Obama convenes UN Security Council Summit on foreign fighters

United States President Barack Obama has convened a summit of UN Security Council in New York today to discuss tough measures including sanctions against foreign fighters and Islamist extremists. According to reports, there are nearly 11,000 foreign fighters from different parts of the world including more than 3000 from European nations alone operating in Syria … Read more

8 Indians among peacekeepers honoured by UN

The United Nations honoured 106 peacekeepers, including eight Indian soldiers, who lost their lives in peacekeeping operations. The International Day of UN Peacekeepers was commemorated at the UN with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon laying a wreath at a newly-created memorial for the peacekeepers. The ceremony was attended by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN … Read more

India asks Pakistan to expedite trial of 26/11 Mumbai terror accused

India asked Pakistan to expedite the trial of the accused in the Mumbai terror attack case and ensure their conviction. In a meeting with his Pakistiani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told him Islamabad must abide by its commitment to control terrorism emanating from its soil against India. Later, briefing … Read more

Iran to attend international peace conference on Syria says Ban Ki Moon

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has invited Iran to take part in preliminary Syrian peace talks this week in Switzerland. Mr. Ban yesterday said that Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had pledged that Tehran will play a positive and constructive role in securing a transitional government. But Syria’s main opposition group said it would withdraw … Read more

Pope Francis shares hope for a better world

Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe. Francis delivered the traditional ‘’Urbi et Orbi” (Latin for ‘’to the city and to … Read more

Malala awarded Sakharov human rights prize

Pakistan’s teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for fighting girls’ rights to education, was today awarded the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. The 16-year-old who has become an emblem of the fight against the most radical forms of Islamism has also been nominated for the Nobel peace prize. Malala Yousafzai was … Read more

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf conferred Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was conferred the coveted Indira Gandhi peace prize by President Pranab Mukherjee who said India will continue to support the African nation in its pursuit of stability and economic growth. 74-year-old Sirleaf, the first democratically elected women Head of State of any African country, was honoured for serving as an … Read more

Library of Birmingham – largest public library in UK

The Library of Birmingham – the largest municipal public library in the United Kingdom, opens. It has been described as the largest public library in the United Kingdom, the largest public cultural space in Europe, and the largest regional library in Europe. The Library of Birmingham is a public library in the city centre of … Read more

India and Pakistan should resolve situation peacefully, says Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked both India and Pakistan to resolve their differences peacefully, his spokesperson said on Tuesday. Ban is travelling to Pakistan this week, where he will also attend the country’s Independence Day celebration along with meeting the top leadership. “The Secretary-General continues to ask both parties, to resolve … Read more

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