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Pak snubbed on Kashmir as UNSC consultations end without outcome

PTI United Nations The rare closed-door consultations on Kashmir by the Security Council ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad. The informal consultations, requested for by …

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UNICEF calls for investment in education

IANS United Nations A new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls for urgent investment in education and skills development opportunities for the Rohingya refugees in southeastern Bangladesh. “For the Rohingya children and youth now in Bangladesh, mere survival is not enough,” said UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore on Friday, Xinhua reported.  “It is absolutely critical that they are …

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US cuts Pakistan’s aid by $440 million

IANS Washington The US has cut its aid to cash-strapped Pakistan by $440 million, bringing its commitments to just $4.1 billion. The decision to cut Pakistan’s economic assistance was officially conveyed to Islamabad about three weeks before the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the US, the Express Tribune reported. The aid was disbursed under Pakistan Enhanced Partnership Agreement …

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Trump addresses Taliban deal with senior advisors

IANS Washington The president of the United States met his national security team to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban, which could lead to the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. “We are working diligently on the path forward in Afghanistan,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday, EFE news reported. “In continued close cooperation with …

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Coroner rules that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself

AFP New York An autopsy on disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein — who was found dead in his jail cell — has concluded that he committed suicide by hanging, a coroner said Friday, answering one of the quesAtions surrounding his death. The ruling comes six days after the 66-year-old, who was accused of trafficking girls as young as 14 for …

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North Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’: Seoul

AFP Seoul North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Friday and launched a scathing attack on “foolish” calls for dialogue from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It was the sixth round of launches in recent weeks in protest at ongoing joint military drills between Seoul and the US. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has described the …

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UN to promote and protect environmental and human rights

IANS Geneva As threats to individuals and communities defending their environmental and land rights intensify in many parts of the world, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Rights Office have prioritised efforts to promote and protect environmental and human rights with the signing of a new cooperation agreement on Friday. The heads of the two UN bodies …

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Indians celebrating I-Day in London attacked

IANS London Indians and people of Indian origin gathered outside the Indian High Commission in London to celebrate the 73rd Independence Day of India were abused, and pelted with eggs and water bottles by Pakistan-sponsored protesters, who included separatist Sikhs. Vijay Chauthaiwale, BJP’s In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Department, termed the happenings outside the Indian High Commission “quite deplorable”. He said that …

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UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir today

AGENCIES United Nations/Islamabad The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold a rare meeting on Kashmir after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, sparking a row with Pakistan, diplomats told AFP Thursday. The meeting will take place behind closed doors on Friday morning, the diplomats said. Poland, which currently holds the council’s rotating presidency, has listed the …

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Starvation likely killed Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia, no sign of foul play

AFP Seremban (Malaysia) A vulnerable Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian rainforest resort likely starved and died of internal bleeding, with no immediate sign of foul play, police said Thursday. Nora Quoirin, 15, is thought to have died two or three days ago after a week in the jungle, and there was no indication she was abducted or assaulted, …

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