04 Sep 2019

North Korea Denies Making $2bn from Cyber-Attacks

North Korea has denied a recent United Nations report stating that the country has used “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal around $2 billion from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges. According to the UN, Pyongyang has used these funds to pursue the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

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02 Sep 2019

Israel, Hezbollah engage in brief, intense fighting

On Sunday, days after Israel attacked Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, the Iranian-backed militant group retaliated by firing anti-tank missiles into the country. Israel responded to the attack with heavy artillery fire. Hours after the escalation, a spokesman of the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) said that “calm has

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21 Aug 2019

Pompeo announces ‘countdown’ clock as Iran weapons embargo ends in 2020

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the United Nations to extend a weapons embargo on Iran that is set to expire in 2020, which will mark five years after the adoption of the Iran Nuclear Deal that was abandoned by the US last year. Pompeo said

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21 Aug 2019

Fresh Kashmir border clashes leave several dead

More than two weeks after the Indian government stripped Kashmir of its autonomous status and revoked a ban on property purchases by non-residents, tensions in the disputed region continue to escalate. On Tuesday, several people were killed in clashes between Indian and Pakistani border forces, although both countries provided conflicting

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13 Aug 2019

UN Probing 35 North Korean Cyberattacks in 17 Countries

The United Nations (UN) is investigating at least 35 cyberattacks in 17 countries that are believed to be the work of hackers working for the North Korean government, an extended version of a recent UN report shows. A summary of the report released last week mentioned that Pyongyang has used

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06 Aug 2019

North Korea took $2 billion in cyberattacks to fund weapons program: U.N. report

A new United Nations report to the UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee states that North Korea has used “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal around $2 billion from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges. North Korean hackers also used digital services to launder the money. In addition, the

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30 Jul 2019

NATO, Afghan forces killed more civilians than Taliban: UN

During the first half of 2019, the war in Afghanistan resulted in 1,366 civilian deaths, which is 30% lower than in the same period last year, a new report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shows. Shockingly, pro-government forces including NATO troops were responsible for the majority of

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04 Jul 2019

US ‘hell-bent’ on hostility despite talks, North Korea says

The North Korean delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday lashed out at the US, stating that the US government is “practically more and more hell-bent [on] hostile acts against the DPRK [North Korea]” and is “obsessed with sanctions”. The timing of the remarks is striking since both countries recently

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03 Jul 2019

Libya detention centre attack is possible war crime, says UN envoy

On Tuesday, one day after renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that it would step up airstrikes on Tripoli, at least 44 people were killed and 130 injured when airstrikes hit a detention centre for migrants and refugees south of Tripoli. UN envoy to Libya Ghassan

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03 Jun 2019

UN bid to curb North Korean missile tests, revive air traffic, delayed amid US concerns – sources

The US is delaying a planned aviation safety audit in North Korea by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) because it believes the effort might violate UN sanctions on the country. Right now, airlines avoid flying over or near North Korea in order to avoid the threat of unannounced

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