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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 44-year-old British aid worker David Haines. The video was released on Saturday night. The British Foreign Office has since said...

A court in North Korea on Sunday sentenced US citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and committing "hostile acts" against the secretive state. "He committed acts hostile to the DPRK while entering the territory of the DPRK under the guise of a tourist...

The Obama administration has picked General John Allen, who served as the top American commander in Afghanistan before his retirement, as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State (IS), a Sunni extremist group previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mohammed Ibn Chambas as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA). Chambas, a national of Ghana, will succeed Said Djinnit of Algeria who was recently tasked by the Secretary-General to serve...

International rights group Human Rights Watch on Sunday urged the Yemeni government to investigate the use of unnecessary lethal force against Houthi demonstrators in capital Sanaa earlier this month. The New York-based stressed that the Yemeni government should hold military personnel and other security...

After an extensive search, the US Navy has ended search-and-rescue efforts for the pilot of one of the F/A-18C Hornet aircraft that crashed September 12 approximately 250 nautical miles off the coast of Wake Island. The pilot assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 has been presumed deceased, the...

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed grave concern about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka,and urged the country's Government to refrain from such actions and abide by its obligations under international law. According to the...

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed signs of solidarity in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and called on all countries and organizations to move swiftly to support the Governments of the countries affected. In a statement from his spokesperson,...

Prominent rights group Amnesty International on Friday welcomed the arrest of suspects in the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, stressing that it offers an important opportunity for Pakistani authorities to address their poor record in protecting human rights defenders in the country. Earlier...

Tanzania urgently needs to transform its economy to create more productive jobs for its fast growing population, according to a new World Bank report released Friday. The report, titled Country Economic Memorandum 'Productive Jobs Wanted', was prepared by the World Bank in collaboration with the President's...

The Tsunami Warning System established under the aegis of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively, the UN agency said Friday. UNESCO said the system's efficiency was demonstrated in a simulation...

A court in China has sentenced to death four people - three men and a woman-- over their involvement in a deadly mass knife attack in which 31 people were killed at a railway station in the southwestern city of Kunming earlier this year, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Friday. The three...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced Friday the grant of CZK 1 billion (approx. EUR 37 million) loan to finance the development of municipal infrastructure in Ostrava, the third largest city of the Czech Republic located in Northern Moravia. The EIB said the loan will support investments under...

A senior United Nations official has voiced deep concern over the political stalemate in the country amid continuing mistrust and disagreement over the electoral process in Haiti. Briefing the Security Council, Sandra Honore, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), said that a key...

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said Friday that it has begun operations in Ukraine by providing food assistance to vulnerable people affected by the conflict with distributions at transit centers and public shelters in Donetsk and Luhansk in the country's east. WFP in a statement said...