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Cuba has released Alan Gross, an American development worker imprisoned for five years, US media reported Wednesday quoting Obama administration officials. 65 years old Gross, who worked as a subcontractor for USAID, is reportedly released as part of a prisoner swap agreement between the two countries. Cuban...

Pakistan has lifted a moratorium on death penalty for terrorism. A government spokesman told reporters on Wednesday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave approval to the government's decision to this effect. The South Asian country stopped executing civilians in 2008. The announcement comes...

EuropeanUnion-121714.jpg The first EU-wide opinion poll conducted since a new European Commission headed by Jan Juncker took office in November shows that confidence in the European Union is increasing. According to the Autumn 2014 Standard Eurobarometer survey results, published Wednesday, more citizens have a positive image of the European Union and trust in the EU. There is also considerable public support for the k

The United Nations agency charged with combating illicit drug trafficking should withdraw its support for counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until the death penalty for drug offenses is abolished, six rights groups said in a letter published WEdnesday. The groups made the plea after Iran's judiciary...

Emily O'Reilly has been re-elected by MEPs as the European ombudsman for the European Parliament's 2014-2019 term. During the secret ballot on Tuesday, 569 members voted in favor, 66 against and 43 abstained. O'Reilly, who is from Ireland, was first elected European ombudsman on 3 July 2013, after her...

The fatal Taliban siege of an army-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar Tuesday was nearly over by night after all the six attackers were killed, reports say. 135 people, mostly students of the Army Public School, were killed and more than 100 others were wounded in the worst...

The European Union Council on Tuesday adopted a decision authorizing the opening of negotiations on one or several association agreements between the EU and the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco and the Republic of San Marino. This significant milestone responds directly to these...

A report published by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) Tuesday reveals that EU-funded investments in airports have not generated the expected results and have produced poor value for money. Due to a lack of adequate planning and forecasting, some of the funded airports were situated too close...

The European Commission has given the green light to a further six Rural Development Programs (RDPs) for the 2014-2020 period to provide different forms of support and investment in rural Europe. Taken together, the RDPs for Finland, Portugal and the German regions of Sachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt (plus...

The United States and human rights organizations have condemned a campaign of intimidation and harassment against human rights defenders in the Russian republic of Chechnya. The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued separate statements after the office of a local...

The quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians has reached a "dramatic" crossroads, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, told the Security Council in his briefing on the situation, warning that the region's future remains "more uncertain than ever." Speaking...

japan-abe-121514.jpg Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who received a fresh mandate in the general elections, said he would continue his restructuring policies to revive the economy. Liberal Democratic Party or LDP managed to win 290 seats and together with its minor partner 326 seats, out of 475, In 2012, LDP has won...

The IAEA Board of Governors on Thursday endorsed a request for the Agency to extend its monitoring and verification activities in Iran under a Joint Plan of Action agreed between Iran and six other countries. China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States...

The European Union and Ecuador have entered into a Free Trade Agreement Friday. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Ecuador's Foreign Trade Minister Francisco Rivadeneira signed the Trade Agreement, marking the completion of all the procedural steps as regards the text of the protocol. The...

The European Commission is proposing additional emergency market measures for perishable fruit and vegetables in response to the market disturbances resulting from the Russian ban on imports of certain EU agricultural products. The Commission said on Friday that the additional measure will run until...