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Discussions are continuing within the Obama administration on how many US troops could remain as residual force in Afghanistan next year after the current US-led NATO mission ends, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. In a briefing for reporters late Tuesday, Kirby was...

Top United Nations humanitarian officials on Wednesday urged Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians. They also issued a strong challenge to "those with the responsibility, power and influence" to find the courage...

russia-ukraine-042314.jpg Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Wednesday that Moscow would retaliate strongly if its "interests" in Ukraine are attacked. He also criticized the Ukrainian administration for relaunching its so-called anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country a day earlier. Lavrov's remarks came in an interview with Russia Today, which published excerpts of the English-language interview to

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will embark on a three-day trip to Mexico and Guatemala on Wednesday to meet with allies and partners in the Western Hemisphere and affirm America's commitment to the region, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Because an important part...

Confirming that children were killed in South Sudan during recent brutal attacks on displaced civilians or as a result of being recruited by armed groups, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday that the surging violence is exacerbating an already "very dangerous" malnutrition crisis. Children...

Somali parliamentarian Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the country's capital city of Mogadishu, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) reported Tuesday. UNSOM added that a media worker was killed in fresh violence in Mogadishu on Monday night. Mursal...

Overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution are atop the agenda of a United Nations-backed summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic which opened Tuesday in The Hague, the Netherlands. "Urgent coordinated action is needed to restore the health of the world's...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that the health ministry of Greece has informed it of the country's first laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). According to the UN health agency, the case pertains...

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Tuesday expressed her condolences on the death of Burmese journalist and poet U Win Tin, laureate of the 2001 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. U Win Tin co-founded Myanmar's National...

Measures to battle the "insidious" crime of sexual assault must start at the top, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a visit to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network to meet with the staff and receive a briefing on the Safe Helpline set up three years ago for sexual assault victims in...

On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations has called for greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the...

Urging Syrian authorities to reconsider plans to conduct a presidential election in early June, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Joint UN-League of Arab States Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi on Monday pledged to continue seek and build on any opportunity to resolve the country's...

The Government of Bangladesh and the World Bank on Monday launched the Municipal Governance and Service Project to improve municipal governance and basic urban services in city corporations and municipalities in Bangladesh. According to a World Bank statement, the initiative will benefit 3.4 million...

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed on Monday that two of its national staff who were abducted last Thursday in the Pakistani port city of Karachi have been released by their captors. The UN agency said the two released staff members are now safe and well. "The whole UN family...

Human Rights Watch, a rights group based in New York, on Monday urged authorities in Thailand to urgently provide information about a prominent ethnic Karen activist who is believed to have disappeared since his arrest. According to HRW, Por Cha Lee Rakchongcharoen, known as "Billy," was reportedly...