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Latest UN Human Rights Report Calls Rohingya Attacks A Ploy To Force Them To Flee

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  NEW YORK – The latest United Nations human rights report suggests that brutal, well-organized, coordinated and systematic attacks were carried out against Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority aimed at not just forcing them to flee but also preventing their return to Myanmar. The report, compiled after conducting on-site interviews in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar, the site…

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UN Chief: Women Empowerment Must Be Key Priority

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UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday said women’s empowerment must be a key priority in a male dominated world, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. Addressing the 61st session of UN Commission on the Status of Women, Guterres said empowerment is about breaking structural barriers for women in all walks of life. “We…

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UN Demands Action As Famine Looms In Three Countries

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Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, the UN children’s agency said. The warning comes a day after government officials and the United Nations declared famine in parts of South Sudan. In Yemen, where war has been raging for nearly two years,…

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South Korea Ruling Party Defectors Hope U.N. Chief Ban Will Join

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SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean ruling party faction announced on Tuesday it would form a new party, and a prominent member of the defectors said they wanted outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the front-runner in some presidential polls, to join them. The 29 lawmakers from President Park Geun-hye’s conservative Saenuri Party were among those…

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US Abstains As UN Demands End To Israeli Settlements

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WASHINGTON – The United States on Friday allowed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction to be adopted, defying extraordinary pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in alliance with President-elect Donald Trump. The Security Council approved the resolution with 14 votes, with the US abstaining. There was applause in the chamber following…

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Peacekeeping Operations Facing Asymmerical Threats

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STATEMENT BY H.E. AMBASSADOR RAMLAN IBRAHIM, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL OPEN DEBATE: “PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS FACING ASYMMETRICAL THREATS” 7 NOVEMBER 2016, NEW YORK Mr. President, On behalf of the Malaysian delegation, I join earlier speakers in thanking you and the Senegalese Presidency for convening this open debate. I also take…

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DPM Not Deterred By Criticisms Following UN Speech Delivery

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IPOH: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is not disheartened by the criticisms against him on the delivery of his speech in English at the recent United Nations General Assembly in New York. Saying that he was not slighted by the comments, the Deputy Prime Minister said he was, however, disappointed and ashamed of the…

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Don’t Give Space For Extremist Groups To Thrive: Anifah Aman

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From Muin Abdul Majid NEW YORK: Extremist groups like Daesh should not be allowed space to exploit the instability and turbulent situations in some parts of the Muslim world, said Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman. He said the acts of terror by the extremist groups were contrary to the true Islamic teachings and principles. In…

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Zahid: Nothing Unusual In Najib’s Absence At UN General Assembly

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NEW YORK: There is nothing unusual about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak not attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. The Deputy Prime Minister said delegating the task of leading the Malaysian delegation at the UN meeting to the deputy prime minister was nothing out of…

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Zahid In New York For UN General Assembly Debut

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NEW YORK: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrived here for his maiden appearance as head of the Malaysian delegation to the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). His visit to the United States is his fourth since he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister. The Malaysian entourage attending the UN gathering and…

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Philippine President Duterte Declines Meeting With UN Secretary-General

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UNITED NATIONS: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has railed against the United Nations for criticising his government, has declined a request to meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, officials said. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday that “contacts had to try to set up a time” for a meeting on the sidelines of the…

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UN Will Continue To Champion Press Freedom – Ban Ki-moon

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From Mohd Letfee Ahmad INCHEON (South Korea): Media that are free and responsible help people across the world to stand up for human rights, justice, dignity and opportunities for all. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said based on this premise, the world body would continue to speak out for press freedom and the free flow…

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Michelle Yeoh Appointed As UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

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KUALA LUMPUR: Award-winning action heroine Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh has been appointed as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador. The Malaysian-born actress will focus on raising awareness and mobilising support for the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “I want to be there for all those who are left behind in this world, whether…

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UN Aviation Agency Bans Lithium-Ion Battery Cargo On Passenger Aircraft

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MONTREAL (Reuters) – The U.N. aviation agency on Monday prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane makers that they are a fire risk. Lithium metal batteries, which are used in watches, have already been banned on passenger planes globally. Lithium metal batteries, used in watches, are…

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Former UN Peacekeeper Dies Of Stroke

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LABUAN – Deputy Superintendent of Police, Chua Su Wan who served as United Nations (UN) peacekeeper in Kosovo and Sudan in 2003 and 2010, respectively died of stroke on Tuesday. The senior officer with the Labuan Police Department was 55. Chua, who underwent surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu succumbed to the…

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UN Chief Ban Says He Is Trying To Visit North Korea At Earliest Possible Date

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NEW YORK: The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday he is trying to visit North Korea as early as possible, the first time he has acknowledged that talks are under way to set up a trip to the communist nation, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Ban made the remark to reporters when…

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Negotiations On Establishment Of MH17 Tribunal Being Refined – Reezal Merican

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KUALA LUMPUR: Negotiations on the setting up of a tribunal for Malaysia Airlines MH17 which was shot down in Ukraine last year are being refined at the investigation team level, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said a thorough investigation into the incident was still being…

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Statement By Najib At The UN General Assembly

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Mr President, 1.Congratulations on your appointment as President of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Your experience and wisdom will be invaluable in guiding us. 2. This session’s theme – ‘The United Nations at 70: the Road Ahead for Peace, Security and Human Rights’ – is timely. For we urgently need to…

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MH17: Russia Will Not Deter Malaysia From Seeking Justice

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PETALING JAYA: Russia’s vetoing of a United Nations Security Council draft resolution seeking an international criminal tribunal for Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will not deter Malaysia from seeking justice. In a statement Thursday, Wisma Putra said they would consider and explore other viable options and prosecution mechanisms that would ensure that justice would be served…

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MH17 Crash: Russia Vetoes UN Resolution For International Tribunal

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Russia has used its veto at the UN to block a draft resolution to set up an international tribunal into the MH17 air disaster in July 2014. It was the only nation at the 15-member UN Security Council to oppose the move, triggering widespread condemnation. The Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed…

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UN Urged To Set Up Tribunal To Try Those Responsible For Downing Of MH17

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and other countries whose citizens were killed in the downing of MH17 want the United Nations Security Council members to support their call for the setting up of an international criminal tribunal. In urging the council to form the tribunal so that those responsible could be tried, Malaysia said this would be…

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Security Situation In Middle East Continues To Be Tense – UN

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NEW YORK – During the past month, the security situation in the Middle East continued to be tense, United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, reported to the UN Security Council Wednesday. According to Feltman, in the West Bank, in three separate incidents, three Palestinian men were killed by the Israeli security…

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UN, Japan Sign Pact For Emergency Support For Nepal

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KATHMANDU – The United Nations (UN) and Japan have singed an agreement of USD$ 1 million to help Nepal immediately clear debris in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake that damaged more than 400,000 private houses and public buildings. The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have signed the agreement…

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UN Chief Concerned About Migrants, Refugees Stranded In Andaman Sea, Malacca Straits

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UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki- moon said Sunday that he was “increasingly concerned about the plight of migrants and refugees stranded in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca”, reports China’s Xinhua news agency. Abandoned at sea, thousands of Bangladeshis and members of Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim-minority appeared Wednesday to have no place…

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Two Security Officers Injured In Suspicious Fire At UN Headquaters

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UNITED NATIONS – Two United Nations security officers were injured Sunday in a small, suspicious fire in the basement of the General Assembly building at the UN Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York. The incident happened near the centre of a campus along the borough of Manhattan’s East River in New York City hours after an…

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Malaysia Statement On Open Debate On The Middle East At The UN

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STATEMENT Of Ambassador Hussein Haniff, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations at the quarterly open debate on the Middle East At The UN Security Council COUNCIL NEW YORK, 15 JANUARY 2015 Mr. President, I wish to thank you, Minister Heraldo Munoz, for Presiding and convening this open debate. Your presence here today clearly…

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Victoria Beckham’s UN Honour

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VICTORIA Beckham is “incredibly honoured” to be working for the United Nations (UN). The 40-year-old fashion designer recently spent three days visiting Soweto in South Africa in her new role as UNAids international goodwill ambassador and has vowed to do everything she can to help women affects by HIV and AIDS in disadvantaged areas. She…

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Malaysia’s Multiracial, Multireligious Success Also Helped Secure UNSC Seat

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SHAH ALAM – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sunday attributed Malaysia’s securing of a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council also to its success as a multiracial and multireligious nation. “We can show the world in a humble way through our concept of moderation and politics of compromise,” he said…

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Malaysia’s UN Mission Ready To Shoulder New Responsibilities

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NEW YORK – Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the Malaysian Mission to the United Nations (UN) is ready to shoulder its new responsibilities following Malaysia’s election to the UN Security Council. He noted that over the past five months, the office had welcomed another deputy permanent representative, solely in-charge of Security Council matters,…

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Malaysia Wins UN Security Council Seat

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NEW YORK – Malaysia won a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), taking 187 out of the total 192 votes. The voting took place at the United Nations General Assembly hall to fill five vacancies among the Security Council’s non-permanent membership. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman was at the hall to…

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