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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 newswire3Iraq: UN Envoy Condemns Bombing of Mosque - The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned the suicide bombing yesterday that killed or wounded a number of civilians at a mosque in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, noting that the attack showed the terrorists` total disdain for Islam.
SOP newswire3UN: Poverty and Early Deaths Await Millions of World's Disadvantaged Children - Some 69 million children under five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attack at Airport in Istanbul - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today`s terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, according to his spokesperson.
SOP newswire3 In Jerusalem and Gaza, Ban Urges Two-State Solution - Following a meeting this morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ban Ki-moon urged the leader to take the courageous steps necessary for a negotiated two-State solution.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Hails Iraqi Fallujah Success as Counter-ISIL Milestone - Defense Secretary Ash Carter today congratulated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Iraqi people for freeing the city of Fallujah from the grip of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
SOP newswire3Military Strikes Hit ISIL 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 newswire3UN Marks 'International Day Against Drug Abuse' - Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General today called for a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane, " to the challenges posed by the world drug problem.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'Day of the Seafarer' - Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.
SOP newswire3South Sudan: Ban Concerned Over Escalation of Violence - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply concerned about the current escalation of violence between the Sudan's People Liberation Army and armed groups, in Wau town and surrounding areas, in South Sudan.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Target ISIL 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 newswire3Security Council Condemns North Korea's Ballistic Missile Launches - The Security Council today strongly condemned the ballistic missile launches conducted by the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea on 21 June, noting that these repeated acts are in grave violation of obligations under the relevant resolutions adopted by the 15-nation body
SOP newswire3UN: Heavy Fines for Artistic Expression in Iran Unacceptable - UN human rights experts on cultural rights and on freedom of expression have expressed concern at the imprisonment and imposition of heavy fines against three artists in the Islamic Republic of Iran earlier this month and have called for their immediate release.
SOP newswire3In Wake of UK Vote to Leave EU, Ban Says UN to Continue to Work With Both Partners - Following the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN looks forward to continuing to work with both important partners.
SOP newswire3DoD Holds Trilateral Discussion on North Korean Missile Launch - U.S., Japanese and South Korean defense officials held a videoconference today to discuss the recent North Korean missile launches, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a readout of the call.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Calls UK Counterpart Following Brexit Vote - Following yesterday`s historic decision by voters in the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke today by telephone with his U.K. counterpart, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a readout of the call.
SOP newswire3U.S., UK to Maintain Close Ties; Counter-ISIL Efforts Continue - Defense Secretary Ash Carter told his United Kingdom counterpart State Secretary for Defense Michael Fallon in a phone call today that the two nations will always enjoy a special relationship reflected in close defense ties -- a bedrock of U.S. security and foreign policy, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters here today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Killing of Journalist in Texas - The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the killing of Jacinto Hernández Torres, also known as Jay Torres, a Spanish-language journalist in Texas.
SOP newswire3U.S., Estonia Sign Defense Research Agreement - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Jim Townsend and Estonian Ambassador to the United States Eerik Marmei signed an agreement today reinforcing cooperation in research, development, testing and evaluation activities between the Defense Department and the Estonian Defense Ministry.
SOP newswire3Ban Condemns Terrorist Attack Against Jordanian Guard Post at Syrian Border - Condemning today's terrorist attack against a Jordanian border guard post at the north-eastern border with Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his condolences to the families of the victims and reiterates his solidarity with the Government and people of Jordan.
SOP newswire3Pressure Puts ISIL on Its Heels - Coalition and local forces in Iraq and Syria are making significant progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon's press secretary told reporters today.
SOP newswire3Conflict in Syria Now Well into its Fifth Year - With the conflict in Syria now well into its fifth year, and the country dealing with a grinding crisis that has brought death, displacement and regional instability, the international community must not lose momentum in attaining a comprehensive and concrete political solution, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'International Yoga Day' - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with other human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.
SOP newswire3More Than Half of Yemen`s Population Now Food Insecure - Vast swathes of war-torn Yemen are facing severe food insecurity, and the situation within affected areas is likely to deteriorate if conflict persists, according to a new assessment by the United Nations and partners.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict' - Marking the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the era of impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war is over, citing a host of landmark rulings against political and military leaders.
SOP newswire3Visiting Greek Island, Ban Says Refugees' Nightmare Not Over - Visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, which has become migrants' entry point to Europe, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the countries in the region to respond with a humane and human rights-based approach, instead of border closures, barriers and bigotry.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Escalating Violence in Central African Republic - The UN has expressed deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in Ngaoundaye, Ouham Pende Prefecture, in the west of the country following attacks and retaliation between groups backed by Christian militias and herders supported by Muslim fighters, since 10 June.
SOP newswire3DoD Officials Express Strong Concerns Over Russian Airstrikes in Syria - Defense Department officials today expressed concerns during a video conference with Russian Defense Ministry counterparts held to discuss June 16 airstrikes by Russian forces that struck Syrian opposition forces conducting counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operations in the area, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.
SOP newswire3U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL 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 newswire3Condemning Orlando Attack, UN Advisor Concerned by Homophobia and Islamophobia That Followed - A UN human rights advisor has condemned the criminal attack that took place at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured, and expressed grave concern at the outpouring of hatred, homophobia and Islamophobia that followed the incident.
SOP newswire3UN Human Rights Panel Concludes ISIL is Committing Genocide Against Yazidis - ISIS is committing genocide against Yazidis that amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry reported today.
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