'UN should be strengthened'
A majority of people around the world favour strengthening the United Nations to increase its role in peacekeeping, fighting terror and in stopping nuclear proliferation, a new survey has found.
A large majority of those polled in 18 countries representing 56 per cent of the world's population believed the UN Security Council should have the right to authorise military force to prevent genocide, with the highest levels of support in France (85 per cent), Israel and the US (83 per cent each).
The survey was conducted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and WorldPubli Opinion.Org In cooperation with polling organisations around the world also found that a majority in eight countries led by China (76 per cent), the US (74 per cent) and the Palestinians (69 per cent) felt it was the UNSC's "responsibility" to intervene militarily to protect people suffering from human rights abuse.
Among Indians, 66 per cent felt the UNSC should have the right to authorise the use of force in defence of a country that has been attacked; and 63 per cent opined that the use of force must be authorised to prevent severe human rights violations such as genocide.
Sixty per cent also feel that the UNSC should have the right to authorise the use of force to stop a country from supporting terrorist groups.
Interestingly, Indians showed relatively modest support for allowing the UNSC to use force to prevent nuclear proliferation -- 53 per cent say it should have the right to prevent new countries from acquiring nuclear weapons, and 50 per cent believe it should also prevent countries from producing nuclear fuel that could be used for weapons.
India has expressed concerns over shelling near the fuel storage of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, as the Russian offensive continues for over five months. The shelling at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is under Russia's control since March, came ahead of a United Nations Security Council meeting on Thursday to address concerns regarding the facility's safety.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the international community to force the Russian army to leave the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after multiple strikes hit the compound. This statement came after Ukraine accused Russia of shelling the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant again on Thursday, Al Jazeera reported. Ukraine's interior minister said that Kyiv is making contingency plans to face any scenario at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, including evacuating people from the area.
A gunman demanding a Beirut bank let Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, a 42-year-old food-delivery driver withdraw his trapped savings to pay his father's medical bills took up to 10 people hostage in a seven-hour standoff Thursday before surrendering in exchange for what a family lawyer said was $35,000 of his money. A 42-year-old food-delivery driver, Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, was promptly arrested and taken away by police as he walked out of the bank. Some bystanders hailed him as a hero.
Somalia's worst drought in more than 40 years has internally displaced 1 million people since the dry conditions struck in January 2021, according to the United Nations. This year alone, an estimated 755,000 people fled their homes in search of water, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a statement on its website.
Former Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Thailand Thursday evening following his departure from Singapore. Rajapaksa was granted entry into Thailand following a request from the Sri Lankan government, NewsWire reported. He left Singapore on Thursday after nearly a month's stay in Singapore. Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced the official resignation of Rajapaksa on July 15. Sri Lanka has been facing its worst economic crisis since its independence.