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October 12, 2017

Unesco: US quits UN heritage agency over ‘anti-Israel bias’

Trump administration has been preparing for a withdrawal from world heritage body for months

The United States has formally notified the UN’s world heritage body Unesco that it is withdrawing its membership of the organisation, citing “continuing anti-Israel bias” and “mounting arrears”.

The US would seek to “remain engaged … as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise”, a state department statement added.

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September 29, 2017

Independent investigation will look into human rights abuses in Yemen

UN decision is compromise after Saudi Arabia fends off full-scale international commission of inquiry

The UN has agreed to set up an independent investigation into all alleged abuses of human rights in Yemen by all sides in the three-year civil war.

The decision by the UN human rights council is a setback for Saudi Arabia, although the kingdom – a key participant in the conflict – has fended off a full-scale UN international commission of inquiry that could have led to referrals to the international criminal court.

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September 22, 2017

Japan braces as North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb test in Pacific

  • Kim Jong-un warns ‘deranged’ Trump he will ‘pay dearly’ for North Korea threats
  • Trump says Kim ‘who is obviously a madman’ will be ‘tested like never before’

Japan must brace itself for the possible launch of a nuclear-armed North Korean missile over its territory if the regime carries out a threat to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s defence minister has said.

The warning followed an extraordinary exchange of insults between Donald Trump and North Korea in response to the US president’s threat at the UN general assembly to “totally destroy” the country if Washington was forced to defend itself or its [...]

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September 16, 2017

Fresh fears for newborn babies as Rohingyas’ plight worsens

Aid agencies in camps are overwhelmed as family tragedies unfold on Myanmar’s border

More than 400 babies have been born in the no man’s land between the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar in the past 15 days as 400,000 Rohingya people have fled from the violence, house burnings and gunfire in Rakhine state.

The Rohingya are trapped. Myanmar’s military has blamed insurgents for the latest round of violence. The UN has called the situation a “humanitarian disaster” and [...]

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