Thu, Jan 28, 2021

  • United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for renewed approach to multilateralism and international cooperation through a new peacebuilding appeal.
    UN chief calls for renewed approach to multilateralism
    An approach that goes beyond crisis response and boosts long-term investments in prevention and peacebuilding, hand-in-hand with our efforts to deliver the Sustainable Developments Goals, the UN chief told the High-level Replenishment Conference for the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), which requires $1.5 billion for 2020-2024. The scale of turmoil ... requires concerted efforts to ease tensions and prevent further escalation, Guterres said. He underscored the need for increased support to women and young people as agents for peace and stewards of inclusive development maintaining that without their participation, neither peace nor prosperity can be sustainable , the Xinhua news agency reported. When aligned with both the UN's and individual national priorities, the PBF and Peacebuilding Commission engagement can be invaluable, ...
  • Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71 pc since 1970 Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71 pc since 1970

    When marine biologist Stuart Sandin talks about sharks, it sounds like he's describing Jedi's of the ocean.

  • EU bloc has slow rollout of coronavirus vaccines EU bloc has slow rollout of coronavirus vaccines

    The 27-nation EU is coming under criticism for the slow rollout of its vaccination campaign. The bloc, a collection of many of the richest countries in the world, is not faring well in comparison to...

  • 82 pc vaccinated in Israel, race on between vaccination and mutation: Netanyahu 82 pc vaccinated in Israel, race on between vaccination and mutation: Netanyahu

    Israel has vaccinated 82 per cent of its population and is targeting at least 95 per cent at the earliest, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, while cautioning that a race is...

  • Malaysian court orders release of seized PIA aircraft after dispute with leasing firm resolved Malaysian court orders release of seized PIA aircraft after dispute with leasing firm resolved

    A Boeing 777 aircraft of cash-strapped Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) held in Malaysia has been released and arrangements are being made to fly it back home, according to an official statement...

  • Tanzania's president expresses doubts about COVID vaccines Tanzania's president expresses doubts about COVID vaccines

    Tanzania's president on Wednesday openly expressed doubt about COVID-19 vaccines and accusing people who were vaccinated outside the East African nation of bringing new infections into the country.

  • Vaccines decisive for Tokyo Olympics, says Bill Gates Vaccines decisive for Tokyo Olympics, says Bill Gates

    The progress of vaccine distribution will play a decisive role on whether the Tokyo Olympic Games can be held or not, Microsoft Co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said.

  • UN experts fault Italy in drownings of over 200 migrants UN experts fault Italy in drownings of over 200 migrants

    Independent human rights experts who work with the United Nations say Italy failed to protect the “right to life” of over 200 migrants who died when the boat they were on sank in the Mediterranean Sea...

  • Lebanese PM urges citizens to stop protests against lockdown Lebanese PM urges citizens to stop protests against lockdown

    Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Wednesday urged the citizens to stop destroying public properties and attacking the country's army during their protests against the total lockdown and...

  • Woman killed, 5 injured in Philippines' blast Woman killed, 5 injured in Philippines' blast

    A 53-year-old woman was killed and five others injured in a bomb blast in southern Philippines' Cotabato province on Wednesday, police said.