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UN, Israel, Syria agree to reopen Golan crossing point

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MNA International Desk: The United States on Friday said the United Nations, Israel and Syria reached an agreement to reopen the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights on Monday. “The United States welcomes the re-opening of this crossing, which will allow UN peacekeepers to step up their efforts to prevent hostilities in the Golan Heights region,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a statement. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), with about 1,000 troops, was established in 1974 and monitors a ceasefire line separating Israeli-occupied parts of the Golan Heights from Syria. UNDOF resumed its patrols in ...

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Nikki Haley quits as US Ambassador to UN

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MNA International Desk: Nikki Haley, the first American of Indian descent to hold a cabinet-level position in the US, resigned as Ambassador to the UN on Tuesday and said that despite speculations she was not planning to run for President in 2020. Haley sent her resignation directly to President Donald Trump, who told reporters in the Oval Office that she would be leaving the post at the end of the year after doing ‘an incredible job’, reported news agency. Joined by the former South Carolina Governor in the Oval Office, Trump invited her to come back in a different role. ...

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UN expresses ‘great concern’ over India’s deportation of Rohingya

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) voiced “great concern” for the safety and security of seven Rohingya men who have been sent home by Indian authorities, after reportedly being denied access to lawyers, or full consideration of their asylum applications. “[We] continue to seek clarification from the authorities on the circumstances under which these individuals were returned to Myanmar,” said Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for UNHCR, to journalists at the UN Office at Geneva. The deportation of Rohingya refugees took place as the UN Secretary General Antonio Guteress was visiting India last week. “On learning of their detention ...

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UN court orders US to ease Iran sanctions

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MNA International Desk: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ordered the US to lift sanctions linked to humanitarian trade, food, medicine and civil aviation imposed against Iran — a move welcomed by Tehran. Washington re-imposed sanctions on Iran after pulling out from the 2015 nuclear deal. Siding with Tehran, the ICJ said exports of “humanitarian” goods, such as food and medicines, should be allowed, the BBC reported. US President Donald Trump moved to restore tough sanctions on Iran in May after announcing he was abandoning Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. He said the deal had “failed to ...

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Resolve Rohingya crisis from its root: PM

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday placed three recommendations, including abolishing discriminatory laws, policies and practices by Myanmar against Rohingyas, to solve the protracted Rohingya crisis from its root. Sheikh Hasina placed there commendations at the ‘High-level Event on the Global Compact on Refugees: A Model for Greater Solidarity and Cooperation’ held at the UN headquarters here with UN Secretary General António Guterres in the chair. Her second recommendation is Myanmar must create conducive environment by building trust and guaranteeing protection, rights and pathway to citizenship for all Rohingyas. If needed, create a ‘safe zone’ inside Myanmar ...

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UN has no right to interfere in Myanmar: Army chief

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The head of Myanmar’s defence forces says that the UN has no right to interfere the country’s sovereignty, reports news agency. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing’s remarks came after UN investigators called for the prosecution of Hliang and other top Myanmar military brass for the ‘genocide’ perpetrated against the Rohingyas. “Protecting the interests of the country and ethnics amount to waging a just war,” Hliang said at a meeting with military personnel on Sunday. “Take a look at the democratic practices in the world. Countries exercise the democratic system suited to them. So, the democratic practices of ...

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ICC recognizes its capacity to deal with the Rohingya issue: UN chief

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MNA Exclusive Desk: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said the International Criminal Court (ICC) has recognized its capacity to deal with the Rohingya issue to investigate widespread allegations that Myanmar forces have driven Rohingyas from their homes, reported news agency. “As far as I understand, the ICC has recognized its capacity to deal with the issue. So, I think that this is already on course,” he said. The UN chief said there was an initiative already by Bangladesh in relation to the ICC. “So, the question is already on the table.” The UN chief made the remarks at a ...

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PM Hasina leaves for UN General Assembly

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left for New York where she is expected to highlight her response to the Rohingya crisis, at the UN General Assembly. She is also expected to present Bangladesh’s proposals to end the Rohingya crisis, at the UN General Assembly or UNGA. A special Biman Bangladesh flight carrying Hasina left Dhaka at 10:23am on Friday for London en route to New York to join the 73rd Session of the UNGA. The prime minister is leading the 50-member Bangladesh delegation and a 200-member delegation of businessmen has also been accompanying her. Among the top ...

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Myanmar rejects UN probe on Rohingya crackdown

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar rejected Wednesday the findings of a UN probe alleging genocide by its military against the Rohingya, in a strident government response to a damning report on the crisis. Myanmar has come under immense pressure this week over last year’s military crackdown that pushed more than 700,000 of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh. Monday’s report by a UN fact-finding mission said there was evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity “perpetrated on a massive scale”. In a session of the UN Security Council late Tuesday several countries—including the United States—called for Myanmar’s military leaders to face international ...

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International Day Against Nuclear Tests

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MNA Feature Desk: The International Day Against Nuclear Tests is being observed across the world today with an aim to raise awareness about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions. Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, nearly 2,000 tests have taken place across the globe. Established in 2009, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests has raised the profile of the devastating effects that nuclear testing has on human life. The International Day Against Nuclear Tests fosters ideas of a future free of nuclear weapons and testing. While there have been visible signs ...

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Myanmar generals had “genocidal intent” against Rohingyas: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law, UN investigators said on Monday. The civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has allowed hate speech to thrive, destroyed documents and failed to protect minorities from crimes against humanity and war crimes by the army in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, they said in a report. In doing so, it “contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes”, the report said. A year ago, government ...

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World leaders honour former UN chief

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MNA Feature Desk: World figures have been paying tribute to former UN secretary-general and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan, who has died at the age of 80, reported news agency. Current UN chief Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and Russian President Vladimir Putin described a “remarkable person”. Ex-US President Barack Obama said Annan had always pursued “a better world”. The Ghanaian national served as UN chief from 1997 to 2006 and is the only black African ever to hold the post. Since then he has served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to ...

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Banking sector plagued by scam: UN

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MNA Business Desk: The banking sector in Bangladesh has been plagued by financial scams, non-performing loans and weak monitoring problems, which might cause a macroeconomic risk in the near term, says a UN report. The report says, robust growth has been supported by domestic demand, especially large infrastructure projects and new initiatives in the energy sector, reported news agency. Remittance flows have also started to increase with the increase in global oil prices, according to the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2018. Mobilising financing for development remains a fundamental priority in the Asia-Pacific region, said the ...

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World Press Freedom Day today

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MNA Feature Desk: World Press Freedom Day is being observed on Thursday, May 3, with the aim to pay tribute to the journalists around the world sacrificing their lives in the line of duty, reported news agency. Theme of the Day for this year is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’. The Day focuses on an enabling legal environment for press freedom and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists. A function in connection with the day is ...

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Intellectual Property Day today

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MNA Feature Desk: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works together with various government agencies, non-government organizations, community groups and individuals to hold different events and activities to promote World Intellectual Property Day each year. World Intellectual Property Day, also known as World IP Day, is an observance held in many places around the world. It is not designated as a special public holiday. WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the ...

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People of Bangladesh can achieve anything

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MNA National Desk: Attributing the achievement of Bangladesh’s graduation from the group of least developed countries (LDCs) to a developing one to the people of the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said they can achieve anything. ‘This achievement is the achievement of the people of Bangladesh. I think country’s people are the main source of all power. They can achieve anything,’ she said. The Prime Minister was addressing a reception accorded to her at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) for this historic achievement The function was arranged as part of a five-day government programme to celebrate the graduation. ...

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Bangladesh gets developing country status

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has termed it a historic day as it attained all three criteria for graduation from the least-developed country (LDC) group to developing one. “It’s a historic day for us. I am delighted to inform you that Bangladesh has fulfilled the criteria for graduation from the LDC category for the first time,” said Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen. Roland Mollerus, Chief, Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy (CPD) handed over Ambassador Masud Bin Momen an official letter conveying this announcement. The UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) determines the graduation ...

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UN expects fair polls in Bangladesh

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MNA National Desk: The United Nations has expressed the hope that a favourable climate will be created in Bangladesh to hold a free and fair election. “…like in any country, this is our principal position that a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric told reporters in a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Friday, reported news agency. He said they are following the situation in Bangladesh very closely. “We’ve expressed our concern.” On Wednesday, a European Parliamentary delegation hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh will become ...

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Myanmar fails to ensure safe return of Rohingyas: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has failed to put in place conditions for the safe return of 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled an army crackdown six months ago, the UN refugee chief said Monday. The refugees are sheltering in makeshift camps in Bangladesh despite an agreement reached between Myanmar and Bangladesh allowing for their safe return to their homes in Rakhine state. “Let me be clear: conditions are not yet conducive to the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told a Security Council meeting, speaking by videoconference from Geneva. “The causes of their flight have ...

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Rohingya crisis could endanger regional security: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The UN’s human rights chief has warned that Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority has the potential to spark regional conflict. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein reiterated while in Indonesia on Monday that acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing may have occurred in the campaign of violence against Rohingya that sparked an exodus of nearly 1 million people to neighbouring Bangladesh. “Myanmar faces a very serious crisis with a potentially severe impact on the security of the region,” Zaid said in a speech to a rights conference at Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It is sometimes said that ...

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90pc Rohingya under-nourished: UN

MNA Exclusive Desk: A new UN study has revealed that over 90 per cent of the recent Rohingya arrivals in Bangladesh are under-nourished despite receiving emergency food assistance. The World Food Programme (WFP) Rohingya Emergency Vulnerability Assessment and food security sector partners study in November and December 2017 raised concerns over limited access to a well diversified and balanced diet, deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq announced on Friday. As a result, he said, the WFP will scale up its e-voucher programmes in 2018 to reach new arrivals in Cox’s Bazar district, reports news agency. Some 90,000 people are enrolled in ...

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UN puts new sanctions on N Korea

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MNA International Desk: With China’s backing, the UN Security Council on Friday slapped new sanctions on North Korea that will restrict oil supplies vital for Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programmes. The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that also orders the repatriation of North Korean workers sent abroad to earn revenue for Kim Jong-Un’s regime. It is the third raft of sanctions imposed on Pyongyang this year and comes as the United States and North Korea show no signs they are willing to open talks on ending the crisis on the Korean peninsula. US president Donald Trump Friday hailed the ...

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Arabs, Europe, UN reject Trump’s recognition

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MNA International Desk: Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Major U.S. allies came out against Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. and broad international policy on Jerusalem. France rejected the ‘unilateral’ decision while ...

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US considering sanctions over Myanmar

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MNA International Desk: The United States is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday. “We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured,” it said in a statement. It added: “It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar’s ...

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Over 600,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh

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MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since violence erupted in northern Rakhine in August, a UN report said Sunday. The grim new landmark comes as authorities in Bangladesh were bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed to be stranded along the border waiting to cross. Rohingya refugees have headed for Bangladesh in huge numbers after militant attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state sparked a major army crackdown on the community likened to ethnic cleansing by the UN. Now the UN-led Inter-Sector Coordination Group ...

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UN imposed new sanctions on N Korea

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MNA International Desk: The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test. With backing from China and Russia, the council adopted a US-drafted sanctions resolution just one month after banning exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the tough new measures were a message to Pyongyang that “the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” but she ...

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Allow Rohingyas to seek shelter in BD: UN

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MNA National Desk: United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has urged the Bangladesh authorities to continue to allow the Rohingyas fleeing violence to seek safety in Bangladesh. The UN chief made the appeal recognizing that Bangladesh has hosted generously refugees from Myanmar for decades. “The secretary general is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State,” spokesman for the secretary general Stephane Dujarric quoted the UN chief as saying. “The United Nations stands ready to provide all the necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard,” he said. The secretary ...

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