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US Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed Thomas Perriello as the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Announcing the appointment Monday, Kerry said he has high confidence in Tom and that he is grateful for his recent service as Special Representative for the Department's successful...

US President Barack Obama has ruled out the option of sending additional troops to Syria in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but pledged stepped up assistance for the country's moderate opposition. Obama on Monday discussed with civilian and military leaders of his national...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday announced that "a further inquiry or investigation would be necessary to finally establish the facts" of the death of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold. Hammarskjold died in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia,...

The European Commission on Monday approved the acquisition of Morgan Stanley's Global Oil Merchanting Unit by Castleton Commodities International LLC, both of the United States, under the EU Merger Regulation. Morgan Stanley's Global Oil Merchanting Unit acquires and resells supplies of crude oil...

Trade of agri-food products between the European Union and the rest of the world in 2014 show exports increased by 1.6 percent compared with 2013, updated figures showed Monday. The exports represent 7.2 percent of the total trade with third countries. The most exported product categories include...

The European Central Bank on Monday maintained its emergency liquidity assistance for Greek banks at the June 26, 2015 level of EUR 89 billion, with haircuts on collateral for ELA adjusted. The Governing Council of the European Central Bank decision comes after discussing a proposal from the Bank...

GoPro-070615.jpg GoPro has just launched a facile camera, its smallest and lightest yet, as the action-camera sports maker seeks to further entice its adventure-seeking consumers.

Oreo-070615.jpg Oreo, the popular two chocolate wafers with a sweet crème filling in between has now got a new look. With about half the width of the regular Oreo, the new Oreo Thins will be thinner and slightly reduced in calorie. It will be available from July 13 with no change in its cookie taste and price tag.

Many parts of Europe have been impacted by a severe and unusually early heatwave since 27 June, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said, warning of record-breaking temperatures and wildfires in North America and torrential downpours and widespread flooding in southern China. "The...

The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, welcomed the re-establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba announced last week, and called for the US embargo -which remains in force so far- to be lifted. "The...

Human Rights Watch says that the eligibility standards set by the US authorities for the refugee admissions program for Central American families who are detained in the United States are nearly impossible to meet. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced recently that U.S. Immigration and...

womenworldcup-070615.jpg The United States has become the first nation to win the FIFA Women's World Cup football championship for the third time by thrashing Japan 5-2 Sunday, avenging its 2011 final defeat to the Nadeshiko. The Americans, the 1991 and 1999 champions, ended their 16-year Cup drought in the most emphatic manner with a hat trick by Captain Carli Lloyd. The seven-goal thriller was the highest scoring Wome

Greeceflag-070615.jpg Greeks on Sunday voted strongly to reject terms of a bailout by international creditors, jeopardizing its tenuous financial position and casting a cloud over its membership in the eurozone. Official figures showed more than 90 per cent of votes counted, with about 61.5 percent Greeks rejecting the...

Greeks on Sunday cast their votes in a key referendum on whether to accept the terms of a bailout by international lenders. Reports indicated a high turnout in the referendum and opinion polls showed voters evenly split. The results are expected in the coming hours. The referendum is essentially...

In this week's address, the U.S. President Barack Obama wished everyone a happy Fourth of July. He honored the individuals who, throughout the history of America, have struggled and sacrificed to make this country a better place, from Founding Fathers, to the men and women in uniform serving at home...

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