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Has Iraq Taken Back Ramadi from ISIS Terrorists?

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Has Iraq Taken Back Ramadi from ISIS Terrorists?

As reports suggest, the Iraqi forces have taken the city of Ramadi back from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday to congratulate him on the success of the Iraqi security forces in fighting the ISIS, calling the liberation of the [...]

UN Sets Date to Begin Intra-Syrian Peace Talks

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UN Sets Date to Begin Intra-Syrian Peace Talks

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has set 25 January 2016 as the target date to begin talks between the parties aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict, it was announced Saturday. The announcement, issued in Geneva, where the talks are also expected to take place, comes just over a week after the Security Council [...]

Central African Republic Polls Delayed

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Central African Republic Polls Delayed

The presidential and legislative elections that had been scheduled to take place this Sunday in the Central African Republic (CAR) will now be held on 30 December 2015, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country has reported. The new date for the polls was announced by the national electoral authorities, who stated that more [...]

Nigeria Conflict Affected Education of 1 Million Children

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Nigeria Conflict Affected Education of 1 Million Children

Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, UNICEF said Tuesday. The number of children missing out on their education due to the conflict adds to the estimated 11 million children of primary school age who were already out of [...]

Syrian Journalist’s Murder Denounced by UN Agency

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Syrian Journalist’s Murder Denounced by UN Agency

The United Nations agency responsible for defending the freedom of the media denounced Monday the murder of a Syrian journalist from an organization reporting on human rights abuses in the area of the country controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “It is an unacceptable tragedy for society as a whole [...]

Security Council Condemns Taliban Attack in Kabul

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Security Council Condemns Taliban Attack in Kabul

Following the attack Friday in the vicinity of the Embassy of Spain in Kabul, Afghanistan, which resulted in casualties from both Afghan Police and Spanish National Police, the United Nations Security Council condemned the terrorist attack for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility. “The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences [...]

Libyan Parties Ready to Sign Political Agreement

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Libyan Parties Ready to Sign Political Agreement

The new United Nations envoy for Libya announced Friday that the parties to the country’s political dialogue process have agreed to set 16 December as the target date to sign the UN-facilitated agreement on forming a national unity government. The agreement aims to bring an end to a crisis that has left nearly 2.4 million [...]

Syrian Children Facing Harsh Winter Weather

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Syrian Children Facing Harsh Winter Weather

Another harsh winter is looming for more than eight million Syrian children living inside the war-ravaged country or as refugees around the region and beyond. Preliminary weather forecasts indicate that this winter could be harsher than last year’s with temperatures in some mountainous areas dropping as low as minus 13°C during the coldest days of [...]

Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad Kill 15 Civilians

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Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad Kill 15 Civilians

Two bomb attacks in Baghdad on Monday killed at least 15 civilians and injured several dozen. Most of the victims were marking the Shi’a religious observance of Arbaeen. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attacks. He expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. [...]

Is Islam the Common Enemy of All Religions?

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Is Islam the Common Enemy of All Religions?

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State (IS) is a modern militant organization. By Rakesh Raman Are all other religions in the world united against Muslims? Yes, says the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the world’s most powerful terrorist organization. In [...]

Security Council Warns of More Attacks by ISIS

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Security Council Warns of More Attacks by ISIS

The United Nations Security Council on Friday called on all countries that can do so to take the war on terrorism to Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq and destroy its safe haven. The Council warned that the terrorist group intends to mount further attacks like those that devastated Paris and Beirut. In a [...]

Is There a Possibility of Ceasefire in Syria?

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Is There a Possibility of Ceasefire in Syria?

The UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura indicated Thursday the possibility of a ceasefire in the war-torn Syria, through continued discussions and with active inclusion of all parties involved in the conflict. His statement has come on the heels of an informal session of the United Nations General Assembly about the “deliverables” that had come [...]