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Prominent rights group Amnesty International on Thursday expressed hopes that the fourth anniversary of the killing of an outspoken community leader in Maranhao state would serve as a wake-up call to the Brazilian government to urgently address increasing violence in the region. Flaviano Pinto Neto,...

The European Commission on Thursday released a paper outlining ideas on how to ensure a simpler, more effective and more fraud-proof VAT system tailored to the Single Market in the European Union. The aim is to create a "definitive VAT regime," to replace the temporary and out-dated VAT system, which...

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has thanked Greece for its unwavering support to the Alliance during a visit to Athens, according to a statement from the western military alliance on Thursday. "We thank you for all the contributions you make to our shared security," the NATO Secretary General...

The office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Jordan's capital city of Amman has launched a three-year media project funded by the European Union to support media in the Middle East nation, the UN agency said in a statement on Thursday. The "Support...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a telephonic conversation with his Malaysian counterpart highlighted the importance that he and the Defense Department place on the US relationship with Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific region, according to a Pentagon spokesperson. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to Zambia's late President Michael Chilufya Sata, praising his vision for the country and commitment to addressing the needs of Zambia's poor. President Sata died on October 28 while receiving treatment at a hospital in London. In a...

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, announced a contribution of $50,000 to help rebuild UN-run schools that were heavily damaged during the recent fighting in the Gaza Strip. According to a news statement released Wednesday by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the...

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said Wednesday that there has been been an "unusual" increase in the number of Russian military flights over European airspace in the last two days. The western military alliance said it detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting...

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has denounced plans by pro-Russian rebels to organize an election in eastern Ukraine on November 2, stressing the planned polls violates the country's constitution. "The Secretary-General deplores the planned holding by armed rebel groups in eastern Ukraine...

The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO)on Wednesday reported a decline in the number of Ebola cases in Liberia, the country hardest hit in the outbreak. Nevertheless, the UN agency was against drawing premature conclusions. "It appears the trend is real in Liberia. There may be a slowing...

The continuing crisis in the embattled Central African Republic (CAR) has taken a large toll on agricultural production and is eroding the capacity of the country's population to secure sufficient food, according to a new report complied by the United Nations food and agriculture agencies. The report...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that China's National Health and Family Planning Commission has notified it of two new laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in the country, including one death. The UN health agency identified...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered a 21-day quarantine for all US service members returning from areas affected by Ebola in West Africa. The order implements a recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to place all US military service members returning from Operation United...

A war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh on Wednesday sentenced Motiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the country's largest Islamist party, to death for crimes committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan. The 71-year-old leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party was sentenced by the International...

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to keep supporting Lebanon, noting the Middle nation "a beacon of tolerance and co-existence" in an otherwise combustible region. Noting that Lebanon is facing growing challenges along its borders, Ban stressed that...