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Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi calls upon people to follow Covid protocols amid cases' surge | 'How long will you hide in Guwahati?' Sanjay Raut asks rebels | India records 11,739 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hrs | Yogi Adityanath's helicopter makes emergency landing after bird hit | Ram Gopal Varma lands in fresh controversy over tweet on Droupadi Murmu

Annual UN Asia Pacific policy forum spotlights 'regional connectivity for shared prosperity'

New York, Aug 4 (IBNS): Asia-Pacific countries will gather in Bangkok this week for the annual policy session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), focusing on the role of regional connectivity in supporting economic growth and development.

Ban deplores upsurge in anti-Semitic incidents since start of Gaza conflict

New York, Aug 4 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests concerning the escalation of violence in Gaza.

China: Earthquake kills 175

Kunming, Aug. 3 (IBNS) At least 175 people were killed and 181 others went missing as a major earthquake hit southwest China's Yunnan Province on Sunday, media reports said.

Gaza: Ban condemns latest deadly attack near UN school as 'moral outrage and criminal act'

New York, Aug 3 (IBNS) Amidst an 'appalling' escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip since the collapse of a brief 1 August ceasefire, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the killing on Sunday of at least 10 Palestinian civilians in shelling outside of a United Nations school in Rafah which had been sheltering thousands of civilians.

UN warns of 'humanitarian tragedy' as militants seize town in northern Iraq

New York, Aug 3 (IBNS) The capture of the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq by militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other armed groups has displaced as many as 200,000 people and set off a "humanitarian tragedy", the United Nations envoy to the crisis-gripped country warned on Sunday.

Myanmar: UN welcomes release of child soldiers, commitment to get them educated

Yangon/New York, Aug 2 (IBNS) Myanmar released dozens of children and young adults from its armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, the United Nations Friday confirmed, welcoming also efforts to get the people away from guns and into classrooms.

Despite peace talks, ongoing clashes in Central African Republic take heavy toll on civilians – UN

New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): United Nations humanitarian staff working in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR) reported Friday that despite peace talks, civilians continue to be caught in crossfire in ongoing fighting.

Annulment of Uganda's anti-homosexuality law hailed by UN officials

New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): United Nations officials have welcomed the decision of the Constitutional Court of Uganda to annul the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, hailing it as a victory for the rule of law and social justice.

Simple, smart, cost-effective, breastfeeding provides benefits that last a lifetime – UN

New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): The best thing a mother can do for her newborn is breastfeed – which does more than help children survive, it helps them to thrive with benefits that last a lifetime, said the United Nations today, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week.

As climate talks heat up, experts debate if natural gas, fracking will turn 'brown' economies 'green'

New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): The world faces a looming energy problem. There’s not enough of it. It also faces a looming climate change problem. Too much of it. Could natural gas and fracking technology be part of the solution to both challenges?

In West Africa, top UN health official unveils $100 million Ebola response plan

New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): West Africa is confronted with a “fast-moving…unprecedented outbreak” of the deadly Ebola disease accompanied by “unprecedented challenges,” but the head of the United Nations health agency Friday told Presidents of countries affected by the most lethal strain of the virus that “when well-managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped.”

Iraq: UN envoy urges greater civilian protection as fighting continues to take heavy toll

New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): The top United Nations envoy to Iraq Friday called for greater efforts to protect civilians amid the ongoing fighting, as the latest casualty figures show that nearly 1,200 civilians were killed in the month of July, while another 1,500 were injured.

Gaza truce collapses

Gaza City, Aug 1 (IBNS) The 72-hour truce with Hamas in Gaza has collapsed as Israel soldiers are searching for a soldier who is believed to have been captured, media reports said on Friday.

Greater local-level autonomy in Viet Nam would be 'litmus test' for religious freedom : UN expert

New York, Aug 1 (IBNS) During his recent visit to Viet Nam, the United Nations independent expert on religious freedom, Heiner Bielefeldt, stressed the need for religious communities in the country to be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice.

Gaza: UN relief officials warn of growing humanitarian crisis as conflict continues

New York, Aug 1 (IBNS) As the crisis in Gaza continues unabated, United Nations relief officials on Thursday urged the parties to protect civilians amid the ongoing conflict, which has resulted in thousands of casualties and caused widespread displacement and destruction.