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Mattis, German Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship in Pentagon Meeting

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Pentagon yesterday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Germany, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Geoff DeanJapanese PM Hatoyama to "risk his life" over Futenma Resolution - Geoff stands back in awe at how Prime Minister Hatoyama has managed to accomplish so little and enrage so many on the Futenma issue.
SOP newswire3Mike Mullen: US And Afghans Strong Partners - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen completed a rigorous three-day visit to Afghanistan that took him to the region of the recent offensive in Marja in Helmand province.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: World's Biggest Producer Of Opium - Afghanistan, the world`s biggest producer of opium, is now also the global leader when it comes to the production of hashish.
Md Mahmudul Hasan, Immigration Lawyer,Dhaka,BangladeshChina : The Superpower Of The 21st Century - Despite the different successful conspiracies against China, this country is going to be established as the preeminent superpower.
SOP newswire3U.S., Russia Agree to New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty - The US and Russia have agreed to a new arms reduction treaty that will slash each of their nuclear arsenals by a third and improve the way the terms of the agreement are verified, President Barack Obama announced today.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Urges Arab Leaders To Support Middle East Talks - Ban Ki-moon called on leaders gathered at the Arab League Summit in Libya to support indirect negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians with a common aim of resolving all final issues within 24 months.
SOP newswire3UN Starts Work To Set Up Camps For Haiti`s Earthquake Survivors - Engineers from the un mission in Haiti have started preparing the ground for the establishment of camps to house hundreds of thousands
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Rise Of Killings Of Women In El Salvador - Violence against women and girls in El Salvador remains prevalent and pervasive, with the number of murders on the rise and kidnappings, sexual assaults and sexual harassment all too frequent
SOP newswire3UN: China Home To One Quarter Of World`s Largest Cities - Nearly one quarter of the world`s 1,000 biggest cities in China, whose urban population is growing rapidly, according to a new statistical report issued by the United Nations.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban: Upcoming Polls In Myanmar Must Be Transparent - National elections scheduled to be held in Myanmar later this year " " must be inclusive, participatory and transparent, " Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a group of key nations said today.
SOP newswire3UN Calls For Repeal Of Amnesty Law In Afghanistan - The UN human rights office in Afghanistancalled for the repeal of the amnesty law in the Asian country, saying that it green-lights impunity for serious crimes and continued rights violations.
SOP newswire3Robert Gates, Mike Mullen Report on Merida Summit in Mexico - Robert M. Gates assured Mexican military leaders during yesterday`s Cabinet-level visit to Mexico City that he`ll look into ways to speed up equipment deliveries to support their fight against drug cartels.
SOP newswire3Robert Gates: More Trainers Needed In Afghanistan - Though the number of trainers for Afghan security forces has increased significantly, the process is a work in progress and the American people must have patience, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban: Slavery Must Be Eradicated - Slavery and slavery-like practices still continue in many parts of the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.
Geoff DeanCambodian Government Bans Marriage with Koreans - Geoff, the worse half of an international couple, himself, wonders if a ban on Cambodian-Korean marriage is not a tad extreme
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban To Attend Arab League Summit - Ban Ki-moon said today that he will participate in the League of Arab States summit this weekend in Libya.
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.
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