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The escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) when compared to the same period last year, it was revealed Tuesday. "Dealing with simultaneous emergencies in...

Several European Airlines as well as Air Canada have joined American carriers in suspending flights to Israel after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip landed close to the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. Soon after the rocket landed approximately a mile from Israel's main airport...

Chief negotiators of the European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA Group (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland) have concluded negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), it was announced Tuesday. The agreement takes into...

New data released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) underscores the need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage - two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe, the UN agency said in a statement Tuesday. The newly-released data estimates that...

The European Union Foreign Affairs Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the European bloc's mission on regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa (EUCAP Nestor) until December 12, 2016. This civilian mission forms part of the EU's comprehensive approach to fighting piracy in...

The United Nations refugee agency Tuesday called on international donors to increase funding for programs in neighboring countries hosting refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR). "The CAR remains one of the most poorly-funded emergencies. The underfunding is badly hampering our ability to...

The United States has strongly condemned the recent ground attack by South Sudanese opposition forces on the positions of the South Sudanese army (SPLA), and urged both sides to cease hostilities. According to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), armed youth and defected soldiers (SPLA in Opposition)...

UN-israelpalastine-072214.jpg United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged both Israelis and Palestinians to stop the fighting that has been raging for the past two weeks in the Gaza Strip, and pleaded with the two sides to return to dialogue with the aim of addressing the underlying causes of the repeated cycles...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Tuesday said it would lend up to PLN 295 million (nearly EUR 71 million) to the Polish energy company TAURON Polska Energia SA for its investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Southern Poland, to be completed by the end of 2016. With the support of...

The United States has strongly condemned Saturday's terrorist attack that left more than 20 Egyptian soldiers dead in the North African country's western desert near al-Farafra. "We extend our condolences to the families of the victims, and hope for the quick and full recovery of the wounded," US...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telephoned Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and offered his personal condolences for the Australians who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. In a statement summarizing the call,...

The United Nations Security Council has denounced the persecution of Christians and other minority groups in northern Iraq by the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its allies. In a statement Monday night, the Council condemned "in the strongest terms...

The United Nations Security Council on Monday called for an international investigation into last week's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight in eastern Ukraine, and demanded that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained. In a unanimously...

The United States on Monday voiced deep concerns over the convictions of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in the Kingdom of Swaziland. According to the US State Department, Maseko and Makhubu were arrested convicted for publishing an article...

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has issued an emergency appeal for $60 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including tens of thousands who have fled their homes in the wake of the current Israeli military offensive. The UN Relief and...