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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.

Ban Urges Peaceful Campaigning in Haiti - Welcoming the upcoming presidential, legislative and local elections in Haiti, which will begin on Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to ensure credible and peaceful polls.

Battaglia Observes National Purple Heart Day, Acclaims Heroes - In remarks at the National Purple Heart Ceremony at George Washington`s Mount Vernon estate today, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised heroes across wars and eras who have exemplified bravery and endured incomprehensible peril.

Security Council Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attack in Saudi Arabia - The United Nations Security Council has condemned the terrorist attack that took place on Thursday at a mosque in Saudi Arabia, resulting in the death of at least 15 people.

Face of Defense: From Puppy to Police Dog - He jumps, he drools, and he sheds like it`s summer all year long, but this is no ordinary pup. This dog is an invaluable part of team that could one day save lives and capture dangerous criminals.

1 Year in, Officials Assess Anti-ISIL Progress - On Aug. 8, 2014, coalition aircraft conducted the first airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. A year later, senior leaders have had a chance to reflect on the progress thus far and how it shapes the future of Operation Inherent Resolve.

UN: World Food Prices Hit Lowest Level in 6 Years - Prices for global agricultural products in July hit their lowest level since September 2009, as sharp drops in the prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset some increases for those of sugar and cereals, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization confirmed today.

Ban: No more Hiroshimas. No more Nagasakis - Ban Ki-moon renewed his resolve to advance the goal of achieving a world free of the nuclear shadow, in a message to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Deterrence Still Cornerstone of U.S. Strategy, Haney Says - Even in an age of terror groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and al-Qaida, deterrence remains at the heart of America`s security strategy, said Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

DoD Announces Recruiting, Retention Numbers Through June 2015 - The active-duty Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force met or exceeded their fiscal year-to-date 2015 accession goals through June 2015, Defense Department officials announced today.

Civilians Continue to Bear Brunt of Afghan Conflict - Civilians continued to bear the brunt of the Afghan conflict in the first half of 2015, the United Nations reported today, noting that casualties are projected to equal or exceed the record high numbers documented last year.

Afghan Security Forces Continue to Progress, U.S. General Says - As the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan ebbs, Afghan security force operations continue to evolve as a regional partner, the Operation Resolute Support commander said yesterday at the Brookings Institute Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence.


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