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Macklemore Joins President Obama to Discuss Addiction: Video - In this week's address, Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore joined President Obama to discuss a disease that affects far too many Americans: addiction.

UN: Paramount Importance for Lebanon to Elect a President - A United Nations envoy for Lebanon reported to the Security Council today on how the current political paralysis, including the two-year presidential vacuum, is negatively impacting the country`s ability to make vital decisions

1,000 Refugees and Migrants Rescued Off Italian Coast - Some 1,000 people of various nationalities, including refugee families and unaccompanied children, were rescued yesterday from the Mediterranean Sea, the UN refugee agency said today.

UN Demands Boko Haram Iimmediately End all Violence in Lake Chad Basin - Cncerned at the alarming scale of the humanitarian crisis caused by the activities of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin region, the UN demanded that the group immediately cease all violence and all abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law.

U.S., Jordan Partner in Eager Lion Exercise - U.S. troops will partner with Jordanian military forces May 15-24 in Jordanduring Exercise Eager Lion 16, one of U.S. Central Command's premier exercises, Centcom officials announced today.

Coalition Operations Deny ISIL`s Caliphate Dreams - The U.S.-led coalition fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is denying the terrorists` ambition to act as a state by targeting their finances, revenue sources, recruiting efforts and leaders, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today.

Ash Carter Lauds Belgium`s Decision to Expand Counter-ISIL Role - Defense Secretary Ash Carter today lauded Belgium`s announcement that it will begin conducting airstrikes in Syria as part of the coalition air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

U.S., U.K., Georgian Forces Hone Capabilities in Exercise Noble Partner 16 - Exercise Noble Partner 16 got underway yesterday between the U.S., U.K. and Georgian militaries at Georgia`s Vaziani Training Area, Pentagon Press Operations Director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.

Yemen`s Food Situation on Verge of Humanitarian Disaster - The food security and nutrition situation in Yemen will turn into a humanitarian disaster unless urgent funding is accessible for the Food and Agriculture Organization to deliver timely aid in the April/May cereal and vegetable planting season and the summer fishing season, and vaccinate livestock before winter, the United Nations agency has warned.

Ban Urges End of Horrible War in Syria - As part of his visit to Lisbon, Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with a group of Syrian students, commending them for their strength and resilience and stressing that the only sustainable solution to the education crisis in Syria is ending the horrible war.

UN Condemns Bomb Attacks in Sadr City and Baquba - The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned the car bomb attack that occurred earlier today in a busy market in Sadr City, claiming many lives and leaving scores injured.

UN Urges South Sudan to Implement Pledges to Address Sexual Violence Crimes - Concluding a four-day visit to Juba, South Sudan, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has urged high-level authorities of the Transitional Government of National Unity to implement commitments made to address sexual violence crimes.

UN Panel to Propose Global Framework on Countering Terrorist Propaganda - Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today requested its main counter-terrorism subsidiary body to present a proposal by 30 April 2017 for a comprehensive international framework on the matter.

UN Calls for End to Illegal Poaching and Trade of Migratory Birds - Millions of migratory birds are being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade, United Nations officials warned on World Migratory Bird Day.

Somalia: UN Calls for Urgent Action to Support Drought-hit Communities - A senior United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia today called for urgent action to support drought-stricken communities in Puntland and Somaliland and avert a further deterioration of the situation.

Counter-ISIL Strikes Target 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.

UN Regrets Execution of Six People in Afghanistan - The United Nations human rights arm has expressed regret over the execution of six people in Afghanistan on Sunday, amid serious concerns about compliance with fair trial standards, and reports about the widespread use of torture and ill-treatment as a means of extracting confessions.

Most Countries Lack Laws to Protect Breastfeeding - Laws to protect breastfeeding against the growing multi-billion-dollar breast-milk substitute business are inadequate in most countries, exposing small children to a greater risk of childhood diseases, according to a United Nations report released today.

Military Strikes Continue Against 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.

Ban Calls for Global Action on Climate Change - Small States like Seychelles have served as a magnifying lens for many issues that all nations must face, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the National Assembly today, calling for the archipelago's continued support as the UN tackles three critical challenges: climate change, global sustainability and easing humanitarian suffering.


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