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Conflict threatens DRC healthcare

Lingering conflict in parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is preventing civilians from seeking medical care, Doctors without Borders said.

Chad helping Seleka in CAR, Human Rights Watch says

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday there were signs peacekeepers from Chad were helping Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic regroup.
Kubis: Women will determine Afghan election success

Kubis: Women will determine Afghan election success

U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis said Wednesday the role of women in political processes is a benchmark of democratic success.

Germany to boost troop presence in Mali

Germany said Wednesday it approved of a plan to dispatch military trainers to assist French operations in Mali.

Obama sees Ivory Coast as lingering threat

Ivory Coast still poses an "unusual" threat to U.S. national security despite gains made since political crises in 2011, President Barack Obama said.

Fears grow of new Israeli assault on Gaza amid rocket attacks

There are growing concerns Israel may soon unleash a new punitive operation against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after the military reported a dramatic increase in rocket attacks in January.

North and South Korea agree to restart family reunions

South and North Korea agreed Wednesday to allow family reunions this month -- the first in nearly four years.

Iran frustrated with U.S. stance on nuclear deal

With another round of nuclear talks scheduled, an Iranian foreign policy adviser said Tuesday he was frustrated with bellicose rhetoric coming from Washington.

Rights groups complain Berlin tied to Snowden spying

U.S., British and German intelligence agencies are the target of a lawsuit filed in the German courts for their surveillance programs, rights groups said.

EU ombudsmen has questions on corruption

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly said Tuesday she had a number of questions she'd like answered about corruption in European member states.

British role in 1984 Sikh temple attack 'limited'

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the military offered New Delhi advice in a deadly 1984 attack on a Sikh temple but the impact was limited.

U.S.: Fight against AQAP 'a work in progress'

The fight against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the network operating in Yemen, is a "work in progress," a U.S. envoy said at a regional defense forum.

Jane's: U.S., China, Russia lead in defense spending

The United States, China and Russia led the world in defense spending in 2013, though Middle East countries gained ground, defense analysis shows.
U.S. envoy Power in Mali with message of peace

U.S. envoy Power in Mali with message of peace

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said Mali's wounds from the aftermath of a 2012 coup have yet to heal but a brighter future lies ahead.
U.N.'s Ban worried about Lebanon's stability

U.N.'s Ban worried about Lebanon's stability

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the escalation of terrorism in Lebanon was an "unacceptable" threat to the country's national security.

Britain expresses commitment to DRC peace

British Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds said Tuesday from the Democratic Republic of Congo he was there to try to break the country's cycle of violence.
Georgia within sight of EU association

Georgia within sight of EU association

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Tuesday signing an association agreement with Georgia this year was at the top of his agenda.

Maliki girds for Fallujah assault, stakes are high for Iraq

Amid sustained shelling, Iraq's military is getting ready to mount major assaults against al-Qaida forces who seized large areas of the western cities of Fallujah and Ramadi Dec. 30.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key mulls election date

Prime Minister John Key has hinted that a general election could be held before the mid-November G-20 global summit in Australia, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Moscow protesters demand release of 'Bolotnaya' prisoners

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in central Moscow over the weekend calling for the release of prisoners jailed since the 2012 "Bolotnaya" riots.

Trust in Europe 'failing,' Transparency International says

Transparency International said Monday a report released from the European Union shows more work is needed to restore the public's trust.

Lebanon's PM close to issuing Cabinet list

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is pushing ahead with a Cabinet list despite reservations from a pro-Hezbollah official, a political leader said.

Iran expresses confidence about long-term nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Monday he was hopeful a firm commitment on nuclear security could be reached "within six months."

EU offers $190 million in aid to Africa's Sahel region

European Commissioner for Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva says quick action is needed to help millions of people at risk in the Sahel region of Africa.

Rights groups praise Tunisian Constitution

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Tunisian rights group al-Bawsala welcomed the principles outlined in Tunisia's new constitution.
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