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The US-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group is showing good signs of progress, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a PBS interview. He added that the first of 1,500 additional US troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Iraq should begin arriving...

Africa needs a green, clean industrialization that leapfrogs outdated, polluting processes and platforms and benefits from new technologies, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday as the world body marked Africa Industrialization Day. In a statement, Ban explained the theme Inclusive...

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday began his trip to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with a visit to Estonia's Amari Airbase, where he stressed Alliance solidarity. "NATO's greatest responsibility is to protect and defend our Allies. And NATO is here to protect...

The European Union has announced its regional cooperation package for Latin America in the 2014-2020 period, known as the Multiannual Indicative Program (MIP), with an allocation of EUR 925 million over seven years. The announcement was made at the occasion of a meeting with the Ambassadors of the...

The safe and limited use of nuclear energy can help reduce the impact of global energy demand on our planet's volatile climate, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said Thursday as he launched his agency's latest report on the issue and discussed the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea. Speaking...

Despite progress in advancing child rights over the past 25 years, including a marked reduction in the number of children dying before the age of five and increased access to education and clean water, urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation,...

World nations have pledged more than $9.3 billion towards the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the first pledging conference, being held in Berlin, Germany. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the pledges. The UN chief's spokesperson in a statement...

The United States has strongly condemned the continued terrorist attacks in Iraq, including Wednesday's deadly suicide car bomb attacks in Basrah and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. "We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and hope for a rapid recovery for those who were injured," Jeff...

Insecurity is on the march again in the countries of Africa's Sahel belt, where extremists have displaced 1.5 million people in Nigeria and the threat of Ebola is exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis, the United Nations humanitarian regional coordinator said Thursday. "The Sahel, despite...

According to a senior US Defense Department official, protecting military networks is among many national security challenges the nation faces. In his remarks at the Defense One Summit, Michael G. Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, said Wednesday that the challenges, both unconventional...

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent "despicable terrorist attack" in a synagogue in Jerusalem, resulting in the murder of a police officer and four innocent civilians worshiping there, as well as injuring many more. In a statement, the members of the Council strongly...

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday reiterated its pledge to counter global terrorist threats by adopting a statement reaffirming its commitment towards the preservation of international peace and security, even as foreign fighters continue to flood the world's zones of conflict, exacerbating...

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that he is "encouraged, but pragmatic" about progress in Iraq to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. Dempsey made the remarks at the Defense One Summit in Washington. He spoke about...

Prominent rights group Amnesty International has praised the UN General Assembly Third Committee in New York for adopting a resolution condemning North Korea for systemic, widespread and gross human rights violations, including crimes against humanity, that continue to be committed in the country. According...

For every dollar invested in water and sanitation, there is a $4.3 return in the form of reduced health care costs for individuals and society around the world, where 2.5 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation services, with 1 billion practicing open defection, the United Nations World...