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israel-palestine-042414.jpg Israel on Thursday announced it has suspended the US-mediated peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a unity accord reached between the two rival Palestinian groups, the Hamas and the Fatah. The development comes just a day after the Hamas, a radical Islamist group that controls Gaza, and the Fatah faction that rules the West Bank announced a reconciliation deal. The two groups said they

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday congratulated the people and Government of Algeria on the peaceful holding of recent presidential elections and encouraged them to work together to strengthen the democratic process in the country. Incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika reportedly won...

Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco on Wednesday, warning that the phenomenon has the potential to reshape the...

A United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday called on authorities in Ivory Coast, also known as Côte d'Ivoire, to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to prevent the country from "falling back into crisis." The call by Doudou Diène, the Independent...

A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed in a bomb blast in the country's capital city of Cairo, media reports citing local officials and witnesses said Wednesday. Brig-Gen Ahmed Zaki was reportedly killed after an explosive device planted under his vehicle blew up in the western Cairo suburb...

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday the health ministry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has informed it of nine additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Six of the nine cases were women aged...

Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in under-served communities around the world, according to a new report published today by the United Nations education agency on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. The report, titled 'Reading in the Mobile Era,' highlights that hundreds...

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...