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Ghulam Nabi Azad quits J&K Congress' Committee hours after being appointed its chairman | MK Stalin's DMK approaches Supreme Court challenging definition of freebies | In embarrassment for Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka minister says 'we're managing govt, not running it' | Delhi sees rise in hospitalisations after Covid spike, 8-10 deaths daily | Policemen, civilian injured in two separate grenade attacks in Kashmir

Fresh Israel-Palestinian Islamic Jihad truce prevents ‘full-scale war’

New York: After three days of deadly fighting, the Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday to assess a fragile truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza.

Japan: Hiroshima-born fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84

Tokyo/UNI: Iconic Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, who designed iconic turtle neck jumpers for Steve Jobs, passed away aged 84.

UN Committee reviews anti-discrimination efforts underway

New York: The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination opened in Geneva on Monday to review anti-discrimination efforts being done in seven UN Member States.

ILO calls for adequate workers conditions during extreme heat in Iraq

New York: The UN labour agency, ILO, says it is becoming increasingly concerned about working conditions in Iraq, where temperatures have soared to 50 degrees Celsius in recent weeks.

Attacking a nuclear plant ‘suicidal,’ UN chief tells journalists in Japan

New York: UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned a recent attack on a nuclear power station in southern Ukraine during a meeting in Tokyo on Monday with the Japan National Press Club.

Ethiopia: Loan from UN fund allows FAO to scale up fertilizers for farmers in Tigray

New York: A $10 million loan from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will allow the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to scale up the procurement of fertilizers to support farmers in the restive Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, the agency announced on Monday.

Drought-hit Italian river reveals unexploded WWII bomb

Rome: An unexploded World War II bomb submerged in an Italian river has been revealed due to an extreme drought.

Brazil: Iconic Jiu Jitsu champion Leandro Lo shot dead

Sao Paulo: Brazil's iconic Jiu Jitsu champion Leandro Lo was shot dead in the head in a night club in  Sao Paulo city of the country, media reports said.

Central African Republic: Militias spreading ‘terror, insecurity’, must lay down arms

New York: Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) must lay down their arms and engage in political dialogue, a UN-appointed independent human rights expert said on Friday, urging the international community to strengthen efforts to restore State authority and end impunity there.

Somalia: ‘We cannot wait for famine to be declared; we must act now’

New York: Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

Ukrainian fighting tactics endanger civilians, says Amnesty International

Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals, as they repelled the Russian invasion that began in February, Amnesty International has said.

Step up protection for activists who challenge big business in Colombia

New York: Activists who raise concerns about business projects in Colombia are under serious threat for speaking out, and UN human rights experts are urging the government to do much more to protect them.

UNFPA global innovation awards: 10 projects that will change lives of women and girls

New York: The UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, has announced the ten winners of its first ever Joint Innovation Challenge; a cutting edge competition to provide funding for social enterprises with innovative solutions that advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

Unprecedented global challenges are ‘not insurmountable’ – UN chief

New York: Nearly a year ago, the UN chief released his report, Our Common Agenda (OCA), a blueprint for global cooperation moving forward, and reinvigorated multilateralism. On Thursday, he updated the General Assembly on progress made so far, saying the need for the report’s proposals “has only increased.”

New sculpture at UN honours rights experts killed in DR Congo

New York: A powerful new sculpture unveiled at UN Headquarters on Wednesday honours the memory and mission of two human rights experts who were murdered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) five years ago.