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Israel and Hamas, the radical Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire that will begin at 8 am local time on Friday, the United States and the United Nations said in a joint statement issued late Thursday. "During this period, civilians...

At least fifteen people have been killed after a series of explosions ripped though the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung late on Thursday, reports say. "At least 212 people who were injured have been rushed to hospitals for treatment," the National Fire Agency said, adding that the cause of the...

The United States on Thursday condemned Israel's shelling on a UN-run school housing Palestinian civilians in Gaza, and urged the Jewish nation to ensure the safety of Palestinian civilians in the ongoing conflict. At least 16 people were killed when artillery shells struck a UN-run school designated...

President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency in the country to tackle the deadly Ebola outbreak that is spreading rapidly across the three West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The measures ordered by Koroma include the deployment of security...

As the crisis in Gaza continues unabated, the top United Nations humanitarian official on Thursday urged the parties to protect civilians amid the ongoing conflict that has resulted in thousands of casualties and caused widespread displacement and destruction. "The reality of Gaza today is that no...

A team of international investigators have reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, media reports citing officials said Thursday. The international forensic and police experts, reportedly arrived at the crash site in a convoy of Organization for Security and...

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Martin Chomu Tumenta, the commander of the African Force currently deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR), as the head of UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in the country. The decision to...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Thursday that his government intends to continue with the ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip until all underground cross-border tunnels from the Palestinian enclave are destroyed. "So far we have neutralized tens of terror tunnels. We are...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has held a telephonic conversation with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon to discuss the situation in Gaza, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby. Kirby said Ya'alon thanked Hagel for his support for the defense of Israel, particularly the...

The imam of China's biggest mosque in the western region of Xinjiang has been killed in what appears to be a targeted assassination, media reports citing officials said Thursday. According to the Chinese media, 74-year-old Jume Tahir was stabbed to death after he led early morning prayers at the Id...

An agreement stating intent and principles for forming a new regional administration in the central part of Somalia has been signed after lengthy discussions and negotiations in the country's capital city of Mogadishu. The agreement paves the way for the establishment of an interim administration...

A senior UN official in Iraq on Thursday expressed serious concerns over rising levels of violence and instability across the crisis-torn country and its impact on the lives of civilians. "Immediate, safe and unhindered access is now needed," said Jacqueline Badcock, the Deputy Special Representative...

The European Union on Thursday strongly condemned the deadly shelling of a UN-run school and a market in the Gaza Strip by Israeli defense forces, and stressed such attacks on civilians are "unacceptable." The school, run by UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA),...

The United States has confirmed the death of an American in Nigeria after being infected by the Ebola virus in Liberia. According to US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf, the patient had traveled from Liberia to Nigeria while infected with the virus. She said US embassy officials in Nigeria's...

Chinese state media reported Tuesday that dozens of people have been killed and many more injured in a "terrorist attack" in the country's the northwestern region of Xinjiang. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, the violence took place in Shache county early on Monday, The Xinhua report...