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  1. Is Iraq Now a Virtual “US-Occupied Territory”?

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (IPS) - Pat Buchanan, a senior advisor to three US Presidents and twice candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, once infamously described the United States Congress as "Israeli-occupied territory" -– apparently because of its unrelentingly blind support for the Jewish state.

  2. Iran Announces New Nuclear Deal Breach

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 10 (IPS) - Iran announced its fifth breach of the 2015 nuclear deal Jan. 5, stating that it "discards the last key component of its operational limitations" put in place by agreement.

  3. The Arab Region’s Largest Youth Gathering Focuses on New Tech

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Dec 18 (IPS) - On late Monday morning, a motley group of more than a thousand youth gathered in a hall in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to listen to Sophia — a humanoid robot capable of displaying humanlike expressions and interacting with people. Yahya Elghobashy, a computer science engineering student from Cairo, sat excitedly in the audience. A few meters away from him, also in the audience, was Abdel Fattah el-Sisi — the President of Egypt.

  4. Bangladeshi Migrant Female Domestic Workers Face Violence

    Thursday, November 28, 2019

    NEW YORK, Nov 28 (IPS) - Millions of Bangladeshi women are facing violence either as domestic housemaids or as migrant workers in Gulf countries. A few days ago, a video in social media, secretly filmed by a Bangladeshi housemaid employed in Saudi Arabia, caught everyone's attention where she was helplessly crying and begging to be rescued from her abusive employer.

  5. Despite Halting Progress, UN Continues its Push for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 (IPS) - A longstanding proposal for a regional nuclear-weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East – one of the world's most conflict-ridden regions – has been kicked around the corridors of UN committee rooms since 1974.

  6. Saudi UNESCO Win Riles Khashoggi Standard-Bearers

    Friday, November 22, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (IPS) - Human rights campaigners have reacted angrily to the election of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO's top board, highlighting the kingdom's ongoing crackdowns on political freedoms and critics.

  7. U.N. Group Launched to put Afghan Women at Center of Peace Initiatives 

    Thursday, November 21, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 21 (IPS) - Afghanistan's first female ambassador to the United Nations this week launched a U.N. group that aims to put women at the centre of peace initiatives in Afghanistan. 

  8. Achieving the Possible: “Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East”

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    VIENNA, Nov 20 (IPS) - A historic conference on the Middle East opened at the United Nations in New York on 18th November and will continue until 22nd November. The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction is presided over by Ambassador Sima Bahous of Jordan.

  9. UN Agency for Palestinians in Crisis as Chief Quits

    Thursday, November 07, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 07 (IPS) - The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees was in "crisis mode" on Wednesday after director Pierre Krahenbuhl resigned amid a misconduct probe over whether he fast-tracked his girlfriend into a top aid job, analysts said.

  10. Election Death Toll Underscores Afghanistan’s Fragile Democracy

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - A wave of bloody Taliban attacks aimed at derailing Afghanistan's recent elections killed and maimed hundreds of people, including children, the United Nations mission to the country said on Tuesday.

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