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Concerned by the many civilian casualties and the unprecedented scale of destruction in the latest military conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants, a senior United Nations official urged the international community on Tuesday to "rethink the Gaza paradigm." "On World Humanitarian Day, let...

Prominent rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday that the resumption of Israeli air strikes and rocket fire from Gaza underscores the imperative need to grant human rights groups immediate access to monitor the situation in the besieged Palestinian enclave. Amnesty said Israeli authorities...

The United States has designated the Gaza-based Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity. The US State Department in a statement issued Tuesday...

Fierce fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels was underway in Ukraine's eastern city of Luhansk, media reports citing witnesses and local officials said Tuesday. Heavy fighting was also reported in Donetsk, another rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine. Media reports...

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Tuesday called for ensuring the protection of humanitarian workers as he marked World Humanitarian Day with a special briefing to the Security Council, addressing a subject critical to people caught in conflict. Recalling that the Day commemorates...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday said the death toll in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 1229, adding that the disease has now affected at least 2240 people in the four countries most impacted by the disease The UN agency's latest update showed that...

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Tuesday that live gunfire by Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers near the UN base in Bentiu has wounded a child. Condemning the incident, the UNMISS said "sustained gunfire," lasting for 30 minutes, was heard around the UNMISS compound...

Three relatives of Pope Francis were killed in a road accident in Argentina's central province of Cordoba, media reports citing local officials said Tuesday. Argentine media reported that the three people killed in the accident were the wife and two children of Pope Francis's nephew Emanuel Bergoglio. The...

The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the recent suicide attack on a United Nations base in Ber, Mali, that killed two UN Burkinabe peacekeepers and injured seven others. The 15-member body expressed condolences to the families of the peacekeepers killed, as well...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed that any person with an illness consistent with Ebola should not be allowed to travel by air, sea or land from affected countries unless it is part of a medical evacuation. In an update issued Monday, the UN agency said: "Affected countries...

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Tuesday condemned the recent murder of Colombian radio journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes. Cervantes was shot dead by three unidentified gunmen on August 12 in Taraza, in northwestern...

A spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the chief was "deeply disturbed" by reports of an attack on a column of internally displaced persons (IDPs) as they were attempting to leave the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine,. "He urges all sides to respect the rules...

Saudi Arabia on Monday said it has executed four Saudi national for attempting to smuggle large quantities of hashish into the oil-rich Gulf kingdom. Media reports indicated that the four were executed early Monday in southern Najran province near Yemen. Prominent rights group Amnesty international...

Heavily armed robbers attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris and escaped with 250,000 euros ($335,000) and "sensitive" documents, media reports citing police officials said Monday. The incident took place on Sunday night as the convoy, which reportedly came from the Saudi embassy, was...

Israel and Palestine have agreed to extend the ceasefire in Gaza for another 24 hours, media reports citing officials said Monday. The agreement was reportedly reached during indirect Egyptian-mediated talks between Israel and Palestinians in Cairo. Notably, the deal was reached just before a five-day...