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An Israeli cabinet panel rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal for a temporary cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, media reports citing government sources said Friday. Some media reports suggest the proposal was rejected as...

Expert teams on board US ship MV Cape Ray are continuing to neutralize materials from Syria's declared chemical stockpile, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Friday. Warren told reporters the teams had used the installed field deployable hydrolysis system to destroy 411 tons of chemicals...

Prominent rights group Amnesty International said Friday that the sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of court after a grossly unfair trial in Swaziland is an outrageous attempt to silence dissenting voices. "With this sentence,...

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday hailed the efforts made by the Italian government to convince the Sudanese government to allow a woman sentenced to death for 'apostasy' and adultery to leave the African nation with her family. Kerry's remarks came a day after Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag...

The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court said Friday that she is "deeply troubled" by the escalating violence in Libya, and called on all parties to refrain from committing criminal acts that may fall within the jurisdiction of the Court. The situation in Libya since February 15, 2011 is...

An American reporter and his wife have been detained in the Iranian capital city of Tehran, a local official confirmed Friday. The detainees were identified as Jason Rezaian, a 38-year-old dual Iran-US citizen, and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi. Media reports indicate the couple were detained...

Two United Nations human rights experts warned Friday that ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq are bearing the "devastating and irreversible" brunt of the conflict that has once again engulfed the country. "Reliable information indicates that religious minorities are being targeted and their members...

A World Bank report released Friday said the current heating tariff system in Belarus is inefficient, unsustainable in the long run, and undermines industry competitiveness and risks macroeconomic instability. The report titled "Belarus: Heat Tariff Reform and Social Impact Mitigation" analyzes the...

The United States has welcomed the recent signing of an agreement on cessation of hostilities by rival parties in the Central African Republic (CAR). "This cessation of hostilities agreement represents an important step toward stopping the bloodshed in the Central African Republic and preparing the...

Fighters belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Sunni Islamist militant group, have seized a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa, media reports citing rebel sources said Friday. The ISIS has reportedly released several videos to back its claim....

Two United Nations agencies on Friday warned of mounting hunger crisis and food insecurity in Africa's Sahel region and called for increased support from the international donor community to address the problem. Terrorism, weak governance and recurrent droughts in Africa's Sahel have only exacerbated...

The United States has voiced concerns over the deadly attack on a school run by the United Nations as well as the rising civilian death toll in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. "We convey our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured in...

Law enforcement agencies in Sierra Leone have intensified efforts to track down a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital by her relatives, media reports citing officials said Friday. Incidentally, the abducted patient is the first resident of Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, to have...

The United Nations refugee agency on Friday welcomed a recent decision by the Suriname National Assembly that enables mothers to pass on nationality to their children. The important amendment to the 1975 Law on Nationality and Residence ensures gender equality in nationality laws and brings these...

More than 820 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, media reports citing officials said Friday. In addition to the Palestinian causalities, the lives of 36 Israelis have also been lost in the fighting. Notably,...