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UN Security Council

GROUND REALITIES

Our UN experience . . .

FORTY years ago, the People's Republic of Bangladesh made its entry into the United Nations as its newest member-state. The event was not only a reaffirmation of the country's determination to play an active role in the international community as a sovereign nation but also an acknowledgement by the global body  that the aspirations of seventy five million people, as Bangladesh's population was at the time, could not be ignored. Bangladesh's arrival at the UN was not a sudden event....

Ebola 'threat to Liberia existence'

Ebola 'threat to Liberia existence'

Liberia is facing a "serious threat" to its national existence as the deadly Ebola virus "spreads like wildfire" there, its defence minister says. Brownie Samukai told the UN Security Council that the international response to the crisis was "less than robust". The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that thousands more cases could occur in...

Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo

Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo

In a major policy decision in favour of Japan, Bangladesh has withdrawn its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2016-17. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared this yesterday in a joint press announcement with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at the former's office yesterday afternoon. “… in view of Japan's continued...

Stop bloodshed, end occupation

Stop bloodshed, end occupation

The Palestinian leadership is to demand the international community set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of the territories, a senior official told AFP yesterday. The move comes as Palestinian and world leaders continue to push for a halt to seven weeks of bloodshed in Gaza, and seek a more permanent end...

IS massacres 80 Yazidis in Iraq

IS massacres 80 Yazidis in Iraq

Militants in northern Iraq have massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith in a village and abducted women and children, reports say. Islamic State (IS) fighters entered Kocho, 45km (30 miles) from Sinjar, on Friday afternoon, reportedly telling men to convert to Islam or die. The group's atrocities against non-Sunni Muslims have shocked...

GAZA CRISIS

Gaza in critical condition: UN chief

Gaza in critical condition: UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate halt to violence in Gaza, saying the Palestinian territory is in a "critical condition". "In the name of humanity, the violence must stop," he told reporters. Shortly after he spoke, news agencies reported that the compound housing Gaza's main hospital had been hit by an Israeli...

UN Open Debate

Dhaka slates Gaza killings

Bangladesh has expressed displeasure over the world leaders' “indifference” to the Israeli aggression in Palestine and human disaster there and sought necessary steps to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. “We're compelled to say with a heavy heart that UN member state Israel is carrying out killings on Palestinians by ignoring all the international norms and restrictions,” said Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations AK Abdul Momen. He was addressing an open debate at the UN Security Council...

Libya warring militias agree truce at main airport

Powerful militias battling for the Libyan capital's airport have agreed a ceasefire, Tripoli said yesterday, after the government sought UN help to stop the country from becoming a "failed state". Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the UN Security Council to dispatch experts to train Libya's defence and police forces to ensure they can protect oil fields, airports and other vital sites. The call came amid a surge of violence in the country with clashes between rival militias sparking fears of all-out...

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said Thursday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10:00am today. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and Thursday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people...

10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid: UN

10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid: UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has now reached 10.8 million - almost half of Syria's population of 22 million. Ban's monthly report to the UN Security Council circulated late Friday said the current estimate of 3.5 million people living...

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