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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 newswire3Bergdahl Leaves Germany for the United States - Former POW Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has left the hospital in Germany and is scheduled to arrive in San Antonio tomorrow where he will resume his recovery, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed today.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel: Bergdahl Recovery Consistent With U.S. Laws, Values - The recovery of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban was fully consistent with U.S. law, U.S. interests and the U.S. military`s core values, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Kidnapping of Turkish Diplomats in Mosul - The UN condemned the kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Rising Violence in Iraq - In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the UN chief said he was gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in Mosul.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Comdemns Latest Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan - Ban Ki-moon urged the Government step up its efforts to tackle terrorism and religious extremism.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Meets with French Defense Minister Le Drian - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Paris with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, the day after both attended D-Day anniversary ceremonies in Normandy in honor of the sacrifice and victory of June 6, 1944.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Outbreak of Violence in Congo - Strongly condemning the fresh outbreak of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, sparked by a dispute over cattle, the head of the United Nations mission there has called for an immediate end to the fighting.
SOP newswire3Somalia: UN Welcomes Release of Crew Held by Pirates Since 2010 - The United Nations envoy for Somalia has welcomed the release earlier today of sailors on a ship hijacked by Somali pirates nearly four years, and has called for the release of all remaining captives still being held by Somali pirates.
SOP newswire3UN Concerned Over Violence in Libya - The United Nations` top envoy in Libya announced an initiative to bring together some of the country`s most influential actors to settle long-divisive issues.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Bomb Attack in Kabul - Emphasizing its ongoing support for Afghanistan's democratic process, the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned today's bomb attack in Kabul.
SOP newswire3Ban Concerned About Health of Palestinian Detainees on Hunger Strike - Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today about reports regarding the deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for over a month.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Praises Romania as Steadfast U.S. Ally - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today praised Romania as a steadfast friend and ally of the United States, noting several of its contributions to regional and world security.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for Crisis Funding for Central African Republic - Thousands of women and children fleeing the Central African Republic for Cameroon.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Release of Detained Activists Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary - The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the detention of civil society activists, lawyers and journalists in China.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Welcomes Formation of Palestinian Unity Government - Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement of the formation of a Palestinian unity government headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
SOP newswire3DOD: Bergdahl Hospitalized in Germany for Dietary Issues - The Defense Department`s immediate goal with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to take care of his medical needs, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Greets U.S. Troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stopped at Bagram Airfield today on his way from Singapore to Brussels to thank U.S. troops for their service in Afghanistan.
SOP newswire3UN: Pakistan Must Protect its Religious Minorities - Independent United Nations human rights experts today called on Pakistan to adopt urgent measures to stop faith-based killings and ensure the security of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose faith is outlawed in the country.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Meets New York City Mayor de Blasio - The Secretary-General welcomed the Mayors` pledge for making New York a green city and also his framework for sustainable cities.
SOP newswire3Failure to Refer Syria to International Court Opens Door to More Atrocities, UN Experts Warn - The Security Council`s inability to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) leaves the door wide open for new atrocities in the ongoing conflict.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel: Post-2014 Troop Level to Protect Afghan Progress - President Barack Obama`s post-2014 troop commitment in Afghanistan was the right decision, " Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said yesterday.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Seeks End to 'Cycle of Violence' in Central African Republic - Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned recent attacks in the Central African Republic.
SOP newswire3UN Voices Concern Over Killing of Newspaper Editor in Libya - The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced deep concern over the killing of newspaper editor Meftah Bouzid in Libya earlier this week.
SOP newswire3UN: Syria Blighted by Joblessness - Even as the death toll from Syria`s three-year civil war continues to rise, the country`s human development has also suffered immense collateral damage " the economy has been gutted, the healthcare system is in ruins, and education facilities are teetering.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Action After Pregnant Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Family - The UN human rights chief condemned the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman, who was stoned to death by her family as she approached a Pakistani court, and urged the Government to do more to prevent such killings.
SOP newswire3 UN Chief Urges Lebanon to Elect President Without Delay - Ban Ki-moon regretted that the Lebanese Parliament was unable to elect a new president within the timeframe set by the constitution.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Sends Condolences to Families of Victims in Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting - Following a shooting today at the Jewish Museum of Brussels, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his strong condemnation of all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
SOP newswire3Security Council Condemns Attack on Somali Parliament - The UN condemned an attack by suicide bombers and gunmen on the Federal Parliament, in the capital Mogadishu, where legislators were in session.
SOP newswire3Security Council Condemns Attack on Indian Consulate in Afghanistan - The Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the attack on the Indian consulate in the western Afghan province of Herat.
SOP newswire3Russia, China Block Security Council Referral of Syria to International Criminal Court - Despite repeated appeals by senior UN officials for accountability for crimes being committed in Syria, the Security Council was unable to adopt a resolution that would have referred the situation in Syria to the ICC, due to vetoes by Russia and China.
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