Ban kicks off meeting to boost commitment to ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative

Published on May 15 2015 // World
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has gathered senior leaders from around the world for a meeting that began on Thursday in New York on ways to step-up commitments to improve the health of women, children and adolescents globally under a United Nations initiative. “Women, children and adolescents are...

Geneva: UN envoy on Syria meets with officials from the Russia and UK

Published on May 15 2015 // World
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, met on Thursday in Geneva with senior officials from the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom to discuss how to help Syrians move towards launching a political process, a spokesman for the UN has confirmed. Briefing journalists in New...

UNESCO chief urges international action as fighting threatens Syria’s iconic Palmyra

Published on May 15 2015 // World
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Thursday expressed deep concern over fighting near the Syrian archaeological site of Palmyra that is endangering the nearby population and posing an imminent threat to the iconic ruins, calling out to all parties “to make...

Police chief in Pakistan’s Sindh suspended and reinstated

Published on May 13 2015 // World
Pakistan’s Sindh province government on Wednesday suspended its police chief over the bus attack in the provincial capital Karachi that left 45 people dead and 20 injured, but reinstated him shortly. Dunya TV said that Inspector General of Police Ghulam Haider Jamali was removed from his post for...

IS’s No. 2 man killed in Iraq airstrike: Report

Published on May 13 2015 // World
The No.2 leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group is believed to have been killed on Wednesday in a US-led coalition airstrike in northern Iraq, the Iraqi defense ministry said. “Based on accurate intelligence reports, the US-led coalition carried out an airstrike on the second man of...

Anti-Shia attacks in Pakistan on the rise

Published on May 13 2015 // World
Pakistan has seen a rising tide of sectarian violence in recent times, particularly against Shias — of which the Ismaili community is a sub-sect — who make up around 20 percent of the country’s predominantly Muslim population. In the past, there have been instances of anti-Ismaili violence...

36 aftershocks of above 4 magnitude rock Nepal

Published on May 13 2015 // World
Atleast 36 aftershocks, including five on Wednesday alone, were recorded in Nepal following Tuesday’s 7.3-magnitude earthquake. Five aftershocks with the epicentre at Kathmandu were felt on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. following Tuesday’s temblor that ripped through the surrounding...

43 killed in Karachi bus firing

Published on May 13 2015 // World
Atleast 43 people were killed and 13 others injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a bus in Pakistan’s Karachi city on Wednesday. The incident took place near the city’s Safoora Chowk area, Dawn online reported. Sindh Police Inspector General Ghulam Haider Jamali said 60 people...

Afghanistan: UN condemns Taliban’s attack on judges and prosecutors

Published on May 12 2015 // World
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned Sunday’s suicide attack against a civilian bus transporting employees of the Attorney General’s Office in Kabul, which killed five prosecutors, including three women prosecutors and injured 19 other civilians. “An...

White House dismisses Hersh’s version of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s killing

Published on May 12 2015 // World
The White House has reportedly rejected claims made by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Seymour Hersh that the United States’ version of the raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osma bin Laden was a sham, as “baseless” and “patently false.” A statement released by White House National...

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