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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
US Affirms Long-Standing Support to Egyptian Government
Ms. Psaki states that US will continue assistance to help secure Egypt's borders, counter terrorism and proliferation, and ensure security in the Sinai.
17:28 Oct 11, 2013 PST
US Addresses Security and Governance Challenges in Somalia
The US also has shifted focus from humanitarian crisis response, now concentrating on security and stability, laying the foundation for economic recovery through our development-focused programming.
14:26 Oct 10, 2013 PST
Nearly 100 Migrants Drowned Off The Coast of Sicily
The boat reportedly caught fire and sank off an Italian island.
05:47 Oct 5, 2013 PST
Is US Averting Its Airstrike on Syria?
Kerry says the American people felt betrayed by what happened in Iraq and the evidence wasn't there. Also, weapons of mass destruction weren't there.
14:14 Oct 4, 2013 PST
Boko Haram Militants Kill 50 Students in Nigeria's Agricultural College
The attack took place when the students were sleeping in their hostels and the rebels opened fire at them.
12:12 Oct 2, 2013 PST
Sahel Making Progress Amid Challenges
She says the dramatic progress in Mali is a testament to what concerted international action and regional leadership can achieve.
12:57 Sep 30, 2013 PST
US Slams Sudan's Brutal Crackdown on Protesters
The US deplores the excessive use of force against civilians that has reportedly resulted in dozens of casualties.
05:55 Sep 29, 2013 PST
Judges Uphold Conviction of Ex-Liberian Leader Charles Taylor
Reports say about 50,000 people died in the 11-year civil war that ended in 2002.
11:46 Sep 27, 2013 PST
US Signs Arms Trade Treaty
In his speech at the Arms Trade Treaty Signing Ceremony in New York City, Secretary Kerry says the Treaty addresses the problem of illicit trade in conventional weapons in global context.
10:17 Sep 26, 2013 PST
85 Killed in Suicide Bombing At Peshawar Church
However, the Pakistani Taliban group denied the accusation and instead they condemned the attack.
17:10 Sep 25, 2013 PST
US Condemns Killings of IDF Soldiers in West Bank
Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said the violence undermines efforts to establish the positive atmosphere the parties need to progress in peace negotiations for both Palestine and Israel.
05:04 Sep 25, 2013 PST
Deadly Shellings Hit Russian Embassy in Damascus
US Department Spokesperson Maries Harf made a statement saying the United States condemns the shelling and expressed her concern for the welfare of those injured in the incident.
04:10 Sep 25, 2013 PST
Terrorist Massacre Kills 39 At Nairobi's Shopping Mall
Reports say the massacre aimed to target Westerner shoppers.
17:57 Sep 23, 2013 PST
US Responds to The 'Tragedy' in Syria
Of the $1 billion in U.S. aid provided since the crisis began, nearly half - $488 million -has come from funds appropriated to the Population, Refugees and Migration bureau.
05:25 Sep 22, 2013 PST
EU Policeman Killed in Deadly Attack in Kosovo
The attack was noted to be the first deadly attack on the mission since its creation five years ago.
17:23 Sep 20, 2013 PST
Iran Frees 11 Political Prisoners
Rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was one of eight women and three men released on Wednesday.
18:13 Sep 19, 2013 PST
US: Assad Regime Used 'Higher Quality of Sarin' To Kill Civilians
She narrates that the weapons bore none of the characteristics of improvised weapons.
18:32 Sep 18, 2013 PST
Is Israel Supporting US to Rid Syria's Chemical Weapons?
He points out the Syrian regime must be stripped all its chemical weapons, and that would make our entire region a lot safer.
20:35 Sep 16, 2013 PST
US and Russia Collaborating to Eliminate Syria's Chemical Weapons?
In his remarks with with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva in Switzerland, US Secretary of State John Kerry says US and Russia had series of disagreements about the situation in Syria.
18:35 Sep 14, 2013 PST
42 Iranian Exiles Relocated to Camp Hurriya
The MEK group opposed Iran's clerical regime, and its members were granted refuge inside Iraq by former iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
19:13 Sep 13, 2013 PST
US Reveals Obstacles to Resumption of Six-Party Talks
Ms. Davies say the US simply does not see the positive attitude of North Korea toward fulfilling its obligations, its commitments, to living up to UN Security Council Resolutions, and we need to see that.
19:58 Sep 12, 2013 PST
Secretary Kerry: US 'Not' Declaring War in Syria
He says General Dempsey and Secretary Hagel will explains how they can achieve that and their confidence in ther ability to achieve that.
17:11 Sep 11, 2013 PST
Maldives Concludes First Round of Presidential Election
Mr. Nasheed was elected in 2008 after decades of reign but resigned in 2012 after massive protests were launched against him.
09:51 Sep 9, 2013 PST
Is It US Policy for Syrian Rebels to Win?
According to Secretary Kerry, it's not that the calculation of what the President has proposed in the military strike he is seeking to get authorization for.
16:01 Sep 8, 2013 PST
US Says Security Council Fails to Live Up to Obligations In Syrian Crisis
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said the use of chemical weapons is the world's redline.
17:44 Sep 6, 2013 PST
Will US Congress Vote 'Yes' for Military Action in Syria?
Amid notion that the Congress is divided and paralyzed, US Secretary Kerry says they don't contemplate that the Congress is going to vote 'no.'
12:50 Sep 2, 2013 PST
Another 'Massacre' Kills 52 Iranian Exiles
More than four dozen members of an Iranian dissident group have been killed in an early morning attack at their camp north of Baghdad on Sunday, according to the Iranian exiles.
21:42 Sep 1, 2013 PST
US Appeals to Iran for 'Return' of US Citizens
The three Americans include Pastor Saeed Abedini, whose eight-year prison sentence was upheld to their families.
20:43 Sep 1, 2013 PST
US Calls For Restraint Amid Escalating Clashes in Eastern Congo
Reports say M23 resorting to violence has resulted in civilian casualties, attacks on the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO), and significant population displacements.
07:24 Aug 26, 2013 PST
Lebanon: Deadly Blasts Rock Tripoli
In a press statement by Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf, the US government strongly condemns the terrorist bombings at the al-Taqwa and al-Danawi mosques in Tripoli, Lebanon.
18:29 Aug 24, 2013 PST
Mali Elects Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as New President
Reports say the presidential election runoff was held August 11 and the new president is expected to be sworn in by Mali's supreme court on September 4.
09:15 Aug 22, 2013 PST
Tropical Storm 'Trami' Causes Massive Flooding in Philippines
Reports says 'Trami' is now moving to the northwest and away from the northern Philippines. It is reportedly moving to the west and predicted to become a typhoon before making landfall in northern Taiwan today.
04:59 Aug 22, 2013 PST
Humanitarian Access Critical to Protecting Civilians in Conflict
At a Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in New York, Ms. DiCarlo stresses the need for timely, full, and unimpeded humanitarian access to populations in need of assistance must make the top priority
20:12 Aug 20, 2013 PST
Rising Tide of Violence Sweeps Egypt
US Secretary of State John Kerry pledges that the United States also remains at the ready to work with all of the parties and with our partners and with others around the world in order to help achieve a peaceful, democratic way forward.
05:08 Aug 16, 2013 PST
Is Issue of Espionage Hampering Relationship Between US and Brazil?
US Secretary John Kerry explains the importance of foreign intelligence to protect Americans and people around the world.
16:22 Aug 14, 2013 PST
Detention of Human Rights Activist Adilur Rahman Khan Sparks Outrage
Implemented by CARE from 2004 to 2010, the first phase of SHOUHARDO was the largest non-emergency USAID food security program in the world.
16:45 Aug 13, 2013 PST
US 'Concerned' With Violent Incident in Weliweriya, Sri Lanka
The US government is also particularly concerned by reports that protestors seeking refuge within a Catholic church were attacked in the holy ground
17:04 Aug 12, 2013 PST
Notorious Ivory Smuggler Arrested in Togo
N'bouke became rich and powerful dealing in illegal ivory by using legal ivory trade loopholes.
12:44 Aug 11, 2013 PST
Somali Pirates Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Four Americans
The abducted American citizens who were killed in February 2011 incident were Adam, Jean Adam, Phyllis Macay, and Robert Riggle.
17:41 Aug 10, 2013 PST
Saudi Arabia Donates $100M to UN Center on Counterterrorism
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has urged the international community to support and promote the center.
17:30 Aug 9, 2013 PST
US Slams Sudan's Failure to Renew UNHCR Work Permits
US Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the US government recognizes the significant tasks of the staffers in protecting hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the conflict in Darfur.
15:53 Aug 9, 2013 PST
Solution to The Israel-Arab Conflict
The State of Israel and the Arab Autonomy
04:58 Aug 8, 2013 PST
UN Critical To A Range of US Interests
Later on, she is set to met with the Secretary-General so as to present her credentials. She hasworked with the Secretary-General over the last few years at the White House.
15:46 Aug 7, 2013 PST
Commander Bahawal Khan Designated as Global Terrorist
According to the US State Department, Khan has previously served as a sub-commander for CNG in South Waziristan and has fought with the Taliban since the late 1990s.
05:04 Aug 7, 2013 PST
Suicide Attack Kills Nine in Afghanistan
Most of the casualties were children who were reportedly attending religious classes in the city.
19:21 Aug 5, 2013 PST
Former Governor William Scranton Dies at 96
Reports say Mr. Scranton died at a retirement community in Montecito in California where he lived with his wife.
05:37 Aug 3, 2013 PST
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in The Lead in Mali's First Round Presidential Polls
Partial results from Monday's first round presidential elections in Mali revealed that former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is in the lead and expected to win the high-stakes election.
20:14 Aug 1, 2013 PST
Bloodshed Escalates in Cairo
Violence not only further sets back the process of reconciliation and democratization in Egypt, but it will negatively impact regional stability, he stressed.
04:44 Aug 1, 2013 PST
Are The Europeans Still 'Undecided' to Support The Syrian Opposition?
New York, Ambassador Susan E. Rice says that was an important step forward and was another point of unity among countries of the region and beyond who share the objectives.
13:39 Jun 30, 2013 PST
US and Saudi Arabia Collaborating on Syrian Crisis
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal says the situation has been made far more difficult and complicated by Assad's invitation to Iran and to Hezbollah, Iran's surrogate, to cross international lines and to become engaged on the ground in
09:31 Jun 30, 2013 PST
US Supreme Court Advances Gay Rights By Striking Defense of Marriage Act
Secretary Kerry explains that to fully implement the requirements and implications of the Court's decision, they will work with the Department of Justice and other agencies to review all relevant federal statutes
08:44 Jun 28, 2013 PST
US Increases Efforts to Stop Chinese Cyber Attacks?
Reports say Mr. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years.
09:53 Jun 27, 2013 PST
Is US 'Uncertain' About Its Involvement in Syria?
In an interview with Catherine Chomiak of NBC, US Secretary John Kerry clarified the issue saying the speculation is totally erroneous.
14:30 Jun 26, 2013 PST
Two Groups of Liberty Residents Relocated to Albania
In addition, Germany has reportedly offered to relocate about 100 residents of the refugee camp as well.
08:37 Jun 25, 2013 PST
World Refugee Day: US Addresses Refugee Situations Globally
Secretary Kerry reiterates that the United States has a proud tradition of welcoming those fleeing violence and persecution.
09:47 Jun 23, 2013 PST
US Optimistic on Afghanistan's Future
With regards to security transition, Afghanistan reached 'Milestone 2013' earlier this week and the Afghanistan government is now in the lead for security nationwide, with ISAF moving into a supporting role.
10:02 Jun 22, 2013 PST
Is HIV/AIDS Now in Retreat?
He says that in Sub-Saharan Africa, both the number of new infections and AIDS-related deaths are down by almost one-third over the last decade.
09:11 Jun 21, 2013 PST
New Truce Accord Reached Between Mali Government and Rebels
The agreement entails the permission for Malian troops to enter the rebel-held city of Kidal in the northeast of Mali and to ensure security in the incoming presidential elections set to take place on July 28.
19:39 Jun 20, 2013 PST
Ecuador's New Communications Law Restricts Freedom of Press
Ecuadorian legislators have expressed opposition of the law, saying it will allow the government to control media through its strict defined regulations
15:14 Jun 19, 2013 PST
Indiscriminate Shelling Kills UN Peacekeeper in Sudan's Oil Region
The U.N. logistics office in Kadugli was used to support the U.N. peacekeeping force deployed in the Abyei region, an oil disputed region by Sudan and South Sudan.
14:54 Jun 18, 2013 PST
US Confirms 'Assad Regime Has Used Chemical Weapons'
She reports that the US government has requested that the UN fact-finding mission include the information in this letter in its ongoing investigation.
13:14 Jun 17, 2013 PST
Hassan Rouhani Wins Iran's 11th Presidential Election
The new president-elect won more then 18,000, 000 votes. His propaganda for reform reportedly gave him an edge to gain more votes and meet majority of Iranians' desire for change as well.
13:45 Jun 16, 2013 PST
Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates 87th Birthday
The parade was followed by a visit to her husband in the private London hospital who is recovering from abdominal surgery.
12:02 Jun 16, 2013 PST
Guinea Government, Opposition Parties Finally Agree on Legislative Elections
Guinea has spent five decades since independence under a strongman rule. In 2009, the country finally transitioned to civilian rule and conducted its first democratic election ever in the fall of 2010.
08:01 Jun 15, 2013 PST
'World Day Against Child Labor' Calls Attention to Child Labor in Domestic Work
According to Secretary Kerry, because domestic work is carried out largely behind closed doors, children are particularly vulnerable to hazardous and exploitative conditions and are often subject to sexual harassment,
09:08 Jun 14, 2013 PST
Liu Xiaobo's Brother-In-Law Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison on Fraud Charges
Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges of subversion for his advocacy of democratic reforms in China.
18:43 Jun 13, 2013 PST
AIDS No Longer Death Sentence in 21st Century
Ms. Robl says under President Obama's leadership, the United States has continued to strengthen commitment to PEPFAR, which this year marks its 10 year anniversary.
13:07 Jun 13, 2013 PST
Opposition Lawmakers Expelled from Cambodian National Assembly
She underlines that such move starkly contradicts the spirit of a healthy democratic process.
11:07 Jun 10, 2013 PST
Rep. Dingell Sets New Record as Longest-Serving US Congressman
The US government is grateful for Rep. Dingell's remarkable contributions to improving public health throughout his long and storied career.
04:50 Jun 10, 2013 PST
US Urges Bangladesh to Improve Its Workers' Rights and Working Conditions
In his testimony in Washington DC, Assistant Secretary Robert O. Blake, Jr. for Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs says the engagement on labor issues is part of America's broad and expanding partnership with Bangladesh's government.
10:21 Jun 9, 2013 PST
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