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US envoy says full UN membership won’t help Palestinians with statehood

Seoul, South Korea Reuters US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Wednesday she did not see a UN resolution recommending the Palestinian Authority become a full UN member helping lead to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks during a press conference at […]

After Quran burnings, UN rights body calls for more action to combat religious hatred

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk speaks about the activities of his office and recent human rights developments around the globe, during the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 7th March, 2023.

Geneva, Switzerland AP The UN’s top human rights body overwhelmingly approved a measure calling on countries to do more to prevent religious hatred in the wake of Quran burnings in Europe, over the objections of Western countries who fear tougher steps by governments could trample freedom of expression. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker […]

Israeli troops and drones hit Jenin in major West Bank operation

Palestinians run for cover during clashes with Israeli forces amid an Israeli military operation in Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 3rd July, 2023. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta

Jenin, West Bank Reuters Israeli forces hit the city of Jenin with drone strikes on Monday in one of the biggest West Bank operations in 20 years, killing at least eight Palestinians and involving hundreds of troops in sporadic gun battles that continued into the evening. Gunfire and explosions were heard throughout the day as […]

United States planning to rejoin UNESCO organisation – announcement

The UNESCO logo is seen during the opening of the 39th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at their headquarters in Paris, France, on 30th October, 2017.

Paris, FranceReuters The United States plans to rejoin the UNESCO organisation from this July onwards, UNESCO announced on Monday. The United States withdrew from the UN cultural agency in December, 2018, under President Donald Trump over accusations of anti-Israel bias and mismanagement. The UNESCO logo is seen during the opening of the 39th session of […]

World and European Baptist leaders issue statement expressing concern over Gaza violence

Leaders of the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation have issued a joint statement expressing “grave concern” over the violence in Gaza last week. Almost 60 Palestinians were killed and hundreds more injured when Israeli soldiers fired into protestors who had massed on the Gaza border early last week. The UN Human Rights Council […]