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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 newswire3UN Chief Ban Brings Attention To Plight Of Slum Dwellers - Ban Ki-moon described appalling living conditions in slums as a violation of human rights.
SOP newswire3Robert Gates, Canadian Counterpart Meet at Pentagon - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his Canadian counterpart discussed bilateral defense issues here today, including Canada`s future role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Hails Courage Of Gazans - Visiting Gaza today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his solidarity with the people of the area, just over one year after the end of the deadly conflict.
SOP newswire3Gates, Mullen to Join U.S. Delegation to Mexico - Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen will travel to Mexico City next week as part of a U.S. delegation focused on helping the Mexican government fight drug-trafficking cartels
SOP newswire3Quartet Calls For Resumption Of Middle East Peace Talks - The diplomatic Quartet promoting Middle East peace " comprising the United Nations, European Union, United States and Russia " today called on the Israeli and Palestinian sides to resume negotiations.
Geoff DeanControversial Synagogue Reopens in Jerusalem's Old City - Geoff considers the uproar about the reopening of a long-destroyed synagogue and calls for a little restraint all around.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Discusses Middle East With Russian Leader - The situation in the Middle East was the focus of discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow today
SOP newswire3UN: Russia Needs Greener Plan For 2014 Winter Olympics - Russian authorities need to better assess the impact of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and tourism projects on the local ecosystem and put in place appropriate mitigation measures.
SOP newswire3Success in Afghanistan Achievable, Petraeus Says - Though considerable challenges remain in Afghanistan, success there is achievable and important, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here today.
Geoff DeanThai Red Shirt Protestors Prepare to "Shed Blood" - Geoff is intrigued if a little disturbed by the plan of the red shirted Thaksin-backers to pour their own blood on the streets of Bangkok
SOP newswire3UN To Vaccinate Millions Of Kids In Afghanistan - United Nations agencies and the Afghan health ministry are conducting a three-day campaign aimed at vaccinating an estimated 7.7 million children under the age of five against polio.
SOP newswire3Hospital Ship Comfort Returns To US After Haiti Mission - The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived at Naval Station Norfolk here yesterday after its seven-week deployment in Haiti supporting Operation Unified Response.
SOP newswire3UN: Over Billion Don't Have Access To Safe Drinking Water - Increasing access to clean water and sanitation forms part of one of the eight MDGs, which were agreed on by world leaders to improve human lives by 2015.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Praises Hillary Clinton - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to the long-running efforts of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to advocate for the rights of women.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Condemns Suicide Bomb Attacks In Pakistan - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned a wave of attacks in Pakistan in recent days which have claimed dozens of lives, including those of aid workers helping the country`s most vulnerable.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Israeli Plan To Expand Settlements - The United Nations-supported diplomatic group seeking to promote peace in the Middle East today condemned Israeli moves to expand settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban To Visit Haiti On Sunday - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make a one-day visit to Haiti on Sunday, his second to the Caribbean country since the 12 January earthquake, his spokesperson announced today.
Geoff DeanJapan's Airport to Nowhere - Geoff considers using Ibaraki Airport if he has a strange desire to travel to Seoul, Korea in the least convenient way possible
SOP newswire3UN: One In Three Africans Is Chronically Hungry - One in three Africans is chronically hungry, despite $3 billion spent on food aid for the continent annually and $33 billion in food imports, the UN Economic Commission for Africa has warned.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Condemns Strident Rhetoric In Israel And Lebanon - Resolution 1701 called for an end to hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah, respect for the Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Murder Of Aid Workers In Pakistan - United Nations officials today condemned the murder of six aid workers in north-west Pakistan.
SOP newswire3Robert Gates Meets With Troops In Southwest Asia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has served eight presidents, and he shared some of his insights into that experience today with U.S. servicemembers here.
SOP newswire3U.S. Troops in Iraq Adopt New Role - Some of the 98,000 U.S. military forces in Iraq already have made the transition from security to stability operations ahead of the September deadline, American military commanders said.
SOP newswire3Exercises Prepare Troops To Defend South Korea - Military exercises under way are refining command and control capabilities that will be critical for the U.S. and South Korean militaries to defend against a North Korean attack.
Geoff DeanLeading Japanese Politician Says 9/11 a Hoax - Geoff wishes he could file this one under "crazy world" as he learns that Yukihisa Fujita of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan "denies" 9/11
SOP newswire3Afghan Visit Reinforces Robert Gates` Faith in New Strategy - Robert M. Gates` visits with Marines here and with soldiers at Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Afghanistan`s Kandahar province have reinforced his belief that the strategy is working in Afghanistan.
SOP newswire3Robert Gates Visits Troops In Afghanistan - Gates is visiting Afghanistan to get the ground truth " directly from the soldiers at the sharp end of the spear.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Leads UN Tribute To Colleagues Killed In Haitian Quake - Ban Ki-moon led UN staff and the family and friends of personnel who perished in the Haitian earthquake in honouring the memory of the 101 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Advocate Md Mahmudul Hasan- Immigration Lawyer, Dhaka,BangladeshIndia-Bangladesh Relationship: At a Glance - The government of Bangladesh has expressed thankfulness to Indian government for their great cooperation for the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. India gave shelter almost 10 million refugee of Bangladesh during that crucial moment.
Geoff DeanEuropean Islam-bashing: The New Anti-Semitism? - Geoff is disturbed to see more and more articles about more and more far right anti-Islam politicians gaining more and more success in Europe.
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