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The Liberian Government and key United Nations agencies are preparing to conduct a rapid field assessment on food security and livelihoods countrywide in wake of the Ebola outbreak, it was announced Wednesday. The assessment, conducted by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN...

A suicide bomb attack on a bus carrying Afghan troops in the country's capital city of Kabul has killed at least seven soldiers and injured six others, media reports citing local officials said Wednesday. According to officials, Wednesday's suicide attack on the Afghan army bus took place in a western...

UNESCO has invited Member States to nominate candidates for next year's UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. In a statement on Wednesday, the UN agency encouraged governments to make the nominations after holding consultations with their National Commissions, as well as from international...

At least twelve people have been killed in a collision between two passenger trains in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, media reports citing local officials said Wednesday. According to railway officials, the accident happened near near the town of Gorakhpur, some 170 miles from the state's...

US Navy and Marine Corps forces in the North Arabian Gulf are conducting a search-and-rescue operation for an aircrew member who went missing in the North Arabian Gulf earlier on Wednesday, according to a Pentagon statement. He was one of the two air crewmen who bailed out into the Arabian Gulf after...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday emphasized that human rights should be the center point of the humanitarian assistance being provided globally to millions displaced by conflicts and affected by the spread of epidemics. Ban made the remarks while addressing the UN Refugee...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Blair House to discuss a range of bilateral defense issues they face, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday. Kirby said the meeting between Hagel and Modi on Tuesday was a follow-up...

The joint United Nations mission to oversee the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon stockpiles and production facilities has completed its mission and shut down, according to a UN statement Wednesday. The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UN (OPCW-UN)...

Mobility of researchers in Europe received a boost on Wednesday with the launch of a consortium that aims to establish a new pan-European pension arrangement. Once in place, the RESAVER initiative would mean that researchers could move freely without having to worry about preserving their supplementary...

The United States has expressed its "deep concern" regarding reports that Sudanese security forces have arrested dozens of political activists and civil society leaders in the lead-up to the anniversary of the September 2013 demonstrations. "We echo UN Independent Expert on the situation of human...

The United Nations on Wednesday encouraged Governments and people throughout the world to ensure that older persons are able to fully participate in society and that their rights and dignity are protected. "Older persons are making wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development," UN...

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...