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The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that the National IHR Focal Point for Qatar has informed it of the country's first laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). These are the first cases of MERS infection...

Fresh fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) has aggravated the humanitarian situation across the country, UN humanitarian officials warned Friday, adding that amid the upsurge in violence, aid workers were now facing unprecedented attacks. At a press briefing held at UN headquarters in Geneva...

TThe Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group has endorsed a new two-year assistance strategy for the Palestinian territories that focuses on supporting state building through service delivery and job creation. "The Strategy will balance short-term stabilization and Gaza reconstruction...

This year's NATO-Industry Forum will be held in the Croatian city of Split on November 13, the western military alliance confirmed Friday. According to NATO, the event will provide the first major opportunity for NATO and defense industry representatives to discuss security needs and priorities since...

Baskut Tuncak, the new United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic waste, on Friday urged governments around the world today to expedite the ratification process of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects...

The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed regret over a recent Singapore Supreme Court ruling to uphold a law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adult men, calling the directive a "missed opportunity" to strike down the law. Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva,...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has thanked Albanian Defense Minister Mimi Kodheli for her leadership in Albania's support to the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militant group, according to a Pentagon spokesperson. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear...

The European Investment Bank announced Friday that it will provide EUR 400 million for investment by SME's across Ireland through the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland launched in Dublin earlier in the day. The SBCI has been created by the Irish government to improve access to finance by Irish...

Still reeling from a devastating famine which struck the countryside in 2011, Somalia once again sits on the brink of another humanitarian crisis as a poor rainy season followed by severe bouts of floods threaten local harvests, the United Nations agriculture agency warned Friday. The UN Food and...

One person was killed after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in a desert in the US state of California, US media reported Friday. Media reports indicate that the lone fatality in the crash, which happened during a test flight over the Mojave desert, was one of the two pilots...

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on Friday announced the death of one of its service members due to a non-battle related injury in the east of the Asian nation. Nevertheless, the international coalition force did not disclose the identity or nationality of...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate end to all hostilities in South Sudan amid a renewed outbreak of violence in two towns in the country's north. Ban strongly condemned the flare-up in hostilities between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and Opposition forces...

A United Nations human rights expert on Thursday urged British authorities to reconsider a decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, saying allowing people to die at Europe's borders just because of their administrative status "is appalling." The UN Special Rapporteur...

The World Bank Group on Thursday announced an additional $100 million funding in its Ebola crisis response to speed up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected West African nations, thereby increasing the bank's total funding for the Ebola fight in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...

Nine leading human rights organizations have urged US President Barack Obama to take up the Chinese government's crackdown on civil society as a barrier to bilateral relations on his upcoming visit to China. According to Human Rights Watch, a New York-based international rights group, the appeal...