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Expressing "grave alarm about the further deteriorating political, security and humanitarian crisis" in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council today extended the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) for an additional six months, maintaining the operation's mandate to focus on civilian protection,...

The commander of US Army Europe has confirmed that soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division and later replacement units will rotate to locations in Eastern Europe through the end of next year as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon from Vilnius, Lithuania, via a video...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has extended his congratulations to the people of Tunisia on the occasion of their first presidential election since the revolution swept the country and ushered in an era of democratic change. "The polls, conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner, mark...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a "rapid" spread of the plague in the capital of Madagascar, where health authorities have reported 119 cases of the bacterial disease, including at least 40 deaths in the island nation. "Antananarivo, the capital and largest city in...

The Israeli Government's use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two United Nations experts urged Tuesday, indicating the practice - which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory...

Members of the European Parliament voted on Tuesday to refer the EU-Canada agreement on the transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on whether it is in line with the EU treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights. Incidentally, this is the first...

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights activists on Tuesday expressed regret that defenders in Burundi are deemed to be political opponents, saying that in reality they are activists working to promote and protect human rights and civil liberties. In a statement from...

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the recent terrorist attack in northern Kenya. The al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based Islamist militant group, has claimed responsibility for the attack in which dozens were killed. In a statement late Monday, the Security Council extended its condolences...

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...