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Trying to convince North Korea not to cut aid staff: UN

The UN estimates 10.3 million people - almost half the country's population - are in need and some 41% of North Koreans are undernourished, while in February Pyongyang said it was facing a food shortfall this year and had to halve rations, blaming drought, floods and sanctions.

Masood Azhar blacklisted: Step by step towards a diplomatic leap — how India got China on board

For New Delhi, this was a major diplomatic success after hectic negotiations since Beijing had put a technical hold on March 13. The wheels moved slowly but surely in Delhi’s favour — with heavy-lifting from the US, quietly assisted by France and UK.

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Masood Azhar blacklisted: Beijing says it studied revised material, decided to end objections

Responding to the development, Beijing said “relevant countries” had “revised and re-submitted the materials” for the listing proposal to the 1267 Committee.

Women continue to remain under-represented in the national parliament: India

Today India has 1.4 million elected women representatives. Women constitute around 44 per cent of the total grassroots elected representatives and 43 per cent of the elected heads of villages in India are women, he said.

Why Congo's Ebola outbreak still going strong

Congo's health ministry reports 759 cases, including 705 confirmed ones and 414 confirmed deaths. Ebola is spread via infected bodily fluids, including those of the dead.

Pak activist Asma Jahangir honoured with top UN human rights award

Jahangir, an outspoken critic of Pakistan's powerful military establishment, fought against religious extremism and for the rights of oppressed minorities in Pakistan. She died of cardiac arrest at the age of 66 in February.

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COP24 summit: ‘Developed nations likely to fall way short of 2020 emission targets’

A rise in emissions after that has meant that by the year 2020, the emission levels were expected to be only 11.4 per cent below the 1990 levels, well short of their collective target of 18 per cent.

Nine UN Security Council members ask to discuss Myanmar inquiry

The UN inquiry's report, released in August, called for the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar, impose targeted sanctions and set up an ad hoc tribunal to try suspects or refer them to the International Criminal Court.

UN Security Council needs to be reformed without delay: India

Akbaruddin said that neither the General Assembly was addressing developmental and normative aspects nor was the Security Council addressing the peace and security implications.

As Syria urges refugees' return, UN takes more cautious tone

He told reporters at U.N. headquarters Thursday the world body isn't encouraging refugees either to return or to stay away, but to "assess the situation for themselves before making a decision." 

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UN warns of looming humanitarian crisis in Greece as migrants numbers soar

The UN refugee agency says crowded and appalling condition for migrants have been fuelling tensions and violence on the Greek border with the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. The High Commissioner for Refugees has warned that “Europe is on the cusp of a largely self-induced humanitarian crisis.” Sentiments unsurprisingly shared by those stuck on the […]

UN's Ban Ki-moon in South Sudan as fighting persists

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has arrived in South Sudan and is meeting with President Salva Kiir. His visit comes a week after 19 people were killed, when they thought they were under the UN’s protection.

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UN says violence at IDP camp in South Sudan could be war crime

Fighting at a United Nations compound sheltering people fleeing conflict in South Sudan has killed 18 people, including two Medicins Sans Frontieres workers, the international medical aid group said. South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 when a row between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar ended with fighting that […]

At UN, Sharif Accuses India Of Fomenting Instability In Pak

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accused India of fomenting instability in his country and proposed a four-point “new peace initiative” including demilitarizing Kashmir and Siachen, and formalizing the 2003 ceasefire, describing these as the “simplest” measures to implement towards peace between the two countries. Read Here

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