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President Imran Khan of Pakistan warns of rising Islamophobia |

In a pre-recorded video address to the Assembly’s annual high-level debate, President Imran Khan, highlighted the importance of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.  “This is also a time for us to reflect whether as the United Nations, we have been able to realize the promise we made collectively …

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Progress on Sudan political transition, but challenges remain, Security Council hears |

Ambassadors met in person in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York, where they were briefed by UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo, and the head of UN Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.  “As the Secretary-General highlights in his report, Sudan’s political transition continues to move …

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Social media deal earns advertisers’ ‘likes’

Social media deal earns advertisers’ ‘likes’

Advertisers who boycotted social media are not all rushing back, despite an agreement by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter on how to curb harmful content online. Unilever, one of the world’s biggest advertisers, told Reuters the move this week was “a good step in the right direction,” but would not say …

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Inclusion and more public participation, will help forge better government policies: Guterres |

Speaking at the end of the annual high level week, Secretary-General António Guterres warned that such crises are an “enormous governance challenge” for all nations, and overcoming them requires approaches driven by unity, solidarity and compassion.  “For that, we need governance models and structures that work for the common good, …

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Google Maps to now show coronavirus hotspots in new layers option

Google Maps to now show coronavirus hotspots in new layers option

Internet search giant Google has announced to update its free Maps application this week with colour-coding that highlights areas infected with cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In a blog post published Thursday, the search giant said Maps will be enhanced if a user taps the …

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Updated influenza vaccine advice targets protection of elderly and health workers |

The updated recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), come as the northern hemisphere braces for the seasonal bug, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives from respiratory-related causes every year. “There has in fact been an increased demand and we’re hearing now that countries that are trying to get influenza vaccine …

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Palestine’s Abbas asks UN for international Mideast conference next year as Arab support dwindles

Palestine's Abbas asks UN for international Mideast conference next year as Arab support dwindles

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas appealed on Friday to the United Nations to arrange an international conference on the peace process, in the wake of Gulf Arab recognition of Israel. In an address to the UN General Assembly, Abbas asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene the meeting “early next year” and …

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Only international action can restore security in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin, says Niger President |

“Niger is convinced that the many threats to international peace and security cannot be resolved by individual states, but by collective action by the international community,” Mr. Issoufou told the Assembly, which is holding its annual high-level session virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.   Terrorism in the Sahel  Mr. …

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Belarus must release opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava, stress independent rights experts |

In a news release, on Friday, the experts also called on the authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the enforced disappearance of Ms. Kalesnikava, who, they said was “snatched off the streets” of the capital, Minsk, threatened with death or deportation and then secretly imprisoned.  It is particularly …

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INTERVIEW: ‘Famine is preventable, if there is political will’ |

In her role as WFP deputy chief, Valerie Guarnieri leads programme and policy developments towards ending hunger, including efforts to ensure protection and inclusion; expand school meals and nutrition programmes; empower women; build resilient food systems; and support cash transfers and social protection. In this interview, part of an SDG …

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