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The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been underrated by the international community and now constitutes a challenge to global security, members of the European Parliament said in a resolution adopted Thursday. As the affected countries face socio-economic collapse, the deployment of military...

Addressing a joint session of the United States Congress on Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged the US administration to provide more assistance, including military equipment, to help his government in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, east of the country. Stressing that...

A new United Nations-backed report revealed that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters, sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events - almost three times more than by conflict in the same year. The report, titled Global Estimates 2014: people displaced...

The United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide has met with leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, the world body said in a statement Wednesday. Both Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders used the meeting to reaffirm their commitment to lead...

At least thirteen people have been killed after unidentified gunmen attacked a government-run teachers' training college in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, media reports citing local officials said Wednesday. Local media reported that more than thirty-three people, mostly students, were injured in...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a credit line of EUR 200 million to Eximbank to support undertakings by SMEs and midcaps located throughout Hungary, it was announced Wednesday. EIB said in a statement that a minimum of 70% of the loan will be dedicated to SMEs while the remaining 30%...

Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence handed down by a lower court least year to Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, the leader of a prominent Islamist party, to life in prison. In February 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh had sentenced Sayeedi, the leader of...

A senior United Nations official on Wednesday welcomed the opening of the Kismayo reconciliation conference in the southern Somali port town as a step towards strengthening the country and consolidating peace in the region. "I urge participants to create an environment that allows the conference to...

The United States of America has informed the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) about an outbreak of severe respiratory illness associated with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the UN health agency revealed Wednesday. According to WHO, 130 laboratory-confirmed cases of...

Members of the European parliament have voiced their hopes and fears for the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) during a debate with EU trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, according to a statement issued Wednesday. The debate on the CETA, which has been negotiated but still...

The United Nations human rights office has urged Malaysian authorities to immediately stop investigations and prosecutions under a 1948 law that curbed free speech and freedom of expression in the South-east Asian nation. "We are concerned about the recent increase in the use of the 1948 Sedition...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the United States Government plans to ramp up its support to the global response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, stressing that the commitment exemplifies the kind of international effort required to intensify response activities. In...

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf was involved in a car crash in Stockholm but was unhurt in the accident, the royal palace said in a statement issued Wednesday. According to palace spokeswoman Annika Sonnerberg, the 68-year-old king was in the back seat of the car when it collided with an oncoming vehicle. Sonnerberg...

The European Parliament on Wednesday approved an aid proposal to enable European Union help workers made redundant in various industries in Spain, the Netherlands, Romania and Greece to find new jobs. The funding by the European Globalization Adjustment Fund (EGF), which would complement national...

The United Nations revealed that it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Dr. David Nabarro, UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola, Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General for Polio,...