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Two United Nations agencies have reached more than half a million people, including 100,000 children under the age of five, in the most remote and conflict-hit areas of South Sudan with life-saving supplies and services, according to a statement issued Tuesday. Using a combination of airdrops and...

With winter fast approaching and the conflict in Syria showing no signs of abating, the United Nations humanitarian chief on Tuesday called for sustained pressure on the parties to ensure access to those in need of assistance as well as financial support to maintain vital aid operations. Some 11 million...

US President Barack Obama has held talks with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Tuesday, with both leaders pledging to boost the bilateral relations between the two nations. The two leaders told reporters later that their discussions covered issues delaying the implementation...

The European Investment Bank announced Tuesday that it will provide a total of EUR 28 million, equivalent to Ushs 96 billion, to Crane Bank for onward lending to Ugandan firms in both local and foreign currency. This new loan represents the third EIB lending program to be managed in Uganda by Crane Bank. Under...

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has joined an advance team deployed in Accra, Ghana, to ensure the rapid, effective and coherent action necessary to stop the outbreak, treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent the spread...

An independent United Nations expert on human rights has urged the European Union (EU) to identify new legal channels of migration in an effort to save lives, stressing that European nations are facing an "impossible" task in their attempts to seal borders. "Sealing international borders is impossible,...

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have urged the Government and the Congress of Colombia to reconsider the possible adoption of a bill that aims to restructure and expand the scope of the jurisdiction of military courts. "If adopted, this bill could seriously undermine the...

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the signing of a much-delayed bilateral security agreement between the governments of Afghanistan and the United States as "historic." Earlier in the day, newly sworn-in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed the bilateral security agreement between his government...

A United Nations independent human rights expert has urged the government of Mexico to "fully investigate, prosecute, and punish" all cases of extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions. Nevertheless, Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions,...

The United Nations on Monday revealed that the world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, with the destruction of the coastal habitats costs billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives. In a new report launched at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional...

European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Ferdinando Nelli Feroci on Monday signed two agreements with Macedonia and Moldova formalizing the entry of both countries in the EU's Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Program (COSME) (2014-2020). COSME, with...

Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday suspended Catalonia's planned independence referendum after the Spanish government filed an appeal claiming that the planned vote violates the European country's constitution. Media reports quoted an unnamed court spokeswoman as saying that the Constitutional...

In the face of terrorist attacks on Christians and other minorities in the Middle East as well as other lethal crises, Pope Francis' representative at the General Assembly's high-level annual meeting on Monday called for a reinvigorated United Nations capable of deploying the necessary multilateral force...

The European Commission has adopted a new program for emergency market measures for perishable fruit and vegetables in the wake of the Russian ban on imports of certain European Union agricultural products, it was announced Monday. Worth up to EUR 165 million, the new scheme provides support to withdraw...

A new report by the United Nations labor agency on Monday warned that the Spanish economy requires "comprehensive" measures to boost lagging job creation and lower its rate of chronic unemployment, which is among the highest in Europe. In the report, entitled 'Spain: Growth with Jobs', the International...