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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
US Imposes Visa Restrictions Against Rights Abusers in Venezuela
The action taken by the US State Department is a manifestation of US respond to the growing turmoil which is hammering the country. Amid the growing protests against the Venezuelan government, the regime have responded with arbitrary detentions and
09:31 Aug 8, 2014 PST
Six Aid Workers Killed in South Sudan
A new wave of violence has engulfed the South Sudan-Sudan border since December which is said to be ethnitically targeting civilians.
03:44 Aug 8, 2014 PST
Ex-Georgian Leader Faces Criminal Charges on Abuse of Power
Media reports say the Tblisi City Court issued the order for Saakashvili and two other prominent officials, all on the same charges.
18:46 Aug 4, 2014 PST
North Korea Continues to Defy the International Community
While the regime earnestly pursues creation of nuclear weapons, a majority of North Korea's nearly 25 million people continue to suffer.
05:47 Aug 3, 2014 PST
World Population Day: Empowering Youth to Create a Better World
When barriers are removed, it is only then the youth can realize their full potential and help drive social and economic development.
07:29 Jul 15, 2014 PST
Yemeni Clashes Kill At Least 120
The Yemeni forces used warplanes to attack the positions held by the rebels near the provincial capital of Amran.
17:39 Jul 13, 2014 PST
Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair Sentenced for 15 Years in Jail
Lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, head of an independent human rights organization, the Saudi Arabia Monitor of Human Rights, has been facing persecution from Saudi Arabian authorities.
14:04 Jul 13, 2014 PST
Saudi Arabia Pledges $500M to Address Iraq's Grave Humanitarian Crisis
The 500 million dollars exceeds the expected amount sought by the word's body to respond to the crisis in Iraq. Saudi Arabia made the contribution after the UN expressed concern over the lack of funding for humaitarian aid in raq.
06:45 Jul 10, 2014 PST
American Teen Beaten and Detained in Israel
Ms. Psaki also expressed grave concern about the increasing violent incidents, and call on all sides to take steps to restore calm and prevent harm to innocents.
08:26 Jul 9, 2014 PST
Prominent Rights Activist Salwa Bugaighis Shot Dead in Benghazi
Ms. Bugaighis played an active part in 2011 Libyan revolution that ousted the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.
07:52 Jul 7, 2014 PST
US Committed to Counter The Global Flow of Illicit Drugs
On International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Secretary Kerry said we must connect the dots between the global flow of illicit drugs and violence
06:16 Jul 7, 2014 PST
Palestinian Boy, Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir Abducted and Murdered
A short time after three murdered Israeli teens were buried, a 16 year old Palestinian boy, Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, was murdered.
16:50 Jul 3, 2014 PST
US Criticizes Military Coup in Thailand
He said the recent events have shown that the current military coup is both more repressive and likely to last longer than the last one.
08:32 Jul 2, 2014 PST
Majority of Americans Disapprove Obama's Foreign Policy
In an interview with Alexander Marquardt of ABC in Erbil in Iraq earlier thsis week, US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the issue that Iraq is in civil strife rather than a civil war.
09:55 Jul 1, 2014 PST
CBS Asks If US Is Turning a Deaf Ear To Iraq Political and Security Crisis
Secretary Kerry said President Obama reserves the right to use force, as he does anywhere in the world, if necessary, but military action is not a solution this time.
11:06 Jun 30, 2014 PST
US Blaming Assad for the Existence of ISIS?
Even though President Assad is fighting against ISIS, Secretary Kerry urged the Syrian president to declare he is not going to continue to serve, he will work for a transition government
16:55 Jun 29, 2014 PST
US Has No Plans To Return Combat Troops To Iraq
Secretary Kerry said President Obama has no intention of returning American combat troops to Iraq to go back to where we were.
05:21 Jun 27, 2014 PST
Is Iraq in State of Civil War?
Secretary Kerry said ISIS is a threat to global security particulary to the region as well as to Iraq itself and the integrity of Iraq.
07:08 Jun 26, 2014 PST
World Bears The Burden of Worsening Global Refugee Crisis
Syria is the hardest hit by the crisis. Since 2011, Syria has gone from being the world's second largest refugee-hosting country to being its second largest refugee-producing country.
06:37 Jun 25, 2014 PST
Will US and Iran Collaborate To Stop Bloodshed in Iraq?
US says collaboration is not on the table and the US is only interested in communicating with Iran to make clear that the Iranians know what the US is thinking and vice versa.
18:21 Jun 24, 2014 PST
US Condemns Horrendous Massacre By ISIS In Tikrit
She said the US condemns ISIL's tactics in the strongest possible terms and stand in solidarity with the Iraqi people against these horrendous and senseless acts of violence.
17:54 Jun 23, 2014 PST
Israeli Teens Abducted From West Bank Still Missing
The US is offering support for Israel in its search for the three missing teenage boys, and for their prompt return.
13:50 Jun 23, 2014 PST
Attack on Peacekeeping Mission in Mali Kills Four
A truck loaded with bombs exploded at the entrance to MINUSMA's camp in the town of Aguelhoc in the northern part of Mali.
19:01 Jun 18, 2014 PST
Child Labor Still Torments the World Today
In addition, education is not a priority for these chidren. Many never get to attend school. Some adult responsibilities are forced on them at a young age, and many more are forced to grow up too fast, simply to help provide for their families.
18:48 Jun 17, 2014 PST
World Oceans in Trouble!
In his remarks in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the celebration is a time to pause and focus on protecting the ocean.
09:33 Jun 14, 2014 PST
ISIL in Control Of Mosul in Iraq
The rebel fighters popularly known as the Islamic State of Iraq or ISIL has made advances in the city where hundreds of rebels launched an assault on Musol, creating clamor and mass displacements in the city.
10:41 Jun 13, 2014 PST
28 Dead as Taliban Attack Pakistan's Main Airport
The death toll included airport security guards and staff of Pakistan International Airlines.
07:35 Jun 11, 2014 PST
US 'Deeply Concerned' About Rwandan Arrests
Amid the accusation, the Rwandan government expressed strong opposition of the criticism. The government explained that the move was a response to threats from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).
06:49 Jun 9, 2014 PST
Chinese Blogger Terminated After Meeting With Secretary Kerry
The young blogger was invited by the United States Embassy to meet with Mr. Kerry during his China trip. Mr. Jialong met with the secretary and he was noted to be frank for his disapproval of China's strict controls on online censorhips.
08:49 Jun 8, 2014 PST
Candy Magnate Petro Poroshenko Wins Ukraine's Presidential Poll
According to media reports, the former foreign minister won the election during the first round with between 55 per cent and 57 per cent.
11:58 Jun 5, 2014 PST
Will US Finally Intervene in Syria?
In the coming days ahead, the US will be working very closely with Congress to engage in additional assistance to the moderate opposition.
07:25 Jun 3, 2014 PST
Is US Successful in Empowering The 'New' Afghanistan?
Secretary Kerry said President Obama set a target for the Afghans to take control of their security.
12:15 Jun 2, 2014 PST
Al-Shabaab Attack Targets Westerners in Djibouti
According to media reports, the terrorist group issued statement saying that the suicide attack mainly targeted westerners particularly the French 'crusaders.'
07:26 May 29, 2014 PST
Al-Shabaab Attack on Somali Parliament Draws Condemnation
Militants stormed the facility in the capital of Mogadishu and launched a killing rampage using automatic rifles, heavy machine guns and explosives in an attack. The deadly attack lasted for three hours.
14:10 May 28, 2014 PST
US Helps Nigeria Search For 250 Young Girl Hostages
A multidisciplinary US team is collaborating with Nigerian counterparts and other countries such as the United Kingdom and France to address this problem.
06:42 May 27, 2014 PST
Military Imposes Martial Law in Turmoil-Hit Thailand
Violence in many parts of the country which claimed innocent live draws concern and led to the military staging a coup and removing the weakened civilian government.
06:45 May 26, 2014 PST
Twin Bomb Blasts Kill 118 People in Nigeria
The first blast in Jos took place in the bus terminal, killing about 10 people. However, scores more died in the explosion in the busy market.
23:45 May 25, 2014 PST
New Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi Brings Hope
Mr. Modi is a former tea seller who gained popularity because of his reputation as a tough administrator. There is optimism for India's stuttering economy.
03:41 May 25, 2014 PST
Balkan Flood Kills 37
Social media particularly Facebook is utilized by the residents in both countries to call for aid to response to the needs of the flood victims.
10:20 May 22, 2014 PST
US 'Outraged' By Boko Haram's Mass Kidnapping of Young Girls in Nigeria
In his testimony in Washington DC, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert P. Jackson said the barbaric acts of the Boko Haram shows the world that it has no regard for human life.
08:17 May 22, 2014 PST
Plane Crash Kills Lao Senior Officials
The military plane left the capital Vientiane in Saturday morning with senior military officers and other government officials.
13:41 May 21, 2014 PST
Sudanese Pregnant Woman Faces Death Sentence for Apostasy Case
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim was charged with apostasy as well as adultery for marrying a Christian man. The young woman is set to face a penalty of 100 lashes because her marriage to a Christian man is considered void under Sharia law.
12:02 May 20, 2014 PST
Mining Tragedy Kills More Than 200 in Turkey
Around 700 workers were inside the mine when the accident took place.
09:14 May 18, 2014 PST
US Slams Illegal Referenda in Eastern Ukraine
Ms. Psaki even added that the referenda will violate international law and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
08:06 May 18, 2014 PST
South Sudan President and Rebel Chief Sign Peace Deal
After the international pressure to end the bloodshed, the two leaders finally agreed to end the fighting within the 24 hours after signing the agreement.
13:58 May 16, 2014 PST
Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process over?
Ambassador Martin Indyk said in some ways things are easier in the Israeli-Palestinian context today than in the past. For one reason the international context for peacemaking is better today.
13:39 May 14, 2014 PST
Is US Hammering Russia Wth Sanctions?
Recently, the U.S. enacted new sanctions on seven Russian government officials, including two members of President Putin's inner circle, and 17 entities.
09:19 May 13, 2014 PST
Congo Making Significant Progress in Economy
According to Mr. Feingold, Congo's military performed admirably in the past year. It has performed admirably in going after one of the most important threats to the security of the country and going after the M23 in conjunction with MONUSCO and the
11:15 May 11, 2014 PST
Unrest Erupts in South-Western City in Ukraine
According to media reports, some people were overwhelmed by smoke. Some died after they jumped from the building.
12:49 May 9, 2014 PST
Is War Emerging Between US and Europe Because of Ukraine?
With Russia's reluctancy to ease the tension in Ukraine, Ms. Nuland said there have to be costs and both have imposed fresh sanctions.
07:18 May 6, 2014 PST
Kerry Defends Himself on Israel 'Apartheid State' Comment
In a press statement in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kery expressed his commitment and support for Israel.
04:55 May 5, 2014 PST
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