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Amid escalating violence in northern and central South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Thursday's attack on civilians and peacekeepers at the UN mission base in Bor, the war-torn capital of Jonglei state, by a mob of armed civilians who forced their way into...

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have expressed condolences to the families of the victims of Wednesday's ferry sinking off the coast of South Korea. In a White House statement, the president also said he's directed the U.S. military "to provide any and all assistance requested...

The European Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution supporting the recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea, urging the country's government to put an immediate end to the grave, widespread and systematic human rights violations perpetrated against...

The United Nations on Thursday voiced concern over the arrest and detention of over 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who were rounded up during counter-terrorism operations launched by Kenyan security forces in Nairobi this month. Most of those who have been arrested in the operations targeting undocumented...

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has discussed regional and defense cooperation issues in a phone call with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. In a statement summarizing the call, Kirby said late Wednesday...

On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the "illegal collective punishment" unleashed on the population there. "Nothing prepares...

The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that the health ministry of Malaysia has informed it of the first laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Asian nation. The UN agency identified the patient as...

The United States and South Korea have agreed to bolster efforts to deter North Korean provocations that undermine regional stability, according to a statement released after two days of talks between US and South Korean defense officials in Washington. "The two sides reaffirmed the shared view that...

United Nations-Arab League joint envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Thursday expressed regret at the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs. He urged all parties to return to the negotiating table...

JohnKerry-Ukraine-041814.jpg U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry said Thursday that he and his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have reached an agreement on a preliminary plan for ending the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Kerry was speaking at the end of the Ukraine contact group's first meeting, comprising the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the U.S., in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World...

A United Nations human rights panel said Wednesday that Argentine authorities failed to ensure that a prisoner with disabilities was able to use prison facilities and services on an equal basis with other detainees, and urged them to take steps to rectify the situation. The UN Committee on the Rights...

The European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Malawi in response to an invitation by the African country's Electoral Commission, it was announced Wednesday. Incidentally, this is the third time that the European Union is observing elections in Malawi (previously in 2004...

The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Wednesday that it has been informed of a cluster of ten laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus ( MERS-CoV) infection among health-care workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to the UN health...

The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard is responding to the scene after the passenger ship Sewol sank near the island of Jeju off South Korea's southwestern coast earlier on Wednesday, according to a Pentagon press release. The ill-fated ferry had more than 450 people aboard and...