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Measles cases soar in Brazil, Venezuela: UN agency

WASHINGTON: The Pan-American Health Organization on Friday reported a big jump in measles cases in the Americas this year, with Brazil surpassing crisis-hit Venezuela as the nation with the most confirmed cases. As of November 30, the region has seen 16,766 confirmed cases -- but more than half of those have been reported in the last month, the UN agency said in its regular update on the situation. Brazil now has nearly 10,000 confirmed cases -- but more than three-quarters of them were reported since last month. The…

Afghan president names team for Taliban peace talks

GENEVA: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday announced a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as his government pledged unwavering commitment to resolve the conflict despite persistent bloodshed. The Afghan government, Western diplomats and United Nations officials have in recent weeks raised hopes of finally reaching a deal to end the Taliban's 17-year insurgency. Such optimism has been tempered by continuing attacks, including a massive blast outside a British security company's…

Minister calls for concrete steps to resolve Kashmir dispute

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari has called for concrete measures to resolve the long-standing Kashmir issue. Speaking at a seminar on "Remember the invasion of Kashmir: How youth can help end war", arranged by Youth Forum for Kashmir held in Islamabad on Tuesday, Dr Mazari presented a concrete and comprehensive proposal aimed at taking the Kashmir case to the world on the basis of implementable steps. She said Pakistan should raise the Kashmir issue in light of the Office of the High…

Global warming outpaces efforts to slow it: UN

PARIS: Humanity is falling further behind in the race against climate change, with the gap between greenhouse gas emissions and levels needed to achieve the Paris climate treaty temperature goals continuing to widen, the UN said on Tuesday. With only a single degree Celsius of warming so far, the world has seen a crescendo of deadly wildfires, heatwaves and hurricanes. On current trends, temperatures are on track to rise roughly 4C by the century’s end, a scenario that would tear at the fabric of civilisation,…

UN passes Pakistan resolution on right to self-determination

ISLAMABAD: The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously passed Pakistan's resolution on the right of self-determination. In a tweet, Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi said a record number of 83 countries co-sponsored the resolution. She said the resolution was reaffirmation of the international community's continued support for the people's right to self-determination. Introducing Pakistan’s resolution on the right of self determination which was…

Pakistan armed forces extends best wishes on UN Day

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan armed forces has extended its best wishes to the United Nation on the 73rd UN Day which is being observed today, said a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations. Pakistan has contributed over 200,000 troops to 46 UN Missions in 28 countries. Around 156 peace keepers from Pakistan have also sacrificed their lives for global peace. "Pakistan Armed Forces extend best wishes to UN on its 73rd UN Day. Pakistan to date has contributed over 200000 troops in 46 UN Missions in 28 countries. We…

CPEC to benefit entire region, Pakistan tells UN

NEW YORK: Pakistan has told the United Nations that the flagship, multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project is an “exceptional example” of South-South cooperation that is aimed at achieving shared economic and development goals.  “CPEC’s scale and scope is enormous, and it is expected to bring huge economic and developmental benefits not just to China and Pakistan, but also to our region and beyond,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said in a speech to the General Assembly’s Second Committee, which…

Three million Afghans in urgent need of food: UN

At least three million Afghans are in "urgent" need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory. A dry spell mainly across northern and western Afghanistan has devastated crops, livestock and water supplies, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. The drought comes at a terrible time for the country, which is already grappling with a 17-year conflict and preparing to hold a parliamentary…

UN warns of ‘perfect storm’ of hunger, climate change

ROME: A potent combination of hunger, climate change and man-made conflicts are creating a "perfect storm", the head of the UN's food arm warned Tuesday in a call to action on World Food Day. "You've got a nightmare, the perfect storm heading your way," David Beasley, World Food Programme (WFP) chief, said in a speech in Rome, where the United Nations' food agencies are headquartered. The UN aims to achieve a Zero Hunger world by 2030, but faces three obstacles: conflicts, climate change and an economic slowdown.…