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Sami Yusuf, an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer, has joined the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger. "I am honored and delighted that Sami is adding his powerful voice to the push for zero hunger," said WFP Executive Director Ertharin...

The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday two air strikes by US military forces against fighters belonging to Islamic State (IS), a Sunni radical extremist group previously known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in northern Iraq a day earlier. Pentagon said in a statement that the two air strikes...

U.S. Ambassador to Australia John Berry and Australia's Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison on Wednesday signed a U.S.-Australia Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement. This Agreement establishes a framework for information sharing between Australia and the United States to assist...

Seven nations have joined the United States and the Iraqi government with pledges to provide arms to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq where they are battling terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, France and the United Kingdom "have committed...

A U.S. Coast Guard vessel operating in international waters in the Arabian Gulf fired on Tuesday on an Iranian dhow in what U.S. military officials described as a defensive move after the crew of the Iranian vessel turned a machine gun on the Americans with hostile intent. A statement issued by the...

The United States has expressed concern that Israeli authorities did not notify the arrest of U.S. citizen Mohammad Abu Khdeir to U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. "We are also concerned about the fact that members of the Khdeir family appear to be singled out for arrest by the Israeli authorities,"...

United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report Tuesday that electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, represent an "evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control," and urged for regulations in place to impede their promotion to non-smokers and young people. "Evidence...

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday reiterated that US combat troops will not be sent back into Iraq even though the US is providing military assistance to the Iraqi government and the Kurds in their battle against Sunni extremists who have taken hold of large sections of the Middle East country. In...

The United States on Tuesday welcomed the announcement of a new transitional government in the Central African Republic (CAR), and called on all members in the new government to quickly advance the democratic transition process. In a statement issued Tuesday, US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki...

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the presidential elections held in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia on August 24, US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said. She told reporters on Monday that Washington will not knowledge the outcome of the "so-called presidential...

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday that it has shipped 1,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for children caught in the world's most urgent crises so far this month, making it the largest emergency supply operation in the organization's history in a single month. "UNICEF's...

The United States has strongly condemned the temporary detention of a team of six ceasefire monitors and three aircrew by opposition forces in South Sudan. Six members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development's (IGAD) Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) team and three aircrew were...

US General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. turned over command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to US General John F. Campbell during a ceremony in Kabul Tuesday. Campbell will be the last commander of the force as the NATO mission will transition to an advise and assist operation...

The US State Department has announced that Jackson Dougan from Oregon has been selected as the third annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. He was chosen from a pool of over 600 applicants. Dougan recently completed post-baccalaureate research at the School of Biology and Environmental...

Four former champions have advanced to the second round of the US Open Tennis on Monday. Serbia's World number one and top seed Novak Djokovic cruised to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman in a night match of the tournament's opening day. Another former champion Andy Murray, who beat Dutchman...