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One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into "modern slavery," according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released Monday by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. "Unfortunately,...

The United States on Monday said it was "dismayed" by the decision of Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law a new legislation that further restricts the rights of LGBT individuals. Jeff Rathke, Director of the Bureau of Public Affairs, said in a statement that Washington was also "deeply...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced Monday that it is teaming up with three of its major banking partners in Turkey to step up support for SMEs and midcaps in the country. The EIB signed agreements in this regard with its three partner banks in Turkey on Monday, namely the Eximbank, Halkbank...

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has strongly condemned the recent killing of Somali journalist Abdirisak Ali Abdi, and called for measures to improve the safety of journalists in the Horn of Africa nation. "I condemn...

Faced with an "anemic" pace of job creation and nearly 1.3 million unemployed citizens, Greece risks a prolonged social crisis unless urgent measures are taken, warned a new report released by the International Labor Organization (ILO). The report, Productive Jobs for Greece, indicates more than 70...

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on Monday announced the death of two of its service members as a result of enemy forces attack in the east of the war-torn Asian nation. Nevertheless, the international coalition force did not disclose the identities or nationalities...

The brutal terrorist attack which killed at least 50 civilians in Afghanistan over the weekend is an "atrocity" and may amount to a war crime, the top United Nations envoy to the country declared as he condemned the indiscriminate suicide bombing in "the strongest terms." On November 23, a suicide...

The ongoing negotiations between Iran and the six world powers on the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program have been extended until June 30, 2015, after the negotiators failed to meet the November 24 deadline set earlier. "We have had to conclude it is not possible to get to an agreement by...

A senior United Nations official has warned that the security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is "worsening" steady, Said Djinnit, the UN Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes Region, noted an escalating trend of massacres in the town of Beni - the site of continuing...

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...