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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken over the phone with Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Monday. In a statement, Kirby said Hagel congratulated Heletey on his recent appointment and asked for his assessment of developments...

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the UN Security Council's "strong support" for his call for a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Ban welcomed the Security Council's move in a statement issued by his spokesperson after the emergency meeting of the Council held...

Emirates Airlines on Monday announced its decision to stop flying over Iraq in wake of the recent downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. Emirates, which is in partnership with Australia's national carrier Qantas, said its decision was prompted by concerns about the dangers posed...

Israel on Monday denied responsibility for the deadly strikes on a hospital and a nearby park in the Gaza Strip, and alleged that the two sites were hit by misfired rockets launched by Palestinian militants in the besieged enclave. Palestinian officials in Gaza said earlier that at least ten people,...

The United Nations Security Council on Monday commended the parties to the inter-Malian dialogue on the recent adoption of a roadmap and called on them to fully comply with their commitments, including by engaging in comprehensive peace talks. The first phase of the inter-Malian negotiation process...

Ukrainian authorities claimed Monday that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 was brought down by a missile shrapnel that caused "massive explosive decompression." Media reports quoted Ukrainian officials as saying on Monday that the information was revealed while analyzing the flight data recorders of...

On the heels of a ten-day visit to Myanmar, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country has urged authorities to avoid any backtracking that could threaten the achievements of the past few years. "In three years, Myanmar has come a long way since the establishment...

A huge fire raging at Libya's biggest fuel storage facility in the country's capital city Tripoli, media reports citing officials said Monday. The fire began after the depot was struck by a rocket fired by rival militias fighting for control of the city's airport. Libyan authorities have appealed...

The recent shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine may amount to a war crime, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Monday. Navi Pillay made the comments while issuing a new report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission deployed to Ukraine...

With 1.4 million deaths every year attributed to acute and chronic liver disease, the United Nations health agency marked the World Hepatitis Day on Monday by calling on countries to intensify efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat one of the world's most serious diseases. "For years, viral hepatitis...

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has called for an immediate halt to intentional destruction of religious and cultural heritage monuments in Iraq, a statement issued by the UN agency said. Referring to the intentional destruction on 24 July of the shrine of Prophet Jonas and the mosque built in...

The EU-Central Africa Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for trade and development between the EU and Cameroon will enter into force in the coming days following the recent ratification of the agreement by Cameroon, the European bloc said Monday. "This 'interim' agreement will provide a sustainable...

The United Nations Security Council has called for an "immediate and unconditional" ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the besieged Palestinian enclave. The 15-member Security Council's call came after an emergency session meeting just after...

An Israeli cabinet panel rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal for a temporary cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, media reports citing government sources said Friday. Some media reports suggest the proposal was rejected as...

Expert teams on board US ship MV Cape Ray are continuing to neutralize materials from Syria's declared chemical stockpile, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Friday. Warren told reporters the teams had used the installed field deployable hydrolysis system to destroy 411 tons of chemicals...