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More than 90 percent of Syria's chemical weapons material has been removed and destroyed within the country, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations confirmed Thursday. The Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission, Sigrid...

Russia on Thursday ordered military drills involving its army and air force along the border with Ukraine, indicating the move to be in response to a Ukrainian military initiative against pro-Russian separatists east of the country. The Interfax news agency quoted Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu...

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Thursday urged respect for professional and citizen journalists after three media workers from a Lebanese television station were killed while reporting on clashes south of Damascus in Syria. "I...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson, ahead of Thursday's North American Defense Ministerial conference in Mexico, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. The two leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual concern, including...

israel-palestine-042414.jpg Israel on Thursday announced it has suspended the US-mediated peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a unity accord reached between the two rival Palestinian groups, the Hamas and the Fatah. The development comes just a day after the Hamas, a radical Islamist group that controls Gaza, and the Fatah faction that rules the West Bank announced a reconciliation deal. The two groups said they

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday congratulated the people and Government of Algeria on the peaceful holding of recent presidential elections and encouraged them to work together to strengthen the democratic process in the country. Incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika reportedly won...

Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco on Wednesday, warning that the phenomenon has the potential to reshape the...

A United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday called on authorities in Ivory Coast, also known as Côte d'Ivoire, to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to prevent the country from "falling back into crisis." The call by Doudou Diène, the Independent...

A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed in a bomb blast in the country's capital city of Cairo, media reports citing local officials and witnesses said Wednesday. Brig-Gen Ahmed Zaki was reportedly killed after an explosive device planted under his vehicle blew up in the western Cairo suburb...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday the health ministry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has informed it of nine additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Six of the nine cases were women aged...

Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in under-served communities around the world, according to a new report published today by the United Nations education agency on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. The report, titled 'Reading in the Mobile Era,' highlights that hundreds...

Discussions are continuing within the Obama administration on how many US troops could remain as residual force in Afghanistan next year after the current US-led NATO mission ends, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. In a briefing for reporters late Tuesday, Kirby was...

Top United Nations humanitarian officials on Wednesday urged Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians. They also issued a strong challenge to "those with the responsibility, power and influence" to find the courage...

russia-ukraine-042314.jpg Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Wednesday that Moscow would retaliate strongly if its "interests" in Ukraine are attacked. He also criticized the Ukrainian administration for relaunching its so-called anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country a day earlier. Lavrov's remarks came in an interview with Russia Today, which published excerpts of the English-language interview to

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will embark on a three-day trip to Mexico and Guatemala on Wednesday to meet with allies and partners in the Western Hemisphere and affirm America's commitment to the region, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Because an important part...