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In the month of July, the number of migrants detected at EU’s borders more than tripled to 107,500 compared to the same month of last year, surpassing the 100,000 mark in a single month for the first time since Frontex began keeping records in 2008.
The Chinese firm whose warehouse in Tianjin exploded last week killing at least 114 people did not have a licence to handle hazardous chemicals until two months ago, Xinhua news agency says.
Strongly condemning attacks in Sirte by the so-called Islamic State (Daesh), the United Nations Support Mission in Libya stressed today it is "high time" that Libyans agree a unity government to address the country’s challenges and "join together to confront the scourge" of the group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
The government of St. Louis County extended for at least 24 hours a state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri, which has been the scene of protests a year after an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white police officer.
In the report presented during the 29th Human Rights Council Session in Geneva, Switzerland, the widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds committed by the ISIL were amounted to genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
On 10 August, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe issued the following statement:
"I am shocked by the murder of Rasim Aliyev, Chairman of the Institute for Reporters Safety and Freedom. It is a very worrying sign that the safety of journalists in the country is deteriorating further. I call on the Azerbaijani authorities to fully and promptly investigate this murder and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
6 August 2015 — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his resolve to advance the goal of achieving a world "free of the nuclear shadow," in a message to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
4 August 2015 — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights office have strongly condemned the assassination attempt on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading Burundian human rights defender who was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in the capital on Monday.