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European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and representatives from 21 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, have co-signed the National Indicative Programmes (NIP) under the 11th European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020 for a total amount of EUR339 million. The signing...

The United Kingdom is hosting the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, on 4-5 September. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will chair the meetings. The Summit will formally open with a meeting on Afghanistan. The Allied Heads of State...

The U.S. Department of State has ordered the departure of non-employed family members of U.S. Mission personnel in Lesotho due to concerns over a possible deterioration of the security situation in that country. In an emergency message issued on Monday, the US Embassy in Lesotho's capital Maseru...

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday accused Russia of "intervening overtly" in Ukraine, and stressed that the western military alliance's upcoming summit in Wales comes at a time of multiple crises on several fronts. "Our Summit in Wales this week will take place in a changed world....

A group of international freedom of expression rapporteurs have called on the international community to provide "improved international protection for anyone engaged in journalism, especially during conflict situations." Recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary and unjustified incarcerations...

xenon-argon-090114.jpg A ban on athletes using stamina-boosting gases - xenon and argon - came into effect on Monday. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF) activators Xenon and Argon have been added to the 2014 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods List following the required three-month notice period and UNESCO's communication to all States Parties. A recommendation to revise the

Russia is continuing to build up troops along its border with Ukraine and moving sophisticated weapons across the border, a Pentagon spokesperson said Friday. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters that Russian military forces are part of those movements. Russian forces are "facilitating the...

The Massachusetts Air National Guard has confirmed that the pilot of an F-15C Eagle aircraft that crashed earlier this week in remote mountains near Deerfield Valley in Virginia was killed in the accident. Officials said the pilot's name is being withheld pending notification of family members. Media...

The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals, suspected of aiding Iran's controversial nuclear program. The new US sanctions, imposed by the State Department and Treasury Department, target those suspected of involvement in Teheran's disputed...

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids, the US space agency says. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC...

The Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held in Apia, Samoa, from September 1 to 4. The UN Conference occurs once every ten years to focus the world's attention on the unique vulnerabilities of these nations. The U.S. State Department said in a press release that the...

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam Thursday. The strikes destroyed an ISIL Humvee, a tank, four armed vehicles, an ISIL construction vehicle and severely...

US President Barack Obama has directed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to present a range of options aimed at the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. During a White House news conference Thursday, Obama called ISIL a "cancer" that...

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) said Thursday it will provide an additional $5 million to help combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The announcement brings USAID's commitment for the Ebola response to nearly $19.6 million since the outbreak was first reported in March 2014. Jeremy...

The United States has welcomed the opening of Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline between Romania and Moldova, noting that the pipeline enables Moldova to get gas directly from the EU and international markets for the first time. "The United States congratulates the people of Moldova and Romania and the European...