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Members of the European Parliament voted on Tuesday to refer the EU-Canada agreement on the transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on whether it is in line with the EU treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights. Incidentally, this is the first...

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights activists on Tuesday expressed regret that defenders in Burundi are deemed to be political opponents, saying that in reality they are activists working to promote and protect human rights and civil liberties. In a statement from...

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has thanked the Dutch government for its continuing support to the alliance's operations, in talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague, a NATO statement said. "The Netherlands has been for many years a valuable and reliable Ally", the NATO Secretary...

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the recent terrorist attack in northern Kenya. The al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based Islamist militant group, has claimed responsibility for the attack in which dozens were killed. In a statement late Monday, the Security Council extended its condolences...

One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into "modern slavery," according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released Monday by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. "Unfortunately,...

The United States on Monday said it was "dismayed" by the decision of Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law a new legislation that further restricts the rights of LGBT individuals. Jeff Rathke, Director of the Bureau of Public Affairs, said in a statement that Washington was also "deeply...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced Monday that it is teaming up with three of its major banking partners in Turkey to step up support for SMEs and midcaps in the country. The EIB signed agreements in this regard with its three partner banks in Turkey on Monday, namely the Eximbank, Halkbank...

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has strongly condemned the recent killing of Somali journalist Abdirisak Ali Abdi, and called for measures to improve the safety of journalists in the Horn of Africa nation. "I condemn...

Faced with an "anemic" pace of job creation and nearly 1.3 million unemployed citizens, Greece risks a prolonged social crisis unless urgent measures are taken, warned a new report released by the International Labor Organization (ILO). The report, Productive Jobs for Greece, indicates more than 70...

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

The brutal terrorist attack which killed at least 50 civilians in Afghanistan over the weekend is an "atrocity" and may amount to a war crime, the top United Nations envoy to the country declared as he condemned the indiscriminate suicide bombing in "the strongest terms." On November 23, a suicide...

The ongoing negotiations between Iran and the six world powers on the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program have been extended until June 30, 2015, after the negotiators failed to meet the November 24 deadline set earlier. "We have had to conclude it is not possible to get to an agreement by...

A senior United Nations official has warned that the security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is "worsening" steady, Said Djinnit, the UN Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes Region, noted an escalating trend of massacres in the town of Beni - the site of continuing...

The next phase in reconstruction efforts for war-ravaged Gaza is slated to begin as early as next week, following an updated "understanding" between Israeli and Palestinian stakeholders, the United Nations special envoy in the region has announced. In a statement on Friday, the UN Special Coordinator...

An upsurge in violent attacks this week between communities in a town near the Central African Republic's border with South Sudan has left at least 10 people injured and thousands more displaced, marking the first major inter-community incident in the region since the country's crisis began in 2012,...