June 20, 2021 15:41 (IST)
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Plane crash in Russia's Kemerovo region leaves 4 dead

Moscow/Xinhua: The authorities of Russia's Kemerovo region denied information about nine people killed after the emergency landing of a plane in the region on Saturday, saying that four people died as a result.

Iran election: Ebrahim Raisi set to become President

Tehran: Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi is all set to become Iran's President as he has won most of the votes counted so far.

Iran: Presidential candidate Rezaee congratulates rival Raisi on winning election

Tehran/Sputnik: Mohsen Rezaee, the head of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council and one of the Iranian presidential candidates, has congratulated another contender, Iranian top judge Ebrahim Raisi, on winning the election even though the vote count is still going.  

Forced displacement at record level, despite COVID shutdowns: UNHCR

New York: The number of people fleeing wars, violence, persecution, and human rights violations, rose last year to nearly 82.4 million people, a further four percent increase on top of the already record-high of 79.5 million, recorded at the end of 2019.

Famine risk spikes amid conflict, COVID-19 and funding gaps: WFP

New York: The impact of conflicts old and new, climate shocks and COVID-19, in addition to a lack of funding, have left millions more on the verge of famine than six months ago, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

António Guterres secures second term as UN Secretary-General, calls for new era of ‘solidarity and equality’

New York: António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab slams China over Apple Daily crackdown

London: UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday targeted China over the raids and arrests at Apple Daily in Hong Kong and said it demonstrated Beijing is using the National Security Law to target dissenting voices.

Ex-Zambia president Kenneth Kaunda dies, PM Modi mourns

Lusaka/UNI: Zambia's first president Dr Kenneth David Kaunda passed away at the age of 97.

IDF confirms carrying out strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza

Tel Aviv/UNI: The Israel Defense Forces(IDF) has confirmed carrying out strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza strip in retaliation to what it described as arson balloons attacks launched from the area.

Political impasse in Haiti, amid rising humanitarian needs, ahead of crucial elections

New York: Amid worsening socioeconomic conditions, rising criminal gang violence and a resurgence of COVID-19, Haiti’s leaders must commit to good-faith dialogue aimed at ending a longstanding and damaging political impasse, the UN’s senior official in the country told the Security Council today.

Guterres: Bring crimes of sexual violence in conflict out of ‘the shadows’, punish perpetrators

New York: Sexual violence in conflict “reverberates down generations” and threatens both human and international security, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

One in every 100 dies by their own hand, each suicide ‘a tragedy’: WHO

New York: New research published by the UN health agency on Thursday revealed that suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide – taking more lives each year than HIV, malaria, breast cancer, war and homicide.

UN chief urges debt relief extension for middle-income countries

New York: Innovative measures to address debt are required to help the world’s more than 100 middle-income countries expand their economies and exit the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday.

UK: Parliament approves extending COVID-19 restrictions until July 19

London/Sputnik: The House of Commons of the UK Parliament approved on Wednesday the government's proposal to postpone the deadline for lifting quarantine restrictions in England until July 19 due to the surge of COVID-19.

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet at Geneva villa amid hope for 'stable talks'

Geneva/IBNS: US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for their first summit at lakeside Geneva villa on Wednesday since Biden took office.