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More than 160 migrants drown in two separate shipwrecks off Libya: UN

More than 160 migrants drowned in two separate shipwrecks off Libya during the past week, a United Nations migration official said. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, said on Tuesday that at least 102 migrants were reported dead after their wooden boat capsized off Libya on Friday. At least eight others […]

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Yemen: Houthi missile attack on mosque and religious school in Marib kills and injures 29 civilians

A Houthi ballistic missile attack on the Yemeni province of Marib has killed and injured 29 civilians, including women and children, according to the country’s information minister. In a tweet on Monday, Muammar al-Iryani said the two ballistic missiles used in the attack hit a mosque and a religious school. The Marib governor’s office said […]

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People in North Korea are at the risk of starvation, UN expert urges lifting of sanctions

Children and the elderly people in North Korea are at the risk of starvation, a UN expert has said. The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the country blamed international sanctions and a Covid-19 blockade for worsening food shortages. As a result, North Koreans are struggling daily to “live a life of dignity” Tomas […]

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World’s worst oil leak in waiting? Deteriorating oil tanker off Yemen threatens food and water supplies for millions, environment catastrophe

An oil spill involving a deteriorating tanker off the coast of Yemen could disrupt food and water supplies for millions of people as well as trigger an environmental catastrophe across the region. Researchers from Stanford University, Harvard University, and UC Berkeley released models on the impact of an oil spill from the FSO Safer in […]

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UN Human Rights council declares access to clean and healthy environment a fundamental right

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday recognised access to a clean and healthy environment as a fundamental right, formally adding its weight to the global fight against climate change and its devastating consequences. The vote passed with overwhelming support, despite criticism in the lead-up from the United States and the United Kingdom. The […]

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‘China will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad’: President Xi Jinping pledges at UNGA

China will not build new coal-fire projects abroad, a move that could be pivotal in tackling global emissions. President Xi Jinping made the announcement in his address at the United Nations General Assembly. China has been funding coal projects in countries like Indonesia and Vietnam under a massive infrastructure project known as the Belt and […]

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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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The planet is on a catastrophic path amid increased global emissions, UN report

Planet Earth is racing towards 2.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels according to a report on global emissions targets by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Scientists have said that the planet needs to slash 45% of its emissions by 2030 to reach carbon neutrality by mid-century. But under current emissions commitments from countries […]

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United Nations’ nuclear watchdog reach agreement with Iran to avert another crisis

The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog and Iran’s nuclear chief reached an agreement that will prevent another crisis looming over the prospect of restoring Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), landed in Tehran late on Saturday and met Mohammad Eslami, the newly appointed head […]

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United Nations condemns Taliban’s violent crackdown on protests

The United Nations condemned Taliban’s brutal response in curbing dissent after the group’s rapid take over of Afghanistan. The Taliban killed at least four protesters during recent rallies, a UN report said. Demonstrations have been taking place across Afghanistan since the fall of Kabul on 15 August 2021, demanding respect for women’s rights and greater freedoms. […]

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North Korea rejects three million Chinese-made Sinovac Covid-19 jabs

North Korea has asked that almost three million Covid-19 jabs offered to it be redirected elsewhere, the UN says. A spokesperson said the country had asked that the shots be relocated to harder hit nations in view of global vaccine shortages. Chinese-made Sinovac shots were offered under the Covax programme which aims to help poorer […]

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Weather disasters increase five folds in past 50 years; killed over 2 million people, cost $3.6 trillion: UN

The number of weather disasters driven by climate change has increased fivefold during the past 50 years, killing more than two million people and costing $3.64 trillion in total losses, a UN agency says. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said its “Atlas”, released on Wednesday, is the most comprehensive review of mortality and economic losses […]