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The chief of the armed forces in Guatemala, General Rudy Ortiz, has died after his helicopter crashed in a mountainous region in the country's northwest, media reports citing government officials said Wednesday. Local media reported that four other military officers, who were on board the ill-fated...

Afghanistan's Attorney General's Office Wednesday announced it has ordered New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg to leave the country within 24 hours for allegedly refusing to cooperate with an investigation into a story he wrote earlier this week. The development came a day after Rosenberg was...

A United Nations official for Nigeria said Wednesday that restoring the dignity and integrity of returning schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Chibok is instrumental in reintegrating the girls back into a "safe space" in society. "The UN family has not forgotten the girls," said Rati...

Authorities in Iceland have evacuated an area close to the Bardarbunga volcano after seismic activity at the site triggered fears of a possible eruption. The Bardarbunga volcano, located about 190 miles away from Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik, lies beneath Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier....

Prominent rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday that the beheading of American freelance reporter James Foley by an Islamic militant constitutes a war crime and highlights the urgent need for all states with influence in the Middle East region to ensure other missing journalists are safely...

With a month left before the full deployment of the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN envoy for the country has said that while there have been pockets of improvements, the overall humanitarian and security situation in the country remains dire and "extremely volatile." Briefing...

US military forces are continuing to attack militants belonging to the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in support of Iraqi security force operations, the US Central Command said in a news release issued Wednesday. According...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday said the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 1350, and added that the deadly virus has infected at least 2473 people in the four nations most impacted by the disease. The UN health agency said 221 new cases of Ebola...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed grave disappointment at the return to hostilities in the Gaza Strip, and urged the parties to "reach an immediate understanding on a durable ceasefire which also addresses the underlying issues." In a statement issued by his spokesperson...

The White House on Wednesday confirmed the video showing the beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley by an Islamic militant as "authentic." "The U.S. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing US citizens James Foley and Steven Sotloff," National Security...

Concerned by the many civilian casualties and the unprecedented scale of destruction in the latest military conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants, a senior United Nations official urged the international community on Tuesday to "rethink the Gaza paradigm." "On World Humanitarian Day, let...

Prominent rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday that the resumption of Israeli air strikes and rocket fire from Gaza underscores the imperative need to grant human rights groups immediate access to monitor the situation in the besieged Palestinian enclave. Amnesty said Israeli authorities...

The United States has designated the Gaza-based Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity. The US State Department in a statement issued Tuesday...

Fierce fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels was underway in Ukraine's eastern city of Luhansk, media reports citing witnesses and local officials said Tuesday. Heavy fighting was also reported in Donetsk, another rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine. Media reports...

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Tuesday called for ensuring the protection of humanitarian workers as he marked World Humanitarian Day with a special briefing to the Security Council, addressing a subject critical to people caught in conflict. Recalling that the Day commemorates...