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Mattis, Finnish Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Finnish Defense Minister Jussi Niinisto today at the Pentagon to discuss a range of security issues, including Russian aggression.

SOP newswire3General Assembly Elects 14 Members to UN Human Rights Council - The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 14 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.
SOP newswire38,000 Families Abducted by ISIL From Mosul Vicinity - Credible reports suggest that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes in sub-districts around Mosul.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Advocates for Persons With Disabilities - Persons with disabilities should have a leading say on the policies that impact them, a United Nations human rights expert told the General Assembly, while stressing the important role that member states play to ensure those disabled benefit from and contribute to development.
SOP newswire3UN: Severe Hunger in Madagascar - The impact of severe El Niño-induced drought on crop production in southern Madagascar, where nearly 850,000 people are acutely food insecure, is likely to persist into 2017 and requires an intensified humanitarian response, the United Nations agriculture agency said today.
SOP newswire3US Abstains for First Time in Annual UN Vote on Ending Embargo Against Cuba - In a near unanimous action, the United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution underlining the need to end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also welcoming progress in the relations between the two countries.
SOP newswire3ISIL`s Scorched Earth Policy Creating Environmental and Health Havoc in Mosul - Environmental pollution is adding complexity and danger to the humanitarian crisis sparked by the military offensive in Mosul.
SOP newswire3Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Approaching Outskirts of Mosul - Iraqi and Kurdish forces are about 5 miles from Mosul`s outskirts and are clearing towns and villages to the north, east and south of Iraq`s second-largest city, Pentagon Press Operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.
SOP newswire3Nigeria Faces Huge Humanitarian Crisis - With nearly 400,000 children facing starvation in Nigeria, and citizens suffering with little to no protection, security, food or access to clean water, Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent.
SOP newswire3UN Outraged at Killing of Hostages in Central Afghanistan - The UN strongly condemned the killing of 26 civilians who were earlier taken hostage by a group of armed men in country`s central Ghor province.
SOP newswire3OIR Commander Cites Momentum in Mosul Push; Raqqa Isolation to Begin Soon - Iraqi forces continue to make steady progress in the effort to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
SOP newswire3In War-torn Syria, Three Million Children out of School - With the start of the school year and the number of school attacks exceeding 4,000 in war-ravaged Syria, more than 1.7 million children there remain out of school and another 1.3 million are at a risk of dropping out, according to new education data.
SOP newswire3 800,000 Haitians in Dire Need of Immediate Food Assistance - In the wake of Hurricane Matthew some 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, 800,000 of whom are in a dire situation.
SOP newswire3Iraqis Taking Ground from ISIL Around Mosul - As of yesterday, Iraqi forces have taken an estimated 800 square kilometers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the battle for the city that began Oct. 17, U.S. officials told reporters today at a Pentagon briefing.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Wonder Woman Appointed UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls - Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday in Baghdad and spoke with troops there about the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the ongoing military campaign to retake the city of Mosul.
SOP newswire3Oil Fires Burn South of Mosul - Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve is assessing the potential risk to personnel at Camp Swift and Qayyarah West Airfield, located about 50 miles south of Mosul, as a result of nearby burning oil wells and a sulfur plant fire.
SOP newswire3Crimes of Historic Proportions Being Committed in Aleppo - Describing the bombardment and crippling siege of Syria`s war-ravaged eastern Aleppo as crimes of historic proportions the top United Nations rights official today urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council to speak with one voice in an effort to end the bloodshed.
SOP newswire3Yemen: UN Urges 72-hour Extension of Ceasefire - With the 72-hour cessation of hostilities in Yemen coming to an end, the United Nations envoy for Yemen today urged all warring parties to agree to its extension for at least another renewable 72 hours so that humanitarian supplies continue to reach people affected by the ongoing conflict there.
SOP newswire3UN Provides Shelter, Clean Water to Families Displaced Amid Iraq`s Mosul Offensive - With the military offensive still unfolding in Mosul, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Children`s Fund are rushing to provide shelter, drinking water, and sanitation services for displaced families and children.
SOP newswire3Afghan Forces Make Progress - The Afghan national defense and security forces have made progress this year in the fight against the Taliban, but challenges remain, the Resolute Support mission`s deputy chief of staff for communications said today.
SOP newswire3U.S. Strikes Kill 8 Al-Qaida Terrorists in Yemen - The U.S. military successfully struck two targets in central Yemen, killing eight terrorists associated with the group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today.
SOP newswire3UN: Put People, Not Cars First in Transport Systems - Lack of investment in safe walking and cycling infrastructure not only contributes to the deaths of millions of people in traffic accidents on unsafe roads and poorly designed roadways, but also overlooks a great opportunity to boost the fight against climate change, a new UN Environment report said today.
SOP newswire3Credible Political Transition Remains Central Issue in Ending Horrific Syrian Conflict, - Stressing that the Syrian conflict continues to reach new and awful depths, " United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Russia`s latest unilateral announcement of a humanitarian pause to the bombing in war-raved eastern Aleppo, but emphasized that the nationwide ceasefire must be revived.
SOP newswire3UN: Free Expression Under Worldwide Assault - Warning that the freedom of expression is under the widespread assault, a new United Nations human rights report has found that governments worldwide, wielding the tools of censorship, are treating words as weapons.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Security on Korean Peninsula - The United States remains concerned about North Korean provocations, and is committed to defending its allies with the full spectrum of American military might, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today in a news conference with his South Korean counterpart, Han Min-koo.
SOP newswire3Rise in Child Casualties in Afghanistan - Even though overall conflict-related civilian casualty numbers in Afghanistan fell by one per cent in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, child casualties saw a marked increase of 15 per cent, the United Nations mission in the country said today.
SOP newswire3Haiti: UN Calls for Robust Hurricane Response - Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through Haiti 13 days ago, has left more than 700,000 people in an extremely difficult situation.
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