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US presses UN Security Council to sanction Iran

UNITED NATIONS: The United States urged fellow UN Security Council members Wednesday to punish Iran for "malign behavior" in the Middle East, at a meeting on implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. "When confronted with a country that continually violates this council's resolutions, it is imperative that we pursue meaningful consequences," said Jonathan Cohen, the US deputy ambassador to the United Nations. "That is why we urge members of this Council to join us in the imposition of sanctions that target…

Trump to ‘slap’ foes, embrace friends in first UN speech: envoy

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will pummel foes and embrace friends in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly next week, keeping the pressure on Washington’s adversaries North Korea and Iran, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Friday. Briefing reporters ahead of the annual UN meeting, Haley and H.R. McMaster — the White House national security adviser — took a tough line on North Korea, warning that a military option to deal with its nuclear threats was available. Trump will meet with leaders from…

Pakistanis are happier than people in India: UN report

NEW YORK: Pakistan continues to be happier than India, according to the United Nations-sanctioned World Happiness Report 2017. Out of a list of 155 countries, Pakistan has been ranked at 80 while India stands at 122. Interestingly last year, Pakistan came on 92 while India was placed at 118. The latest report, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012, shows Pakistanis continues to be more content, while Indians, on the other side,…

‘From 1971, around 9m Pakistanis have gone abroad for employment’

ISLAMABAD: One of the most effective ways to combat common abuses of migrants such as underpayment of wages, confiscation of passports, substandard working conditions and confinement in the workplace, is to ensure that migrants are equipped with knowledge and strategies to safeguard their labour- and human rights throughout the migration cycle, said experts.