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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...

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has joined an advance team deployed in Accra, Ghana, to ensure the rapid, effective and coherent action necessary to stop the outbreak, treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent the spread...

An independent United Nations expert on human rights has urged the European Union (EU) to identify new legal channels of migration in an effort to save lives, stressing that European nations are facing an "impossible" task in their attempts to seal borders. "Sealing international borders is impossible,...

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have urged the Government and the Congress of Colombia to reconsider the possible adoption of a bill that aims to restructure and expand the scope of the jurisdiction of military courts. "If adopted, this bill could seriously undermine the...

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the signing of a much-delayed bilateral security agreement between the governments of Afghanistan and the United States as "historic." Earlier in the day, newly sworn-in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed the bilateral security agreement between his government...

A United Nations independent human rights expert has urged the government of Mexico to "fully investigate, prosecute, and punish" all cases of extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions. Nevertheless, Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions,...

The United Nations on Monday revealed that the world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, with the destruction of the coastal habitats costs billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives. In a new report launched at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional...

European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Ferdinando Nelli Feroci on Monday signed two agreements with Macedonia and Moldova formalizing the entry of both countries in the EU's Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Program (COSME) (2014-2020). COSME, with...