January 23, 2022 23:45 (IST)
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PM Modi to interact with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardees tomorrow | India's 'tallest man' Dharmendra Pratap Singh joins Samajwadi Party ahead of UP polls | At 3.33 lakh new Covid-19 infections, India witnesses marginal drop in cases from yesterday | New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern calls off her wedding after new Covid rules amid Omicron rise | PM Modi pays homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern calls off her wedding after new Covid rules amid Omicron rise

Wellington/IBNS: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called off her own wedding on Sunday as she tightened Covid-19 restrictions in the country amid the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

UN relief chief pledges support for Nigeria

New York: Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, has ended a four-day visit to Nigeria, pledging support and promising the United Nations will do everything it can to help rebuild the lives of vulnerable families who have been impacted by violence and extremism there.

UN coordinator in Tonga: ‘Resources on the ground are not enough’

New York: As news coverage of the eruption and tsunami that hit Tonga starts to fade away, the United Nations Coordination Specialist in the country has a message to the outside world: Tonga’s people are going to need sustained support responding to a disaster of this scale.

Yemen: UN mission warns of ‘devastating’ loss of life, as Guterres condemns coalition airstrikes

New York: The UN chief has condemned airstrikes launched early on Friday by the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels in Yemen, that struck a detention centre in the rebel-held city of Saada, which have left at least 60 dead, and more than hundred injured.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir hospitalised

Kuala Lumpur/UNI/Xinhua: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been hospitalised, a spokesman from his office said Saturday.

UN chief calls for action to put out ‘5-alarm global fire’

New York: At a time when “the only certainty is more uncertainty”, countries must unite to forge a new, more hopeful and equal path, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Friday, laying out his priorities for 2022.

1.5 million children lack treatment for severe wasting in Eastern and Southern Africa

New York: At least 1.5 million children are not receiving life-saving treatment for severe wasting in Eastern and Southern Africa, warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday.

Tigray: Eritrean refugees ‘scared and struggling to eat’ amid aid obstacles

New York: For the first time in weeks, aid teams have reached refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, only to find that some Eritrean nationals living there have likely died of preventable diseases, while others are “scared and struggling to get enough to eat”, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Friday.

Mother sues Meta, Snap over daughter’s suicide

Washington/UNI: A woman has filed lawsuit against Instagram's parent company Meta and Snap Inc as an addiction to their social media platforms caused the suicide of her 11-year old daughter.

11 Iraqi soldiers killed in Islamic State attack

Baghdad/UNI/Xinhua: Eleven Iraqi soldiers were killed in an attack by the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq's Diyala province, the police said on Friday.

Netherlands: VU Amsterdam returns human rights research funding from China

Amsterdam: The VU (Vrije Universiteit) university in Amsterdam is all set to stop accepting funds from China to finance a centre for human rights following revelations by broadcaster NOS, reports Dutch News.

West Africa: Extreme poverty rises nearly 3 per cent due to COVID-19

New York: Extreme poverty in West Africa rose by nearly three per cent in 2020, another fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN-backed report launched on Thursday that looks at the socio-impact of the crisis has revealed.

UNRWA condemns demolition of Palestinian home in East Jerusalem

New York: The UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, on Thursday urged Israeli to immediately halt all evictions and demolitions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, after an entire family was forced out of their long-term home the previous day. 

Ghana mining community explosion leaves 20 people dead

Accra/UNI/Xinhua: At least 20 people died and many others were injured in an explosion at a mining community of Ghana's Western Region.

General Assembly President urges solidarity, hope, laying out 2022 agenda

New York: Amid the resurgent COVID pandemic, the President of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, stressed the importance of solidarity and fostering hope, as he outlined his priorities for the remainder of the 76th session.