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Battles rock Yemen port city as UN warns of ‘living hell’

Intensified fighting shook a key rebel-held port city on Yemen's Red Sea coast on Sunday, leaving dozens dead as the United Nations warned that children in the war-torn country face “a living hell”. The bloodshed comes despite growing international pressure to end a years-long conflict that has killed thousands and pushed the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation to the brink of famine. Fifty-three Houthi rebels have been killed and dozens wounded in battles and air strikes over the past 24 hours in Hodeida,…

Pakistan calls upon UN to address security concerns of all states

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for evolving a rules-based, equitable and non-discriminatory international order to promote nuclear disarmament that addresses the security concerns of all states. Speaking in the General Assembly’s First Committee, which deals with disarmament and international security matters, Ambassador Farukh Amil, who is Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations offices in Geneva, said that such an international order should also limit and rationalize the stockpiles of conventional…

Greater global cooperation vital to achieve SDG agenda: Maleeha Lodhi

NEW YORK: Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said at the United Nations (UN) that international commitment would have to be renewed to meet the objectives of the global sustainable development agenda. Speaking in the Second Committee of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Maleeha Lodi said that the prevailing global economic and financial environment appeared unfavorable to achieve the goals and targets of 2030 agenda. “We see an erosion in global…

Inability to resolve Kashmir issue is UN’s ‘most persistent failure’: Lodhi

NEW YORK: Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that the right of Kashmiri people to self-determination was recognized by several Security Council resolutions, but the UN’s inability to deliver on this pledge continues to represent the world body’s most persistent failure. Speaking in the General Debate of the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly on Decolonization Issues, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the United Nation’s (UN) decolonization agenda would remain incomplete without resolution of the long…

Israel, Syria to reopen Golan crossing on Monday: U.S. envoy to U.N.

Israel, Syria and the United Nations have agreed to open the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights on Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday. Haley said in a statement that the opening “will allow U.N. peacekeepers to step up their efforts to prevent hostilities in the Golan Heights region.” The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has been monitoring operations in a demilitarized zone established in 1974 between the Israeli-occupied Golan and the Syrian sector, but the…

UN secretary-general exposes Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir

NEW YORK: On the floor of world's body, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres brought to light the brutalities of Modi-led Indian government in occupied Kashmir. Guterres voiced grave concerns over the escalated worsening situation in India held Kashmir (IHK) and urged the Indian government to proceed to negotiation table for the resolution of decades old conflict. UN Secretary-General made these remarks ahead of his visit to New Dehli. As per Indian media, Guterres is due to reach India today (Monday)…

China says ‘no cause for panic’ over US ties, but won’t be blackmailed

NEW YORK: The Chinese government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, said on Friday there was “no cause for panic” over friction between Beijing and Washington, but warned that China would not be blackmailed or yield to pressure over trade. At a U.N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump escalated tensions with Beijing by accusing it of seeking to meddle in the Nov. 6 U.S. congressional elections to stop him and his Republican Party from doing well because of his China trade policies. At the same…

Gales of laughter boom in UN over Trump’s speech, says they weren’t laughing at me!

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump during his address to the United Nations General Assembly bragged about his Presidency causing the whole hall to fall into fits of laughter. Trump in his speech made a bold statement; "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished almost more than any other administration in the history of our country." This did not go down well with the attendees as many could be heard laughing over the absurdity of the statement. Hearing the response Trump added  ‘It’s so true…"…

UN debut for New Zealand’s ‘First Baby’: diaper change, peace summit

UNITED NATIONS: With a mock security pass that lists her as the “First Baby” of New Zealand, 3-month-old Neve Te Aroha made her United Nations debut on Monday when her mother - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - spoke at a peace summit in the General Assembly. Her partner Clarke Gayford, who is the baby’s full-time caregiver, sat with the New Zealand delegation and held Neve as Ardern spoke. Ardern, 38, is only the second elected leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto in 1990. Gayford posted…

Pakistan urges int’l development partners for increased funding for education

NEW YORK: Speaking at an international conference organised on the margins of 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations (UN), Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood said that only through increased investment in education can nations move forward. His remarks came at a conference, titled “Unlocking Human Potential through International Finance Facility for Education,” organised at the UN Headquarters by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Shafqat Mahmood said that…