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UN expert apologises for faulty figure on children in US migration detention

21 November 2019; AFP: An independent UN expert has apologised for misspeaking during a news conference in Geneva this week, correcting his claim that more than 100,000 children were being held in migration-related US detention.

AFP and a range of other media outlets were forced to retract their stories after it became clear that the expert had mistakenly presented four-year-old cumulative figures as if they were the current total number of migrant children in US detention.

At UN, Pakistan’s resolution reaffirming peoples’ self-determination right adopted unanimously

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 20 (APP): A key committee of the UN General Assembly Tuesday unanimously passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming the right to self-determination for peoples who are subjected to colonial, foreign and alien occupation.

Co-sponsored by 81 countries from all over the world, the resolution was adopted without a vote in the 193-member Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with Social, humanitarian and cultural issues.

Russia, China coordinate new plan on settlement on Korean Peninsula — diplomat

THE UNITED NATIONS, November 20. /TASS/: Russia and China have coordinateed a new draft plan on settling the situation on the Korean Peninsula and are ready to present it to partners in the region, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told reporters on Tuesday.

"We have just recently coordinated an updated version [of the settlement plan] with our Chinese friends," Morgulov said. "We plan to distribute this updated version among our partners. We are talking about a draft plan, and no details can be announced yet," he added.

White supremacist manifesto reportedly shared at Syracuse U

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A white supremacist manifesto that appeared to be a copy of one linked to a man accused of attacking two mosques in New Zealand was circulated electronically at Syracuse University, campus law enforcement said Tuesday, adding to a string of racist episodes that have shaken the upstate New York campus.

Officials said the manifesto appeared to be copied from one written by the man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in March.

As Epstein died, guards allegedly shopped online and slept

NEW YORK (AP) — Two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself were sleeping and browsing the internet instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday charging the guards with lying on prison records to cover themselves.

The grand jury indictment provides a damning glimpse of safety lapses inside a high-security unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where Epstein had been awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

‘US Democratic presidential candidates, rights groups slam Trump admin’s decision on Israeli settlements’

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (APP): US Democratic presidential candidates including frontrunners — Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg — have strongly criticized an announcement by the Trump administration that the U.S. will no longer view controversial Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as violating international law.

Children at risk of ‘new threats’ like climate change: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 (APP): Despite big strides in improving the lives of children since 1989, many of the world’s poorest are being left behind, the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF warned Monday.

In a report marking the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF said poverty and marginalization continued to put the well-being of millions of young people at risk.

UN calls for action to tackle global road safety crisis

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 (APP): Saving lives by improving road safety is one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda’s objectives, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his message for the global day set aside for remembering the victims of traffic accidents.

Noting that more than 1.3 million people die in road accidents every year, he pointed out that more young people between the ages of 15 and 29 die from road crashes annually than from HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis or homicide.

Prince Andrew denies claims of Epstein accuser in interview

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Andrew offered a detailed rebuttal Saturday to claims he had sex with a woman who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, providing an alibi for one of the alleged encounters and questioning the authenticity of a well-known photograph that shows him posing with the woman.

In a rare interview with BBC Newsnight, Andrew categorically denied having sex with the woman, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, saying, “It didn’t happen.”

UN panel adopts resolution on minority rights as Pakistan exposes India’s poor record

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 16 (APP): A committee of the UN General Assembly Friday unanimously passed a resolution calling for the promotion and protection of human rights of persons belonging to minorities, with Pakistan drawing the international community’s attention to the plight of Muslims in Indian state of Assam and occupied Kashmir.

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