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unsc-091814.jpg The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday declared the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa "a threat to international peace and security." Notably, the declaration was made in the Council's first emergency meeting on a public health issue. The fifteen-member Council also unanimously...

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday his government has decided to provide air support to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq, but stressed that French airstrikes will not target IS positions in neighboring Syria. "I decided to respond to the...

The European Parliament in a vote held on Thursday said the European Union must step up its involvement in supporting Libya's stability and transition to democracy. The members of the European Parliament also condemned the growing use of violence in Libya, especially against civilians, and called...

The United Nations educational agency on Thursday released a report highlighting the links between schooling and achieving a new set of sustainable development targets. The agency noted that child mortality would drop by one-sixth, thereby saving almost one million lives, if all women in poor countries...

General Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, has thanked Spain for its recent decision to provide Patriot missile batteries and 130 soldiers to augment the western military alliance's defensive deployment in southern Turkey, according to a statement on Thursday. NATO had deployed...

United Nations envoy Jan Kubis in his final briefing told the Security Council from Kabul that there is "quite simply no better way forward" other than a unity government in Afghanistan. Kubis, who is the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told Security Council members via...

The European Commission has adopted an action plan to help upgrade the Portuguese fisheries control system to European standards as part of efforts aimed at ensuring that fisheries rules are respected across the European Union, it was announced Thursday. The Commission said in a statement said the...

The Islamic State (IS), a Sunni extremist group previously known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), on Thursday released a video featuring John Cantlie, a British journalist believed to be held hostage by the group. In the video titled "Lend Me Your Ears," Cantlie appears wearing orange...

Speaking to a group of government officials and experts on housing, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that strong, well-planned urbanization is vital for sustainable development as more than two-thirds of humanity expected to live in cities by the middle of this century. Ban was addressing...

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has been underrated by the international community and now constitutes a challenge to global security, members of the European Parliament said in a resolution adopted Thursday. As the affected countries face socio-economic collapse, the deployment of military...

Addressing a joint session of the United States Congress on Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged the US administration to provide more assistance, including military equipment, to help his government in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, east of the country. Stressing that...

A new United Nations-backed report revealed that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters, sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events - almost three times more than by conflict in the same year. The report, titled Global Estimates 2014: people displaced...

The United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide has met with leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, the world body said in a statement Wednesday. Both Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders used the meeting to reaffirm their commitment to lead...

At least thirteen people have been killed after unidentified gunmen attacked a government-run teachers' training college in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, media reports citing local officials said Wednesday. Local media reported that more than thirty-three people, mostly students, were injured in...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a credit line of EUR 200 million to Eximbank to support undertakings by SMEs and midcaps located throughout Hungary, it was announced Wednesday. EIB said in a statement that a minimum of 70% of the loan will be dedicated to SMEs while the remaining 30%...