More than 100 terrorists killed in Pakistan in crackdown after shrine bombing

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Pakistani security forces have claimed to have killed more than 100 terror suspects in couirse of the sweeping country-wide raids following Thursday’s bombing of the shrine in southern Sindh province. According to a Geo News report, security forces have made headway in the investigations of recent terror attacks across Pakistan, identifying four terrorist organisations with […]

Venezuela again delays withdrawal of 100 bolivar notes

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Venezuela, for the second time, decided to delay the withdrawal of its 100 bolivar banknotes from circulation, according to media reports on Saturday. In December, it was delayed for the first time by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro soon after the decision to get rid of the highest-denomination banknote was made. In a tweeted message on […]

At Munich Security Conference, UN chief Guterres highlights need for ‘a surge in diplomacy for peace’

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Highlighting the complex and interlinked challenges confronting the global community that also compound the suffering of the most vulnerable, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for a boost in preventive diplomacy and mediation efforts, as well as for a strategy to address root causes of such conflicts in the world. “There are things that are […]

Portugal commits to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

Portugal has committed to partnering with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The commitment was presented to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, during his recent official visit to Portugal. Among the initiatives to celebrate the Year, Portugal is promoting the rehabilitation of historical buildings in the interior of the country and routes through […]

One million Ukrainian children now need aid as number doubles over past year – UNICEF

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As the volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, one million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – nearly double the number this time last year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday. “This is an invisible emergency – a crisis most of the world has forgotten,” said UNICEF’s […]

Central African Republic: UN mission reinforces presence in restive Bambari

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Amid ongoing rebel activity in and around Bambari in strife-torn Central African Republic, the United Nations mission – known as MINUSCA – said on Friday that it has reinforced its presence in the city with the arrival of additional troops, including a quick reaction unit and Special Forces. This reinforcement makes it possible to better […]

Atrocities will end in South Sudan only when perpetrators ‘face consequences’ – UN rights official

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A senior United Nations human rights official on Friday called for holding accountable those committing atrocity crimes in conflict-torn South Sudan. “This is a war that has been waged against the men, women and children of South Sudan,” said the UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights, Andrew Gilmour, as he wrapped up a four-day visit […]