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The United Nations Security Council on Monday called for an international investigation into last week's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight in eastern Ukraine, and demanded that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained. In a unanimously...

The United States on Monday voiced deep concerns over the convictions of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in the Kingdom of Swaziland. According to the US State Department, Maseko and Makhubu were arrested convicted for publishing an article...

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has issued an emergency appeal for $60 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including tens of thousands who have fled their homes in the wake of the current Israeli military offensive. The UN Relief and...

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday voiced concerns about the new anti-terrorism law adopted in Pakistan, warning that the legislation gives Pakistani citizens a new reason to fear the country's security forces. The rights group voiced its concerns days after Pakistani President Mamnoon...

The ongoing fierce clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip has claimed the life of seven Israeli soldiers in the past 24 hours, the Israeli military said Monday evening. The latest casualties take the death toll of IDF soldiers to 25 since the Israeli military's...

The new global sustainable development agenda that Members States are currently working on must include specific references to indigenous peoples and the challenges they face, a group of United Nations experts stated Monday. "Indigenous peoples face distinct development challenges, and fare worse...

The World Bank on Monday marginally lowered its forecast on Indonesia's annual growth rate for 2014, saying that the country's economic growth would be 0.1 percent lower than than the 5.3 percent predicted earlier in the year. The July 2014 edition of the Indonesia Economic Quarterly, the World Bank...

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged increased efforts to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats. "We are not suggesting that people stop hunting...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) said Monday it will lend a further EUR 30 million to BCR Leasing to support the undertakings of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), midcap companies and public entities in the sectors of industry, services and infrastructure in Romania. The loan of EUR 75...

Following the recent attack by opposition forces in South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top UN official in the country have called for ending all offensive operations immediately and urged both sides to resume suspended peace talks. In an emailed statement, the UN Mission...

Negotiators from the European Union and Ecuador on Thursday sealed a deal in Brussels that will allow Ecuador to join its Andean neighbors Peru and Colombia in their trade agreement with the European bloc. The agreement will allow Ecuador to benefit from improved access for its main exports to the...

The United Nations body responsible for setting food safety standards has adopted guidelines to protect consumers worldwide, including setting out maximum levels of lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said...

The head of the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) on Thursday called for intensified efforts towards a greener economy, stressing that job creation and preserving the environment could be pursued jointly. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder made the declaration at first-ever joint...

malaysiaairline2-071714.jpg A Malaysia Airlines plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with nearly 300 people on board crashed in eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia on Thursday. Media reports indicate the jet, a Boeing 777, crashed near the village of Grabovo in the Donetsk region. Notably, the area is predominantly controlled by pro-Russian separatist rebels fighting the Ukrainian government.

A Malaysian Airlines plane with nearly 300 people on board has crashed in eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia, media reports said citing officials. According to Ukrainian media, the plane crashed to the north of Torez in the Donetsk region. Incidentally, the area is controlled by pro-Russian...