Sep 19, 2014

Disasters displaced far more than violent conflicts did in 2013: expert

Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued Wednesday. The Norwegian Refugee Council, an independent group that focuses on emergency aid, released ...

Sep 12, 2014

Venezuela's U.N. Security Council bid gains backing

Venezuela’s socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The unanimous endorsement of Venezuela’s candidacy to represent the region ...

Syria's Nusra Front releases Fijian U.N. peacekeepers on Golan Heights

Sep 12, 2014

Syria's Nusra Front releases Fijian U.N. peacekeepers on Golan Heights

Dozens of Fijian U.N. peacekeepers, released by al Qaida-linked group Nusra Front in Syria, arrived in Israeli-held territory on the Golan Heights on Thursday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said. “We opened the border and they entered,” the Israeli military spokeswoman said, without giving numbers. ...

Sep 11, 2014

Israeli army launches criminal probes over Gaza war

Israel’s army has launched five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces during the Gaza war, a top legal official said on Wednesday, two weeks after a truce took hold. The United Nations and international rights groups have condemned Israel for numerous attacks that ...