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A United Nations human rights expert on Thursday urged British authorities to reconsider a decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, saying allowing people to die at Europe's borders just because of their administrative status "is appalling." The UN Special Rapporteur...

The World Bank Group on Thursday announced an additional $100 million funding in its Ebola crisis response to speed up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected West African nations, thereby increasing the bank's total funding for the Ebola fight in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...

Nine leading human rights organizations have urged US President Barack Obama to take up the Chinese government's crackdown on civil society as a barrier to bilateral relations on his upcoming visit to China. According to Human Rights Watch, a New York-based international rights group, the appeal...

The Government of Rwanda has moved to accelerate plans to transform into a cashless economy by joining a United Nations-backed initiative that supports countries transition to electronic payments, the world body announced Thursday. With the assistance of the Better Than Cash Alliance, which is hosted...

The European Union on Thursday denounced the recent Russian government's decision to recognize elections planned by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine early next month. The EU's reaction comes two days after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared on Tuesday that Moscow would recognize...

The Court of Appeal In London on Thursday allowed a Libyan man and his wife to proceed with their case against the British government over its alleged complicity in their illegal rendition after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and subsequent torture while in custody. Abdul Hakim Belhaj, a former...

Prominent rights group Amnesty International on Thursday expressed hopes that the fourth anniversary of the killing of an outspoken community leader in Maranhao state would serve as a wake-up call to the Brazilian government to urgently address increasing violence in the region. Flaviano Pinto Neto,...

The European Commission on Thursday released a paper outlining ideas on how to ensure a simpler, more effective and more fraud-proof VAT system tailored to the Single Market in the European Union. The aim is to create a "definitive VAT regime," to replace the temporary and out-dated VAT system, which...

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has thanked Greece for its unwavering support to the Alliance during a visit to Athens, according to a statement from the western military alliance on Thursday. "We thank you for all the contributions you make to our shared security," the NATO Secretary General...

The office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Jordan's capital city of Amman has launched a three-year media project funded by the European Union to support media in the Middle East nation, the UN agency said in a statement on Thursday. The "Support...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a telephonic conversation with his Malaysian counterpart highlighted the importance that he and the Defense Department place on the US relationship with Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific region, according to a Pentagon spokesperson. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to Zambia's late President Michael Chilufya Sata, praising his vision for the country and commitment to addressing the needs of Zambia's poor. President Sata died on October 28 while receiving treatment at a hospital in London. In a...

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, announced a contribution of $50,000 to help rebuild UN-run schools that were heavily damaged during the recent fighting in the Gaza Strip. According to a news statement released Wednesday by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the...

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said Wednesday that there has been been an "unusual" increase in the number of Russian military flights over European airspace in the last two days. The western military alliance said it detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting...

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has denounced plans by pro-Russian rebels to organize an election in eastern Ukraine on November 2, stressing the planned polls violates the country's constitution. "The Secretary-General deplores the planned holding by armed rebel groups in eastern Ukraine...