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Australia issues deportation order for Tamil asylum seeker despite torture fears

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker has been ordered for deportation next week

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker has been ordered for deportation next week, despite the United Nations committee against torture requesting Australia not move him while it investigates whether he will be tortured if he is returned against his will.

The deportation order issued for Tamil asylum seeker Shantaruban by the Australian Border Force says he will be deported on 22 February. He will not be permitted any visitors at the airport when he is removed and he will be escorted on his flight to Colombo.

He has refused to sign the order.

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UN calls for urgent evacuation of 137 sick Syrian children

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The United Nations children's agency says 137 children stranded in a rebel-held suburb near the Syrian capital require immediate medical evacuation amid a crippling siege in which five have died from a lack of medical care.

UNICEF says in a statement on Sunday that during a rare international aid convoy to a neighborhood in the besieged eastern Ghouta district at the end of November, its aid workers described one of the worst health and nutrition situations since the conflict began in 2011.

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G4 countries seek early reform of UN Security Council

G4 countries seek early reform of UN Security Council

At a meeting here on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly Sessions of the United Nations, the ministers of G4 countries - Brazil, Germany, India and Japan - asserted that such a reform was essential to make the most powerful wing of the UN more representative and effective, reflecting the ground realities of the 21st century. 

A joint statement was issued after the meeting attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Brazilian Foreign Relations Minister Aloysio Nunes, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Japanese Foreign Minister Tarp Kono. 

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UN General Assembly to be Addressed by President on 19th September

72nd General Assembly of the United Nations

72nd General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York from September 17 to 23. The session will open with a focus on the theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’.

The Sri Lankan delegation will leave tomorrow (16) . For the third time President is due to address the General Assembly in the evening of September 19.

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United States Warns NKorea Of 'Massive Military Response' After Nuke Test

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The United States warned it could launch a "massive military response" to any threats from North Korea following Pyongyang's provocative detonation of what it claimed was a miniaturized hydrogen bomb.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke out on Sunday after North Korea carried out an unexpectedly strong nuclear test, said to exceed in power the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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North Korea Mocks Trump, Hones Guam Strike Plans

Kim Jong-Un

Nuclear-armed North Korea mocked President Donald Trump as "bereft of reason" Thursday, raising the stakes in their stand-off with an unusually detailed plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam.

The scheme to target the island, a key US military stronghold, was intended to "signal a crucial warning" as "only absolute force" would have an effect on the US leader, the North said.

The declaration came after President Trump boasted on Twitter that America's nuclear arsenal was "far stronger and more powerful than ever before".

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US tells UN it wants out of Paris deal

US tells UN it wants out of Paris deal

The United States has officially informed the United Nations it will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, but left the door open to re-engaging if the terms improved.

The State Department said the US would continue to participate in United Nations climate change meetings during the withdrawal process, which is expected to take at least three years.

"The United States supports a balanced approach to climate policy that lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security," the department said in a release on Friday.

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United Nations Says Moroccan Peacekeeper Killed In Central Africa

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An ambush killed a Moroccan peacekeeper and wounded three others on Sunday in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said, blaming pro-Christian militias for the violence.

"A MINUSCA (peacekeeping mission) military convoy was targeted by anti-Balaka," it said of the clash in the southern city of Bangassou.

The country is struggling to emerge from a civil war that erupted in 2013 following the overthrow of former president Francois Bozize, a Christian, by Muslim rebels from the Seleka coalition. 

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Govt. to go ahead with terrorism bill : Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

Govt. to go ahead with terrorism bill : Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

The Government will not take instructions from the United Nations on how the new Counter-Terrorism Bill is drafted and will go ahead with the bill approved by the Cabinet, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday.

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United Nations rapporteur urges Govt. to repeal PTA

UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson

While calling for the replacement of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson yesterday asked the government not to allow the process of accountability to be diverted by retrograde elements in security establishments and their allies in Government.

Mr. Emmerson, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday on an invitation by the government.

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