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One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into "modern slavery," according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released Monday by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. "Unfortunately,...

The United States on Monday said it was "dismayed" by the decision of Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law a new legislation that further restricts the rights of LGBT individuals. Jeff Rathke, Director of the Bureau of Public Affairs, said in a statement that Washington was also "deeply...

ChuckHagel-112414.jpg President Barack Obama announced Monday that Chuck Hagel will be stepping down as Defense Secretary after less than two years at the Pentagon. Reports have suggested that Hagel's departure reflects an effort to transition from a period of reform at the Defense Department to an era more focused on external threats such as the terrorist group known as ISIS.

The ongoing negotiations between Iran and the six world powers on the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program have been extended until June 30, 2015, after the negotiators failed to meet the November 24 deadline set earlier. "We have had to conclude it is not possible to get to an agreement by...

JensStoltenberg-NATO-112414.jpg Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO requested the member countries to stop the cuts and to increase investment in defence as peaceful times has changed. Speaking to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Hague at the 60th plenary session, he said defence...

birdflu-112414.jpg Europe is again on a high alert against a possible outbreak of bird flu as health officials have detected avian flu virus in four instances in three countries. Last week, health authorities have confirmed a case of bird flu in Yorkshire in UK. The Netherlands officials have detected H5N8 sub type...

Iran said it will be impossible by the November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement with the six world powers over Tehran's nuclear issue, due to time limit and lots of details yet to be discussed, Iran's Students News Agency or ISNA reported Sunday, quoting a member of the country's negotiating...

The growth of global seaborne shipping over the past year has reflected the "stumbling" progress of the world economy, the United Nations trade and development body announced Friday as it presented its latest report on the "volatile and gloomy" state of the shipping industry. In its Review of Maritime...

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a visit to the Karmelava Airspace Control Center in Lithuania said the Alliance's Air Policing Mission over the three Baltic States was a concrete example of NATO solidarity in action, according to a statement issued Friday. ''Collective defense is our...

Boehner-112114.jpg On the heels of President Barack Obama's controversial decision to take executive action on immigration, House Republicans have filed a lawsuit over the president's unilateral actions on the healthcare reform law known as Obamacare.

Pope Francis has urged leaders attending a United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) nutrition conference in Rome to view food and nutrition and the environment as global public issues at a time when nations are more tightly linked with each other than ever before. "When solidarity is lacking in one...

Warren-Headshot-112114.jpg Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has repeatedly stated she does intend to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but the results of a new Democracy for America poll suggest she is the clear choice among progressives.

The U.S. military effort to help prevent the spread of Ebola in West Africa could be extended beyond its six-month mission if there is a surge of new cases of the deadly disease, the Pentagon says. Despite a reported drop in new cases in hardest hit Liberia, it's too soon to determine whether this...

U.S. Central Command reported on Thursday airstrikes against Islamic state militant groups and the al-Qaida-affiliated Khorasan group in Syria, a move the Pentagon press secretary called a success. Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference that an air strike targeting a Khorasan weapons...

The United States on Thursday announced the release of five detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Four of them are Yemenis and one Tunisian. The Department of Defense said Salah Mohammed Salih Al-Dhabi, Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, and Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani were transferred to Georgia,...