Death penalty in Iran applied “for all kinds of crimes”: UN expert

The death penalty is applied for many different crimes in Iran, but no official figures are released for who is on death row, or what they are accused of.

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Refugees need more help earning a living

Refugees need more support to learn the skillsets required earn a living.

That’s according to Filippo Grandi, head of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

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Saudi Arabia executions provoke reactions in region and at UN

The recent mass execution in Saudi Arabia continues to spur reactions in the region and at the UN in New York.

On Saturday the Kingdom announced that it had executed 47 prisoners, including a prominent Shia cleric, on terrorism-related charges.

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Israel accuses world powers of “deafening silence” over Iran threats

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the majority of UN member states on Thursday of doing “absolutely nothing” to counter Iran’s threat to “destroy” Israel.

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Iran deal stepping stone to universal ban on nuclear tests

A landmark deal to strictly curb Iran’s nuclear programme can be built upon to ensure universal ratification of a global treaty to ban all nuclear tests.

That’s according to Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization, CTBTO.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran key to ending Syria war

Talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran could finally put an end to the intractable war in neighbouring Syria, according to the UN’s top official for the strife-torn nation.

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Death sentence of Iranian doctor “absolute outrage”

The death sentence of an alternative medicine doctor in Iran has been called an “absolute outrage” by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (

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Security Council unanimously welcomes Iran nuclear deal

The recent international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme has been unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council.

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Peace and security “prerequisites” for sustainable development

Peace and security are “prerequisites” for the sustainable development of environmental resources as well as gender equality.

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First woman private space explorer advocates for more girls in Maths and Science

Fifty years ago this June, Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel to space.

Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and serial tech entrepreneur, believes more women and girls should follow the space pioneer.

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