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Growing US-China rivalry seen fueling UN paralysis amid virus crisis

For nearly a decade, the UN Security Council has been frequently paralyzed by Russia's obstinacy over the Syrian crisis. Today,

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UN honours Indian woman peacekeeper who served in South Sudan

Major Suman Gawani, who is from the Corps of Signals, received the award from Guterres at an online ceremony organised by the New York-based UN headquarters on May 29

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Between two storms: Caribbean braces for hurricanes in coronavirus era

By Sarah Marsh and Rodrigo Campos HAVANA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ken Hutton is worried Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas

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First two UN peacekeepers die of coronavirus

Two UN peacekeepers in Mali have died from the coronavirus, officials said Friday. Out of the some 100,000 UN troops

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Donald Trump cuts ties with World Health Organisation claiming it is under China's 'total control'

Donald Trump has officially cut ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The

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What will be the color of our Covid-19 recovery plan?

I have always considered that the three global frameworks — Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change — agreed and adopted by United Nations (UN) member-states in 2015 should govern our post-2015 development era. With the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic hitting humanity in […]

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Venezuela's official virus data is 'absurd': HRW and Johns Hopkins

Venezuela's low case count and death toll from the coronavirus are likely false and could in fact end up being

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Colombia ELN rebels would back U.N. ceasefire, urge government to join

By Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian rebel group the National Liberation Army (ELN) would be willing to participate

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Engagements Underway: MEA on Trump’s Offer on Indo-China Stand-off

Earlier, Trump took to Twitter to say that the United States is “ready, willing and able to mediate” in the matter.

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Boris Johnson calls for independent inquiry into origins of coronavirus outbreak

Boris Johnson has said an independent inquiry must take place into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak, as he spoke

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Avert humanitarian crisis

Stakeholders in the international shipping industry have asked world leaders to adopt crew change protocols, as thousands of seafarers face exhaustion at the helm of critical supply routes amid the current coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In a joint letter, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and International Transport Workers’ […]

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U.N. calls meeting to boost pandemic support for developing countries

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.N. officials said they will meet on Thursday with over a dozen world leaders

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Why a Giant Hydropower Dam in Africa Worries the U.S. and China

(Bloomberg) -- China and the United Nations backed calls for Ethiopia to resume talks over its plan to begin filling

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Over 660,000 displaced during pandemic despite UN plea: aid group

More than 660,000 people have been displaced from their homes in conflict zones around the world since March, despite a

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UN launches ‘Verified’ to combat misinformation on coronavirus pandemic

MANILA, Philippines — The United Nations launched on Friday an initiative to combat misinformation on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by increasing the volume and reach of accurate information about the disease.Under the initiative called Verified, the UN is calling on people around the world to sign up to become “information volunteers” to share accurate content on COVID-19.Described as “digital first responders”, the volunteers will receive a daily feed of verified content optimized for social sharing with messaging that directly counters misinformation or fills an "information void" online.“We cannot cede our

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Calls for UN Reopening Grow With Virus Easing in New York City

(Bloomberg) -- Germany and Russia are urging the United Nations to partially reopen its New York headquarters as the spread

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Red Cross aid agency warns against any move to limit vaccine access

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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Israel must abandon annexation threat, says U.N. Middle East envoy

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - Israel must abandon its threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank,

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UN chief warns Covid-19 could cause poverty, hunger for millions in Africa

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that millions of people could be pushed into extreme poverty in Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic and called for “global solidarity” with the continent.

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UN chief Guterres praises African efforts to stem virus

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that the developed world could learn lessons from the preventative measures taken by many African countries to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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US asks for abortion references to be removed from UN pandemic response plan

The Trump administration is urging the United Nations secretary general to remove any references to reproductive health, including abortions, from the UN's humanitarian response plan to the coronavirus pandemic to "avoid creating controversy."

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Aid groups slam U.N. council failure to take coronavirus action

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several aid groups criticized the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday for being unable

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'Disgraceful': US accused of using coronavirus to promote 'pro-life' agenda in letter telling UN abortion is not 'essential'

A US foreign aid agency has warned the United Nations to stop "promoting" abortion and has denied that sexual and

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WHO to review virus response as Trump renews attack

The World Health Organization said it would launch an independent review of its response to the coronavirus pandemic but President

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WHO wins praise from many countries, criticism from the US

The World Health Organization received praise from many countries but fierce criticism from the United States at its virtual assembly,

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