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Amid escalating tensions and ongoing political instability in Yemen, the United Nations envoy to the country on Friday urged all the parties to move the political process forward by addressing the roots of the current turmoil through comprehensive dialogue. Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met Greek Defense Minister Dimitrios Avramopoulos, with the conversation between the two leaders focused on bilateral military-to-military cooperation, according to a Pentagon spokesman. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement that the...

An independent panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that certain conditions which Argentina introduced for firms wishing to import goods into the country break WTO law. The ruling was on an official complaint filed against the Argentinian measures by the European Union, the United...

Finland has agreed to contribute approximately $3 million to support UNESCO's literacy program in Afghanistan, according to a press release issued by the UN agency. The related agreement was signed by Vincent Defourny, Director of the Division for Cooperation with Extra-budgetary Funding Sources of...

The United Nations human rights chief announced Friday that the number of people killed in Syria is double the number documented a year ago. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also criticized the international community for its failure to stop the "killers, destroyers and torturers"...

Human rights group Amnesty International on Friday urged Hamas, the radical Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, to halt its campaign of summary executions of suspected collaborators. The London-based rights group made the appeal after at least 18 more Palestinians were put to death by firing...

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has deplored the recent killing of Carlos Jose Orellana in the town of Santiago de Maria in El Salvador. "I condemn the killing of Carlos Jose Orellana," the UNESCO Director-General was...

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has nominated current Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to replace president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the new party chairman and prime minister. Davutoglu, who was hand-picked by Erdogan to succeed him as prime minister, has been the country's...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that US air strikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), around Irbil, Iraq. This assistance...

The head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday appealed for "massive, coordinated and targeted assistance" for tackling the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, stressing that "a humane world" cannot let the people of the impoverished region "suffer on such an extraordinary...

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on Thursday voiced deep concern following the killing of newspaper reporter Octavio Rojas Hernández in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, on August 11. "I condemn the murder of Octavio Rojas Hernández," the UNESCO Director-General said. "I trust that the...

The newly-appointed United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola has began his visit to the the West African countries affected by the deadly disease, a UN spokesperson said Thursday. The UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, Dr. David Nabarro, arrived today in the Liberian capital city of...

Human Rights Watch (HRW), a prominent human rights group based in New York, urged authorities in Bahrain to repeal laws that allow revoking the citizenship of dissidents, following the stripping of citizenship of ten dissidents by a court in the Gulf Kingdom. HRW said the ten people whose Bahraini...

The World Bank on Thursday announced the appointment of James Anderson as its new Country Representative for Mongolia. The bank in a press release said Anderson assumed the post on August 18 and will begin work in Ulaanbaatar next week. James Anderson is a U.S. national and a PhD in Economics....

Prominent rights group Amnesty International in a report published Thursday said children accused of being members of armed groups in the conflict in Mali are languishing in adult jails while human rights abuses continue in the North African nation. The report titled 'Mali: All parties to the conflict...