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Africa Moves a Step Closer to Polio Eradication - Africa has made great strides towards eradicating polio but the job remains to be finished through strengthened immunization campaigns and surveillance measures, according to the United Nations.

Ban Vows Decisive Action on Allegations of Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers - Vowing decisive action on reports of sexual exploitation committed by UN peacekeepers deployed to the Central African Republic, Ban Ki-moon announced that he has accepted the resignation of the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country.

Rosetta Comet Outburst Captured - On Thursday, Aug. 13, the comet and Rosetta will be 116 million miles (186 million kilometers) from the sun -- the closest to the sun they will be in their 6.5-year orbit.

Central African Republic: UN Rreleases Funds for Humanitarian Aid - The UN has allocated over $13 million for the immediate distribution of life-saving assistance targeting those affected by the ongoing violence in the Central African Republic.

Mali: UN Alarmed at Release of Human Rights Abusers - The UN expressed deep concern over the reported release of detainees in Mali suspected of involvement in, or formally charged with, serious abuses, including war crimes, terrorist acts and gross human rights violations.

UNICEF Offers Support to Pakistan Authorities as Child Abuse Investigation Continues - UNICEF has offered its support to Pakistani authorities as they open an investigation into emerging reports of widespread abuses against children in the country`s district of Kasur.

UN Warns of Deliberate Starvation of Civilians in Yemen - As Yemen plunges deeper into conflict, which has left millions in need of humanitarian aid and wrecked healthcare systems, the country now finds itself in the midst of a major food crisis.

UN: Libyan Parties Can Reach Settlement by Month`s End - UN special envoy Bernardino León previewed the latest round of talks opening in Geneva today, telling reporters that with political will, the parties could wrap up this very difficult process with an agreement by the end of August.

Face of Defense: Wounded Soldier Receives Honors at Fort Hood Ceremony - Almost eight months after he was wounded in Afghanistan, Army Spc. Gilbert Frazier accepted the medals he earned at his home station here surrounded by his brothers-in-arms and his wife.

Airstrikes Destroy ISIL Infrastructure in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Marines Help With Typhoon Relief in Saipan - U.S. Marines and sailors have been helping local and federal agencies in Saipan with relief efforts since Aug. 7, after Typhoon Soudelor struck the island Aug. 2-3, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said here today.

Obama Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: Video - In this week's address, the President celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

Air Force F-16s Arrive in Turkey to Join ISIL Fight - Six U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft and about 300 personnel arrived yesterday at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to support Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said here today.

UN Investigating Incident Leading to Death of Five Blue Helmets - The United Nations mission in the Central African Republic has launched an investigation into an incident in which a Rwandan peacekeeper shot dead four of his colleagues.

Ban Lauds Efforts to Achieve Nuclear-weapon-free World - In a message commemorating the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki,Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to all those in the Japanese city and around the globe who are striving to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Israeli Settlement Expansion Root Cause of Violence in Occupied Palestinian Territories - A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has cited Israel`s policy of settlement expansion as a primary driver of the escalating violence in the area

UN Urges Halt to Attacks on Afghan Civilians - The United Nations on Saturday called on anti-Government elements in Afghanistan to stop targeting civilian-populated areas, after a series of attacks yesterday killed at least 40 people, injured more than 300 and caused extensive damage to homes and property.

Ban Blasts Brutal Murder of Bangladeshi Blogger - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as two independent United Nations human rights experts have condemned the killing of Niloy Neel, the fourth Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death so far this year, and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Ban: Extremists Must Not be Allowed to Escalate Israeli-Palestinian Tensions - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians and called on leaders on both sides not to allow extremists to escalate the situation and take control of the political agenda.

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