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UN Chief Urges Vigilance Against anti-Semitism - Warning that hate is on the rise and that Nazi symbols, mindsets and languages are back, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called for vigilance against anti-Semitism and discrimination of all kinds.

UN Agency for Palestine Refugee Launches Global Funding Push - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East launched on Monday a global fundraising campaign to sustain resources for its education, health and other assistance programmes.

More Flee Cameroon English-speaking Areas - As swelling numbers of people flee English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria, the United Nations on Friday expressed concern over the precarious situation of women and children, which make now up about 80 per cent of the approximately 10,000 registered refugees in eastern Nigeria Cross River state.

Improved Economic Conditions Boost Air-traveller Numbers Worldwide - A record 4.1 billion passengers took to the skies in 2017 onboard some 37 million scheduled flights globally, the United Nations civil aviation agency reported Thursday, highlighting that the fastest growth was seen among low-cost carriers.

Central Africa Iconic Mammals Threatened by Poachers - Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing warned on Friday.

Deputy Secretary, South Korea's Vice Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon - Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk met at the Pentagon today and reaffirmed the ironclad nature of the alliance and the importance of maintaining vigilance and unity in the face of North Korean aggression, Defense Department spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis said.

Mattis Issues Guidance as Federal Government Shuts Down - The Defense Department will continue its mission to defend the people of the United States, American allies and U.S. vital interests around the world during the government shutdown that began at midnight, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a memo.

Shutdown Affects Quality of Life, Family Readiness Programs - The government shutdown that began at midnight will affect the operating status of quality of life and family readiness programs offered by the Defense Department to service members and their families, Pentagon officials said.

UN: Dialogue and Confidence Vital to Prevent, Resolve Conflicts - Worldwide concerns over nuclear weapons are the highest they have been since the Cold War, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said Thursday, calling for comprehensive political solutions that include dialogue and negotiation to prevent, mitigate and resolve conflicts.

South Sudan Conflict Grinds On - Following a two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan, where a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death, the head of the United Nations childrens agency has said only an end to hostilities can bring back hope and safety to the children and young people there.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Jan. 12 and Jan. 18, conducting 63 strikes consisting of 102 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Maintenance Airmen Build Bombs, Prepare to Deploy - Maintenance airmen participated in a combat munitions training here Jan. 8-11 to train in building a joint direct attack munition and improving their readiness to perform in a deployed environment.

Marine Rescues 4 People From Rip Current in Okinawa - A Marine received the nations highest medal for non-combat heroism during a ceremony here, Jan. 8.

Free Tax Filing Software Available to Military Members - With the new year bringing a new tax season, Military OneSource has launched its free tax software to support military members and their families in the annual task of filing.

Hurricane Hunters Gather Data for Winter Storms - Some people might think that when hurricane season comes to an end, so does the mission of the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters. But thats not the case.

B-52s Return to Pacific for Routine Continuous Bomber Presence Mission - Six B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, are deploying to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command Continuous Bomber Presence mission.

Musical Airman Sets Sights on Future Pursuits - Air Force Staff Sgt. Sheldon A. Williams Jr., a crew chief and aircraft mechanic with the 171st Air Refueling Wing maintenance group, pursues his lifelong passion for music while continuing a family legacy of public service.

Army Engineers Generate Electric Power in Puerto Rico - Maintenance operations conducted as part of the Army Corps of Engineers temporary emergency power mission in Puerto Rico are keeping nearly 1,000 federal emergency power generators running at critical public facilities across the island.

Mattis Highlights Diplomatic Solution for North Korean Situation - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has highlighted the efforts aimed at strengthening diplomatic avenues for a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Millions Liberated From Evil of ISIS - Coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated millions of people from the evil of ISIS, with the efforts putting Iraq on a path toward greater security, an Operation Inherent Resolve official said today in Baghdad.


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