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India 'closely monitoring' situation in Afghanistan, calls for 'immediate ceasefire' | Kashmir has seen real democracy, empowerment post scrapping of Article 370: S Jaishankar | West Bengal mulling over reopening of schools, colleges shut due to COVID-19 | Tokyo Olympics: Ravi Kumar Dahiya wins wrestling silver after losing to Russian Zavur Uguev | Tokyo Olympics: India defeat Germany 5-4 to win bronze in men’s hockey

Magnitude 5.6 quake strikes off central Indonesia

Jakarta/Xinhua: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 jolted East Nusa Tenggara province in central Indonesia on Thursday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said here.

Iraq: Put torture prevention laws into practice, urges Bachelet

New York: Although laws in Iraq criminalize torture and set out procedural safeguards to prevent it, a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), makes clear that the practice continues in jails throughout the country.

Families still struggling one year after Beirut explosion: UNICEF

New York: A year after the devastating explosions in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, a staggering 98 per cent of families are still in need, according to a survey published on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

700-plus healthcare workers and patients killed in attacks on facilities: WHO

New York: More than 700 healthcare workers and patients have died, and more than 2,000 have been injured in attacks on health facilities since December 2017, according to a three year analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) released on Tuesday.

UN chief underlines commitment to justice for Yazidis in Iraq

New York: Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the Iraqi authorities to swiftly implement a new law to assist Yazidi survivors of ISIL atrocities, the UN said on Tuesday in a statement marking seven years since the extremist group brutally targeted the religious minority and other communities.

UN chief welcomes 'historic' IMF liquidity boost for governments in need

New York: As the COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate restrictions on government spending throughout the world, the UN chief on Tuesday welcomed the decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $650 billion allocation of Special Drawing Rights to “boost liquidity”.

Zoom agrees to pay $85Mln to settle user privacy suit: Reports

Washington/Sputnik: Zoom Video Communications agreed to pay $85 million to settle a collective claim on alleged user privacy breach in the US, the New York Times reported on Monday.

New Zealand PM Arden formally apologizes for 1970s crackdown on Pacific Islander

Moscow/UNI/SPUTNIK: Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern on Sunday offered apologies for an immigration crackdown in the 1970s against Pacific Islanders, known as Dawn Raids.

Afghan forces strike Taliban hideout, several insurgents killed

A Taliban hideout was destroyed by an airstrike by Afghan air force, a video released by the Afghanistan government on Twitter showed.

Conflict, COVID, climate crisis, likely to fuel acute food insecurity in 23 ‘hunger hotspots’

New York: Life-saving aid to families on the brink of famine is being cut off in several countries by fighting and blockades, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) said in a new report issued on Friday.

100,000 children in Tigray at risk of death from malnutrition: UNICEF

New York: More than 100,000 children in Tigray, Ethiopia, could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months, a tenfold jump over average annual levels, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

Middle East is in fourth wave of Covid-19 triggered by Delta variant: WHO

Geneva/IBNS: The Middle East is in the midst of the fourth wave of Covid-19, triggered by the delta variant of coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

Yemen: New World Bank funds offer lifeline to most vulnerable

New York: Three UN agencies on Thursday welcomed $127 million in new funding from the World Bank to provide lifesaving support to some of the country’s most hard hit rural families, struggling under the impact of multiple crises.

Human trafficking: UN chief calls for action as COVID leaves ‘many millions’ more vulnerable

New York: UN Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday urged States to take action against human trafficking, where a third of all victims are children.

Countries urged to develop pandemic preparedness and response treaty

New York: A senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the need for a global treaty on pandemic preparedness and response, urging countries to “seize the moment” and support its development.