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John Kerry: Syrian President Assad Must Step Down

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

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‘Extremely Alarming’ Food Insecurity Figures in Afghanistan

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

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Highlighting Importance of Iran Deal in Israel

While traveling in Israel, Adam Szubin, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, laid out why the Iran deal is so vital to our global security.

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Gaza May Become Uninhabitable in Less Than Five Years

Gaza, Palestine.  A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist. A man holds the hands of his granddaughters near the remnants of the residential towers where the girls used […]

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U.N.: Settlement Expansion ‘Root Cause’ of Palestinian Violence

New York, N.Y.  A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has cited Israel’s policy of settlement expansion as a primary driver of the escalating violence in the area. Suffering displacement, injury and even death, children continue to […]

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Ban Condemns Israel’s Approval of New West Bank Construction

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the announcement today that Israel has approved construction of some 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as the planning and construction of nearly 500 housing units in a number of settlements in East Jerusalem. An Israeli settlement viewed from […]

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U.N. ‘Vital Stabilizing Factor’ for Palestine Refugees in Mideast

New York, N.Y.  Marking 65 years since the inception of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called it more than just an agency but a “lifeline,” as he paid tribute to its staff especially those who have lost their lives trying to […]

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U.N.: Palestinian Conflict Continues to Destroy Human Life, Dignity

New York, N.Y.  Violations of human rights “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council today. Displaced Palestinians with their belongings, following Israeli authorities demolition of their structures in Ein al Hilwa (Tubas Governorate)  in the Jordan Valley on 30 January 2014. Photo: […]

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Hajj Stampede Toll Climbs to 1,453 in Saudi Arabia

Refugees are the Responsibility of the World – Peter Sutherland

33 Still Missing After U.S. Airstrike on Kunduz Hospital

U.N. Warns Against ‘Toxic Debates,’ Urges Global Compact on Refugees

U.N. Urges Mexico to End ‘Misery’ of Enforced Disappearances

Connecticut Senators: No Background Check, No Gun