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The United Nations in a flagship report released Thursday, said reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress. The 2014 Human Development Report, launched in Tokyo by the UN Development Program (UNDP), examines the risks posed by natural or...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that 28 more people have died in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West African nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. According to WHO, , 45 new cases and 28 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra...

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen met with German soldiers stationed in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and held talks with leaders of the international coalition force, it was announced Thursday. In a statement, the coalition force said Von der...

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese woman who fled the African nation to Italy after a court revoked her death sentence for 'apostasy' and adultery, has met the Pope, according to media reports. Ibrahim reportedly met Pope Francis at his Santa Marta residence at the Vatican soon after her arrival...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday extended his full support for efforts to overcome the division's problems plaguing Iraq and build a secure, prosperous and peaceful country for all. He made the pledge during a stop in Iraq as part of his current visit to the region. "Iraq is...

Kalman Mizsei of Hungary has been appointed Head of Mission for the EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine), it was announced Thursday. EUAM Ukraine, established by the Council on 22 July, will be an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission. EU advisers will...

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Thursday deplored the killing of Palestinian cameraman Khaled Reyadh Hamad In Gaza "I condemn the killing of Khaled Reyadh Hamad," the UNESCO Director-General said in a statement issued...

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday announced his resignation, indicating the decision was prompted by the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition. "I announce my resignation in connection with the dissolution of the parliamentary coalition and the blocking of government...

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, on Thursday made $1.19 billion available to the Government of Kuwait. With the latest payment, the Commission has disbursed $46.7 billion, leaving...

The audit of the Afghan presidential election resumed Thursday, two days after it was halted due to disagreements between the two candidates in the recent presidential run-off. The delay also enabled the implementation of additional steps to accelerate the audit process. The audit, which is being...

The European Central Bank (ECB) said Thursday that there had been a breach of the security protecting a database serving its public website. This has led to the theft of email addresses and other contact data left by people registering for events at the ECB, the bank said in a press release. According...

The United Nations envoy for West Africa on Thursday condemned the latest killing of civilians, reportedly by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group in two Nigerian regions. Said Djinnit, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), expressed profound outrage at the attacks which occurred over...

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on Thursday announced the death of two of its service members as a result of enemy forces attack south of the Asian nation. Nevertheless, the international coalition force did not disclose the identities or nationalities of...

The European Union said Thursday that it was saddened by the TransAsia Airways airplane accident in Taiwan in which at least 47 people were killed and eleven others were injured. "We share the grief of all those who have lost loved ones and express our sympathies to those who have been injured," the...

The United Nations Security Council has once again condemned the continued violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, stressing that violence must not be used to pursue political goals. In a statement, the Council once again reiterated the need for all sides to...