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UN strongly criticized for failing to resolve Taliban “source” of terrorism

PTI United Nations India has strongly criticized the UN for its failure to show resolve in sanctioning new Taliban leaders who continue to perpetrate violence and destruction in Afghanistan and aided by those harboured in safe havens in its neighbourhood, a veiled reference to Pakistan. Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Eenam Gambhir said at a UN General ... Read More »

India abstains from voting on UN resolution to condemn activities of Hamas

PTI United Nations India has abstained from voting on a UN General Assembly draft resolution put forward by the US that would have condemned the activities of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza The resolution ‘Activities of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza’ got 87 votes in favour, 58 against with 32 abstentions.                 The resolution failed to ... Read More »

US to oppose China’s effort to impose its own Dalai Lama

PTI   Washington The US has hinted that it will oppose any move by China to impose its own Dalai Lama on the Tibetan people as Washington believes that the decision to pick the successor to Tibet’s current top Buddhist leader should be as per religious traditions and the state has no role in it. China has grown increasingly wary ... Read More »

Mystery over dead Nepalese women’s identity in Israel resolved

PTI Jerusalem The mystery surrounding the identity of a woman caregiver, who died in Israel last month after allegedly entering the country on a forged Indian passport, was resolved with her Nepalese parents coming forward to claim her body. Jamuna Thapa entered Israel as Neha Sharma on the Indian passport number L637541 issued in Merabil in Assam’s Udalguri district. She ... Read More »

Chief financial officer of China’s Huawei arrested in Canada

AFP   Ottawa The chief financial officer of China’s global telecommunications giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States, officials said Friday, triggering a strong protest by Beijing, which called for her immediate release. Meng Wanzhou’s detention comes after American authorities reportedly launched an investigation into suspected Iran sanctions by Huawei, which was already ... Read More »

Saudi crown prince allies accused over Khashoggi murder

Istanbul: A Turkish prosecutor has demanded that arrest warrants be issued against two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish source close to the investigation said Wednesday. Please like & share: Read More »

UN chief asks nations to redefine climate mitigation plans

IANS   Katowice (Poland) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called upon the nations to redefine their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to mitigate climate effects and to achieve goals under the Paris Agreement that include disbursement of $100 billion per year for 2020-2025 by rich nations. In his address at the UN climate negotiations, known as COP24, which saw world ... Read More »

Highest weather-related damage recorded in 2017: Climate index

IANS   Katowice (Poland) Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka and Dominica were hardest hit in 2017, the year with the highest weather-related losses ever recorded, the Global Climate Risk Index, published by Germanwatch, said on Tuesday. India was 14th highest on the global vulnerability list over the 20-year period from 1998, a result of an average of 3,661 deaths a year. ... Read More »

Journalist’s murder highlights risks of reporting in Pakistan

IANS   Rome In countries such as Pakistan, courageous investigative journalists risk their lives for their profession as the case of slain Pakistani reporter Saleem Shahzad shows, said the editor of an Italian daily. “Syed Saleem Shahzad, who was the Pakistan Bureau Chief for Asia Times Online, was able to work as an honest journalist for a long time in ... Read More »