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The United States has strongly condemned the continued terrorist attacks in Iraq, including Wednesday's deadly suicide car bomb attacks in Basrah and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. "We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and hope for a rapid recovery for those who were injured," Jeff...

Insecurity is on the march again in the countries of Africa's Sahel belt, where extremists have displaced 1.5 million people in Nigeria and the threat of Ebola is exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis, the United Nations humanitarian regional coordinator said Thursday. "The Sahel, despite...

According to a senior US Defense Department official, protecting military networks is among many national security challenges the nation faces. In his remarks at the Defense One Summit, Michael G. Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, said Wednesday that the challenges, both unconventional...

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent "despicable terrorist attack" in a synagogue in Jerusalem, resulting in the murder of a police officer and four innocent civilians worshiping there, as well as injuring many more. In a statement, the members of the Council strongly...

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday reiterated its pledge to counter global terrorist threats by adopting a statement reaffirming its commitment towards the preservation of international peace and security, even as foreign fighters continue to flood the world's zones of conflict, exacerbating...

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that he is "encouraged, but pragmatic" about progress in Iraq to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. Dempsey made the remarks at the Defense One Summit in Washington. He spoke about...

Prominent rights group Amnesty International has praised the UN General Assembly Third Committee in New York for adopting a resolution condemning North Korea for systemic, widespread and gross human rights violations, including crimes against humanity, that continue to be committed in the country. According...

For every dollar invested in water and sanitation, there is a $4.3 return in the form of reduced health care costs for individuals and society around the world, where 2.5 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation services, with 1 billion practicing open defection, the United Nations World...

The European Union and Uzbekistan have held their eighth round of Human Rights Dialogue, the 28-member European bloc said in a statement Wednesday. The Dialogue was held in Brussels on Tuesday as part of the 11th meeting of the Subcommittee on Justice and Home Affairs, Human Rights and related issues....

The international community must intensify its efforts towards eradicating hunger and malnutrition, the top United Nations official said Wednesday at the opening of a major global food conference in Rome, Italy. Some 170 Member States adopted a series of pledges aimed at ensuring that all citizens around...

US Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have met and held talks with Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's chief of army staff, at the Pentagon. According to a Pentagon statement, the meetings took place on Tuesday. Pentagon Press Secretary...

Voicing great concern over serious human rights abuses that have occurred in Yemen in recent months, the United Nations human rights office has issued a strong call on all parties to renounce violence and ensure immediate access to humanitarian assistance in conflict zones. "The UN Human Rights Office...

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow has hailed the progress made by Montenegro in reforming its National Security Agency and strengthening its relations with the western military alliance, according to a NATO statement. Vershbow made the remarks during a meeting with Boro Vucinic, Director...

Taking a fast-track approach in the battle against AIDS over the next five years will avert 21 million deaths and allow the world to end the epidemic by 2030, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in its latest report. The report, Fast-Track: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,...

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) announced Tuesday that it has begun relocating nearly 15,000 South Sudanese refugees who had been stranded for a few months at a way station in western Ethiopia after the refugee camp where they were due to live was flooded. The UNHCR said that a first group...