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UN aid chief calls for action by SC to save Ghouta, Syria

United Nations, Feb 23 (UNI) The United Nations humanitarian chief has called for action by the Security Council to halt the appalling destruction of Syria’s eastern Ghouta, where nearly 300 people have reportedly been killed in just the past few days, as “bombs and mortars have rained down on bakeries and medical facilities.”
“What we need is a sustained cessation of hostilities and we need it desperately,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Council via video conference, adding: “Millions of battered and beleaguered children, women and men depend on meaningful action by this Council.”
He told the gathering on Thursday that as UN Member States, they are all aware that their obligations under international humanitarian law are just that; legally binding. “They are not favours to be traded in a game of death and destruction. Humanitarian access is not a ‘nice-to-have.’ It is a legal requirement.”
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Militancy returns to Pakistan's Swat Valley

12 Aug 2022 | 12:13 PM

Islamabad, Aug 12 (UNI) Militancy appears to be returning to the Swat Valley in Pakistan, the media reported on Friday.

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Pakistan plans to tackle TTP resurgence

12 Aug 2022 | 11:59 AM

Islamabad, Aug 12 (UNI) The Shehbaz Sharif government is preparing a ‘contingency plan’ to deal with potential resurgence of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) after reports suggested the terrorist outfit was trying to make a comeback.

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Portugal's monkeypox cases rise to 770

12 Aug 2022 | 11:17 AM

Lisbon, Aug 12 (UNI) Portugal has registered a total of 770 confirmed monkeypox cases since the first case reported in May, said the Portuguese Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

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Armed man trying to 'breach' FBI office shot dead

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12 Aug 2022 | 11:13 AM

Cincinnati(US), Aug 12 (UNI) An armed man in body armour was killed after he tried to "breach" an FBI building in Ohio, officials said indicating it could be related to Trump's Florida estate raid.

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