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A United Nations human rights panel said Wednesday that Argentine authorities failed to ensure that a prisoner with disabilities was able to use prison facilities and services on an equal basis with other detainees, and urged them to take steps to rectify the situation. The UN Committee on the Rights...

The European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Malawi in response to an invitation by the African country's Electoral Commission, it was announced Wednesday. Incidentally, this is the third time that the European Union is observing elections in Malawi (previously in 2004...

The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Wednesday that it has been informed of a cluster of ten laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus ( MERS-CoV) infection among health-care workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to the UN health...

The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard is responding to the scene after the passenger ship Sewol sank near the island of Jeju off South Korea's southwestern coast earlier on Wednesday, according to a Pentagon press release. The ill-fated ferry had more than 450 people aboard and...

Violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge, an independent United Nations human rights expert said Wednesday after a two-week mission to the country. Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo noted...

The United States is concerned about reports of increased violence in Ukraine, and continues to call on Russia to deescalate the situation, a Pentagon statement citing senior defense officials said. Incidentally, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen had echoed the US concern during a media...

The European Parliament has voted to approve plans to reform the funding arrangements and legal status of European political parties and their affiliated foundations, it was announced Wednesday. The new rules, informally agreed with European Council, will clarify the finances of these bodies and...

The European Union and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have denounced the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in north-eastern Nigeria earlier this week, and called for their immediate and unconditional release. In a statement...

SKferrydisaster-041614.jpg Nearly three hundred people are still unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 462 people capsized and sank off South Korea's southern coast, media reports citing local officials said Wednesday. The ill-fated ferry, carrying mostly high school students on an overnight trip, was heading to the tourist island of Jeju from the city of Incheon, a northwestern South Korean city that houses the country's

An independent United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that was built by Palestinian families but whose ownership was granted to the settlers after a protracted legal battle. The four-story...

The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Tuesday that the Center for Health Protection (CHP) in Hong Kong has notified it of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. The patient is an 85 year-old woman with underlying medical...

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voiced deep concern over the destruction caused by fires that have been raging around Valparaiso and pledged to help safeguard the Chilean city's historic sites. The fires that began over the weekend have...

The European Council has established a civilian mission under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) to support the internal security forces in Mali, the European bloc announced Tuesday. According to an EU statement, the EUCAP Sahel Mali is an additional contribution to the European bloc's...

Unidentified gunmen have abducted Jordan's ambassador to Libya, Fawaz al-Itan, in the North African nation's capital city of Tripoli, media reports citing local officials said Tuesday. According to officials, the gunmen opened fire on Itan's car as he was leaving his house in Tripoli early Tuesday....

The United States and the United Nations have condemned the recent terrorists attacks in Nigeria in which dozens were killed and scores of others injured. Nigerian government has blamed Boko Haram, an armed radical Islamist militant group, for the attacks. "We condemn today's attack on Nyanya Motor...