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Angelina Jolie calls for new bid to end Syria war

A handout picture made available by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on February 24, 2014 shows US actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie talking to a young Syrian refugee on February 23, 2014 at a refugee camp near the Lebanese village of Zahle in the Bekaa valley. Jolie was on a trhee-day visit to Lebanon. AFP PHOTO /HO /UNHCR/A.MCCONEELL

The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie called Friday for a new bid to bring peace to Syria which she said was destabilizing the whole region and bringing misery to millions.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

UN confirms 43 UN peacekeepers seized in Syrian Golan

Armored vehicles from the UN peacekeepers of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, also known as UNDOF wait to cross from the Israeli controlled Golan Heights to Syria, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. The UN confirmed that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday, saying it was doing everything to secure their release.  AP PHOTO/ARIEL SCHALIT

The United Nations confirmed that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday, saying it was doing everything to secure their release.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN decries ‘harsh’ Thai sentences for royal slurs

Thai army soldiers sitting in a jeep in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters, adorned with a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (R), May 20, 2014

  The United Nations’ human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand’s monarchy, warning of “chilling effects” on freedom of expression under the junta. Since the army seized power from an elected government in May, at least 13 new royal defamation cases have been opened for investigation and [...]

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ebola epidemic ‘vastly’ underestimated: WHO

This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. The World Health Organization on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. (AP Photo/Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine)

The UN’s health agency said the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly underestimated and “extraordinary measures” were needed to contain the disease.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ukraine vows to block Russian ‘aid’ convoy heading for border

A woman walks by a burning local market after shelling in the town of Yasynuvata, near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. With a theatrical flourish, Russia on Tuesday dispatched hundreds of trucks covered in white tarps and sprinkled with holy water on a mission to deliver aid to a desperate rebel-held zone in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

A convoy of 262 Russian trucks rolled toward the Ukrainian border on Tuesday as Kiev vowed to block the aid mission from its territory over fears it was a ploy to bolster pro-Kremlin rebels.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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