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Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has nominated current Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to replace president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the new party chairman and prime minister. Davutoglu, who was hand-picked by Erdogan to succeed him as prime minister, has been the country's...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that US air strikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), around Irbil, Iraq. This assistance...

The head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday appealed for "massive, coordinated and targeted assistance" for tackling the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, stressing that "a humane world" cannot let the people of the impoverished region "suffer on such an extraordinary...

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on Thursday voiced deep concern following the killing of newspaper reporter Octavio Rojas Hernández in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, on August 11. "I condemn the murder of Octavio Rojas Hernández," the UNESCO Director-General said. "I trust that the...

The newly-appointed United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola has began his visit to the the West African countries affected by the deadly disease, a UN spokesperson said Thursday. The UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, Dr. David Nabarro, arrived today in the Liberian capital city of...

Human Rights Watch (HRW), a prominent human rights group based in New York, urged authorities in Bahrain to repeal laws that allow revoking the citizenship of dissidents, following the stripping of citizenship of ten dissidents by a court in the Gulf Kingdom. HRW said the ten people whose Bahraini...

The World Bank on Thursday announced the appointment of James Anderson as its new Country Representative for Mongolia. The bank in a press release said Anderson assumed the post on August 18 and will begin work in Ulaanbaatar next week. James Anderson is a U.S. national and a PhD in Economics....

Prominent rights group Amnesty International in a report published Thursday said children accused of being members of armed groups in the conflict in Mali are languishing in adult jails while human rights abuses continue in the North African nation. The report titled 'Mali: All parties to the conflict...

The top UNICEF field officer in Gaza reported Thursday that at least nine more Palestinian children have been killed in the last 48 hours, bringing the total to 469 since early July. Addressing a press conference at the UN headquarters, Pernilla Ironside, Chief of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Gaza...

The European Union on Thursday strongly condemned the execution-style killing of American freelance reporter James Foley by an Islamic militant belonging to the Islamic State (IS), a Sunni jihaddist group engaged in the ongoing conflict in Iraq as well the Syrian civil war. "We strongly condemn...

Ministers from five nations hosting nearly a million Somali refugees have reaffirmed their commitment to find solutions for hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees and called on the international community to help the Somali government in its efforts to restore peace and progress. The ministers made...

Two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa have been discharged from hospital after being cured, media reports citing local officials said Thursday. According to the American media, Dr. Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old doctor who contracted the Ebola...

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on Thursday condemned the recent murder of Peruvian radio journalist Donny Buchelli Cueva and urged authorities to thoroughly investigate his death. "I condemn the murder of Donny Buchelli...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the destruction of Syria's declared chemical weapons material on board the United States Maritime Vessel Cape Ray. "This marks a significant achievement in the international community's efforts to eliminate the chemical weapons program of the...

The chief of the armed forces in Guatemala, General Rudy Ortiz, has died after his helicopter crashed in a mountainous region in the country's northwest, media reports citing government officials said Wednesday. Local media reported that four other military officers, who were on board the ill-fated...