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The next phase in reconstruction efforts for war-ravaged Gaza is slated to begin as early as next week, following an updated "understanding" between Israeli and Palestinian stakeholders, the United Nations special envoy in the region has announced. In a statement on Friday, the UN Special Coordinator...

An upsurge in violent attacks this week between communities in a town near the Central African Republic's border with South Sudan has left at least 10 people injured and thousands more displaced, marking the first major inter-community incident in the region since the country's crisis began in 2012,...

The growth of global seaborne shipping over the past year has reflected the "stumbling" progress of the world economy, the United Nations trade and development body announced Friday as it presented its latest report on the "volatile and gloomy" state of the shipping industry. In its Review of Maritime...

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Thursday indicated stepping up its efforts in Iraq to deliver winter aid to people displaced by this year's conflict. The agency's revitalized efforts began with the landing in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region of the first in a series of flights carrying...

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a visit to the Karmelava Airspace Control Center in Lithuania said the Alliance's Air Policing Mission over the three Baltic States was a concrete example of NATO solidarity in action, according to a statement issued Friday. ''Collective defense is our...

A new advisory note from the United Nations on Friday warned that the extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for industry and infrastructure in the Pacific island nations, and encouraged the establishment of a regional mechanism for better preparedness. A...

The United Nations' top human rights official has criticized a recent amendment to the criminal code of Gambia that creates a broad and vague offense of "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by life imprisonment, and expressed alarm at reports of a wave of arbitrary arrests and detention of individuals...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he was shocked by the recent deadly attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem and "at this delicate and dangerous juncture" both leaders must show the courage to...

Pope Francis has urged leaders attending a United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) nutrition conference in Rome to view food and nutrition and the environment as global public issues at a time when nations are more tightly linked with each other than ever before. "When solidarity is lacking in one...

As Iraq struggles to deal with the increasing threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as well as being saddled with dire financial and humanitarian conditions, the United Nations envoy to the country has cited an inclusive political process as vital to finding comprehensive solutions. In...

The US-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group is showing good signs of progress, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a PBS interview. He added that the first of 1,500 additional US troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Iraq should begin arriving...

Africa needs a green, clean industrialization that leapfrogs outdated, polluting processes and platforms and benefits from new technologies, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday as the world body marked Africa Industrialization Day. In a statement, Ban explained the theme Inclusive...

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday began his trip to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with a visit to Estonia's Amari Airbase, where he stressed Alliance solidarity. "NATO's greatest responsibility is to protect and defend our Allies. And NATO is here to protect...

The European Union has announced its regional cooperation package for Latin America in the 2014-2020 period, known as the Multiannual Indicative Program (MIP), with an allocation of EUR 925 million over seven years. The announcement was made at the occasion of a meeting with the Ambassadors of the...

The safe and limited use of nuclear energy can help reduce the impact of global energy demand on our planet's volatile climate, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said Thursday as he launched his agency's latest report on the issue and discussed the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea. Speaking...