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At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed after an army bus was hit by a roadside bomb explosion in the war-torn South Asian nation's capital city of Kabul, local media reports citing a defense ministry statement said Tuesday. "In a remote-controlled bomb attack against an army bus at 6:45 am...

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday elected 15 countries to serve on the world body's Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on January 1, 2015. In one round of secret balloting at UN Headquarters in New York, the Assembly elected Albania, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana,...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has held talks at the Pentagon with People's Republic of China State Councilor Yang Jiechi, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. In a statement on the meeting, Kirby said the two leaders discussed the importance of maintaining the positive...

The European Commission has proposed ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled. The Treaty will ensure that books in formats such as Braille, large print, e-books and audio books with special...

The UN envoy for Somalia has strongly condemned the recent attack on forces of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Hiiraan region and called for calm even as rival clans caused insecurity in the area, near the center of the East African country. "I condemn yesterday's attack on AMISOM...

The European Union on Tuesday defended lifting of the EU sanctions imposed on the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE), a Sri Lankan militant group, last week, stressing that it was a legal ruling of a court and not a political decision taken by the EU governments. The bloc said in a statement...

Fifteen young Afghan diplomats are currently in the United States to take part in a joint US-China training program. Incidentally, this is the third year the United States and China have partnered to train the Afghan diplomatic corps on diplomatic, communications, and management skills. The young...

United Nations humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos has urged the international community to "remember the suffering of the Syrian people," and stressed on the urgent need for a political resolution of the three-year conflict. Speaking at the conclusion of a two-day visit to Turkey, Amos highlighted...

The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco "epidemic" and save millions of lives, the World Health Organization (WHO)...

The European Union (EU) and the Republic of Tajikistan have held their fourth Cooperation Council meeting, according to a statement from the European Commission on Monday. Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, chaired...

Prominent rights group Amnesty International said Monday that the Pakistani government has imposed a "politically-motivated" ban of 15 days on a private television channel critical of the government, stressing that the move constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of expression. According...

TThe European Union On Monday welcomed the appointment of Khaled Bahah as Yemen's new Prime Minister, who was unanimously approved by the panel of presidential advisors. The European bloc also called for the swift formation of a new inclusive government, and urged all political actors in the country...

Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, acknowledged Monday that sexual violence has become a key feature of the continuing conflict in South Sudan. She also stressed that the widespread use of rape could ultimately be stopped through...

A US commander and more than 30 of his troops have departed Senegal to Liberia for joining hundreds of US service members already engaged in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, according to a Pentagon press release issued Monday. The group of 30 US military personnel, including Marines, airmen,...

The European Union on Monday welcomed the recent release of some 80 prisoners, including four pro-democracy activists, by the government of Azerbaijan under an amnesty granted by President Ilham Aliyev. Media reports indicated earlier that eighty-four prisoners have been released under the amnesty...