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A World Bank report released Friday said the current heating tariff system in Belarus is inefficient, unsustainable in the long run, and undermines industry competitiveness and risks macroeconomic instability. The report titled "Belarus: Heat Tariff Reform and Social Impact Mitigation" analyzes the...

The United States has welcomed the recent signing of an agreement on cessation of hostilities by rival parties in the Central African Republic (CAR). "This cessation of hostilities agreement represents an important step toward stopping the bloodshed in the Central African Republic and preparing the...

Fighters belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Sunni Islamist militant group, have seized a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa, media reports citing rebel sources said Friday. The ISIS has reportedly released several videos to back its claim....

Two United Nations agencies on Friday warned of mounting hunger crisis and food insecurity in Africa's Sahel region and called for increased support from the international donor community to address the problem. Terrorism, weak governance and recurrent droughts in Africa's Sahel have only exacerbated...

The United States has voiced concerns over the deadly attack on a school run by the United Nations as well as the rising civilian death toll in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. "We convey our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured in...

Law enforcement agencies in Sierra Leone have intensified efforts to track down a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital by her relatives, media reports citing officials said Friday. Incidentally, the abducted patient is the first resident of Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, to have...

The United Nations refugee agency on Friday welcomed a recent decision by the Suriname National Assembly that enables mothers to pass on nationality to their children. The important amendment to the 1975 Law on Nationality and Residence ensures gender equality in nationality laws and brings these...

More than 820 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, media reports citing officials said Friday. In addition to the Palestinian causalities, the lives of 36 Israelis have also been lost in the fighting. Notably,...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Diane Corner of the United Kingdom as his Deputy Special Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR). Corner will also serve as the deputy head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), which will...

The European Union has expressed regret at the recent executions of two death row inmates convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore. The European bloc noted that the executions of Foong Chee Peng and Tang Hai Liang ended the unofficial extension of the moratorium that was in place in Singapore between...

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New Delhi for the fifth US-India Strategic Dialogue that he will co-chair with the Indian minister of external affairs on July 31, according to US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf. According to Harf, Kerry will be accompanied by US Secretary...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Malian parties on the adoption of a roadmap at the end of the first round of peace talks. Nevertheless, the UN chief voiced his deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in parts of northern Mali. "He commends participants...

The United Nations in a flagship report released Thursday, said reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress. The 2014 Human Development Report, launched in Tokyo by the UN Development Program (UNDP), examines the risks posed by natural or...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that 28 more people have died in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West African nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. According to WHO, , 45 new cases and 28 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra...

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen met with German soldiers stationed in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and held talks with leaders of the international coalition force, it was announced Thursday. In a statement, the coalition force said Von der...