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The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, said Wednesday that it has stepped up security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu. The mission said one of the attacks took place on Wednesday morning, when a large number of youths converged on the...

The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world's agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency warned Wednesday, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change. The program,...

With nearly half of all cultivated land in the occupied Palestinian Territories planted with olive trees, its cultivation remains a major driving force of the economy, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday. "The annual olive harvest is a key economic, social and cultural event for Palestinians,"...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon at the Pentagon and discussed several regional issues, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued Wednesday. Kirby said Hagel used the meeting, held at the Pentagon on Tuesday, to...

NATO's top military body has visited the western military alliance's Communications and Information Agency facilities in The Hague, Netherlands for updates on missile defense, advanced NATO software, and the command and control aspects of the decisions made at the recent Wales Summit, according to a...

Police in Canada's capital city of Ottawa have launched a massive search operation for possible accomplices of a gunman who was shot and killed by police earlier on Wednesday after he stormed the country's parliament building, according to the local media. Media reports suggest that up to three shooters...

Todd C. Chapman, Principal Deputy Assistant US Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, has met with senior Australian civilian and military officials for the US-Australia Political-Military Talks, according to the US State Department. Chapman's meeting with senior Australian officials took...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week's decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel the top UN human rights official from the country, saying that doing so can "only be harmful for the country's progress" and urged the Government to reconsider its position. "By...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a loan of EUR 100 million to the Hungarian Development Bank (MFB) to finance small and medium-sized investments and infrastructure projects promoted by SMEs and public sector promoters in the country, it was announced Wednesday. "Together with MFB, the...

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has described the fight against Ebola in West Africa a US national security priority, the Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday. Dempsey, who made the remarks in a video message to the force, also stressed that the health and safety...

Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18, while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, according to a new United Nations-backed report released on Wednesday. The first assessment of its kind in East Asia and the Pacific region, Cambodia's...

A United Nations human rights expert stressed the need for effective prevention of torture and ill-treatment around the world is "as great as it ever has been," while urging Member States to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to prevent such episodes of abuses. "There is a clear connection...

A spokesperson for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday that a convoy of trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months. The development is seen as a "small but significant breakthrough" in...

Amid positive developments in the global fight against Ebola, a senior official at the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Tuesday that an experimental Ebola vaccine could be ready for use in West Africa in January. Dr Marie Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director general for health...

At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed after an army bus was hit by a roadside bomb explosion in the war-torn South Asian nation's capital city of Kabul, local media reports citing a defense ministry statement said Tuesday. "In a remote-controlled bomb attack against an army bus at 6:45 am...