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Myanmar 23 Oct 2021 | 7:00 AM

Close to becoming a failed state

THE United Nations special envoy for Myanmar has warned that February’s military takeover has led to armed conflict and if power is not returned to the people in a democratic way, the country “will go in the direction of a failed state”.Christine Schraner Burgener told a UN news conference on Thursday that conflict between the military, which took power on Feb 1, and civilians and ethnic minorities was intensifying across the country.

World 22 Oct 2021 | 8:04 AM

At United Nations, Afghan women appeal: don't let Taliban in

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A group of Afghan women urged the United Nations to block the Taliban from gaining a seat at the world body, calling for better representation for their country during a visit to the organisation's New York headquarters on Thursday.