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UN Marks 100 Years Since Mandela's Birth

Taking stock of his "vast" legacy for mankind, the United Nations will mark 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, on Wednesday.

SOP newswire3United Nations Condemns Burkina Faso Terrorist Attacks - The two deadly terrorist attacks in Burkina Fasos capital, Ougadougou, on Friday have been strongly condemned by the United Nations.
SOP newswire3Officials Report Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between Feb. 23-March 1, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 35 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'Zero Discrimination Day' - To mark Zero Discrimination Day, the United Nations agency coordinating the global effort to tackle HIV/AIDS is challenging people to recognize where everyday discrimination takes place and take action to stop it by asking themselves simple questions: What if the person you bought your vegetables from was living with HIV? Would you buy tomatoes from him?
SOP newswire3UN Will Not Give Up on Push for Ceasefire, Says Syria Envoy - The United Nations mediator for the Syrian conflict on Thursday said the world body has not given up on the implementation of a recent Security Council resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across the war-ravaged country.
SOP newswire3Russian Implementation of Syria Cease-Fire Inadequate - The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted Feb. 24 for an immediate 30-day cease-fire throughout Syria, but the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad continues attacking its citizens, especially in East Ghouta, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said today.
SOP newswire319 Million Newborns at Risk of Brain Damage Every Year Due to Iodine Deficiency - Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year - 14 per cent - are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life, according to a United Nations-backed report released Thursday.
SOP newswire3Yemens Warring Parties Must Commit to Peace - A destructive pattern of zero-sum politics has plunged Yemen into ever deeper poverty and desolation, the United Nations envoy for the war-torn country said Tuesday, emphasizing that while the UN and the wider international community can try to bring about a favourable environment for a path to peace, Yemeni decision-makers must stop the fighting and bloodshed.
SOP newswire3Iraqis Continue Security, Clearance Operations In Territory Once Held by ISIS - With U.S.-led coalition forces in a supporting role, Iraqi security forces continue security and clearance operations in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the director of Pentagon Press Operations, Army Col. Robert Manning told reporters today.
SOP newswire3Upcoming Joint U.S.-Israeli Exercise Aims to Improve Interoperability - More than 2,500 U.S. personnel will take part in a joint exercise with Israel next month aimed at improving interoperability, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters today.
SOP newswire3UN: Fresh Threats Loom Over 720,000 Rohingya Children - Rohingya children are facing threats either from severe weather approaching Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands are sheltered in squalid, overcrowded refugee camps, or by ongoing violence in their Myanmar homeland, the United Nations Childrens Fund warned on Friday, calling urgently for scaled-up assistance ahead of the regions storm season and to address the root causes of the crisis.
SOP newswire3UN Security Council Agrees 30-day Ceasefire in Syria - The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday in favor of a 30-day cease-fire in Syria, and demanded immediate lifting of sieges on war-ravaged enclaves like eastern Ghouta, where, Secretary-General Guterres warned earlier this week, some 400,000 people are living in hell on earth.
SOP newswire3Deputy Secretary, Australian Prime Minister Meet at Pentagon - Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan hosted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Pentagon yesterday for a bilateral meeting to discuss the robust defense relationship between the U.S. and Australia as well as the common strategic challenges the two nations face, Defense Department spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis said in a readout of the meeting today.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Urges Measures to Protect Women From Violence - While welcoming the entry to force of a new Penal Code in Afghanistan as a having the potential to trigger real change, the United Nations mission in the country said on Thursday that it is concerned by the removal of the chapter penalizing violence against women.
SOP newswire3Military Strikes Hit ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Feb. 16 and yesterday, conducting 41 strikes consisting of 76 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Officials Highlight German-American Partnership at Security Conference - Wolfgang Ischinger, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference, told members of the Loisach Group that the German-American partnership is the backbone of the transatlantic alliance and the conference, which was held here Feb. 16-18.
SOP newswire3U.S., Thai, South Korean Underwater Construction Teams Work Together - Navy underwater construction teams from the U.S., Thailand and South Korea are training and operating together at Thung Prong Bay Sattahip Navy Base here during the 37th annual Cobra Gold exercise, which ends Feb. 23.
SOP newswire3UN Conducting Drought Relief Efforts in Somalia - The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia has commended the drought relief and recovery efforts of the authorities in the northern state of Puntland, while cautioning that the current humanitarian crisis is far from over.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'Social Justice Day' - Many migrant workers end up trapped in low-pay, unsafe and unhealthy jobs, the head of the United Nations labour agency warned Monday, calling for the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at the global, regional and national levels.
SOP newswire3Civilian Situation in Syria's East Ghouta Spiraling out of Control - The humanitarian situation of civilians in Syria east Ghouta is spiraling out of control, a senior United Nation aid official has warned in the wake of escalating conflict which resulted in more than 40 civilian deaths on Monday alone.
SOP newswire3Mattis Heartened by NATO Nations Increased Defense Budgets - Global democracies are working together, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday to reporters traveling with him as he wrapped up a European trip to reaffirm key partnerships and alliances.
SOP newswire3Defense Secretary Meets With French Defense Minister in Munich - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with French Minister of Defense Florence Parly yesterday during the Munich Security Conference, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout of the meeting.
SOP newswire3Haiti: UN Determined to Support Authorities in Strengthening Rule of Law - Strengthening the rule of law and improving the national police and the judicial system in Haiti will require political will on the part of the authorities, and the United Nations is determined to support this goal, said Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita.
SOP newswire3Mattis Meets in Munich With Georgian Leaders - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met yesterday with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashili and Defense Minister Levan Izoria during the Munich Security Conference to discuss the U.S.-Georgia defense relationship and regional security issues, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout of the meeting.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Turkish Defense Minister Discuss Complex Syria Environment - The complex security environment in Syria was among the topics that Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli discussed Feb. 14 during a meeting at the NATO defense ministers conference in Brussels, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3OIR Officials Report Details of Defeat-ISIS Strikes in Syria, Iraq - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between Feb. 9-15, conducting 43 strikes consisting of 63 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Sailor From Humble Beginnings Achieves Excellence - A Navy lieutenant assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support here was recognized in an award ceremony Jan. 19, but the example set by this Guinea native is what garnered greater praise.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Polish Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak in Brussels today to reaffirm the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and its strong NATO ally, Poland, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3Mattis: NATO on Right Trajectory to Protect Nations, Values - NATO defense ministers agreed to continue projecting stability beyond its borders and will continue to build capabilities within the alliance, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in Brussels today.
SOP newswire3Causes of Rohingya Refugee Crisis Originate in Myanmar - We are now in a race against time as a major new emergency looms, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told the Security Council via videolink from Geneva, Switzerland.
SOP newswire3Syria: Civilians Killed on Horrific Scale - The last several weeks have seen a new cross-border conflict in Afrin with yet no clear end in sight.
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