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UN credentials panel fails to recognise Taliban envoy; Kabul regime left without an international voice

In a diplomatic setback to the Taliban yearning for international recognition for its three and a half-month-old regime in Kabul, the deadlocked  UN credentials committee failed to act on the Islamic group's request to recognize its representative, giving the permanent representative of the previous democratically-elected government of Afghanistan Ghulam Isaczai a temporary reprieve

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UNGA session ends without speech by Afghan delegate

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Ghulam Isaczai, the permanent representative of the elected government of Afghanistan, has withdrawn from speaking at the high-level General Assembly meeting, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric confirmed on Monday. No reason was given

Democracy has delivered in India: Modi at UN

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Pakistan nurtures terrorists in its backyard, says India after Imran Khan’s tirade

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UN Secretary-General praises Bangladesh’s development ‘miracle'

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Action, not words or rhetoric: Bangladesh PM Hasina reminds world of Rohingyas

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UNSC reform allies to push for reform negotiations within timeframe

India and its three allies in the quest for Security Council reform - Brazil, Germany and Japan - have called for a determined push for the adoption of a text for conducting the negotiations and to set a time-frame for the changes

Ghana slams European countries barring India-made Covishield; calls it ‘retrogressive’ step

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Form women leaders’ network to ensure gender equality: Bangladesh PM tells UN

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SAARC foreign ministers’ meet canceled over Taliban participation; Taliban seeks to address UNGA

The Taliban has written a letter to the United Nations (UN), seeking a chance to address the ongoing UNGA session, and nominated its Doha-based leader, Suhail Shaheen, as their representative, the UN Secretary-General Office confirmed

No country will be safe if Maldives ceases to exist: President Solih gives strong message on climate change

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Erdogan tones down reference to Kashmir in UN speech; brings up Uighur Muslim rights in China

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Child marriages, teenage pregnancies, gender violence - pandemic affected young girls most": UN youth envoy

The global Covid pandemic has seen a rise in child marriages, teenage pregnancies, and gender-based violence, with young girls facing the worst of the conditions, a UN envoy said today