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Ban Ki-moon Alerts on 500 Days Left to Achieve UN Millennium Development Goals

New York (ABC Live):Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the 500-day mark to the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals, “500 Days of Action to Build a Better World”, today: There are many fires raging around the world today — political turmoil, bloodshed, public health emergencies and human rights abuses.  But, there also burns a flame of hope encouraging …

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UNSC Adds Six More Terrorists Names in Al-Qaida Sanctions List

New York (ABC Live):On 15 August 2014, the Security Council approved the addition of six individuals to the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee’s list of individuals and entities subject to the targeted financial sanctions and the arms embargo set out in paragraph 1 of Security Council resolution 2161 (2014), adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. The Committee stresses the need for robust implementation …

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Iranian Plane Crashes Killed 39 Persons

New Delhi (ABC Live): Preliminary news reports on the crash of the Sepahan Airlines HESA IrAn-140-100 which crashed three kilometres NNW of Tehran-Mehrabad Airport this Sunday at 09.18 indicate that there are survivors among the 40 passengers and 8 crew members on board. Flight 5915 was a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Tehran-Mehrabad Airport, destination Tabas Airport. On contact, the …

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Ban Ki-moon Asks Iraqi Political Parties to Form Government to Fight ISIS

New Delhi (ABC Live):10 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all Iraqi political parties to work towards the formation of a new government that would be able to confront the threat from the armed group, the Islamic State (IS). In a late night statement yesterday from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on the political parties “to abide by the constitutional timeline …

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OPCW-UN Declares Syria As Chemical Weapons Free Country

New Delhi (ABC Live): 23 June 2014 – The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) announced today that the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material is now complete. The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and …

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US, Iran Wash off their Hands on Insurgency in Iraq

New Delhi (ABC Live): Two countries directly related to  insurgency hit Iraq have shown indifferent response towards the worsening the situation in Iraq, when United States officially stated that they are not talking to Iran on insurgency in Iraq. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a press briefing that U. S. and Iranian officials who met in Europe this week …

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Obama Rejects Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Request for Military Help

New Delhi (ABC Live): U S President Barack Obama on Friday ruled out sending back U.S. troops and set conditions for aid in helping the Iraqi forces fight Islamist militants who are making rapid gains on the ground. “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq,” Obama told reporters at the White House South Lawn, acknowledging …

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UN Issues Alert on Iraqi Insurgency

New Delhi (ABC Live): 13 June 2014 – As insurgents continue to overrun parts of northern Iraq, the United Nations human rights chief expressed “extreme alarm” today at reports of summary executions and extrajudicial killings, and the massive displacement of some half a million people, many of whom are now in urgent need of shelter. “The full extent of civilian …

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UN Adopts Drafts on Strengthening Global Tax Cooperation

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Economic and Social Council wrapped up its two-day coordination and management segment today with the consensus adoption of a series of drafts, including on strengthening global tax cooperation. Bolivia, on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, introduced the first of two drafts titled “Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax …

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Ban Ki-moon Assures Full UN Support to Libya After 25 June Elections

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Secretary-General continues to follow closely the situation in Libya and stresses the importance of the peaceful and timely holding of elections on 25 June. The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General reaffirms the important role of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in providing technical …

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