India has said that the UN Security Council has been merely a "standby witness" to the long-standing Israeli-Palestine issue and the world body's failure to achieve a peaceful solution to the conflict raises questions about its effectiveness.
Members of the United Nations Security Council teared up on Thursday when Syrian doctors showed a video of failed attempts to resuscitate three children after a chlorine gas attack in March, prompting renewed calls for accountability.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visits Iran at the weekend looking for Tehran to take back failed asylum seekers, but the rare trip also has deeper significance as the West seeks to seal a deal to rein in the Islamic state`s nuclear ambitions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wooed German business, assuring an open and stable environment in India to give a fillip to his 'Make in India' initiative, and said there could be a strong partnership between India's lion and Germany's eagle.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day tour of Germany, was on Tuesday accorded a ceremonial welcome when he arrived here from Hannover.The welcome at the Federal Chancellery was attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
China, which is yet to fully endorse India's permanent membership of the UN Security Council, on Monday said it supports India's "desire" to play a bigger role in the UN and will strive?to work out a "package plan" to reform the powerful organ of the world body.
Addressing a community reception in France on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council, saying it should get it as a "right" for its immense contribution to global peace.
The Palestinians are "ready and willing" to see if the UN Security Council has "the political will" to adopt a resolution with a deadline for ending Israel's occupation and establishing a Palestinian state, the Palestinian UN ambassador has said.
India, as one of the largest troop contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions, has the "right" to participate in the decisions of the UN Security Council regarding formulation of peacekeeping mandates and deployment of forces, Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag said.
UN investigators for human rights violations in Syria today offered to share "some information" from secret lists of alleged war criminals with prosecutors to aid investigations and help bring perpetrators to justice.
The United Nations Security Council condemned the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria and threatened to take action if such arms are used again in the conflict, which is now in its fourth year, but didn`t lay blame for previous chlorine attacks.
Asserting that the Security Council "embodies the undemocratic stranglehold" of the permanent members, India has accused them of picking and choosing the world body's principles to suit their own national interests and of being selective in dealing with terrorism.
North Korea said on Monday it is not worried about a threat to refer the country to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, because it is not guilty and wants to attend a US meeting on its rights situation to defend itself.