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Litigation between Argentina and so-called vulture funds in the US courts highlights the need to take human rights into account when negotiating and ruling on debt restructuring, two UN independent human rights experts said on Thursday. "Vulture fund litigation complicates debt restructuring processes...

The U.S. Department of State has urged its citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of ongoing safety and security concerns. U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept risks in remaining and should carefully consider those risks, the State Department said in...

Philip-Hughes-112714.jpg Australia's international cricketer Phillip Hughes, who sustained critical injury after being hit on the head by a ball during a domestic match Tuesday, has died. The 25 year-old promising player had been fighting for his life for two days at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, in induced coma. Australian cricket team's doctor Peter Brukner said at a news conference Thursday that Hughes died as a

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Brussels on December 1 to take part in the December 2 NATO Foreign Ministerial and associated meetings, the State Department said Wednesday. On December 3, Kerry will chair the first ministerial-level meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition, bringing together...

Obama2-071610_26Nov14.jpg Half of Americans agree with the changes to immigration policy announced by President Barack Obama last week, according to a CNN/ORC poll, although a majority opposes using executive orders to implement those policies.

It is the international community's duty to draw lessons from the horrific violence and atrocious crimes facing minorities around the world to prevent them from being repeated, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared at a forum on minority issues. Speaking to the 7th Session...

From Afghanistan and Angola to Haiti and the former Yugoslavia, sanctions implemented by the United Nations Security Council have had a positive track record, proving their efficacy and economy in supporting Member States overcome instability, according to the top UN political official. "UN sanctions...

US-EPA-112614.jpg Warning about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed strengthening air quality standards on Wednesday. The EPA proposed reducing the limit for ozone pollution from 75 parts per billion to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion.

Romney-112714.jpg While Mitt Romney has said he has no plans to run for president again, the results of a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday show the former Massachusetts Governor leading a group of potential Republican presidential candidates.

Falih Al Fayyadh, the National Security Adviser of Iraq, visited the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, the western military alliance said in a statement. Fayyadh met with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, when he visited the...

Chicago-downtown-112614.jpg Chicago-area business activity grew at a notably slower rate in the month of November, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Wednesday. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer fell to 60.8 in November from a one-year high of 66.2 in October.

NewHomeSales-112614.jpg New home sales in the U.S. saw a modest increase in the month of October, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday. The report said new home sales rose by 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000 in October from the revised September rate of 455,000.

CONSUMER-RETAIL_26Nov14.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. improved by less than previously estimated in the month of November, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan on Wednesday.

A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged US President Barack Obama to support the fullest possible release of the report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation practices conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), stressing that "the stakes are very high." In...

PendingHomeSales-112614.jpg Pending home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the month of October but remained at a healthy level, the National Association of Realtors said in a report released on Wednesday.