UN chief welcomes Lesotho elections

Published on Mar 02 2015 // World
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the “peaceful conduct” of the country’s parliamentary elections, held on 28 February. In a statement issued this evening, the UN spokesperson said the Secretary-General commended the...

UN envoy dispatches mission to Syria

Published on Mar 02 2015 // World
United Nations’ Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is continuing discussions with the Government of Syria on his proposed ‘freeze’ of localized hostilities in the city of Aleppo, the United Nations spokesperson’s office said on Sunday. Staffan...

Zero Discrimination Day: UN urges tolerance for diversity

Published on Mar 02 2015 // World
The United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response has kicked off the 2015 global edition of Zero Discrimination Day as part of the Organization’s wider effort to spur solidarity towards ending discrimination. “Discrimination is a violation of human rights and must not...

Death Threats and Late Night Dinner Before Russia’s Boris Nemtsov was Shot Dead

Published on Mar 01 2015 // World
MOSCOW: It was near closing time on Friday at the upscale Bosco restaurant that looks out onto the illuminated red-brick walls of Moscow’s Kremlin. Boris Nemtsov and his young, dark-haired girlfriend were finishing dinner. A political reformer who had fallen foul of Russian President Vladimir...

Charming and Erratic, a Notorious Afghan Speaks

Published on Mar 01 2015 // World
JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN: One of Afghanistan’s most notorious serial killers lives in a dank prison cell in Jalalabad, sharing bunk beds, meals and blankets with fellow inmates. But the guards do not carry weapons, and the prison aides spend much of their days socializing with the convicts. The...

Six killed in fresh mortar attack in Syria

Published on Feb 22 2015 // World
At least six people were killed and 10 others wounded by a fresh mortar attack against government-controlled districts of the country’s northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported. The rebels fired many mortar shells Saturday that slammed into two districts in the government-controlled...

Palestinians slam Israeli FM for call to execute prisoners

Published on Feb 22 2015 // World
A senior Palestinian official condemned Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for calls to execute Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails. Issa Qaraqe, chief of the Palestinian corporation for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, told Xinhua that the statements of Lieberman “represent...

Nigeria flushes Boko Haram terrorists out

Published on Feb 22 2015 // World
The Nigerian security forces operating in northeastern part of the country said a large number of Boko Haram terrorists have drowned in the Lake Chad area of northeast Baga town. Terrorists met their fate as they fled the heavy bombardment by Nigerian Air force heralding the advance of troops on mission...

Mayor of Venezuela’s capital Caracas arrested

Published on Feb 20 2015 // World
The mayor of metropolitan Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, has been arrested by officials of Venezuela’s intelligence service (Sebin) at the downtown headquarters of his party, officials close to the politician told Efe news agency. Ledezma was in his office at the party headquarters in the EXA Tower...

Israel Says Security Ties With India Are Out of The Closet

Published on Feb 20 2015 // World
NEW DELHI: Israel’s security relationship with India is out in the open after years of being under wraps, the Israeli Defence Minister said on Thursday, vowing to play a bigger role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to build an industrial base. Israel has emerged as one of India’s...

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