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British Queen Shows Discontent With Sluggish Endeavours To Mitigate Climate Crisis

Oct 15, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

The queen is due to welcome leaders from around the world to COP26, a United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of the month.

UN, Bangladesh Sign Deal To Aid Relocated Rohingya Refugees

Oct 11, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

More than 19,000 out of the 1.1 million Rohingya refugees in Southern Bangladesh have already been moved to the Bhasan Char island by the government.


Cyprus Top Diplomat: Turkey Is Creating New Ottoman Empire

Nikos Christodoulides invoked the Ottoman empire, which controlled much of southeastern Europe, western Asia and northern Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries from Constantinople, which is now Turkey's largest city, Istanbul.

At UN, Turmoil In Haiti, Ethiopia Draws Global Concern

Sep 26, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry didn't shy away from addressing his country's turmoil following a major earthquake and the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moise, in recent months — alluding to but not directly addressing reports that may implicate Henry himself in the murder.


Taliban Having Remote Chance To Take Part In UNGA; Diplomats Of Ousted Govt Still In Office

A week ago on September 15, Guterres had received a letter from the currently accredited Afghan ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, stating that he and other members of his team, still occupying the Afghan mission at the United Nations, will represent Afghanistan in UNGA.

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22 September, 2021

UN: Afghanistan's Taliban Want To Address General Assembly

Associated Press (AP)

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres received a communication on September 15 from the currently accredited Afghan Ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, with the list of Afghanistan's delegation for the assembly's 76th annual session.


18 September, 2021

UN Convenes Emergency Session To Review Somalia's Exacerbating Political Crisis

Associated Press (AP)

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Barbara Woodward, who called for the closed briefing by U.N. special envoy James Swan, expressed serious concern about 'the rising tensions between the prime minister and the president.'


17 September, 2021

Brazil President's Reluctance To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Might Keep Him Out Of UN Premises

Associated Press (AP)

To prevent Covid-19 spread, the city of New York has mandated vaccination certificates for delegates in the UN building for an upcoming annual debate. What will happen to the unvaccinated Brazil President, Jair Bolsonaro?


09 September, 2021

Taliban Hard-Line Path Worsens Afghanistan Dilemma: Analysis

Associated Press (AP)

The world will need to engage with the Taliban to some extent, despite disappointment with the new all-Taliban Cabinet that defied earlier promises it would be inclusive.


08 September, 2021

UN Appeals For $606M To Aid Afghans For The Rest Of The Year

Associated Press (AP)

The agency's 'Flash Appeal' launched Tuesday includes the $413 million from the original appeal that has not been funded and $193 million in new needs through December.


02 September, 2021

The New Mu Variant Of COVID-19 Could Be More Vaccine-Resistant: WHO

Outlook Web Desk

Mu - also known by its scientific name as B.1.621 - was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, and since then, there have been "sporadic reports" of cases and some larger outbreaks in South America and Europe


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02 September, 2021

Afghans' Plight Surges Due To Hunger Crisis Amid Taliban's Challenges

Associated Press (AP)

About one third of the country's population of 38 million doesn't know if they will have a meal every day, according to Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN's humanitarian chief in Afghanistan.


28 August, 2021

Afghanistan's Economic Crisis Worsens As Airlift Winds Down

Associated Press (AP)

The massive US-led airlift is winding down, with many Western nations having completed their own evacuation efforts ahead of Tuesday's deadline.


25 August, 2021

Covid-19 Cases Reaching Stationary Phase After Rising Steadily For Two Months: WHO

Associated Press (AP)

The assessment released on Tuesday says there were about 68,000 new deaths reported globally, with Europe and the Americas registering increases of about 10 per cent.


25 August, 2021

Indian And Kazakh Armies To Embark On 13-Day Joint Military Exercise From August 30

Outlook Web Desk

The "KAZIND-21" exercise will be conducted at a Kazakh training node in Aisha Bibi in Kazakhstan, where a total of 90 personnel from the Bihar Regiment of the Indian Army will participate


13 August, 2021

UN Secretary General Is Meticulous About Tracking Developments In Afghanistan, Says His Spokesman

Outlook Web Desk

'We are particularly concerned about the shift of fighting to urban areas, where the potential for civilian harm is even greater,', said Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.


09 August, 2021

Glasgow Summit World’s ‘Last Chance’ To Combat Climate Change, Warns Indian-Origin UK Climate Chief

Outlook Web Bureau

The world would face a climate catastrophe unless urgent action is agreed this year, warned the Indian-origin UK cabinet minister Alok Sharma.


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09 August, 2021

Narendra Modi To Be First Indian PM To Chair UNSC Meet, Debate On Maritime Security Today

Outlook Web Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be the first Indian prime minister to preside over a UN Security Council Open Debate


Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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