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South Sudan: Full-scale war looms one year after peace accord signed – UN Panel

GENEVA, Sept 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A panel of UN experts warns the failure of South Sudan’s warring factions to implement last year’s peace accord risks plunging the country into full-scale war once again.

The report by the three-member Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan shows no improvements since South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed a peace accord aimed at ending the country’s six-year civil war.

Venezuela ‘ready’ to defend itself after US invokes defence pact: FM

GENEVA, Sept 14 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Venezuela is “ready” to defend itself, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Friday, after Washington invoked a regional defence pact that might justify such a move.

“We are ready to protect ourselves, we are ready to react,” Arreaza told a news conference after meeting in Geneva with UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet.

“We will let no one trample sacred Venezuelan soil, we will respond and hope that never happens,” the minister said.

Kenyans sue UK over colonial ‘land grab’

GENEVA, Sept 12 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Kenyan and British lawyers have submitted a complaint to the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of Kenyans who were forced from their land during the British colonial era.

They say they suffered horrific human rights abuses when British settlers took over their land in what is now Kericho County in the fertile Rift Valley.

The land was later leased to multinationals including tea companies.

A crippled dispute settlement system of WTO "worrisome": spokesperson

GENEVA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- A dysfunctional dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is worrisome and will open door to more unilateral actions, WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell has said.

In a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua, Rockwell reiterated that "the dispute settlement system has been an integral part of the success of the WTO."

"If you take away this important multilateral component, you open the door to more unilateral actions," warned the spokesperson.

UN human rights chief expresses concern about U.S., EU migration policies

GENEVA, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday expressed concern about the migration policies of the United State and the European Union (EU).

In a speech at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council, Bachelet said some migration policies are "putting migrants at heightened risk of human rights violations and abuses, and may violate the rights of vulnerable people."

UN rights chief urges "concerted, multilateral" work on human rights

GENEVA, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday urged nations to come together to work on critical human rights issues in a "concerted, multilateral fashion."

"International agreements such as the Paris climate agreement, the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees provide solid, pragmatic advice, and of course the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and relevant human rights treaties chart the way," said Bachelet.

G20 pledge to human-centered future of work policies welcomed by ILO

GENEVA, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder has welcomed a declaration by G20 members on Monday committing to a human-centered future of work policy priorities.

"The G20 clearly recognizes the urgency of addressing the multitude of challenges we face in this rapidly changing world of work. The commitment to adopting human-centered policies for the promotion of decent work is key," said Ryder in a statement released here.

UNHCR says at least 40 feared dead or missing in shipwreck off Libya

GENEVA (Reuters) - About 40 people are feared dead or missing after the latest wreck of a boat carrying migrants bound for Europe off the coast of Libya, while about 60 people may have been rescued, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

“Terrible news coming in of potentially large loss of life in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya,” UNHCR spokesman Charlie Yaxley said in a tweet, adding that details were still sketchy.

“Around 60 people have been rescued and returned to shore. At least 40 people are estimated to be dead or missing.”

Iran says it has sold oil from tanker released by Gibraltar

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran has sold the oil from a tanker released by Gibraltar after weeks in the custody of British Royal Marines and the vessel’s owner will decide on its next destination, IRIB news agency quoted an Iranian government spokesman as saying on Monday.

He did not identify the recipient of the oil. After Gibraltar freed the Adrian Darya tanker on Aug. 18, the United States said it would take every action it could to prevent it delivering oil to Syria - the original stated reason for its detention - in contravention of U.S. sanctions.

Sindhu becomes first Indian shuttler to win World C'ships gold, bear Okuhara in final

Basel (Switzerland), Aug 25 (PTI) P V Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final here on Sunday

The Indian won 21-7 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38 minutes

Two years after being robbed off the gold by Okuhara in an epic 110-minute final at Glasgow that went down as one of the greatest battles in badminton history, Sindhu finally exorcised the ghost of that heart-wrenching loss with a completely dominating win over the same opponent

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