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WHO calls for humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded

WHO calls for humanitarian corridor to evacuate 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. In a statement, the UN health agency said that four hospitals, including al Aqsa hospital in the coastal strip, had been damaged in...

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...

Top Bangladeshi UN official resigns

Top Bangladeshi UN official resigns

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Ameerah Haq is stepping down as the UN undersecretary-general in charge of providing logistics and support for the more than 100,000 UN peacekeepers deployed around the world, Indian news agency PTI reports. Ban expressed “tremendous gratitude” to Haq on Tuesday “for her outstanding service” during a 38-year UN career which...

Dhaka 11th most populous

Dhaka is the 11th most populous city of the world, according to a United Nations report. The capital city now has a population just under 1.7 crore. Styled "World Urbanisation Prospects: The 2014 Revision", the report was released on Thursday. Tokyo tops the chart with a population of around 3.8 crore, followed by New Delhi and Shanghai with around 2.5 and 2.3 crore of people respectively. Dhaka was 24th in 1990 with only 66.21 lakh people and saw a 3.6 percent annual rise...

Situation very stable now, Hamid tells UN chief

Situation very stable now, Hamid tells UN chief

President Abdul Hamid on Thursday told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the situation in Bangladesh is very stable now, especially after the January 5 election. “People have accepted the election results and they are looking forward to a better future,” he said in a meeting with Ban Ki-moon at UN headquarters, according to...

Global refugee numbers pass 50m

Global refugee numbers pass 50m

The number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two, the UN says. The overall figure of 51.2 million is six million higher than the year before, a report by the UN refugee agency says. Antonio Guterres, head of the UNHCR,...

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