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Migrant boat drowns off the coast of Libya, 22 dead

Twenty-two people from Mali, including three children, have died in a boat disaster off the coast of Libya, the United Nations and the Malian government have confirmed. The people who died were part of a group of 83, most of them Malian nationals, stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22, the Ministry of Malians […]

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North Korea appoints nuclear negotiator Choe Son Hui as nation’s first woman foreign minister

North Korea named top nuclear negotiator as the nation’s first female foreign minister, state media reported Saturday, amid warnings from the US that Pyongyang is preparing to conduct a nuclear test. Career diplomat Choe Son Hui was appointed at a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea from June 8-10, […]

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At least 35 people presumed dead after boat capsizes off Libya’s coast

At least 35 people are presumed dead after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, the United Nations migration agency said on Saturday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the boat sank off the western Libyan city of Sabratha, a major launching point for people from Africa who attempt to make the dangerous voyage […]

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At least 47 children ‘killed or maimed’ in Yemen in January and February 2022

At least 47 children were “killed or maimed” in Yemen’s civil war in January and February following a surge in violence, the United Nations children’s fund said on Saturday. Children are the “first and most to suffer”, UNICEF said, adding that at least 10,000 minors have been killed or injured since 2015, when the Saudi-led […]

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‘Not aware of any biological weapons programmes in Ukraine,’ United Nations says

The United Nations has said it is not aware of a biological weapons programme in Ukraine, as Russia’s claim that such a programme exists was rejected by Washington and its allies at an emergency Security Council meeting. Russia called the meeting on Friday to discuss its unproven allegations that Ukraine is operating biological weapons laboratories […]

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Russian forces are interfering with operations at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant: IAEA

Russian forces have tightened their control on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant since seizing it on Friday, the United Nations nuclear watchdog has warned. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Sunday that Ukraine’s nuclear regulator informed it that staff members at the plant, the largest in Ukraine, are now required […]

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UN General Assembly calls on Russia to ‘immediately, completely and unconditionally’ troops from Ukraine

Most of the world’s nations have voted in favour of a United Nations resolution demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally” withdraw its military forces from Ukraine, in a powerful rebuke of Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour. The resolution was adopted on Wednesday at a rare emergency session of the UN General Assembly. It was […]

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Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine: More than 50,000 flee towards neighbouring countries, UN says

Tens of thousands of people fled Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion, the United Nations has said, warning that the violence could trigger a wave of up to five million refugees fleeing towards neighbouring countries. The UN refugee agency sounded the alarm on Friday as Russian forces closed in on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, […]

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North Korea profited off cyberattacks, vastly developed nuclear and ballistic missile programmes: UN Report

North Korea continued to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes during the past year, and cyberattacks on cryptocurrency exchanges were an important revenue source for Pyongyang according to an excerpt of a confidential United Nations report, the Reuters reported. The annual report by independent sanctions monitors was submitted on Friday evening to the UN […]

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Syria: Babies die from cold after heavy snow and freezing temperatures in Idlib camps

Two babies have died from the cold after heavy snow and freezing temperatures hit camps for displaced people in north-western Syria. A UN official told AFP that the seven-day-old and two-month-old girls had died in Idlib province. Some 2.8 million people have sought shelter in the opposition stronghold after fleeing their homes during the country’s […]

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Russia and US envoys clash at UN Security Council amid troop build-up along Ukraine

Russian and US envoys at the UN Security Council had a fierce encounter, after the US called a meeting to discuss Moscow’s troop build-up on its borders with Ukraine. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the mobilisation was the biggest Europe had seen in decades. Her Russian counterpart accused the US of fomenting hysteria and unacceptable […]

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Nearly 2,000 children recruited by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have died on the battlefield

Nearly 2,000 children recruited by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have died on the battlefield, the United Nations says, and the group is sourcing key components for weapon systems from companies in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. In an annual report to the Security Council circulated on Saturday, UN experts said they had found evidence the […]