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Increasing availability of non-alcoholic drinks may reduce amount of alcohol purchased online: Study

New York: Increasing the proportion of non-alcoholic drinks on sale in online supermarkets could reduce the amount of alcohol people purchase, suggests a study published today led by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Greater protection needed for Palestinians amid rising violence, annexation threat

New York: The international community must take firm and principled action to protect the human rights and dignity of Palestinians, amid mounting violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and the threat of even further annexation, an independent UN-appointed rights expert said on Thursday.

Women in peacekeeping: UN Fund calls for new ideas and investment

New York: The UN’s Elsie Initiative Fund (EIF) launched a fresh call for funding proposals on Thursday, aimed at improving opportunities for uniformed women to serve in peacekeeping operations, and better serve vulnerable communities worldwide.

New network aims to save migrant lives in the Americas

New York: A new UN-backed network aims to drive action to save migrant lives in the Americas, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday.

General Assembly votes to seek World Court’s opinion, in quest for ‘bolder’ climate action

New York: The UN General Assembly will seek the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on countries’ obligations to address climate change, following the adoption by consensus of a resolution on Wednesday.

UN rights experts condemn Uganda’s ‘egregious’ anti-LGBT legislation

New York: Making homosexuality punishable by death is an egregious violation of human rights, independent UN Human Rights Council-appointed experts said on Wednesday, urging Uganda’s president to veto new laws approved by parliament this month, which further criminalise people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), and those who defend them.

Australians warned of looming Covid waves, encouraged to take booster dose

Canberra: Australia's top doctor has warned the country to prepare for new waves of COVID-19 in the lead-up to winter.

Turkish parliament ratifies Finland's NATO membership protocol: Deputy Speaker

Istanbul: The Grand National Assembly of Turkey ratified the protocol on Finland's membership in NATO, Deputy Speaker Haydar Akar said.

Elon Musk overtakes Barack Obama to become the most-followed individual on Twitter

Washington/IBNS: Following his controversial acquisition of Twitter five months ago, Elon Musk has now overtaken former US President Barack Obama to become the most followed account on the social media platform.

UN chief calls for new tool to find 100,000 ‘disappeared’ Syrians

New York: Top UN officials called for creating a new institution to help locate tens of thousands of missing Syrians and bring peace to their families, as the General Assembly debated on Tuesday the human rights situation in the country.

Mexico: Guterres calls for ‘thorough investigation’ into deadly migrant centre fire

New York: The UN Secretary-General on Tuesday called for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of at least 39 migrants in a fire at a processing centre on the border between Mexico and the United States.

UN underlines support for Africa’s fight against terrorism

New York: Although no region is immune to terrorism, the situation in Africa is especially concerning, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday, underlining UN support to countries striving to “end this scourge.”

ILO calls for fresh support as job losses grip post-quake Türkiye and Syria

New York: Urgent support is needed to prevent a slide into poverty and an increase in child labour and hand-to-mouth jobs, following the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria in February, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday in new assessment reports.

El Salvador urged to uphold human rights amid state of emergency

New York: The UN human rights office, OHCHR, on Tuesday expressed concern over mass detentions and other measures implemented during the state of emergency in El Salvador, now in effect for a year.

DPR Korea: Truth, justice needed amid ‘tragic’ legacy of enforced disappearances

New York: “Tragic” accounts of State-sponsored abductions and enforced disappearances in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) require action from the country’s authorities, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, said on Tuesday.