THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY OFFERS its deepest condolences to the Secretary General  His Excellency Antonio Guterres, and prays for the departed souls.

UNITED NATIONS : Flags flew at half-staff  at the United Nations on Monday after 21 UN staff  were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that Secretary General Antonio Guterres said marked a ''sad day'' for the world body.

Guterres lead delegates at the opening of the annual gathering on women's rights at the  General Assembly  in observing a moment of silence in honor of the victims.

''A global tragedy has hit close to home - and the  United Nations is united in grief,'' he said at the Commission on the Status of Women.

UN ambassadors opened a Security Council meeting on Afghanistan by standing in silence for the victims of Flight ET302, which crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff from  Addis Ababa. All 157 people onboard were killed.

Among the dead were many travelling to a UN environmental conference in Nairobi.

The World Food Progamme, the UN refugee agency UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration and the UN Environment agency all lost staff in the crash. [AFP]


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