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The United Nations Human Rights Office on Friday welcomed the conditional release of Bahraini human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who had been in detention since her arrest at Manama airport on August 30. At a press briefing in Geneva, Rupert Colville spokesperson for the Office of the UN High...

French fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq, the office of French President Francois Hollande confirmed Friday. The French president's office said in a statement that the first French airstrike targeted an IS depot in north-eastern Iraq, adding...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced Friday that it is lending EUR 120 million to support SMEs and micro enterprises active in Moldova's horticultural sector. The bank stressed that improving access to finance will help increase the sector's competitiveness and product quality, and facilitate...

Two months after the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine that killed 298 people on board, the top United Nations political official on Friday updated the Security Council on developments related to the investigation of the incident. "While the cease-fire in south-eastern Ukraine, thus...

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has warned about running out of funds to provide food for almost 6 million Syrians receiving its life-saving assistance. WFP has "reached a critical point where drastic cutbacks are unavoidable," according to a statement posted on the UN agency's website. The...

The European Union on Friday announced the deployment of its Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Tunisia to observe the upcoming elections. The deployment of the mission in Tunisia was in response to an invitation from the country's government. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed his gratitude to the Congress for its "swift action" to give the Defense Department the authority to begin training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition. In a statement late Thursday after the Senate sent the bill to the White House for President...

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday welcomed the result of the referendum held in Scotland a day earlier, and said he fully "respects" the choice made by the Scottish people. His statement came hours after the final result of the referendum indicated that 55% of the Scottish voters...

The European Union On Friday expressed concerns over continued human rights violations in Eritrea, especially arbitrary detentions and lack of religious freedom and freedom of expression. "We remain deeply concerned that the State of Eritrea continues to violate its international and domestic obligations...

The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned the deadly roadside bomb attack that left five Chadian peacekeepers dead and three others severely injured in Mali a day earlier. The the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) peacekeepers were traveling...

unsc-091814.jpg The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday declared the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa "a threat to international peace and security." Notably, the declaration was made in the Council's first emergency meeting on a public health issue. The fifteen-member Council also unanimously...

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday his government has decided to provide air support to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq, but stressed that French airstrikes will not target IS positions in neighboring Syria. "I decided to respond to the...

The European Parliament in a vote held on Thursday said the European Union must step up its involvement in supporting Libya's stability and transition to democracy. The members of the European Parliament also condemned the growing use of violence in Libya, especially against civilians, and called...

The United Nations educational agency on Thursday released a report highlighting the links between schooling and achieving a new set of sustainable development targets. The agency noted that child mortality would drop by one-sixth, thereby saving almost one million lives, if all women in poor countries...

General Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, has thanked Spain for its recent decision to provide Patriot missile batteries and 130 soldiers to augment the western military alliance's defensive deployment in southern Turkey, according to a statement on Thursday. NATO had deployed...