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Pakistan & Austria to Jointly Establish an Educational Institute

PML-N grants ticket to a convicted Murderer

TTP picks a books writer as new chief

Germany back in the race with 2-1 win against Sweden

Women tied to trees and raped for days: ICC files

Netanyahu Held Secret Talks With Saudi Prince Salman in Amman

Ramzan Mengal among four ASWJ leaders cleared to contest Elections

Hajj observation committee condemns Saudi ban on Qataris and Syrians

Political rise of Barelvism: Can powerful TLP replace Deobandi political parties?

Nominees of terror groups plan to run in Pakistani election

Why the PTI must win?

Is Ahmed Shahzad a drug addict?

AIOU’s M.Phil Mass Comm workshop begins on July 2

Dirty politics: Did corrupt elite hijack PTI?

Saudi guardianship system still 'enslaves' women despite driving ban removal: Activist

Whitewashing Yemen Genocide

Is Nawaz Sharif a real estate Tycoon of UK?

Pakistani teenager Raza conducts coin toss in Brazil-Costa Rica game

21-year-old girl kidnapped, raped in Karachi's Gulshan-i-Hadeed

Who killed Shujaat Bukhari?

An overt threat: For Pakistan Trump sends more sticks without carrots

Why does everyone want to win Karachi?

Croatia crushes Argentina 3-0 to reach knockout stage

Pak offers 308 stipends to S. Lankan students

Elections 2018: PML-N expects 110, PTI 79 Punjab NA seats

Fanatics in politics: MML claims 185 provincial, 80 NA candidates for elections

A dynasty towards end : Zaeem Qadri says can't polish Hamza's boots

Punjab minister relieved of education ministry

One person displaced in every two seconds in 2017: UNHCR

Panama Papers: What does new leak say about Pakistanis

CPEC 2018 Summit: Is CPEC the next East India Company?

A camel under mountain: NAB to probe scam involving DHA, Bahria Town, CDA

Spain Narrowly Defeat Iran in 2018 World Cup

Saudis raping Yemen women: Ansarullah

Kusloom Nawaz is dead, Nawaz hiding for political gains: Claims indicivil blog

HEC Launches Online Scholarship Disbursement Portal

Celebrated humourist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi passes away in Karachi

Dr Aafia Siddiqui subjected to physical, sexual abuse in US detention: confidential report

Can election commission sustain pressure on outlawed terrorist groups?

How a beggar reached to a Iran bound flight?

Who rigs polls in Pakistan and how?

Malala's unseen controversial pictures at Oxford University

Guns on Pakistan shoulder: The Price of Mullah Fazullah's death

Hodeidah and the Saudi Coalition’s Deliberate Starvation of Yemen

The Destabilizing and Reckless Mohammed bin Salman

England post new ODI record of highest total 481-6

Hand in the hand of snake: Pak-Saudi ties moving from personal to strategic domain

Transgenders school in Faisalabad provides free education, technical training

Yemeni forces kill 123, capture 160 Saudi-led coalition mercenaries

Pakistanis among thousands killed in Saudi-imposed war on Yemen

Who has a better chance in polls?

Saudi World Cup team´s plane suffers mystery engine fire

Nadra's data breach: A well conceived plan for Pre-poll rigging

No end of honor killing : Another Teen girl shot dead for ‘honour’

Iran president rules out military approach to Yemen crisis

A surprise visit: Netanyahu meets Jordan's King Abdullah II

UK PM, Bin Salman Discuss Confronting Iran

Punjab CM Askari takes notice, demands report on bus hostess murder case

ECP should cancel registration of Rah-i-Haq Party – by Aamir Hussaini

UN Rejects Plan for Immediate Ceasefire in Yemen Port

31 killed in Nigeria suicide blasts

Reham claims PTI scared of her book's contents

Kabul library bus drives Afghan children to read

World Cup 2018: Mexico upset defending champs Germany 1-0

Has PTI closed her doors for Ch.Nisar Ali Khan?

Are Iran and Israel heading toward open warfare?

India should seriously consider 'limited war' with Pakistan: BJP leader

The end of Fazlullah

Did someone attempt to poison Kusloom Nawaz?

Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold out for draw

At least 26 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during Eid ceasefire

Mullah Fazlullah: Ruthless TTP chief who green-lighted 2014 Peshawar carnage

Ronaldo hat-trick earns Portugal draw with Spain in thriller

Pakistan celebrates Eid with religious zeal and fervour

“Saudi Arabia must not purchase Russian S-400”; Washington threatens its ally with sanctions

State terrorism: India'Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari gunned down

Dynasties, old and new: How Imran Khan disappointed his workers?

UN on Kashmir: Would mere statement enough to stop Genocide of Kashmiris?

Shellshocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

Battling depression in educational institutes

Saudi-led warships doomed to destruction: Yemen’s Navy

Kulsoom Nawaz in Critical condition after Cardiac arrest: Maryam asks for prayers

Soccer diplomacy: Is Putin looking for a thaw between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

US drone strike reportedly kills senior TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan

Fortifying speculations of death: Saudi crown prince absent from King Salman meeting with 24 princes

MWM Chief hosts Iftar party in honour of ambassadors of Muslim countries

UN agency hopes to win reprieve for Afghan refugees

'Man buries deceased father in brand-new BMW in Nigeria'

Eid-ul-Fitar likely on Saturday in Pakistan

Musharraf barred from contesting election

A book against Imran Khan: Is it a last weapon against PTI chief?

NA-247: A dictator, a mayor, an activist – who deserves Karachi’s hot seat?

Five Pakistani students graduate from South Asian University in New Delhi

Yemeni troops repel Saudi attack on Hudaydah port

Saudi Arabia ruined Morocco's World Cup bid, Moroccans say

Pakistan team seals series against Scottish kids

Complicity in War Crimes: UK Facilitating Suspicious Arms Flow to Saudi Arabia

Trump: Our rocket strike against Syria last year was a warning to China!

Did Nawaz deliberately asked Khawaja Haris to quit?

The withdrawal of UN and Red Cross forces from Hodiedah port in Yemen


Whitewashing Yemen Genocide

1397/4/1 | 20:04
With the United Nations warning that millions of civilians could die from violence or starvation from the ongoing military siege of the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, there is no other way to describe what is happening except as “genocide”. The more than three-year war on Yemen waged by a Western-backed Saudi coalition has been arguably genocidal from the outset, with up to eight million people facing imminent starvation due to the years-long blockade on the Arabian country, as well as from indiscriminate air strikes. But the latest offensive ...

Hodeidah and the Saudi Coalition’s Deliberate Starvation of Yemen

1397/3/30 | 20:04
  Patrick Cockburn explains what the Trump administration’s support for the attack on Hodeidah will do to Yemen: The US is encouraging the UAE and its allies to take Hodeidah to break the deadlock, by tightening encirclement of the Houthis. But this is a long way from taking Sanaa and forcing the Houthis to surrender. What the Hodeidah operation may do is turn a humanitarian disaster, which the UN is already calling the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, into complete catastrophe. Three quarters of the 27 million Yemenis already ...

UN Rejects Plan for Immediate Ceasefire in Yemen Port

1397/3/28 | 20:04
A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians. Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, meaning specific comments during the hearing, and the reiteration from UN officials of the humanitarian crisis threatening to kill millions, would not be done for the public to see. US ...

UN on Kashmir: Would mere statement enough to stop Genocide of Kashmiris?

1397/3/25 | 20:04
The UN human rights chief on Thursday called for a major investigation into abuses in Kashmir, as his office released its first-ever report on violations committed by both India and Pakistan in the disputed territory. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he would urge the Human Rights Council, which opens a new session next week, “to consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.” The request of human rights chief –after ...

UN agency hopes to win reprieve for Afghan refugees

1397/3/24 | 20:04
  With the deadline [June 30, 2018] for repatriation of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan approaches, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is hopeful that the interim government would extend the stay of refugees. Afghan refugees living in Pakistan have been issued Proof of Registration (PoR) card following an agreement signed between United Nations, Pakistan and Afghanistan allowing refugees registered with UNHCR to live in Pakistan. The extension had expired on December 31. However, following talks with Afghan government ...

The withdrawal of UN and Red Cross forces from Hodiedah port in Yemen

1397/3/23 | 20:04
The United States and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have withdrawn their employees from the city of Hodiedah, Yemen, following concerns over the Saudi-led coalition attack, New York Times reported. On Monday, the United Nations Security Council convened a closed-door meeting to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe resulted by an attack on the city, in which 600,000 people live. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, said “Serious talks about the situation in the city have been made and we hope that it will be possible ...

‘UN deal with Myanmar could return Rohingya Muslims to killing fields’

1397/3/20 | 20:04
Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh and experts say a recent deal between Myanmar and the United Nations (UN) falls short of guaranteeing the Muslims’ safe return to Myanmar, where thousands of them have already been killed in state-sponsored violence. The UN Development Program (UNDP) on Wednesday signed an agreement with the Myanmarese government to return some of the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled persecution in their villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and who are now living in crowded makeshift camps in Bangladesh. The ...

Saudi's potential attack on Yemen's port of Hudaydah may kill 250,000, UN says

1397/3/19 | 20:04
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen has warned that a military assault on the vital Yemeni port city of Hudaydah by the Saudi regime and its coalition partners may kill 250,000 people. “A military attack or siege on Hudaydah will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians,” said Lise Grande in a statement released on Friday, pointing to Saudi Arabia’s long-standing threat to launch an attack on Yemen’s only entry gate for much needed basic supplies and humanitarian aid. “In a prolonged worst case, we fear ...

Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia collapses under bin Salman

1397/3/18 | 20:04
  Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia has collapsed under Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his extensive economic reform agenda, according to new data by the United Nations. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Saudi Arabia fell to just $1.4 billion last year, down from $7.5 billion in 2016 and some $12.2 billion in 2012, newly published data from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) showed Thursday. The massive failure in attracting international investment put Saudi Arabia behind much smaller countries like Oman ...

Saudi Arabia kills more children than ISIS, al-Qaeda and al-Nusra combined

1397/3/17 | 20:04
  Iran’s permanent ambassador and Deputy to the United Nations stressed that the presence of Saudi Arabia as a partner in the fight against terrorism is a mockery of human rights. Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations,Eshaq al-Habib , has criticized Saudi Arabia for its gross violation of human rights at a meeting of UN’s Third Human Rights Committee. “Saudi Arabia kills more children in Yemen than al-Qaeda, ISIS and the al-Nusra  put together around the globe.,” he added. ‘Saudi ...

‘1,000-plus Saudi forces killed in war on Yemen’

1397/3/9 | 20:04
More than 1,000 Saudi troops have reportedly been killed since early 2015, when the Riyadh regime and a coalition of its allies unleashed a bloody war against Yemen. The death toll was registered after more than a dozen Saudi forces were killed during recent cross-border operations against Yemen, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday, citing Saudi state media outlets. This is a rare admission of the Saudi military casualties. The kingdom has a policy of withholding information on the casualties it has suffered during the war. Meanwhile, figures released ...

Are Mike Pompeo's threat to Pakistan real?

1397/3/5 | 20:04
  We are now witnessing another dangerous alignment of US hardliners, National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and blinkered Nicki Haley, ambassador to UN, advocating variously, strikes on Iran and North Korea, rejection of two-state solution in Palestine, tolerance to torture during interrogation and Islam-phobia, but the world’s warning bells are tolling shriller because the boss this time round is the wildly uninhibited, impulsive, even surreal, incumbent White House occupant. Bolton’s ...

A laughing Stock: Why UN should be abolished?

1397/3/1 | 20:04
The Israeli regime has summoned the ambassadors of Spain, Slovenia and Belgium over their countries’ votes at the United Nations in favor of an international probe into the latest massacre of dozens of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. Spanish Ambassador Manuel Gomez-Acebo and Slovenian envoy Barbara Susnik were summoned on Monday, while Belgian Ambassador Olivier Belle is to be called in the next day, according to a statement released by the Israeli foreign ministry. The three European countries were among the 29 nations that voted ...

'Monday massacre a day of shame for Muslims'

1397/2/27 | 20:04
  Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo says Israel's Monday massacre of innocent Palestinians is a "day of shame" for the Muslim world. Israeli forces killed at least 62 Palestinians during protests near the Gaza fence on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds. "As these crimes and murders were being carried out, (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and ...

Pakistan, Turkey to raise voice against Israeli atrocities at world forums

1397/2/26 | 20:04
  The governments of Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to raise the issue of Palestinians’ massacre at the hands of Israeli forces at all international forums, including the United Nation. The move came after Israeli troops killed at least 60 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem on Monday – the conflict’s bloodiest day in years. On Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made a phone call to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and invited him to attend an ...

Blocking move on Khorsani: An open US proxy war against Pakistan

1397/2/22 | 20:04
  Seeking to add Abdul Wali, aka Umer Khorasani, leader of the Jamaatul Ahrar faction of the banned TTP, to a UN sanctions committee list was a sensible move by Pakistan. Blocking the Pakistani move, as the US has done, is insensible. The JuA as an organisation was added to the UN sanctions committee list in mid-2017, while in October, a US drone is believed to have targeted Khorasani, who was initially reported to have been killed in the attack but survived. The decision to block the listing of Khorasani in the UN sanctions committee ...

An open secrete: How is US backing Pakistani terrorist group Jamat-ul-Ahrar

1397/2/20 | 20:04
  The United States is believed to have blocked a Pakistani request with the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee for listing of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) leader Abdul Wali, commonly known as Umer Khalid Khurasani. Although Pakistan has still not been notified about the development by the sanctions committee, the Foreign Office has informally learnt that the process has been held up because of an objection by the United States, a senior diplomatic source revealed. Take a look: Afghanistan-based terrorists behind Swat attack, Kabul ...

Endgame In Syria: Why US has conceded defeat?

1397/1/28 | 20:04
The best argument that one can put forward in favour of US-led strikes in Syria will be bringing in the principle of the responsibility to protect (R2P).   However, so far, it seems that neither the United Nations Charter nor the principle mentioned before is of any use to protect the Syrian people from the scourge of the war Syrian masses are witnessing since 2011. A preliminary analysis of the latest US-led strikes on sites of chemical weapons in Syria shows that the demonstration of power will not generate the desired results, i.e., ...

The Sham democracy: Why is India still sleeping on rape of a minor in Kashmir?

1397/1/26 | 20:04
  A bright looking eight-year old girl belonging to a Muslim nomadic tribe in Indian-administered Kashmir goes missing in the new year. On 17 January, her battered body is recovered from a forest in Kathua district. Through February, police arrest eight men, including a retired government official, four policemen and a juvenile, in connection with the gang rape and murder of the girl. Even as this heinous crime shook humanity to the core, young Asifa Bano’s untimely death failed at first to elicit censure from Indian Prime Minister ...

700,000 Syrians displaced by fighting in 2018: UN

1397/1/22 | 20:04
  Iranian and Pakistani aid groups are sending humanitarian relief supplies to Syria. The large consignment includes foodstuff, medicine and health supplies. Some 700,000 people have been displaced in fighting across Syria in the first months of 2018, a regional United Nations official has announced. Panos Moumtzis, the UN’s regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria’s crisis, said in a statement on Tuesday that fighting across Syria was forcing more and more people from their homes, warning that the massive displacement was posing ...

Demand to decriminalize consensual sex: Is UN trying to change Pakistan's ideological basis?

1397/1/20 | 20:04
  In a surprise move, Pakistan has officially ‘noted’ a recommendation made during the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which suggest repealing laws barring adultery and non-marital consensual sex. It has also noted, among hundreds of other recommendations, others which suggest decriminalising such activities, and ensuring punishment for all perpetrators of violence against participants and those who may call for such violence, including members and leaders of jirgas. The UPR recommendations-2017 –copies of which are available ...

Saudi Arabia’s war prophecy may be self-fulfilling

1397/1/17 | 20:04
  Since before it was officially admitted to the United Nations as a state in October 1945, Saudi Arabia has relied on American protection. To ensure their security and ultimately survival, generations of Saudi kings and would-be kings have attempted to court different administrations in the United States — starting with King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, the first Saudi king, who met with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in February 1945 and who in that very first meeting self-ingratiatingly called himself and Roosevelt “twins.” For the massive ...

UN terror list has 139 Pakistan entries

1397/1/15 | 20:04
  The United Nations Security Council’s consolidated list of terrorist individuals and entities includes 139 entries from Pakistan. The list — updated and accessed on Tuesday — identifies all those individuals who have lived in Pakistan, operated from there or have been associated with groups that used Pakistani territory for carrying out their operations, from Al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri to known Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) activists. The first person on the list is Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s heir apparent. The UN data ...

UN expert says Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya bears 'hallmarks of genocide'

1396/12/22 | 20:04
  A top UN rights expert has warned that Myanmar’s crackdown on the persecuted Rohingya bears "the hallmarks of genocide," insisting that the government should be held accountable for the ongoing crimes against the Muslim community. The UN special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, told the UN Human Rights Council in the Swiss city of Geneva on Monday that she was increasingly convinced the crackdown may amount to genocide. Lee also suggested the term was not strong enough. "I am becoming more convinced that crimes ...

Qatar complains to UN over UAE, Bahraini aircraft airspace violation

1396/12/20 | 20:04
  Qatar has issued a complaint to the United Nations over fresh violations of its air space by Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. According to the Qatar News Agency on Saturday, a UAE military transport aircraft carrier violated Qatari airspace on January 14 and again on February 25. On February 26, a Bahraini military plane also illegally entered Qatar's airspace. "Qatar called upon the Security Council and the United Nations to take the necessary measures... to maintain international peace and security," said the report. According ...

Analysis: Why is Russia warming up to Pakistan?

1396/12/9 | 20:04
As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for "not taking action on some of the entities and individuals designated as terrorists by the UN", regional alliances are shifting — and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan.   Russia, analysts say, is motivated by fears of a growing presence of Islamic State militants in neighboring Afghanistan and has warmed up to ...

UK-drafted anti-Iran resolution fails at UNSC

1396/12/8 | 20:04
  A UK-drafted resolution aimed at pressuring Iran over alleged weapons supplies to Yemeni fighters has failed at the UN Security Council. On Monday, the resolution gained 11 favorable votes at the 15-member Security Council but was halted by Russia's veto. "We cannot concur with uncorroborated conclusions and evidence which requires verification and discussions within the sanctions committee," Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the council. Earlier in the month, Britain circulated a draft resolution that would renew sanctions ...

A herculean task: Can Pakistan resist US hegemony at UN?

1396/11/16 | 20:04
  Pakistan has criticised the aspirants for permanent seats in an expanded UN Security Council – India, Brazil, Germany and Japan – for opposing reform of the 15-member body based on the principles of democracy, and vowed to resist any move that serves the interests of a few countries to the detriment of the larger membership. “We will continue to uphold values of democracy, equal opportunity and non-discrimination for as long as it takes, but we will not be complicit in any exercise that places narrow self-serving interests of a ...

UN calls on Iran, Russia, Turkey to allow aid into Syria

1396/11/14 | 20:04
The UN has appealed to the major international players in the Syrian conflict to allow aid through to territories still under attack, according to Reuters.   Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland yesterday called on Russia, Turkey and Iran to de-escalate the fighting, particularly in the Idlib governorate, which he said was “screaming for a ceasefire.”   A UN humanitarian taskforce has been unable to make deliveries to besieged areas across the country for over two months, as Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s government has withheld ...

UN warns sanctions starving North Korea children to death

1396/11/11 | 20:04
The United Nations Children’s Fund has warned that hundreds of thousands of children could starve as a result of sanctions on North Korea. UNICEF said the inability of humanitarian staff to deliver aid there had put many children in lethal malnutrition condition. Manuel Fontaine, director of UNICEF emergency programs worldwide, said Tuesday that an estimated 60,000 children face lethal starvation in North Korea mainly due to economic sanctions imposed over the country’s missile and nuclear programs. “We are projecting that at some point ...

100,00 Rohingya refugees in grave danger from monsoon rains, UN warns

1396/11/9 | 20:04
The United Nations has warned that more than 100,000 Rohingya Muslims in Bangladeshi refugee camps will be in grave danger with the mid-year monsoon season on its way. “Landslide and flood risk hazard mapping reveal that at least 100,000 people are in grave danger from these risks and require relocation to new areas or within the neighborhoods that they live in,” the UN warned in a humanitarian report on Monday. “A high percentage of the land is unsuitable for human settlement as risks of flooding and landslides are high and are further ...

Trump’s remarks would take back world to eve of WWIII: UN's rights chief

1396/11/7 | 20:04
  The United Nations human rights chief has warned that US President Donald Trump’s speech in Switzerland would take the world back to the eve of World War One. Zeid Raad al-Hussein expressed the alarm on Friday after Trump said in a speech at the Swiss ski resort of Davos that countries should pursue their own self-interest. ”It’s the script of the 20th century,“ Prince Zeid said. “He (Trump) urged all countries to pursue their own interest, almost without reference to the fact that if you do all of that, if each country is ...

US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

1396/11/1 | 20:04
  The United States has urged Pakistan not to give sanctuary to terrorist organisations while Pakistan has demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade. The exchange took place Friday at a Security Council meeting on the issue of Afghanistan’s relations with its Central Asia neighbours and the link between peace and security, according to AP. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said the US cannot work with Pakistan if it continues to give sanctuary to terrorist ...

Russia, France Slam US Over Emergency UN Meeting on Iran

1396/10/18 | 20:04
  An emergency meeting at the UN Security Council on the subject of week-long protests in Iran saw a series of speeches, including the US reiterating its previous public statements backing demonstrators and threatening Iran, and other nations wondering why this was worth an emergency meeting. French Ambassador Francois Delattre insisted the Iran protests had nothing to do with international peace and security, warning against “attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends,” which many see as a direct rebuke of the US. Russian ...

US freezes $125 million in funding to Palestinian refugees: Report

1396/10/16 | 20:04
The US has reportedly cut off $125 million in funding for a UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees, less than a week after US President Donald Trump threatened to hold back future aid payments to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Axios news website, citing three unnamed Western diplomats, said on Friday that the sum -- a third of the annual US donation to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) which was expected to be delivered on Monday -- was frozen until the White House finishes its review ...

Iran UN envoy slams US 'grotesque meddling' in its internal affairs

1396/10/14 | 20:04
  Iran’s UN ambassador has condemned the US support for protests in the Islamic Republic as "grotesque" meddling in the country's internal affairs and a violation of international law. Gholamali Khoshroo made the remarks in a Wednesday letter to the UN Security Council and to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Last week, a number of peaceful protests over economic problems broke out in several Iranian cities, but the gatherings turned violent when groups of participants, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched ...

Israel gives Nauru $72,000 ‘gift’ ahead of UN vote on Jerusalem

1396/10/12 | 20:04
  Israel bought a sewage treatment system for the small island of Nauru in the Pacific just two weeks before it voted against a UN General Assembly resolution on Jerusalem.   Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported yesterday that the Tenders Committee at the Israeli foreign ministry approved the purchase of the sewage treatment plant at a cost of $72,000 without a tender.   Nauru is only 21 square kilometres large and has a population of only 11,359.   The paper quoted the ministry’s Tenders Committee as saying ...

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 68 civilians in one day of Yemen’s ‘absurd’ war

1396/10/10 | 20:04
  United Nations condemns mounting casualties after intensive air campaigns and says conflict has no military solution. Sixty-eight Yemeni civilians were killed in two air raids by the Saudi-led coalition in one day, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Yemen has said, as he condemned what he described as “an absurd and futile war”.   Jamie McGoldrick’s unusually direct criticism came in an update citing initial reports from the UN human rights office of the two strikes earlier this week. The first hit a crowded market in ...

Muslims in Philippines face HR abuses amid military crackdown: UN

1396/10/10 | 20:04
  Two UN-appointed experts have warned that an extension of a martial law imposed on territories populated by a Muslim indigenous community in the southern Philippines may intensify the massive human rights abuses currently committed against members of the ethnic community.     Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, the UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples and internally displaced people, said late on Wednesday that Muslim Lumads living on the huge island of Mindanao could even ...

Pro-Saudi Yemeni Officials Endorse Airstrike Against Market

1396/10/10 | 20:04
Officials from the Saudi-backed Yemeni government have issued a statement on this week’s Saudi attack on the Taiz marketplace, which the UN reported as having killed 56 civilians. The officials claimed 32 civilians were killed in the attack.   The statement gave the impression they were entirely comfortable with the 32 civilians being killed, saying the civilians were surveying the damage from a previous attack on the market, which was closed at the time, when the new attack happened. They further insisted the Saudis were targeting ...

Arab League prepares to block Israel UN Security Council bid

1396/10/9 | 20:04
  The Arab League yesterday completed a draft proposal to block Israel’s 2019-2020 bid to join the UN Security Council, the Bahraini News Agency reported.   Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has never obtained a non-permanent Security Council seat.   According to the news agency, the proposal will be submitted to a general meeting of the Arab Parliament in order to adopt it.   In the session yesterday, the Arab Parliament also directed its speaker, Mishaal Bin Fahmy El Selmy, to “contact the UN ...

Agony of Yemenis: Saudi war crimes exceeds Israel

1396/10/6 | 20:04
It would not be wrong to say that Yemen today is hell on the earth.Overall, by UN estimates, 22m people are desperately in need of some kind of help.    Even worse is the condition of the sick, especially children, since all Yemeni ports are not open to commercial ships or even to UN aid organisations, thus denying food, medical supplies and fuel to the distressed.     The non-availability of medicines has led to an outbreak of cholera, considered the worst in modern times, with over 2, 000 dead since it broke out in April this ...

War of words: Why Pakistan can be more dangerous for US than Iran?

1396/10/4 | 20:04
  Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi on Saturday emphasised that peace in Afghanistan cannot be restored by the continuing resort to military force.   She said neither Kabul and the Nato coalition, nor the Afghan Taliban, could impose a military solution on each other.     She said the violence and terrorism afflicting Afghanistan are the consequences of foreign military interventions, occupation and an imposed war.   Sustainable peace in Afghanistan is only achievable through ...

UN General Assembly calls on Myanmar to stop military campaign against Rohingya Muslims

1396/10/4 | 20:04
The United Nations General Assembly has called on Myanmar to halt its military campaign against Rohingya Muslims. On Sunday, a resolution forwarded by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was adopted by a vote of 122 to 10 with 24 abstentions. It calls for Myanmar to grant aid workers access and to give Rohingya Muslims full citizenship rights. The resolution also calls on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to assign a special envoy to the country. China, Russia, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Belarus, Syria ...

A united rejection: A strong slap in Trump’s face

1396/10/3 | 20:04
  A Clear majority of the global community — in fact, over half of the UN’s members — voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to reject the unilateral US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.       A General Assembly resolution, spearheaded by Egypt and co-sponsored by Pakistan, termed any attempts to alter the status of Jerusalem as “null and void” while calling on all states “to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City. ...”       The vote lacks any ...

UNSC to vote on resolution aimed at nullifying Trump's Jerusalem al-Quds move

1396/9/26 | 20:04
The United Nations Security Council is mulling a draft resolution aimed at legally voiding any unilateral decisions on the status of Jerusalem al-Quds. The Egyptian-drafted resolution was circulated among council members on Saturday and will probably be put to vote early next week. According to Reuters, the draft "affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with ...

UN official rejected Haley’s ‘Irrefutable Evidence’ that Iran is arming rebels in Yemen

1396/9/25 | 20:04
    The deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said there is no solid reason to determine the source of the missiles.   According to the United Nations Secretary-General’s spokesman, Farhan Haq, the UN rejected US’s allegation that Iran had supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia last month.   Haq said at a press conference in the UN headquarters in New York that the UN Secretary General has given a written analysis to the Security Council which pretenses a half-yearly report on the implementation of Resolution ...

Saudi jets continue to bomb Sana'a despite calls for humanitarian ceasefire

1396/9/15 | 20:04
The UN has stressed that despite calls for a humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen, Saudi Arabia continues to bomb the capital Sana'a. “Airstrikes have continued while ground fighting and shelling have been reduced,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Tuesday. He added that Saudi Arabia had bombed the capital over 25 times in less than 24 hours, adding that some of the strikes had hit close to the UN's compound in the city. Dujarric added that UN food supplies in Yemen were running out, and that seven vessels carrying food requirements are ...

UN hints no one can rule out elements of genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar

1396/9/14 | 20:04
The United Nations' human rights chief has suggested that “elements of genocide” are present in a state-sponsored campaign of violence against minority Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. “Can anyone — can anyone — rule out that elements of genocide may be present?” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told a special session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Tuesday. Ra’ad al-Hussein said none of the roughly 626,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled the brutal atrocities by state forces ...

Why dozen Arab states have secret ties with Israel?

1396/9/9 | 20:04
  A dozen of Arab and Muslim countries have covert ties with Tel Aviv despite their refusal to officially recognize the occupation power as a state, the regimes envoy to the UN Danny Danon has claimed.   “They still do not vote with us, but I can say that we have a relationship with them,” Danon told the Israeli news website Ynet on Monday, adding that those Muslim and Arab countries “understand the potential of relations with Israel.”   Tel Aviv’s UN envoy said that some Arab ambassadors used to cross to the other ...