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The European Union on Tuesday denounced the recent Israeli appropriation of land in the West Bank in connection with plans for further settlement expansion. In an announcement made Sunday, the Israeli government declared nearly 1,000 acres of land in Bethlehem as so-called "state land." The EU...

StevenSotloff-090214.jpg The Islamic State (IS), a Sunni extremist group previously known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has released a video purporting to show the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff, media reports said Tuesday. According to reports, the video also showed a masked man threatening to execute a British man named David Haines. He also warned governments to stay away "this evil allian

The Islamic State (IS), a Sunni extremist group previously known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has released a video purporting to show the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff, media reports said Tuesday. According to reports, the video also showed a masked man threatening to...

Iranian President President Hassan Rouhani on Monday urged the country's orthodox Islamic clerics to be more tolerant of internet and other new technologies, stressing that Iran cannot "close the gates to the world." Noting that it was vital that the younger generation had access to the internet,...

The UN Human Rights Council on Monday adopted a resolution requesting the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to urgently dispatch a mission to Iraq to investigate alleged violations and abuses committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday voiced his alarm at the announcement by Israeli authorities to declare nearly 1,000 acres of land in Bethlehem as so-called "state land." "The seizure of such a large swathe of land risks paving the way for further settlement activity, which -...

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday accused Russia of "intervening overtly" in Ukraine, and stressed that the western military alliance's upcoming summit in Wales comes at a time of multiple crises on several fronts. "Our Summit in Wales this week will take place in a changed world....

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the deliberate killing of 12 civilians in the western province of Farah for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility. On Saturday, a group of Taliban deliberately shot 16 laborers, killing 12 and injuring four...

At least seven people have been killed after an explosion ripped through a four-storey apartment bloc in the French capital city of Paris, media reports citing officials said Monday. Media reports indicated that the apartment complex, located in the eastern Paris suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois, collapsed...

NATO Allies and partners involved in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) deployed in Afghanistan on Monday launched the adapted Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund, which will be used to continue to support the Afghan army after 2014. At this first meeting of the Afghan National Army...

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new anti-terror laws to counter the threat posed by the return on British-born jihaddists involved in the ongoing conflicts in countries like Syria and Iraq, warning that the country is facing its "greatest and deepest" terror threat in history. Cameron...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concerns about the reported military takeover in the southern African nation of Lesotho, and called on all parties to resolve their differences peacefully. "He calls for respect for the constitutional order and democratic rule," said a statement...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has identified six countries at risk for spread of the Ebola virus disease, stressing that it is working with them to ensure that full surveillance, preparedness and response plans are in place. WHO estimates that the ongoing Ebola out break has so...

Russia is continuing to build up troops along its border with Ukraine and moving sophisticated weapons across the border, a Pentagon spokesperson said Friday. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters that Russian military forces are part of those movements. Russian forces are "facilitating the...

The European Union said Friday that it "deeply regrets" the execution of two death row inmates in Japan earlier in the day, stressing that the bloc remains firmly opposed to the practice irrespective of the nature of the crimes committed. Mitsuhiro Kobayashi, 56, and Tsutomu Takamizawa, 59 were hanged...