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UN: Malaria Still an Acute Problem - Despite major progress in the fight against malaria, the mosquito-borne disease remains an acute public health problem, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, home to 90 per cent of the world`s malaria cases, according to an annual flagship report by the World Health Organization.

Ash Carter Meets With Kurdistan Regional Government President in Iraq - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met today with Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani in Irbil, Iraq, where the two leaders discussed the latest developments in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Counter-ISIL Strikes Continue 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: Urgent Solution Needed in North Korea - Wrapping up a 10-day visit to Northeast Asia, a United Nations human rights expert today called for a multi-faceted and people-centred approach to improve the extremely complex situation in the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea.

UN Marks 'International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women' - Underlining that violence against women and girls is not only a human rights violation but also a serious obstacle to sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for meaningful " action to prevent and respond to such violence.

UN Steps Up Support as Winter Bites for Displaced in Iraq and Syria - With winter approaching and temperatures falling, the United Nations refugee agency is preparing to open more camps and increase life-saving assistance to support the nearly 15 million people displaced by fighting in Iraq and Syria.

More Than 729,000 Haitians Vaccinated Against Cholera - A Pan American Health Organization United Nations World Health Organization-backed vaccination campaign has reached more than 729,000 people in Haiti`s areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew, which hit the country last month, the health agencies said.

UN Chief Ban Offers Condolences to Cuban People on Death of Fidel Castro - Speaking on behalf of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning extended condolences to the Cuban people and to the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who passed away overnight at the age of 90.

Face of Defense: Air Force NCO Assists Families During Deployment Process - An Air Force senior noncommissioned officer who once set his sights on being a first sergeant is now exerting an important influence on airmen and their families in a different position.

NASA to Launch Fleet of Hurricane-Tracking SmallSats - NASA is set to launch its first Earth science small satellite constellation, which will help improve hurricane intensity, track and storm surge forecasts, on Dec. 12 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Obama Has Now Granted Commutations to Over 1,000 Individuals - President Obama has commuted the sentences of more individuals in one year than in any other single year in our nation`s history.

UN Welcomes New Peace Deal Between Colombian Government and FARC - Welcoming the signing today of the new peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and FARC, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed the hope that Colombians will come together at this time to move the peace process forward

President, Defense Secretary Make Thanksgiving Calls to Service Members - President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter today called several U.S. service members taking part in operations around the world to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving, according to officials.

Ash Carter Offers Condolences for Fallen U.S. Service Member in Syria - Defense Secretary Ash Carter today offered his condolences to the family, friends and other loved ones of a U.S. service member who was killed on Thanksgiving in Syria.

Inaction has Cost Measured in Human Lives, Security Council Told in Middle East Debate - Briefing the Security Council on the Middle East peace process, two senior United Nations officials " the UN relief chief and the UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process " called for action to prevent further deterioration of the region plagued by humanitarian crises and to save lives and alleviate human suffering.

Cambodia: UN-backed Court Upholds Life Sentences for Former Khmer Rouge Leaders - The United Nations-backed court set up to bring to trial those most responsible for crimes committed during Cambodia`s brutal Khmer Rouge regime today upheld life sentences for two top former Khmer Rouge leaders on Wednesday for crimes against humanity.

Countries at UN Forum in Dubai Encouraged to Make Space for Women - At a high-level United Nations forum under way in the United Arab Emirates aimed at exploring the role of space in socio-economic and sustainable development, a senior UN official is urging the global space community to make Space for Women " within the next two years.

NASA Selects Launch Services for Global Surface Water Survey Mission - NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. Launch is targeted for April 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Faint F Ring and Prometheus - Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.

Damages to Agricultural Sector in Storm-hit Haiti Estimated at $580 million - Post-disaster assessments by the United Nations food security and emergency food relief agencies in hurricane-hit Haiti have revealed extensive damage to crops, livestock and fisheries.

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