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Egypt Sentences Al-Jazeera Journalists to Three Years in Prison
The Egyptian court asserted the journalists were guilty of collaborating and helping the terrorist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood.
15:47 Sep 2, 2015 PST
Scores Dead in Boko Haram Raids in Nigeria
Mr. Kirby says the deadly raids are examples of the horrific violence that Boko Haram continues to use to terrorize civilians in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region.
05:48 Sep 2, 2015 PST
US, UN Condemn ISIL Targeting LGBTs, Work With Iran Which Hangs Them
Ms. Power highlighted that it is the first time in history that the Council has held a meeting on the victimization of LGBT persons.
13:57 Aug 31, 2015 PST
US: Aid Workers Bring Light to Communities All Over The World
According to Secretary Kerry, in 2014, at least 329 humanitarian aid workers around the world were victims of major attacks, more than 100 were kidnapped, scores were wounded, and 120 died in the service of millions of people in need.
13:56 Aug 26, 2015 PST
Belarus Frees Six Political Prisoners
The former Soviet Union country will hold its next presidential election in October, with Lukashenko running for his fifth term.
05:00 Aug 26, 2015 PST
Syrian Airstrikes Kill Scores in Suburban Market
Human rights groups asserted that the air raids were a form of massacre. Four missiles allegedly were fired on the market, resulting to massive casualties.
18:36 Aug 20, 2015 PST
Ten Things The State Department Wants You To Know About What They Do
Ten things the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) do with just over one per cent of the federal budget.
17:57 Aug 17, 2015 PST
US and Vietnam Boost Partnership in 21st Century
In his remarks in Hanoi in Vietnam, US Secretary of State John Kerry said President Obama and President Sang launched in 2013 a comprehensive partnership between the two governments, a partnership that also extends more broadly to their own people.
04:50 Aug 17, 2015 PST
US and India Doing Well Together in Business
With the ongoing strong partnership in commerce, over the past few years, India has become the second fastest growing source of foreign direct investment into the United States.
16:13 Aug 14, 2015 PST
ISIS Kidnaps More Than 200 Hundred Civilians in Homs
ISIS attacks resulted in the displacement of an estimated 2,000 people from nearby Syrian villages.
15:59 Aug 14, 2015 PST
Outrage Ripples After Palestianian Toddler Killed in Arson Attack in West Bank
Palestine groups particularly the Popular Resistance Committees and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called for massive resistance against Israeli government.
17:44 Aug 12, 2015 PST
US Reveals Diplomacy 'Successes' in Afghanistan
President Ghani's government made progress in key areas over the past year, from appointments and anti-corruption initiatives to establishment of the Electoral Reform Commission.
21:08 Aug 11, 2015 PST
US Reveals Clean Power Plan to Address Threat of Climate Change
Revised plan helps the government comply with its international pledges by taking action to cut down on greenhouse gas pollution from the largest sources.
16:39 Aug 9, 2015 PST
US and Turkey Collaborate in the Battle Against ISIS
The authorization included Turkish military to go after ISIS and other terror groups, and also allow othe foreign troops particularly USA to launch operations from Turkey.
08:23 Aug 8, 2015 PST
US Opposes Israel's 300-Home Project in West Bank and East Jerusalem
The Israeli approval included the building of a 300-home project in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and 413 homes in the East Jerusalem area.
07:41 Aug 5, 2015 PST
Secretary Kerry: Nuclear Deal With Iran Makes US and Its Allies Safer
Secretary Kerry pointed out there are two options: Either they move ahead with the agreement to ensure that Iran's nuclear program is limited, rigorously scrutinized, and wholly peaceful; orno agreement at all, no inspections, no restraints, no sanc
14:04 Aug 3, 2015 PST
US and Japan Collaborate on Outer Space Security
One threat that Mr. Rose cited is China's continued development of anti-satellite weapons remains a major challenge to the outer space environment. To cite an example, China's 2007 anti-satellite test has left over three thousand tractable pieces of
17:21 Jul 27, 2015 PST
Is The World Safer Place If Iran Is Nuke Free?
Secretary Kerry asserted that an Iran without a nuclear weapon is better to deal with. The ayatollah said that they will not have nuclear weapons.
05:42 Jul 27, 2015 PST
Top 5 Ideas On How To Promote Your Web Design Business For Free
Web designers need to reach prospective clients. Here are 5 top ideas on where to find them and how to reach them, in a way that doesn't break the bank.
06:32 Jul 24, 2015 PST
Alleged ISIS Terror Attack Kills 30 in Turkey
The terror attack took place at the Turkish of Suruc, near the border with Syria, destroying the a cultural centre in the which wounded over 100 people.
05:52 Jul 24, 2015 PST
Boko Haram's Civilian Attacks Are Out of Control
Four people died in a suicide blast in the Chadian city Maiduguri. Also in northern Cameroon, 11 people were killed when two women blew themselves up.
22:37 Jul 20, 2015 PST
2015 Is Hottest Year to Date
As temperatures appear set to keep rising, and el nino arrives, weather events are predicted to become more extreme, in both the short term and longer term.
22:19 Jul 19, 2015 PST
Election-Related Violence Spirals in Burundi
Burundi citizens asserted it is unconstitutional for Mr. Nkurunziza to run for another term, as laws say the president can only run two terms.
18:57 Jul 15, 2015 PST
US Reveals 'Lessons Learned' on Africa's Ebola Outbreak
A painful lesson of the outbreak is that Ebola thrives in places with fragile and under-resourced public health systems, and on the poorest in these places.
15:33 Jul 15, 2015 PST
Conflict Continues To Torment South Sudan
In fact, thousands have been killed, more than 2.2 million displaced, and 4.6 million people remain at risk of life-threatening hunger since December 2013.
06:38 Jul 14, 2015 PST
Attack on Convoy Kills Six UN Peacekeepers in Mali
The incident happened when a convoy patrolled the road between Goundam and Timbuktu in northern Mali. There have been 42 casualties from attacks since April 2013.
18:58 Jul 9, 2015 PST
Yemen Facing Most Severe Category of Humanitarian Crisis
Records show more than 21.1 million citizens of Yemen need aid, 13 million face food shortages and 9 million have little or no access to water.
22:44 Jul 8, 2015 PST
US and Cuba Resume Embassy Operations
In his remarks in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US government has reached an agreement to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba and that both nations will reopen reopen embassies in their res
05:27 Jul 6, 2015 PST
US Resettles More Refugees Than Any Other Country
As a country committed to help those in need, the US reiterated its commitment to protecting girls, providing quality, education and proper documentation for refugee children.
15:27 Jul 5, 2015 PST
US Supreme Court Declares Gay Marriage 'Legal' Nationwide
After the Supreme Court gay marriage ruling, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Court reaffirmed one of America's founding principles that all are created equal
15:33 Jun 29, 2015 PST
France, Kuwait, and Tunisia Hit by Terror Attacks
In France, an attacker caused a large explosion in a gas factory followed by the discovery of decapitated body and a severed head hanging from a fence. Two people were hurt in the blast.
00:50 Jun 29, 2015 PST
John Kerry: Climate Change Poses Serious Threat to Global Security
Secretary Kerry said rising seas because of climate change threaten low-lying lands, from Bangladesh to the Pacific and Caribbean Islands.
16:34 Jun 28, 2015 PST
Mali's Tuareg Rebels Sign Peace Deal
The signing ceremony was attended by Ramtane Lamamra, foreign minister of Algeria and Tuareg rebels. Algeria was hailed for leading international efforts to mediate the peace talks.
17:07 Jun 25, 2015 PST
40 Dead in Boko Haram Attack in Niger
Militants launched a deadly suicide attack in neighboring Chad that killed at least 24 people. Chadian forces retaliated by launching operations against Boko Haram bases in Nigeria.
06:19 Jun 21, 2015 PST
US Presses on Prevention to Counter Violent Extremism
Prevention includes pushing governments to ensure space for dissent and religious freedom to reduce perceptions of marginalization and enable communities to find their voices
07:05 Jun 19, 2015 PST
US Urges China to Ensure Rights of Tibetans
The State Department country report on human rights, says China engaged in the severe repression of Tibet's religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage
06:08 Jun 19, 2015 PST
US Committed to End Exploitative Child Labor Around The World
American diplomats advocate for basic human rights, and champions from civil society change people's understanding of what children have the right to expect.
07:24 Jun 17, 2015 PST
US Goes 'Global' to Mitigate Threat of Climate Change
The US formally launched Climate Services for Resilient Development partnership, along with the UK government and partners at the American Red Cross, the Asian Development Bank, Google and others.
06:22 Jun 12, 2015 PST
US and South Korea Collaborate on Making The World a Better Place
In the aspect of climate change, South Korea is playing an important leadership role as host of the global Green Climate Fund, to which the U.S. has pledged $3 billion.
06:16 Jun 12, 2015 PST
'Over-Stressed' Oceans Threaten Global Standards of Living
Overfishing, pollution, and ocean acidification threaten global standards of living, because much of our own food comes from the sea.
19:20 Jun 9, 2015 PST
Political Instability Looms in Madagascar
Madagascar's leader denied the allegations and instead questioned the result of the parliamentary votes. The president revealed that bitterness started among lawmakers when they were not granted new vehicles.
06:50 Jun 8, 2015 PST
US and Vietnam Strengthen Economic Engagement
Economic ties between the two nations have grown over the past 20 years, resulting in more jobs in both places and growth for entrepreneurs.
07:32 Jun 5, 2015 PST
More Than 80 Journalists Killed in Syrian Conflict
Journalists have been targeted by both the Assad regime and violent extremist groups like ISIS, who have grotesquely executed journalists.
05:51 Jun 3, 2015 PST
China Destroys More than 600 Kilos of Smuggled Ivory
China is known to be a prominent destination for illegal ivory trade. Ivory products are seen as a status symbol by majority of the Chinese peopl.
02:02 Jun 1, 2015 PST
Is North Korea Intimidating US With Its Ballistic Missile Threats?
North Korea's provocative missile and nuclear tests and official public statements have made clear its intentions to threaten the United States with long-range nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.
19:27 May 30, 2015 PST
US Promotes Open and Secure Internet Globally
An open and secure internet worldwide is the goal of the US government. John Kerry, speaking while on a visit to South Korea, said this is US foreign policy.
14:01 May 24, 2015 PST
43 Killed in Pakistan Bus Massacre
The bus appeared ripped with holes after the incident leaving most of the passengers dead, some unconscious and bathed with blood.
04:08 May 17, 2015 PST
US Underlines Global Effort to Turn The Tide of Climate Change
There is a need to make targets possible to reach a meaningful global agreement at the UN Climate Conference in Paris later this year.
05:31 Apr 27, 2015 PST
7.8 Magnitude Quake Rattles Nepal
The death toll has risen as the quake also affected neighbouring countries particularly India, China, Bangladesh and Tibet.
18:07 Apr 26, 2015 PST
Internet as New Economy: Harnessing Its Power in The 21st Century
The internet is rapidly transforming the emerging markets that are the key to future growth and globally shared prosperity.
14:10 Apr 16, 2015 PST
Preventing Mass Atrocities: US Progress
The US Government has refined and expanded tools to prevent atrocities, says it is integrated into embassy work and frontline officers are often first to report.
17:34 Apr 7, 2015 PST
US Boosts Efforts to Stabilize Iraqi Territories
The US has included in the budget of $2 billion for recovery funding and support of displaced Iraqis. The funding will be essential to move resources quickly to the liberated areas most in need.
05:45 Mar 28, 2015 PST
State Department Reponds To Poison Gas Attack That Kills Six in Sarmin, Syria
Syrian activists accused the Assad regime of dropping four barrel bombs, two of which contained chlorine gas. Nearly 100 people suffered breathing problems.
22:10 Mar 23, 2015 PST
US Outlines Efforts to Combat Terrorism
Terrorist groups destabilize entire regions and inspire, if not actively plot, attacks on the US homeland and against US allies.
04:08 Mar 16, 2015 PST
Is US Losing The Battle in Countering ISIS?
In an interview with Martha Raddatz of ABC, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the question by saying that the US and its allies are on the road to success
14:20 Mar 8, 2015 PST
Worsening Humanitarian and Human Rights Catastrophe Torments Syria
According to Ms. Power although more people in Syria need humanitarian aid than before, the Assad regime is on a mission to deny aid and causing more civilian harm.
03:32 Mar 4, 2015 PST
ISIS Launches Brutal Rampage Against Christian Community in Syria
ISIS has again attacked Assyrian villages by burning homes and churches, and taking hostages, including women, children, priests, and the elderly.
23:06 Feb 27, 2015 PST
US Building Global Partnership Against Violent Extremism
Secretary Kerry said the US is encouraging the most credible leaders and spokespersons to penetrate the barrier of terrorist lies.
03:04 Feb 23, 2015 PST
Heavy Clashes Rage in Ukraine Amid Ceasefire Agreement
Heavy artillery fire roared in eastern Ukraine as fighting raged between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists. It continued hours before a cease-fire was to take effect.
04:19 Feb 21, 2015 PST
US Cares About Well-Being of DPRK Citizens
US Special Envoy Robert R. King says the US has been at the forefront of international humanitarian efforts in aid to North Korea for decades already.
02:19 Feb 16, 2015 PST
Murder of Jordanian Airman Sparks Outrage in Jordan
With the apparent release of the horrific video where the young pilot was burned alive, Jordan has vowed to avenge his death and stirs outrage among Jordanian citizens. For retaliation of the brutal killing of the Jordanian pilot, Jordan executed t
17:59 Feb 9, 2015 PST
ISIS Beheads Second Japanese Hostage, Kenji Goto
Prior to the murder, the ISIS militants demanded the release of a prisoner jailed in Jordan 10 years ago in exchange for Mr. Goto. However, the demand was not realized despite international effort.
16:19 Feb 2, 2015 PST
Sinai Coordinated Attacks Kill 29 People
In another part of north Sinai, a terrorist attack targeted nearby towns. Rockets were fired at a hotel, a police club and checkpoints, killing 26 people and wounding 60.
14:54 Jan 31, 2015 PST
US Condemns Aerial Bombing in Civilian Hospital in South Kordofan
Ms. Psaki highlighted that these recent attacks further undermine the enormous humanitarian response needed to support those who require basic life-saving services.
12:07 Jan 29, 2015 PST
Eritrea Frees Six Journalists After Six Years in Jail
Ms. Psaki called on the government to take immediate steps to release these additional detainees, all persons detained on the basis of their religious beliefs, members of the G-15, and all other political prisoners.
12:04 Jan 28, 2015 PST
Who Was Haruna Yukawa, Japanese Hostage Beheaded By ISIS
According to media reports, Islamic State released the video last Saturday with one of the captives holding a photo of the dead body of Haruna Yukawa.
21:59 Jan 25, 2015 PST
US Cites 'Real' Progress in Reduction of Ebola Cases Since Outbreak
According to Ambassador Pressman, four districts in Guinea that had previously reported Ebola cases - including Gueckedou, the origin of the epidemic - did not report any confirmed cases over the previous three weeks since the start of the year.
11:52 Jan 25, 2015 PST
World Making Progress in Fight Against Surge of Human Trafficking
Declaring January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month, the United States of America today said the world has made progress in the combat against the global scourge of human trafficking.
07:41 Jan 24, 2015 PST
Suicide Bombing Kills 30 in Yemen
30 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a cultural center celebration organized by Houthis, a dominant Muslim group in the city.
05:29 Jan 2, 2015 PST
US Making Migration Safer and More Humane
Poverty, hunger, and brutal wars like the one raging in Syria will continue to drive the exodus. Globally, more people are now forcibly displaced than at any time since World War II.
15:17 Dec 24, 2014 PST
Is There An End to South Sudan's Bloody Conflict?
In 2013, internal political fighting turned bloody on the streets of Juba in clashes between Dinka and Nuer soldiers. The deadly event Became a massive ethnic and armed conflict, unleashing a wave of targeted attacks on civilians.
04:35 Dec 22, 2014 PST
25 Countries Agreed to Resettle Syrian Refugees
Ms. Richard explained that resettlement cannot replace what refugees have lost or erase what they have endured. But it can renew hope and help restart lives.
01:12 Dec 14, 2014 PST
Nearly 100 Dead in Terrorist Attacks in Nigeria
Three bomb explosions were cited in and around the mosque. The militants also opened fire on worshipers. Around 400 people were wounded.
17:52 Nov 29, 2014 PST
Is US Working on Toppling Bashar Assad?
In an interview with Milliyet in Turkey, Special Presidential Envoy John Allen for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL said US policy on Syria is for a political outcome.
13:18 Nov 27, 2014 PST
Transgender People Still Targeted For Violence At Alarming Rate
Even though there is progress in uplifting the rights of LBGTs, there is still a long road to travel across the globe.
04:04 Nov 25, 2014 PST
Ebola Outbreak Kills Nearly 5,000 in West Africa
With the ebola scare making headlines around the world and threatening the lives of many, more than 134 nations came together to pass a resolution pledging to tackle the deadly outbreak with urgency and vigor.
03:43 Nov 16, 2014 PST
Refugee Children Face Horrors and Hardships in Middle East
According to Ms. Richard, recently hundreds of thousands have fled their homes in Iraq as well children in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
03:05 Nov 2, 2014 PST
Terrorist Attack Kills 26 Egyptian Soldiers in Sinai
The terrorist attack is considered one of the deadliest attacks in Sinai for months. 26 Egyptian soldiers were killed and many were injured.
15:56 Oct 26, 2014 PST
Climate Change Threatens Global Food Security
The US is making progress to combat food insecurity. In 2013, the Feed the Future initiative helped nourish more than 12.5 million children.
04:42 Oct 20, 2014 PST
More Than One Hundred Nations Collaborate to Fight Ebola
She reported that Cuba for one has already sent 165 health professionals to the region and plans to send nearly 300 more.
05:36 Oct 16, 2014 PST
Deadly Bombings in Yemen Kill 70, Injure Hundreds
Yemeni people have lived with senseless violence for a long time and the recent increase in hostilities against innocent civilians undermines progress.
14:28 Oct 11, 2014 PST
Fiji Ready to Restore Democracy on 'Successful' Elections
Reports say than 520,000 voters are eligible to cast their ballots. The election for the 50-seat parliament closed at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 17.
15:42 Sep 22, 2014 PST
Suicide Attack Kills Four Chadian UN Peacekeepers
At least 50 Chadians have been killed since the Malian security forces and French troops fought against the Islamist rebels.
08:43 Sep 10, 2014 PST
New Peace Pact to End Hostilities in Mozambique
Violence has raged in Mozambique since Renamo ended the Rome agreement last year when the opposition party accused Government security forces of attacking their party headquarters.
05:37 Sep 8, 2014 PST
US Outraged By Barbaric Murder of Steven Sotloff
A video of the brutal beheading of American Steven Sotloff made headlines around the world this week. ISIS wants America to stop airstrikes in Iraq.
20:15 Sep 7, 2014 PST
Political Crisis Grips Lesotho
Earlier this week, Lesotho's military disarmed two police stations leading to the exchange of gunfire between military, youths and police injuring one soldier and four policemen.
22:54 Sep 3, 2014 PST
Houthis' Provocative Actions Undermine Yemen's Stability
Muslim Houthis continue to assert their power by launching a massive protest against the government, undermining the political stability of Yemen.
17:39 Sep 2, 2014 PST
More than 40 UN Peacekeepers Captured by Militants in Golan Heights
The al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, who have been fighting in Syria, captured 43 U.N. peacekeepers near the Syrian border crossing in the Golan Heights.
14:40 Aug 30, 2014 PST
Azerbaijani Journalist Ilgar Nasibov Brutally Beaten in Naxcivan
The Azerbaijani journalist was found unconscious. Mr. Nasinov suffered severe head trauma, a broken nose, and serious blood loss.
06:14 Aug 29, 2014 PST
Central African Republic Forms New Transitional Government
The notorious Muslim-backed Seleka militants brought terror in the country and took control of the capital of Bangui last year.
07:40 Aug 28, 2014 PST
Peter Theo Curtis Freed From Captivity in Syria
The American journalist was released in Syria after the bold mediation of Qatari government and currently undergoing medical check-up.
10:10 Aug 26, 2014 PST
Attack on Sunni Mosque Kills 70 Worshippers in Iraq
Since early this year, Islamic State extremist groups have launched terror in the country and have seized large areas in the country's west and north.
13:00 Aug 25, 2014 PST
Execution of James Foley Sparks Outrage
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US will continue to confront ISIL wherever it tries to spread its despicable hatred.
16:46 Aug 23, 2014 PST
US Pays Tribute to World's Humanitarians
Secretary Kerry said he felt privileged to be on the frontline to meet some of the bravest humanitarians particularly in times of tragedy and crises.
08:27 Aug 22, 2014 PST
US 'Successful' in Neutralizing Assad's Chemical Arsenal
US Secretary of State John Kerry said even amid a civil war, the US removed and have now destroyed the most dangerous chemicals in the regime's declared stockpiles.
05:11 Aug 19, 2014 PST
Maliki Stands Down as Iraq's Prime Minister and Supports Al-Abadi
According to media report, Mr. Maliki appeared alongside his successor and announced his withdrawal of his candidacy. The former PM also vowed support of the formation of the new government to be spearheaded by Mr. Al-Albadi.
16:33 Aug 17, 2014 PST
How US Helps West African Nations to Contain Spread of Ebola Virus
U.S. assistance includes the provision of equipment and other essential supplies, public health messaging efforts, plus technical and medical expertise.
23:42 Aug 14, 2014 PST
Comedy Legend Robin Williams Dies at 63
The famous actor was last seen alive at the house that he shared with Schneider in San Francisco at about 10pm on Sunday night.
07:23 Aug 13, 2014 PST
Iraq Forms New Government Amid Turmoil
According to Secretary Kerry, the United States applauds President Masum's fulfillment of his constitutional duties and urges the Prime Minister-designate to form a government that is representative of the Iraqi people
13:53 Aug 12, 2014 PST
One Militant Group (FDLR) Poses Greatest Threat To Congo's Stability
The militant group also continued to forcibly recruit children. With these abuses, fuel more inter-communal violence, displacement, and fear, and foster a climate in which new armed groups are likely to emerge.
13:58 Aug 10, 2014 PST
  
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