeting of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising 18 UN and non-UN organisations chaired by UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock. The analysis, which diplomats said could be released publicly […]

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‘Bombardment by Israeli defence forces in Gaza is shocking’: UN chief urges immediate ceasefire

The fighting in the Middle East must stop immediately, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a UN General Assembly meeting on Thursday. “The past ten days have witnessed a dangerous and horrific surge in deadly violence in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly Gaza, and in Israel,” Guterres told the meeting called by the Organisation […]

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42 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Sunday, total death toll climbs to 188

Israeli air strikes in Gaza destroyed several homes on Sunday, killing 42 Palestinians, including 10 children, health officials said. The Israeli military said the civilian casualties had been unintentional and that it had attacked a tunnel system used by militants, which collapsed, bringing the homes down with it. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s campaign […]

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UN peacekeeping troops seize hundreds of suspected Islamic State weapons and ammunition

British troops part of the UN peacekeeping mission seized suspected Islamic State weapons including AK47 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in Mali. The weapons were retrieved from a village close to the border with Niger, where the Ministry of Defence said locals were being threatened. Soldiers also found camouflage clothing, radios, mobile phones […]

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Rocket attacks target United Nations peacekeepers at military base in Mali

Three United Nations peacekeepers were seriously injured in a rocket attack on a military base in northern Mali, UN and local officials said. Olivier Salgado, the spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African country, MINUSMA, said Sunday’s attack took place on a base in Tessalit, which houses Malian soldiers, UN peacekeepers and […]