Stories written by Farhan Haq

/ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT/CINEMA: ‘Earth’ Brings Revises Trauma of Partition

The 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, one of the most traumatic events of the 20th century, saw one million peopled killed while millions more were forced to flee their homes.

POLITICS: UN Sanctions Loom for Afghanistan

The UN Security Council Friday threatened to ban airline flights to or from Afghanistan and impose further sanctions unless the ruling Taliban movement produced Saudi financier Osama bin Laden for trial on terrorism charges.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: What Happened to the Timorese?

International troops and UN officials, striving to restore order to East Timor, faced the disturbing problem Friday of where were the hundreds of thousands of Timorese, missing since last month.

POLITICS-PAKISTAN: International Condemnation of Army Coup

World leaders responded Wednesday to the coup against Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif's government by criticising the nation's armed forces and calling for a return to civilian rule.

POPULATION-UN: Welcome to World’s 6-Billionth Person

The UN system welcomed the birth Tuesday of the six billionth person living on Earth - a baby boy born in the war-shattered city of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

POLITICS-UN: Specific Sanctions in Vogue

The imposition of broad-based sanctions may have lost favour with most UN members as a means of putting pressure on nations but sanctions targeted at selected 'rogue' leaders remain popular.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Annan Proposes Lengthy UN Administration

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday urged the 15-nation Security Council to accept an ambitious plan for the United Nations temporarily to administer East Timor.

POLITICS-AFGHANISTAN: Taliban Emerges as UN Pariah

Support for UN embargoes against Libya and Iraq may be weakening but the UN Security Council has found a new target for sanctions: Afghanistan and its ruling Taliban movement.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Worries Grow over Fate of Refugees

UN officials Wednesday urged Indonesia to provide them access to hundreds of thousands of East Timorese living in the Indonesian province of West Timor.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Annan Proposes Lengthy UN Administration

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday urged the 15-nation Security Council to accept an ambitious plan for the United Nations temporarily to administer East Timor.

POLITICS-UN: Return of the Blue Berets?

The image of the blue-bereted UN peacekeeper earlier this year was that of a soldier in retreat, after long United Nations missions to Angola and Macedonia, but the fortunes of the blue berets suddenly have shifted.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Resistance Leader Seeks Rebuilding

Timorese resistance leader Xanana Gusmao Tuesday pleaded for the reconstruction of East Timor and the quick deployment of international troops there to restore order after weeks of violence by pro-Indonesia forces.

POLITICS: Support Grows for UN Missions in Sierra Leone, DRC

Support was growing Thursday among UN members, including many key Western powers, for a plan to deploy UN missions in Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other African conflict zones.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Asian Dispute with Australia Grows

The hostility of some Asian countries to Australia's peace-keeping efforts in East Timor sharpened here Wednesday with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad declaring the Australian troops were belligerent.

RIGHTS-EAST TIMOR: Resistance Leader Seeks Rebuilding

Timorese resistance leader Xanana Gusmao Tuesday pleaded for the reconstruction of East Timor and the quick deployment of international troops there to restore order after weeks of violence by pro-Indonesia forces.

DEVELOPMENT-UN: Small Islands Have Day in the Sun

Small island states complain their concerns often are overlooked at the United Nations but for two- days this week they have managed to focus attention on their plight rather than the conflicts between major powers.

DEVELOPMENT: NGOs Attack UN Participation in Business Forum

Human rights and environmental activists have been worried about growing cooperation between businesses and the UN system - and a Geneva-based forum linking UN agencies and corporation accused of abuses has added to their concerns.

RIGHTS-KASHMIR: India Bristles Over Comparisons with East Timor

The international intervention in East Timor has been a hopeful sign for many diplomats here but an annoyance for India, which has had to fend off comparisons between Indonesia's occupation of Timor and its own role in Kashmir.

RIGHTS-US: Supporters of Death Row Inmate Wrap Up Week of Protest

Defenders of African American journalist and convicted murderer Mumia Abu Jamal have used an array of tactics this past month, from rock concerts to marches, to build pressure to prevent his impending execution.

RIGHTS-US: Supporters of Death Row Inmate Wrap Up Week of Protest

Defenders of African American journalist and convicted murderer Mumia Abu Jamal have used an array of tactics this past month, from rock concerts to marches, to build pressure to prevent his impending execution.

POLITICS-IRAQ: Security Council Powers Fail to Break Impasse

The five veto-holding permanent members of the UN Security Council called Thursday for a "new way forward" to deal with Iraq but failed to agree on any concrete policy steps to achieve that goal.

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