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17-Nov-2018 United Nations

YouTube comedian 'MostlySane' fights hate online but 'likes' trolls

How does one react to the torrent of hate engulfing the social media?The surprising answer of the Indian YouTube personality Prajakta Koli, herself the target of trolls, was: "Personally for me, I like them.""I don't hate them at all because they bring a...

12-Nov-2018 United Nations

3 large Hindi-speaking states have high fertility rates : UNFPA

There is a stark contrast between the fertility rates of the three largest Hindi-speaking states and six non-Hindi-speaking states even as India was nearing the population replacement level of fertility, a UN report shows."Although average total fertility...

10-Nov-2018 United Nations

Antonio Guterres calls for multilateralism to tackle global challenges

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a reformed, reinvigorated and strengthened multilateral system to deal with today's global challenges."Toward that end, we need a stronger commitment to a rules-based order, with the UN at its center,...

29-Oct-2018 United Nations

UN chief voices concern over deepening political crisis in Sri Lanka

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the deepening political crisis in Sri Lanka and called for restraint from all parties in the island country.Guterres is following the latest developments in Sri Lanka with great concern, said...

16-Oct-2018 United Nations

UN chief calls for action to protect rights of rural women

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for action to protect the rights of rural women and girls on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women.The empowerment of rural women and girls is essential to building a prosperous, equitable...

10-Oct-2018 United Nations

Had excellent cooperation with Haley : Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his "deep appreciation for the excellent cooperation and support" of US Ambassador Nikki Haley, who earlier handed in her resignation at the White House.The Secretary-General's spokesman, Stephan Dujarric,...

09-Oct-2018 United Nations

UNSC victim of 'self-inflicted wounds of diminishing relevance': India

Warning that the Security Council is becoming a victim of "self-inflicted wounds of diminishing relevance", India has called for united action to reform it.India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin on Monday ridiculed attempts to prevent the reform of...

09-Oct-2018 United Nations

UN chief calls for urgent climate action in response to IPCC report

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for urgent climate action after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that asks to keep global warming by 1.5 degrees Celsius.To meet the 1.5 degrees target, rather than the...

02-Oct-2018 United Nations

UN chief urges Macedonia to proceed with name change

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to proceed with the name change it has agreed on with Greece.Greece's objection to its neighbour's use of "Republic of Macedonia" as its official name has stalled...

29-Sep-2018 United Nations

UN chief urges immediate action on climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that climate change is absolute priority, while urging the international community to take immediate action.Speaking at a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), an intergovernmental organization,...

28-Sep-2018 United Nations

Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran holds 'secret atomic warehouse'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on Thursday that he has proof that Iran holds a "secret atomic warehouse" and urged international action against Tehran.During his vehement speech at the UN conference, Netanyahu presented...

27-Sep-2018 United Nations

British PM ticks off patriotism, bats for globalisation

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on world leaders to embrace globalisation shunning natural patriotism that gets warped into aggressive nationalism leading to confrontations.The British leader's address came a day after US President Donald Trump...

27-Sep-2018 United Nations

Donald Trump : I'm open to meeting with Maduro at UN, if he wants

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is open to meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, at the United Nations."If he (Maduro) is here and he wants to meet - it was not on my mind, it was not on my plate, but if I can help people, that's...

27-Sep-2018 United Nations

India ready to take lead on climate action : Sushma Swaraj

India has declared that as a firm believer in multi-lateralism, it was ready to take the lead on climate action."The world needs a roadmap for finance and technology to achieve the goals set out in the Convention and its Paris Agreement in everyone's collective...

27-Sep-2018 United Nations

Sushma Swaraj, Iran Foreign Minister discuss US sanctions against Tehran

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed US sanctions against Tehran amidst American President Donald Trump issuing dire warnings at the Security Council against violating the embargo.India and Iran "shared...

26-Sep-2018 United Nations

Hassan Rouhani blasts US-led sanctions as 'economic terrorism'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday blasted the US-led sanctions against his country as "economic terrorism"."World security is under threat by some states' recklessness and disregard of international values and institutions," Rouhani made the remarks...

25-Sep-2018 United Nations

Mandela should be our moral compass : Sushma Swaraj

In a world beset by terror and hateful ideologies, "the wisdom of pioneering leaders like (Nelson) Mandela should remain as our moral compass", according to Extenal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.Speaking on Monday at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit here,...

24-Sep-2018 United Nations

UN chief hails famine prevention mechanism

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hailed the World Bank/United Nations Famine Action Mechanism (FAM) as an important new tool to help predict and prevent famine.With the cooperation of humanitarian development organisations, tech companies, academia,...

21-Sep-2018 United Nations

UN chief sees multilateral diplomacy under threat

Leading with a plea for implementation of the recent bilateral breakthrough to spare Idlib in Syria, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said his "overriding concern" is for international, multilateral diplomacy."I call on all the parties to implement...

11-Sep-2018 United Nations

UN chief Antonio Guterres calls for efforts to stem corruption

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for more efforts from member states to fight corruption.People across the world continue to express outrage at the corruption of their leaders, and at how deeply corruption is embedded in societies....

09-Sep-2018 United Nations

UN chief welcomes Horn of Africa rapprochement

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday welcomed the visit by foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia to Djibouti, hailing it as "another important step" in the rapprochement among the countries in the Horn of Africa region.In a statement...

18-Aug-2018 United Nations

Kofi Annan, global statesman, architect of UN development goals

Kofi Annan, the gentle global statesman who died on Saturday, led the world body for two terms during which brought focus to development as the foundation of peace and security.During his tenure from January 1997 to December 2006 as Secretary General, he...

07-Aug-2018 United Nations

UN chief condoles deaths in Indonesia quake

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed condolence over the devastating loss of life, injuries and damage caused by the earthquake in Indonesia's Lombok island.In a statement on Monday through UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq, Guterres...

31-Jul-2018 United Nations

UN chief Antonio Guterres calls for efforts to end human trafficking

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for global efforts to end the scourge of human trafficking.In a message on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which falls on July 30, Guterres said that human trafficking knows no borders."Human...

26-Jul-2018 United Nations

UN chief condemns suicide attack in Pakistan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned Wednesday's suicide attack outside a polling station in Pakistan's Quetta that killed 31 people, said his spokesman.Guterres extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the...

19-May-2018 United Nations

Guterres working hard to make UN great again : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was working hard to "Make the United Nations Great Again and lauded his UN envoy Nikki Haley for doing a fantastic job at the world body.Guterres met Trump in the White House on Friday...

05-Apr-2018 United Nations

Protectionism is not answer to today's problems : Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said "the answer to today's problems is not protectionism, is not isolationism"."I am a strong believer in multilateralism to address global problems. There is no way global problems can be addressed on...

05-Apr-2018 United Nations

Antonio Guterres reiterates concern over Kashmir situation

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated his concern over the situation in Kashmir and his call for protecting civilians."The Secretary General has expressed and will continue to express his concern at the situation," his Spokesperson Stephane...

27-Mar-2018 United Nations

UN chief shocked by Myanmar general's Rohingya remarks

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was shocked by the remarks made by Myanmar Army chief regarding the Rohingya Muslim minority."The Secretary-General is shocked at reports of remarks attributed to Myanmar Senior General U Min Aung Hlaing," Guterres'...

12-Mar-2018 United Nations

Change unequal power dynamics against women : Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that it is important to change the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence against women."Progress for women and girls means changing the unequal power dynamics that underpin...

11-Mar-2018 Indian Wells (US)

Serena Williams continues to win in BNP Paribas Open

The comeback of Serena Williams, 36, continued with a victory over world No. 29 Kiki Bertens at the BNP Paribas Open here.Fourteen months after her last tournament, the 23-time Grand Slam champion has won her second match of the WTA Premier Mandatory event...

06-Feb-2018 United Nations

India hits out at secretive operations of UNSC, demands reforms

India has hit out at the secretive functioning of Security Council sanctions committees, which operate in a "subterranean universe" with no accountability, and called for reforms to make their decision-making transparent.The "decisions of the Sanctions Committees...

06-Feb-2018 United Nations

World fails to stop war on children : Unicef

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has said violence had a devastating toll on children, who were being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks, or freezing to death as they fled active war zones.Describing January as "a dark month" in crisis-torn...

02-Feb-2018 United Nations

Sex assault on infant, girl in India, Pakistan 'heart-breaking': UN

Sex assaults on an infant in India and on a girl in Pakistan are "heart-breaking" but the "scourge" of violence against girls affects all countries, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said.Asked by a reporter,...

02-Feb-2018 United Nations

UNSC reform text should represent universal views : India

India has said that the various options and differing views of nations on Security Council reform should be presented in a negotiating text and no one should insist that their submissions must take precedence over others."The first principle of multilateralism...

29-Jan-2018 United Nations

No talks with Afghan Taliban, will 'finish' it : Donald Trump

Asserting the United States determination to finish off the Afghan Taliban, President Donald Trump has ruled out for now talks with the organisation that has unleashed a wave of carnage on Afghanistan in recent days."Innocent people are being killed left and right"...

22-Jan-2018 United Nations

India will regain rank as fastest growing economy in 2018-19: IMF

The International Monetary Fund on Monday reaffirmed that India's economy is projected to grow by 7.4 percent in the next fiscal year, regaining the rank of the world's fastest growing large economy.The Fund's World Economic Outlook Update released in Davos...

17-Jan-2018 United Nations

Iran nuclear deal must be safeguarded : Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the importance of an international deal on Iran's nuclear issue on the second anniversary of the implementation of the agreement."The secretary-general remains convinced that the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive...

11-Jan-2018 United Nations

Migration is positive global phenomenon : Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday asked governments to treat migration as a positive global phenomenon and refrain from setting up barriers to legal international migration."Let me emphasize: migration is a positive global phenomenon. It...

22-Dec-2017 United Nations

UNSC adopts resolution to tighten sanctions against N. Korea

The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a new resolution to tighten sanctions against the North Korea in response to Pyongyang's ballistic missile launch on November 28.The resolution, which was passed by the council unanimously, targets the supply of...

22-Dec-2017 United Nations

Confounding US policy, India partners with Iran to aid Afghanistan

In an aid programme that confounds the US policy in the region, India is partnering with Iran to send Afghanistan the assistance that President Donald Trump has said New Delhi should provide."Last month, the first consignment of wheat grain assistance from...

11-Dec-2017 United Nations

Human rights situation improves : Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the overall human rights situation has improved over the decades but problems remain."Over seven decades, humanity has achieved considerable progress. People around the world have gained progressively greater...

18-Nov-2017 United Nations

'Over 100 Rohingya killed fleeing Myanmar in two months'

More than 100 Rohingya refugees have drowned in shipwrecks and boat capsizes as they fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to a UN official.Stephane Dujarric, the chief UN spokesman, on Friday said that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has received reports...

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