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U.N. Chief Signs Condolence Book For Victims of Turkish Terrorism Attack

New York, N.Y. There is no justification for terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated after signing a book of condolences for the victims of the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Paying his respects at the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations in New York, the Secretary-General extended his deepest […]

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Ban Ki-moon Urges ‘Courageous Steps’ for Lasting Two-State Solution

Tel Aviv, Israel. Following a meeting this morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the leader to take the “courageous steps” necessary for a negotiated two-State solution in order to bring lasting peace, security and dignity for the people of both Israel and Palestine. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) […]

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Make Efforts to End Border Clashes

Pakistan, Afghanistan-Pakistan and Afghanistan have made diplomatic, political and military contacts to try to de-escalate days of deadly border skirmishes, although officials said the situation was relatively calm on Wednesday.                                                                                                 Photo:David Votroubek, MC1/Wikipedia. The clashes across the busy Torkham crossing erupted last Sunday and officials have since confirmed the killing of four soldiers on […]

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Egypt Marks Five Years Since Start of Arab Spring Uprising

Washington, D.C. Monday marks the fifth anniversary of Egyptians launching protests against longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in a revolt that helped spark a wave of uprisings across the Middle East. People congregated in Tahrir Square on 9 February 2011. Photo: Wikipedia. Over the course of nearly three weeks, Mubarak fought back with security forces cracking […]

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Israel Blocks Access, U.N. Human Rights Chief for Palestine Quits

New York, N.Y. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories is resigning due to Israel’s failure to grant him access to the areas he is tasked with monitoring. Makarim Wibisono, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. U.N. Photo/Violaine Martin. “Unfortunately, […]

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Israel Receives More Than Half of U.S. Global Military Aid

Washington, D.C. Israel is looking to boost the amount of money the U.S. State Department sends it every year for military aid to as much as $5 billion, a number that would give it not only the largest chunk of U.S. defense aid money, but also more than triple the amount any other country receives in […]

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John Kerry: Syrian President Assad Must Step Down

New York. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down, but the timing of his departure has to be decided through negotiation. John Kerry speaking at the 50th Munich Security Conference 2014.  Photo: Kleinschmidt / MSC. Speaking in London after talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Kerry urged Russia and […]

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‘Extremely Alarming’ Food Insecurity Figures in Afghanistan

New York, N.Y. The number of people in Afghanistan resorting to selling land or turning to friends or family for help because of food insecurity has doubled in the last year, according to a joint report released today by the United Nations and partner agencies. An Afghan farmer and his son bring in the wheat […]

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