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UN: More aid for Venezuela refugees needed

19 August 2019; DW: The UN has warned that hostility towards Venezuelan refugees in neighboring countries will grow if aid is not increased. Of the more than $700 million that had been sought, less than $180 million has been received.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi made a plea on Sunday to increase humanitarian aid for Venezuelan refugees, as the new arrivals are overwhelming social services and sparking local tensions in neighboring countries.

New York City subway scare suspect taken into police custody

NEW YORK (AP) — A homeless man from West Virginia faced charges Saturday for allegedly placing two devices that looked like pressure cookers in a New York City subway station, forcing an evacuation and snarling the morning commute, police said.

Larry Kenton Griffin II, of Bruno, West Virginia, was awaiting arraignment late Saturday in Manhattan’s central booking after he was released from a New York hospital where he was being treated and under observation. Police did not specify what, if any, injuries or condition he was being treated for.

Kashmir: Is the UN Security Council reluctant to get involved?

17 August 2019; DW: Although the Security Council told India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute bilaterally, it didn't call a formal meeting or issue a statement. Some analysts dubbed the response "lukewarm."

Members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday refrained from calling for an emergency session on the disputed Kashmir region.

Instead, they urged India and Pakistan to resolve the matter bilaterally.

Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s medical examiner ruled Jeffrey Epstein’s death a suicide Friday, confirming after nearly a week of speculation that the financier faced with sex trafficking charges hanged himself in his jail cell.

Epstein, 66, was found dead at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug. 10, touching off outrage that such a high-profile prisoner could have gone unwatched at the Manhattan federal lockup where infamous inmates Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff came and went without incident.

Epstein autopsy shows broken neck bones: US media

New York, Aug 16 (AFP) An autopsy of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein found broken bones in his neck, US media reported on Thursday, as New York's medical examiner said the cause of death required further study.

Epstein, a convicted sex offender who befriended many celebrities and politicians, was found dead in jail on Saturday from an apparent suicide as he awaited trial on federal charges that he trafficked underage girls for sex.

UNSC expected to hold closed meeting on Friday to discuss India’s action in occupied Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 15 (APP): The UN Security Council is expected to meet behind-closed-doors on Friday to take up Pakistan’s request for the 15-member body to deal with the grave situation in Indian occupied arising from New Delhi’s decision to abolish the special status of the disputed region that have heightened tensions between the two South Asian neighbours.

Pakistan wants UNSC to stand for law and justice for people of occupied Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14 (APP): Pakistan has expressed the hope that the 15-member Security Council would meet soon to deal with the grave situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir resulting from India’s move to annex the disputed region, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said Tuesday,

“We would like the Security Council to take note of the illegal annexation by India,” she said in an interview with BBC News, after making a formal request for a Council meeting.

Amidst challenges, Geneva Conventions mark 70 years of ‘limiting brutality’ during war

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14 (APP): Diplomats and humanitarian experts on Tuesday praised the 1949 Geneva Conventions that for 70 years have banned attacks on civilians, schools and hospitals while acknowledging an uptick in egregious violations of the laws of war in high-tech modern warfare.

“We are failing the most vulnerable,” Heiko Maas, Germany’s minister for foreign affairs, said at a meeting of the Security Council to mark the birth of the Geneva Conventions in 1949. “We are not living up to our legal and ethical obligations.”

UN stands ready to support China's rescue after Typhoon Lekima

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Tuesday said in a statement that it stands ready to support China's search-and-rescue efforts after the Typhoon Lekima.

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that, on 10 August, Tropical Cyclone Lekima made landfall in the Chinese city of Wenling in Zhejiang Province and made a second landfall the following day on the coast of Qingdao in Shandong Province in the country's east," according to the statement.

Humanitarian aid to Aden, Yemen continues despite increased violence: UN

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Despite recent stepped-up violence in Aden, the United Nations "has remained focused on staying and delivering essential life-saving programs," a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

Aden port, which is one of the main gateways for commercial and humanitarian goods to Yemen, remains operational, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said. The airport has also re-opened, and roads in Aden are mostly open.

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