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The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco "epidemic" and save millions of lives, the World Health Organization (WHO)...

The European Union (EU) and the Republic of Tajikistan have held their fourth Cooperation Council meeting, according to a statement from the European Commission on Monday. Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, chaired...

Prominent rights group Amnesty International said Monday that the Pakistani government has imposed a "politically-motivated" ban of 15 days on a private television channel critical of the government, stressing that the move constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of expression. According...

TThe European Union On Monday welcomed the appointment of Khaled Bahah as Yemen's new Prime Minister, who was unanimously approved by the panel of presidential advisors. The European bloc also called for the swift formation of a new inclusive government, and urged all political actors in the country...

Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, acknowledged Monday that sexual violence has become a key feature of the continuing conflict in South Sudan. She also stressed that the widespread use of rape could ultimately be stopped through...

A US commander and more than 30 of his troops have departed Senegal to Liberia for joining hundreds of US service members already engaged in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, according to a Pentagon press release issued Monday. The group of 30 US military personnel, including Marines, airmen,...

The European Union on Monday welcomed the recent release of some 80 prisoners, including four pro-democracy activists, by the government of Azerbaijan under an amnesty granted by President Ilham Aliyev. Media reports indicated earlier that eighty-four prisoners have been released under the amnesty...

Expressing serious concern at the detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in February during mass public protests that took place across the country, the United Nations human rights chief on Monday called on the authorities for...

The European Council has reinforced the restrictive measures already imposed by the European Union on the Syrian government headed by President Bashar al-Assad, accusing the Assad regime of continuing "its brutal war against its own people." A statement from the Council said fourteen more individuals...

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has said that he "regrets and condemns" the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours, and the serious intimidation aimed at other human rights...

The United Nations Security Council has urged the world to step up measures to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the terrorist group carried out a spate of brutal attacks in Baghdad and Anbar over the past few days. The 15-member Council also called for "a common effort"...

The European Union has expressed sadness and concerns over the recent decision of a Pakistani court to uphold the death sentence handed down to a Christian woman convicted on blasphemy charges. On Thursday, The Lahore High Court had rejected the appeal against the death sentence handed to Asia Bibi...

Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has denounced the recent killing of a Cambodian reporter who was investigating illegal logging in the eastern part of the country. "I condemn the killing of Taing Try," Bokova said...

The governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States have issued a joint statement condemning the ongoing violence in Libya and calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities. "We condemn the crimes of Ansar al-Sharia entities, and the ongoing violence in communities...

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has strongly condemned the recent abductions of the world body's personnel at the airfield in Malakal and demanded the safe release of those still being detained. Three contractors employed by the Mission (UNMISS), who were working at the airfield, were seized...