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UN chief calls for more efforts to fight climate change

UN chief calls for more efforts to fight climate change

Addis Ababa, Feb 9: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres here on Saturday called for more coordinated efforts to fight climate change. “The international community needs more political will to undertake climate change mitigation, adaptation and climate finance activities,” Guterres was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency. “We are losing the race…

Keep border open for Myanmar nationals, UNHCR tells Bangladesh

Keep border open for Myanmar nationals, UNHCR tells Bangladesh

Geneva, Feb 9:  The UN refugee agency has called on Bangladeshi authorities “to continue to allow” into the country people fleeing ongoing violence in Myanmar amid the deteriorating security situation there. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) issued the statement on Friday amid its concern about the humanitarian impact of…

Pakistan to present strong case against Jadhav: Qureshi

Pakistan to present strong case against Jadhav: Qureshi

London, Feb 8:  Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that his country will present a strong case against alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at a hearing scheduled for later this month. Addressing a reception in Manchester on Thursday, Qureshi said: “Pakistan has…

Sri Lanka to resume death penalty for drug convicts

Sri Lanka to resume death penalty for drug convicts

Colombo, Feb 7: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena may sanction death penalty for convicted drug traffickers within two months after he vowed to free the country from the drug menace by 2020, the media reported on Thursday. Sirisena informed Parliament on Wednesday he was determined to impose capital punishment on convicted…

Ex-Brazilian President gets additional 13 year sentence for corruption charges

Ex-Brazilian President gets additional 13 year sentence for corruption charges

Brasilia, Feb 7:  Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to nearly 13 additional years in prison on corruption and money laundering charges, judicial sources said. Lula, who served as President from 2003 to 2010, is currently serving a sentence of 12 years and one month on charges…

Pakistan’s SC tells military not to interfere in politics

Pakistan’s SC tells military not to interfere in politics

Islamabad, Feb 6: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday warned the powerful military and intelligence agencies against interfering in political matters and curtailing media freedom in the country. The unusual criticism of the armed forces was part of a court verdict about a protest carried out by a hardline Islamist party which…

Taliban not seeking to seize whole of Afghanistan: Official

Taliban not seeking to seize whole of Afghanistan: Official

Moscow, Feb 6: The Taliban do not want to seize the entire Afghanistan by “military” power as it will not bring peace to the war-torn country, the militant group’s key official who led the peace negotiations with the US has said. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, who until recently was the head…

Taliban kill 41 Afghan security men in attacks

Taliban kill 41 Afghan security men in attacks

Kabul, Feb 5:  As many as 41 Afghan security force personnel were killed and 15 others injured in attacks by Taliban militants at security check-posts in the country’s Kunduz and Baghlan provinces, officials said on Tuesday. Safi Amiri, Deputy Provincial Council Chief of Kunduz province, told Efe news that Taliban fighters…

President Alvi urges India to halt human rights ‘violations’ in Kashmir

President Alvi urges India to halt human rights ‘violations’ in Kashmir

Muzafarabad, Feb 5: Expressing solidarity with Kashmiri brethren, President Arif Alvi urged New Delhi to halt consistent human rights violations committed by the Indian troops in Kashmir, reported Pakistan media. Addressing a special session of the Pakistan Administered Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad on Kashmir Day, the president demanded the immediate…

Pakistan following China to eradicate poverty: PM

Pakistan following China to eradicate poverty: PM

Islamabad, Feb 5:  Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that his government is following measures taken by the Chinese government to bring their people out of poverty. Addressing a ceremony here, the prime minister said that the ultimate goal of all the steps taken by his government is to…