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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
Nearly 700 Men Sentenced to Death in Egypt
Media reports say Judge Said Youssef announced the sentences of 683 men at a court session that lasted only eight minutes.
15:37 May 4, 2014 PST
US Imposes Export Restrictions on Russia
Ms. Psaki said the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls will deny pending applications for export or re-export of high technology defense articles or services regulated under the U.S. Munitions List
12:53 Apr 30, 2014 PST
Is Russia Keeping Its Word to Halt Destabilizing Activities in Ukraine?
No Russian official has publicly called on the separatists to support the Geneva agreement, to support the stand-down, give up their weapons, exit Ukrainian buildings.
05:06 Apr 28, 2014 PST
The World Goes 'Green' on Earth Day 2014
Mina Fabulous reports that Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 192 countries, this year celebrating Green Cities, calling for clean fuel
06:19 Apr 27, 2014 PST
Prominent Journalist Survives Gun Attack in Pakistan
Reports say four men on motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir's car as he was traveling from Karachi airport to the office.
18:15 Apr 24, 2014 PST
58 Killed in Deadly Attack on UN Base in South Sudan
Mina Fabulous reports that a UN base in South Sudan, that was sheltering and protecting 5,000 civilians, came under attack by rebels associated with former Vice President Riek Machar.
13:39 Apr 23, 2014 PST
PEPFAR on Saving Lives and on Achieving An AIDS-Free Generation
PEFPAR continues to champion sound science and respect for basic human rights at every opportunity.
13:48 Apr 22, 2014 PST
Libyan Interim Prime Minister Quits After Armed Attack
Al-Thinni led the cabinet as acting prime minister after Ali Zeidan was voted out last month.
07:19 Apr 19, 2014 PST
US Slams Russia's Tactics on Ukraine
According to media reports, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Takeovers have occurred simultaneously in multiple locations in eastern Ukraine: Donetsk, Slav
11:33 Apr 16, 2014 PST
Chinese Court Rejects Corruption Activist Xu Zhiyong Appeal
The US reiterated its call for China to remove restrictions on activists' freedom of movement, and guarantee them freedoms under China's international human rights commitments.
07:59 Apr 15, 2014 PST
US Reveals Approaches for a 'Freer' Ukraine
One is US bilateral and multilateral support for Ukraine. Second, it notes the the costs US is imposing on Russia for its aggressive actions. Third, the approach includes efforts to deescalate the crisis diplomatically. Fourth, this one points to US
11:36 Apr 13, 2014 PST
US Addresses Lebanon's Rising Security Challenges
Lebanon is known for its un-demarcated and porous border with Syria that offers opportunity for terrorist infiltration in both directions.
13:41 Apr 12, 2014 PST
Luis Guillermo Solis Wins Costa Rica Presidential Poll
Mr. Solis included in his platforms to fight Costa Rica's poverty rate and eradicate rise of graft and corruption.
08:50 Apr 10, 2014 PST
Two UN Workers Shot Dead in Somalia
The world's body has spent billions of dollars in Somalia since the outbreak of civil war in 1991. However, the rise of Islamist group al Shabaab has hampered quest for stability in the war-torn country.
20:11 Apr 7, 2014 PST
Afghanistan Conducts Peaceful Landmark Election
It will take six weeks for final results to be disclosed considering the country's rugged terrain.
17:17 Apr 6, 2014 PST
Buddhist Mobs Attack UN and NGO Offices in Rakhine State
According to media reports, hundreds of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists destroyed windows at the offices of German medical aid group by hurling stones.
10:08 Apr 6, 2014 PST
NATO Committed to Advance Security Around the Globe
Secretary Kerry noyed that on March 12, 1999, Hungary, Poland, and Czech Republic joined. On March 29, 2004, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined. Most recently, on April 1, 2009,
11:41 Apr 5, 2014 PST
International Community Will Not Accept Russia's Illegal Annexation of Crimea
In her remarks in New York on the Adoption of the General Assembly Resolution on Ukraine, US Permanent Representative to UN Samantha Power said countries from every corner of the world made clear their support for Ukraine's territorial integrity an
19:08 Mar 31, 2014 PST
Is Iran Smuggling Rockets to Gaza Militants?
Gaza is ruled by terrorist group named Hamas. Other terrorist groups also lurk in Gaza including Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad, and Al Qaeda-inspired groups.
08:35 Mar 30, 2014 PST
World Water Day: US Committed to Create a More Water-Secure World
Ms. Novelli narrates that by 2050, the OECD predicts that there will be nine and a half billion people on Earth, and that we will need 80 percent more energy, 55 percent more water, and 60 percent more food to meet our demand.
08:01 Mar 29, 2014 PST
Ex-Rebel Salvador Sanchez Ceren Wins El Salvador Presidential Poll
According to the electoral tribunal, Mr. Ceren won 50.11 percent of the vote while his close opponent Norman Quijano, a conservative, received 49.98 percent.
04:27 Mar 27, 2014 PST
Turkey Blocks Access to Twitter Before Elections
The corruption scandal broke last December which disclosed the government's graft and corruption undertakings.
08:28 Mar 23, 2014 PST
US Rejects Russia's Land Grab in Crimea
In her remarks in New York, US Permanent Representative to UN Samanthan Power said the United States rejects Russia's military intervention and land grab in Crimea.
08:26 Mar 21, 2014 PST
US Allocates $100M to Facilitate 2014 Afghan Poll
She said this historic balloting can pave the way for Afghanistan first peaceful and democratic transfer of political authority from one head of state to another.
14:08 Mar 19, 2014 PST
US Denounces Referendum in Crimea
Yesterday, the citizens of Crimea overwhelmingly supported a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
06:48 Mar 17, 2014 PST
Bloody Protests Escalate in Venezuela
The young citizens demanded for a more stable government which will elevate their standard of living particulary when it comes to addressing their economic needs and the possibility of a community with zero crime rate.
07:35 Mar 15, 2014 PST
US Supports Democratic Transition in Ukraine
Mr. Burns said the US is determined to ensure that the people of Ukraine get to make their own choices about their future.
05:11 Mar 13, 2014 PST
Russia's Military Intervention Undermines Ukraine's Democratic Transition
He highlighted that Russia's actions in Crimea are in clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity and a breach of international law.
15:37 Mar 10, 2014 PST
Christian Community Facing Dangers in Syria
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or popularly called the ISIS and also terroris group, is on a mission to require Christians to renounce their faith and embrace Islam. The consequences for not complying to their demands is death.
11:13 Mar 8, 2014 PST
US Reveals Facts on Russia's Military Movement in Ukraine
She stated that there are clear and candid assessments of Russia's involvement in Ukraine.
06:15 Mar 8, 2014 PST
Secretary Kerry: Russia is in Violation of The Sovereignty of Ukraine
According to Secretary Kerry, US President Barack Obama had a phone conversation with President Putin.
16:20 Mar 5, 2014 PST
US Wants Russia to Withdraw its Military From Ukraine
In his remarks at a Security Council Stakeout on Ukraine, US Permament Representative to UN Samantha Power responded to reports that 6,000 Russian troops are on the ground in Crimea by calling upon Russia to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine.
11:50 Mar 5, 2014 PST
Is Afghanistan Heading in The Right Direction?
The US also supports the Afghan-led peace process, recognizing that the reconciliation is the best way to try to provide the surest end to violence and to secure a unified and a sovereign Afghanistan.
17:52 Mar 4, 2014 PST
US 'Outraged' by Syrian Regime Actions Against Delegates to Geneva II
Among those arrested was Mahmoud Sabra, the brother of Geneva delegation member, Mohammed Sabra.
17:28 Mar 2, 2014 PST
Syrian Conflict Threatens Progress in Lebanon
Incidents of terrorism also increase and threatens security situation in Lebanon with the ongoing dangers from Hezbollah's support for the Assad regime and the flow of violent extremists, whether they be from the al-Nusra front version in Lebanon,
14:39 Mar 2, 2014 PST
Boko Haram Launching Acts of Terror in Nigeria
The insuregents arrived in the village riding in trucks and on motorcycles. Without mercy they opened fire and hacked male residents they had assembled in the village square. They even search houses looking for male residents who were hiding.
13:07 Feb 26, 2014 PST
New UN Resolution to Solve Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
Ms. Power said finally this resoultion will address the worst humanitarian crisis engulfing the nation for three years.
09:07 Feb 25, 2014 PST
Suicide Attack on Somali Presidential Compound Kills 11
Nine militants were also killed in the attack. Two of the militants were blown up in the car suicide attack and seven were shot by Somali security forces.
12:57 Feb 24, 2014 PST
US Concerned on Guilty Verdict Against Russian Activists in Bolotnaya Trial
She pointed out that the conviction of the eight protestors reaffirms the US serious concerns about due process and rule of law in Russia.
19:19 Feb 23, 2014 PST
Russia and Estonia Sign Border Pact
Relations between Moscow and Tallinn has been strained when Russia collapsed in 1991. Russia accused Estonia of discriminating against its Russian population minorities.
18:23 Feb 20, 2014 PST
Violence Rages in Venezuela
Many believed the anti-government factions have caused the clamor with an aim to cause massive unrest and eventual ousting of President Maduro.
13:41 Feb 19, 2014 PST
Lebanon Forms New Government After 10-Month Political Deadlock
Salam added that his 'national interest government' had a mandate to fight the country's surging security problem which he linked to violence spilled over by Syria's civil war.
15:57 Feb 18, 2014 PST
Ukraine to Free Detainees Arrested During Mass Protests
The US considers the action as an important step to de-escalate tensions and create space for a peaceful, non-violent solution to Ukraine's political crisis.
16:29 Feb 17, 2014 PST
The World Witnessing Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
Mina Fabulous reports that, according to the US Permanent Representative to the UN, the situation in Syria has gone from bad to worse in the last four months.
14:17 Feb 17, 2014 PST
Burundi Flood Kills 50 People
The torrential rains caused flooding, mudslides and landslides, destroying houses, roads and other infrastructure.
06:35 Feb 16, 2014 PST
US Slams Cuba's Arbitrary Detention of Activists
In a press statement in Washington DC, Deputy Department Spokesperson Marie Harf said the US government condemned the unconstitutional detention of freedom activists.
09:14 Feb 14, 2014 PST
South Sudan Peace Pact to Resume in Ethiopia
Reports started to stir the headline that a cease-fire is supposed to be in force. However, the rebels claimed that the fighting is still not ceasing and the government forces are also engaged in battle.
18:22 Feb 11, 2014 PST
Is Iran Open for Business These Days?
Secretary Kerry clarified that the United States is prepared to enforce the sanctions that exist, and all of its allies are in agreement that those sanctions are staying in place until or unless there is a deal.
20:19 Feb 8, 2014 PST
US Addresses Al-Qaeda's Resurgence in Iraq
Mr. McGurk said suicide bombers have a pernicious effect on the stability of Iraq, and demonstrate a sophisticated global network that is able to recruit, train, and deploy, human beings to commit suicide and mass murder.
16:21 Feb 8, 2014 PST
Barrel Bombing Kills 15 Children in Aleppo
In addition, state structures in Syria are crumbling, extremists are expanding their influence among the opposition, and the dangers of long-term sectarian conflict and fragmentation are growing rapidly.
18:38 Feb 6, 2014 PST
US Optimistic About Mali's Future
She also cited that the UN Security Council is always there for in Mali because of the world's interest in supporting the efforts of its government and society to recover from war, achieve reconciliation, and move ahead.
16:17 Feb 6, 2014 PST
US and Germany Strengthen Alliance in 21st Century
Mina Fabulous reports that US Secretary of State John Kerry said a strong U.S.-German partnership is crucial to the long list of global issues both countries face.
16:01 Feb 3, 2014 PST
Vicious Attacks in Nigerian Village Kill 85 People
In another incident, Boko Haram rebels attacked the neighboring Adamawa state, killing 22 people during an attack on a church service.
19:11 Jan 31, 2014 PST
Tunisia's Parliament Ratifies New Constitution
Ms. Psaki highlighted that a strong constitution, reached through consultation and debate, is the foundation of a thriving democracy.
11:41 Jan 30, 2014 PST
Chinese Activist Xu Zhiyong Sentenced to Four Years in Prison
Xu is a legal scholar and has been a high-profile activist advocating for rights in China for a decade, who founded the New Citizens' Movement in China.
13:35 Jan 29, 2014 PST
Deadly Bombings Rattle Egypt's Capital
The country's forces have set up heavily armed checkpoints around the city, but that was not enough to stop the bombs.
17:43 Jan 28, 2014 PST
Buddhist Mobs Attack Muslim Homes in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine State
Myanmar is dominantly a Buddhist nation of 60 million people and Northern Rakhine is a home to 80 percent of the country's 1 million outcast Muslim Rohingya population.
12:01 Jan 28, 2014 PST
South Sudan and Opposition Forces Sign Pact to Cease Hostilities
The agreement will pave way to resolve the crisis in South Sudan, that started a month ago. Each side had blamed the other for starting the fighting.
19:38 Jan 27, 2014 PST
Ukraine Protests Turn Deadly
In addition, clashes raged between police and protesters who have came face to face around barricades on Hrushevskoho Street, causing to massive detention of more than 70 people.
14:01 Jan 25, 2014 PST
Catherine Samba-Panza Sworn in as New President of Central African Republic
Ms. Samba-Panza, a former mayor of Bangui was sworn in as the new president of Central African Republic on Thursday.
02:14 Jan 25, 2014 PST
Political Tension Grips Thailand
According to media reports, tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators have blocked parts of the Thai capital in a bid to halt elections planned for February 2 and for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
15:10 Jan 23, 2014 PST
Hery Rajaonarimampianina Wins Madagascar's Presidential Poll
Just over half of 7 million registered voters cast a ballot in the second round. Former finance minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina is the new president.
14:23 Jan 22, 2014 PST
16 Killed in Kabul Suicide Attack
According to media reports, a suicide bomber cleared a path for two gunmen, who then rushed in and fired on diners. 13 of the dead were foreigners.
15:28 Jan 21, 2014 PST
Serb Delegate Dimitrije Janicijevic Shot Dead in Kosovo
Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga believed the murder was an attempt to stop the work of the Kosovo institutions in giving citizens rule of law.
13:10 Jan 20, 2014 PST
Cycle of Conflict Torments South Sudan
US Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield of Bureau of African Affairs said South Sudan is riven by conflict not with Khartoum, but with itself.
13:05 Jan 20, 2014 PST
Afghanistan Making Progress in Counternarcotics Capacity
The United Nations (UN) estimates that the Afghan Taliban received at least $155 million annually from narcotics-related activities including taxation, protection, and extortion.
06:10 Jan 18, 2014 PST
Anti-Gay Law Stirs Uproar in Nigeria
Majority of the population has prohibited homosexuality as immoral behavior.
18:31 Jan 15, 2014 PST
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies After Eight Years In Coma
Eight years after a stroke caused him in a vegetative state, the brave army leader dies.
18:30 Jan 14, 2014 PST
Was It a Mistake for US to Leave Iraq So Soon?
Vice President Biden has encouraged the Iraqi leaders to say no to terror, to stand up to taking Iraq backwards, and for Iraqis to manage their security together.
11:49 Jan 13, 2014 PST
Syrian Crisis Causes Economic Problems in Lebanon
The United Nations has now set up tents for some of the newest arrivals in Lebanon, thus creating Lebanon's first formal tented settlement for Syrian refugees.
02:41 Jan 11, 2014 PST
China Destroys Six Tonnes of Illegal Wildlife Products
Most illegal ivory is headed to China as -reported by experts around the world. Use of ivory has long been considered as status symbols around the world.
09:48 Jan 8, 2014 PST
More American Embassy Personnel Evacuated From South Sudan
Series of clashes have triggered ethnic violence in the African country. In recent weeks, hundreds have been killed and nearly 200,000 have been displaced.
13:00 Jan 5, 2014 PST
Is Israel Skeptical of Palestine's Commitment to Peace?
In his remarks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the issue by saying that Israel is committed to advance peace with the Palestinians. However, the Palestinians are acting otherwise
19:39 Jan 4, 2014 PST
Arson Damages Chinese Consulate in San Francisco
The fire caused serious damage to the facilities. The San Francisco's police and fire departments immediately arrived at the scene to put out the fire.
00:17 Jan 4, 2014 PST
Beirut Blast Kills Former Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah
Mr. Chatah was a prominent critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opposed Hezbollah's armed role in Lebanon.
11:55 Dec 30, 2013 PST
Rocket Attack Kills Three in Camp Hurriya
She added that the Department, through its Senior Advisor for MEK Resettlement, Jonathan Winer, will remain actively engaged in the international effort to relocate the residents of Camp Hurriya to safe, permanent, and secure locations outside of Ir
06:56 Dec 28, 2013 PST
US Calls for Mediated Political Talks in South Sudan
Jonglei state has been plagued with ethnic tension between the Nuer and Murle tribes in recent years with recurrent attacks and massacres of civilians.
06:11 Dec 28, 2013 PST
Deadly Car Bomb Attack Kills 15 in Egypt
The dead included least 12 policemen and a security chief was among those hurt.
21:16 Dec 26, 2013 PST
US Slams Repression of Anti-Government Demonstrations in Egypt
The crowd of 200 to 1,000 protestors have been calling for political reform and for an end to the 29-year government-imposed state of emergency.
12:29 Dec 26, 2013 PST
Russia Releases Former Tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovskiy
He explained these fundamental righs are enshrined in the Russian Constitution as well as in international agreements to which Russia has committed itself.
21:20 Dec 24, 2013 PST
Civil War Looms in South Sudan
Reports say the clashes between the country's army and army mutineers have killed some 500 people, mainly soldiers.
03:16 Dec 24, 2013 PST
US Diplomats Leave War-Stricken South Sudan
Jonglei state has been plagued with ethnic tension between the Nuer and Murle tribes in recent years with recurrent attacks and massacres of civilians.
03:21 Dec 23, 2013 PST
US Commits 40M to Boost Philippine's Maritime Security
In addition, Secretary Kerry underlined that US supports efforts to reduce tensions surrounding the territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
13:51 Dec 21, 2013 PST
EU to Provide Political, Economic, and Security Support to Israel and Palestine
The support entails enhanced political dialogue and security cooperation will also be offered to both states.
12:17 Dec 20, 2013 PST
Michelle Bachelet Wins Chile Presidential Poll
According to media reports, the 62-year-old Bachelet will take office on March 11. The new leader will take over the conservative billionaire President Sebastian Pinera's seat for a term running through 2018.
12:05 Dec 17, 2013 PST
US Suspends Nonlethal Aid in Syria
US Secretary of State John Kerry said this is the nature of the beast that has been unleashed by Bashar al-Assad who is feeding some of it himself because he likes to try to play the part that he is the better alternative to these extremists.
12:03 Dec 16, 2013 PST
Militant Assault At Yemen's Defense Ministry Kills 52
Mina Fabulous says gunmen opened fire on soldiers, foreign medical staff, doctors and nurses working at a hospital inside Yemen's defense ministry.
22:34 Dec 14, 2013 PST
US Calls for 'Restraint' As Pro-EU Demonstration Grips Ukraine
The authorities sent in battalions of riot police with bulldozers to reclaim the Independence Square. There were records of scuffles and arrests. However, the riot police avoided entering the nearby City Hall and by morning they withdrew from the st
19:10 Dec 14, 2013 PST
Fundamental Struggle for Dignity Continues in 21st Century
He stated that more than six decades after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international community is still working to ensure that the rights set forth in it become 'a common standard of achievement for all peoples
15:36 Dec 14, 2013 PST
Will Iran Give Up Its Uranium Enrichment?
As speculation continues to make headlines that Iran is not disclosing enough information on its nuclear program, the United States of America underlined that it is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
04:17 Dec 13, 2013 PST
Political Unrest Torments Thailand
The protest continues to intensify when demonstrators and government supporters clashed, killing three persons.
01:16 Dec 12, 2013 PST
North Korea Releases Detained US Veteran Merrill Newman
Mr. Newman is a veteran and former finance executive. His family was worried about his health because he has a heart condition.
21:21 Dec 9, 2013 PST
UN Responds to Worsening Crisis in Central African Republic
The deployment of MISCA and French forces are mandated protect civilians, prevent atrocities, and restore humanitarian access that has been lost due to unrest and instability.
01:20 Dec 9, 2013 PST
Is Israel Ready for Historic Peace With Palestine?
In a joint statement with US Secretary John Kerry in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel-Palestine negotiation is a peace that Israel can and must be able to defend itself, by itself, with its own forces against any foreseeable threat.
00:51 Dec 8, 2013 PST
World Mourns The Death of 'Anti-Aparthied' Icon Nelson Mandela
The world-renowned anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Some of his dream has come true, but much of it has not.
15:32 Dec 7, 2013 PST
Nearly 100 Dead in Central African Republic Rebel Clashes
The crisis in the Central African Republic has escalated in recent months as rival Christian and Muslim groups continue to engage in heavy clashes.
12:48 Dec 6, 2013 PST
Israel to Join Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Senior diplomats from the US, Britain, Australia, Canada, Germany and France sent a letter to the UN requesting to admit Israel into the group.
04:05 Dec 6, 2013 PST
Slavery Still Pervades in Modern Societies
She notes millions of men and women, boys and girls, are being raped, trafficked, and exploited all over the world.
11:51 Dec 4, 2013 PST
Massive Protests Erupt in Ukraine
Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Kiev stormed the city to launch a huge rally. Some resorted to violence and stone throwing, resulting in violent action by police.
07:55 Dec 2, 2013 PST
US Exempts Five Countries From Iranian Sanctions
John Kerry said the additional reductions were determined based on an analysis of the economies' purchasing activity over the previous six months.
17:50 Dec 1, 2013 PST
Mortar Shells Hit Russian Embassy in Damascus
The United States expressed condemnation of the attack expressed its concern for those killed and injured in the incident.
00:38 Nov 30, 2013 PST
US Deplores 'Assasination' of Yemeni MP Abdulkarim Jadban
Yemeni MP Abdel Karim Jadban was assassinated on Friday in the Yemeni capital by two armed men as he was leaving a Sanaa mosque.
21:56 Nov 28, 2013 PST
Is Israel Threatened By Iran's Uranium Enrichment?
The proposal of US aims to freeze Iran's nuclear program for six months until a comprehensive agreement will be reached.
09:52 Nov 27, 2013 PST
US Promotes Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality Around The World
The strategy is expected to make a significant difference in efforts to ensure that all persons can live free from violence.
19:51 Nov 26, 2013 PST
US Addresses Ongoing Violence in The Central African Republic
Mr. Jackson stated that the US government is working closely with its European allies, the United Nations, and the African Union to press for stability, the respect of human rights and the restoration of democratic governance in C.A.R.
18:11 Nov 23, 2013 PST
US Provides $40M in Assistance to AU-Led Peacekeeping Mission in CAR
He noted that the African country has no capacity to or political will to end the violence.
18:02 Nov 23, 2013 PST
US Extends $37M in Humanitarian Assistance to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Few days later after the disaster hit the central part of the Philippines, USAID announced $20 million in humanitarian and an additional $10 million in humanitarian assistance on November 18.
04:15 Nov 21, 2013 PST
Blasts Rock Iranian Embassy Compound in Beirut
Reports say an Al Qaeda member named Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility of the attack.
11:08 Nov 20, 2013 PST
Boko Haram Poses a Threat to Nigeria's Stability
Boko Haram actions have increased tensions between ethnic communities, interrupted development, frightened investors, and alarmed Nigeria's neighbors.
15:14 Nov 19, 2013 PST
Fresh Clashes Erupt in Libya's Capital
The country's leader Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has called for restraint aftermath the violence and called for militants to vacate the capital.
11:48 Nov 17, 2013 PST
Humanitarian Agencies Struggling to Reach Populations Across Syria
Assistant Anne C. Richard of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration says the Assad government is refusing to issue visas for humanitarian workers and blocking legitimate Syrian aid agencies from working with the international community.
06:37 Nov 16, 2013 PST
US Welcomes Syrian Coalition's Decision to Participate in Peace Talks
Participation by a representative body of the moderate opposition at Geneva conference, political and armed, is essential to moving toward a political transition, for future of all Syrians.
13:11 Nov 15, 2013 PST
US And United Arab Emirates Collaborate in Promoting Peace in Arab Region
Secretary Kerry highlighted that the war in Syria has cost way too many lives and is breeding increasing extremism, radical religious extremism and terrorists who are a threat to the world.
04:37 Nov 13, 2013 PST
Monster Typhoon 'Yolanda' Slams Philippines
The storm destroyed buildings, caused floods and triggered landslides in the country's central islands.
23:15 Nov 9, 2013 PST
US Donates $75M in Aid to Palestine
Kerry announced the aid in Bethlehem, where he is meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Kerry earlier met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
19:37 Nov 9, 2013 PST
Netanyahu: Israel Seeks Peace With Palestinians
Prime Minister Netanyahu says Israel and Palestine agreed three months ago on certain terms and stands by those terms as well
12:46 Nov 9, 2013 PST
M23 Rebels Declare End to Rebellion in Congo
An estimated five million people have lost their lives since 1998, and millions more have been uprooted and displaced due to cycle of violence in DRC.
13:28 Nov 7, 2013 PST
US Issues $5M Reward Leading to Arrest of Rafael Caro-Quintero
Caro-Quintero is indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California on many U.S. federal felony charges. US considered him a fugitive from justice.
05:36 Nov 7, 2013 PST
Is US-Saudi Arabia Relationship Deteriorating?
Both countries believe they must avert further instability and asserts for the holding of Geneva 2 conference as soon as possible so the representatives of the people of Syria can work towards a transition to a new Syria.
19:13 Nov 5, 2013 PST
US Lauds Inspectors for 'Job Well Done' in Eliminating Syria's Chemical Weapons
Secretary Kerry also underlines that it must also be crystal clear that eliminating Syria's chemical weapons is not a substitute for ending the civil war nor does it end the humanitarian catastrophe that continues to unfold.
06:26 Nov 3, 2013 PST
Political Violence Escalates in Mozambique
Reports say the Mozambican military attacked another bush camp from the rebel Renamo movement where the clashes between the army and Renamo had claimed 58 lives.
15:09 Nov 2, 2013 PST
Destruction of Syria's Chemical Weapons: A 'Win-win' for US and Russia
Both believe that the sooner they make progress towards a diplomatic resolution the better it will be for Syria as well as Syria's neighbors, who are bearing the considerable burden of refugee outflow and the instability that comes with that.
11:42 Nov 1, 2013 PST
US Reveals 'Next Steps' on Egypt Policy
Responding to the desires of millions of Egyptians for democracy, the United States of America today revealed its next steps on U.S. policy toward Egypt.
18:16 Oct 31, 2013 PST
Giorgi Margvelashvili Wins Georgian Presidential Poll
His closest rival, David Bakradze garnered 21% based on partial results.
13:48 Oct 31, 2013 PST
'New' Afghanistan Ready to Face The Future
Afghans watch multiple TV stations from around the region and enjoy access to radio and cell phones as well.
13:04 Oct 31, 2013 PST
Colombian Rebels Free US Marine Kevin Sutay After Four Months of Captivity
A Doctor reportedly confirmed Mr. Sutay to be in good health and fit to travel.
22:39 Oct 28, 2013 PST
US 'Deeply Concerned' on Renewed Fighting in Congo
Reports say clashes resumed Friday between the army and rebels in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo which forced thousands of civilians to flee to neighbouring Rwanda.
13:21 Oct 28, 2013 PST
Two Peackeepers Killed in Mali Islamist Attack
The terrorist attack was the first such attack since the mission deployed on July 1, 2013.
12:13 Oct 27, 2013 PST
Sudan and South Sudan To Meet On Safe Demilitarized Border Zone
The US takes note of the two Presidents' decisions to fully establish the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) by mid-November, open border crossings, and facilitate movement and trade between the two countries including through the convening of a
19:13 Oct 25, 2013 PST
US Says 'Despair of Families in Syria Growing Worse' Each Day
In her remarks at a Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East, U.S. Permanent Representative to UN Samantha Power says innocent people continue to be targeted and the country is disintegrating.
20:27 Oct 23, 2013 PST
Sudan Issues Work Permits to 30,000 Refugees
Over the past three years, a number of the new arrivals have been or become victims of kidnapping, torture, and human trafficking, she noted.
18:45 Oct 21, 2013 PST
US Condemns the Siege in Syria's Mouadimiya Town
Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki notes that the siege has led to unprecedented reports of children dying of malnutrition-related causes in areas that are only a few miles from Bashar al-Assad's palace in Damascus.
16:54 Oct 20, 2013 PST
UN Elects Five Non-Permanent Security Council Members
In addition, the US also supports efforts to tackling ongoing and emerging conflicts in the Great Lakes, Sudan and South Sudan, Somalia, Mali, the Central African Republic and elsewhere.
08:51 Oct 19, 2013 PST
US Committed to Support Efforts to Enhance Global Energy Security
He explains that any supply disruption will increase global prices and the price we pay for energy at home.
19:10 Oct 18, 2013 PST
Three UN Peacekeepers Killed in Darfur Ambush
The attack happened days after unidentified men brutally killed a Zambian military observer in the neighboring Darfur city of El Fasher.
05:04 Oct 17, 2013 PST
International Day of The Girl: US Reaffirms Commitment to Girls' Rights
According to Secretary Kerry, with the efforts of number of global partnerships and programs led by the State Department, like TechGirls and NeXXt Scholars and great USAID programs like Safe Schools, they have made important progress.
09:46 Oct 13, 2013 PST
Libyan Prime Minister Freed 'Unharmed' After Kidnapping
Ali Zeidan was appointed by the General National Congress and took office on 31st October when Congress approved his cabinet proposal.
05:47 Oct 13, 2013 PST
  
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