• South Korean K-pop boy band BTS members (L to R) V, Jin, Jung Kook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope pose for a photo session during a press conference on BTS new album 'BE (Deluxe Edition)' in Seoul on 20 November 2020. Picture: AFP

    BTS issued diplomatic passports for UN session

    The trailblazing septet have reached global superstardom, with their single 'Dynamite' entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number one last year, making them the first South Korean act to top the US chart.

  • FILE: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres virtually addresses a roundtable on Climate Ambition during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on 24 September 2020, in New York. Picture: AFP

    Vital to engage with Taliban: UN chief

    Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a donor conference for the conflict-torn country, Guterres said: "It is impossible to provide humanitarian assistance inside Afghanistan without engaging with the de facto authorities.

  • Taliban fighters guard outside the airport in Kabul on 31 August 2021. Picture: AFP

    Taliban breaking promises to women: UN rights chief

    Michelle Bachelet said there were 'credible allegations' former members of the security forces had been killed, and some people who worked for previous administrations had been detained and later 'found dead'.

  • FILE: A view of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Picture: AFP

    UN rejects call to delay COP26 climate summit

    The United Nations on Tuesday rejected a call by a global non-government network to postpone the upcoming COP26 climate summit in Britain on the grounds that a lack of COVID-19 vaccines risked sidelining developing countries.

  • A Taliban fighter stands guard at the Massoud Square in Kabul on August 16, 2021. Picture: Wakil Kohsar / AFP

    Taliban's treatment of women a 'red line': UN rights chief

    Bachelet said her office had received credible reports of serious violations in places that have been under Taliban control, including summary executions, restrictions of women's rights, blocking girls from attending school and the recruitment of child soldiers.