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Palestinian, UN alarm after Israel approves new settlement

JERUSALEM: The Palestinians and the United Nations on Friday condemned the Israeli cabinet's approval of the first officially sanctioned new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than 25 years. The security cabinet gave its unanimous backing to the new settlement late on Thursday as what is widely seen as the most right-wing government in Israeli history presses ahead with settlement expansion in defiance of international concern. Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said the move showed the government was…

PM Sharif calls on UNSG Guterres to resolve Kashmir issue

DAVOS: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday called on the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to use his leadership and good offices and play in role in resolving the longstanding issue of Kashmir.  The prime minister had his first meeting with the UNSG since the latter assumed office earlier this month, on the sidelines of annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. PM Sharif highlighted the issue of Kashmir saying that it is an international dispute which remains unresolved on…