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Italy has agreed to help in extinguishing a huge fire currently raging at Libya's biggest fuel storage facility in capital Tripoli, the North African country's government said Tuesday. Media reports quoted the Libyan government as saying that Italy has offered to send fire-fighting aircraft and a...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award he received in 2004 from the American Jewish Congress after the group accused him of "dangerous rhetoric" against Israel, it was announced Tuesday. The Profile of Courage award was given to Erdogan for his Middle east peace efforts....

Russia has tested a new ground-launched cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, media reports said citing an unnamed Obama administration official. The 1987 INF Treaty was signed by the then US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev...

The three week-long Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip has so far killed at least 1,156 Palestinians and left more than 6,700 others injured, media reports citing Palestinian officials said Tuesday. In addition to the Palestinian causalities, the lives of 55 Israelis...

Obama1-072914.jpg US President Back Obama on Tuesday announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over Moscow's continued involvement in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, hours after the European Union decided to expand its own sanctions imposed on Russia over the same issue. "Because we are closely coordinating our actions with Europe, the sanctions we are announcing today will have an even bigger bite.

Voicing grave concern over the reported access to and seizure of oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat Al-Nusra, the United Nations Security Council has underscored that there should be no trade in oil with these terrorist groups. In...

China's former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang is under investigation for alleged "serious disciplinary violation," the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. A brief statement by Xinhua said the probe against Zhou would be conducted by the Communist Party's corruption watchdog, the Central...

The European Union has agreed to expand the bloc's existing sanctions imposed on Russia over Moscow's continued support for the pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, media reports citing unnamed sources said Tuesday. EU's new punitive measures against Moscow are said to include restrictions...

With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council has requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request...

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...