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Israel 'to probe' UN school shelling

Israel 'to probe' UN school shelling

Israel says it will investigate the shelling of a school housing displaced civilians in Gaza, and apologise if Israeli fire was responsible. A government spokesman told the BBC: "We have a policy - we don't target civilians". The US and UN condemned the attack, which killed at least 16. Israel said its military responded to...

Downing of MH17 'may be war crime' :UN

Downing of MH17 'may be war crime' :UN

The downing of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says. Ukraine and Western governments believe pro-Russian rebels shot down MH17, using a Russia-supplied missile system. Moscow and the rebels have blamed Ukrainian forces for the plane crash. All 298 people on board -...

Solution must come from AL, BNP: UN official

Solution must come from AL, BNP: UN official

UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Neal Walker today said leaders of the two main political parties -- Awami League and BNP -- can agree on conditions that would create way for free and fair elections, asserting that no outsiders can do it. “My view is that the solution must come from Bangladesh, mainly from two political leaders. This really depends on the will of both sides… there’re no outsiders and the UN never pretended to do that,” Walker said. He said it is important to say that “solution to democratic evolution in Bangladesh can only be formulated and implemented by Bangladeshis.” Asked if the UN, after being failed in its first mission...

Gaza: The role of Bangladesh as UNPO leader

BREAKING all international laws, Israel continues to carry out its genocide against the civilian Palestinian population in Gaza. As the world watches with shock and horror, the United Nations has merely condemned the Israeli assault and questioned the disproportionate use of lethal weaponry on an unarmed population which cannot leave Gaza as it is sealed off from the rest of the world and, according to BBC, “there is no safe place in Gaza.” The international community seems to be...

WHO seeks humanitarian corridor for Gaza wounded

WHO seeks humanitarian corridor for Gaza wounded

The World Health Organisation (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines. WHO officials have discussed the proposal with both Israeli and Egyptian officials, but there has been no response yet, WHO spokesman Paul Garwood...

UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

The UN's top human rights official has condemned Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed. Navi Pillay told an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel's military offensive had not done enough to protect civilians. She also condemned Hamas for "indiscriminate attacks"...

Israel's Military Offensive in Gaza

UN play your role

UN play your role

People across the country yesterday continued protesting Israel's ongoing military offensive in Gaza, urging the United Nations (UN) to break the silence and play its due role.   They also called upon the international community to force Israel to stop killing innocent Gazans.   Human rights activists urged the UN to deploy UN-led force in...

Families killed in Israeli air strikes

Families killed in Israeli air strikes

More than 30 members of two Palestinian families have been killed by Israeli strikes, health officials in Gaza say. The overnight strikes in southern Gaza came as the Palestinian death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500. Meanwhile, Hamas launched fresh rocket attacks and used tunnels out of Gaza to infiltrate Israel near the town...

Ameerah quits UN

Ameerah quits UN

UN Under-Secretary-General Ameerah Haq is resigning from her position as head of the Department of Field Support of UN Peacekeeping Mission on health grounds. Haq who joined the UN in 1976 has held the above position since 2012. In a statement on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said Ameerah Haq is stepping down as the UN undersecretary-general in charge of providing logistics and support for more than 100,000 UN peacekeepers deployed around the world. Ban Ki-Moon has expressed tremendous gratitude to Haq “for her outstanding service” during a 38-year UN career which has included a wide range of development, humanitarian and peacekeeping roles from East Timor to Sudan, Afghanistan, Malaysia and...

5,500 civilians killed in Iraq this year: UN

5,500 civilians killed in Iraq this year: UN

Violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of the year, the UN said Friday in a new report that documents the massive humanitarian toll of an ongoing Sunni militant offensive in the country. The Islamic State extremist group and other Sunni insurgents seized control of the city...

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