France ‘extremely concerned’ by Iran ballistic missile test

Sunday, 24 September 2017

France said on Saturday it was extremely concerned by Iran’s ballistic missile test and called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to carry out a full report on the launch. “France asks that Iran cease all destabilizing activity in the region,” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said in a statement. “(France) will consider with its partners, notably European, the means to obtain from Iran the cessation of its destabilizing ballistic ...

N.Korea says rockets to US ‘inevitable’ as US bombers fly off N.Korean coast

Sunday, 24 September 2017

North Korea said on Saturday that firing its rockets at the US mainland was “inevitable” after US President Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, in a further escalation of rhetoric between the two leaders. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s remarks before the United Nations General Assembly came hours after US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, in a ...

Jordan’s young crown prince makes global debut in UN speech

Friday, 22 September 2017

Just a year out of college, Jordan’s crown prince has made his debut on the world’s biggest stage, addressing the UN General Assembly – the clearest sign yet that he is on a fast track to a prominent public role at home and abroad. The accelerated roll-out of 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein underscores the continuity of the family - a reassuring prospect for Western and Arab allies who view the stability of the kingdom, a front-line state in the battle against extremism, as a ...

At UN, Trump pours cold water on Iran’s hopes

Thursday, 21 September 2017

“We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for eventual construction of a nuclear program”. These words were enough to prompt a grimace from the Iranian regime’s representative as he listened to President Trump’s first speech at the UN General Assembly, where world political leaders gather every year. All journalists were focused on President Trump’s remarks as he is famous around the world for being an unpredictable political leader, which brings media ...

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Abbas at UN calls for end to ‘apartheid’ for Palestinians

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday urged the United Nations to end what he described as an “apartheid” regime imposed by Israel in the Palestinian territories.“We are entrusted and you are entrusted to end apartheid in Palestine,” Abbas told the UN General Assembly in a nearly 45-minute address. “Can the world accept an apartheid regime in the 21st century?” he asked.Also read: Abbas says Middle East peace closer with Trump engaged Taking the ...

UN chief urges Myanmar to halt military campaign against Rohingya

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged Myanmar to halt its military campaign against Rohingya Muslims, just hours after Aung San Suu Kyi failed to quell an international outcry in a much-anticipated address. Addressing the opening of the UN General Assembly, Guterres said he "took note" of Suu Kyi's pledge to abide by the recommendations of a report by former UN chief Kofi Annan that has advocated citizenship for the Rohingyas. "But let me be clear," Guterres ...

Qatar beginning to feel the pinch

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Measures taken by the four countries, which decided to confront Qatar, are highly likely to succeed no matter how much Doha’s government resists. The political meetings held in New York this week will shed light on the crisis and its path. If Qatar accepts to make the required concessions, it will succeed in ending all these pressures against it. However, if it seeks to compromise by accepting some conditions and stalling others, the crisis will prolong till next year. The entire world ...

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US President Trump slams Iran in first speech to UN

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

United States President Donald Trump says at the United Nations that the Iranian government is an “economically depleted rogue state” whose chief export is violence. Trump told world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly that the world cannot allow the “murderous regime” to continue its destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles. The president also questioned the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. He says world leaders “cannot abide” by the ...

More than 150 million children globally are victims of forced labor

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

More than 150 million children, or nearly one in 10 globally, are victims of forced labor and progress in reducing that number has slowed, a leading United Nations’ anti-slavery group said on Tuesday. Nearly half of children in forced labor do hazardous work and more than a third do not go to school, said a report by the U.N. labor agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO). Although the number of child laborers has fallen by 94 million since 2000, the decline slowed from 2012 to ...

Saudi FM Jubeir in New York: Solution to Qatar crisis is in Doha’s hands

Monday, 18 September 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that the solution to the dispute with Qatar is in Doha’s hands.READ ALSO: Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah to Al Arabiya: Silence is a failure toward our homelandJubeir made the announcement after his meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.The meeting was held on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday in New York.The foreign minister, who is also the head of the Saudi ...

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