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The US State Department, along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is facilitating a medical evacuation for two US citizens who have been infected by Ebola in West Africa, it was announced Friday. "The safety and security of US citizens is our paramount concern. Every precaution...

Uganda's top court has annulled a tough law that criminalizes homosexuality and imposes sentences of life imprisonment for consensual same-sex relationships as well as prison sentences on those who "promote" homosexuality. A panel of five judges at Uganda's Constitutional Court in capital Kampala...

A team consisting of about 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts have found human remains at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, media reports citing officials said Friday. Although the team managed to make an exploratory visit to the crash site on Thursday after...

Three ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have arrived in the port of Halifax, Canada for a scheduled port visit ahead of exercises with US and Canadian navies, the western military alliance said Friday. Group Commander Rear Adm. Brad Williamson was quoted as saying in a NATO statement...

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that food insecurity is steadily deepening in South Sudan, and revealed that the funding for life-saving assistance in the African nation is dwindling quickly. The UN agency has so far received $42 million of the $108 million it...

Russia has imposed a ban on imports of fruits and vegetables from Poland, just days after the United States and the European Union expanded their sanctions imposed on Russia over its involvement in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Russia's food hygiene authorities cited unacceptable levels...

International observers and UN experts have been deployed in Afghanistan to observe the resumption on Saturday of the comprehensive audit of the results of the Presidential election run-off held on June 14, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced Friday. "The arrival of...

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday strongly condemned an attack by the Palestinian militants that led to the killing of two Israeli soldiers and the apparent abduction of another. The incident reportedly prompted Israel to resume strikes in Gaza. "It was an outrageous violation of the cease-fire...

Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the commander of US European Command, visited US soldiers in Turkey assigned to NATO-controlled Patriot missile units deployed to defend against possible attack from neighboring Syria, the Pentagon said Friday. "While it's unfortunate...

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq on Friday called for greater efforts to protect civilians amid the ongoing fighting in the Middle East nation. His call came with the latest casualty figures indicating nearly 1,200 civilians were killed in July, while another 1,500 were injured. "I am concerned...

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...