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Nigeria Reports First Polio Cases Since 2014 - After two children were paralyzed by polio in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, the first cases of wild poliovirus in more than two years, the United Nations health agency today stressed the need to prioritize immunization of children in hard-to-reach areas such as the Lake Chad region, spanning several countries and often affected by conflict.

Listen to President Obama's Summer Playlist - President Obama is once again sharing his summer picks -- an eclectic mix of hand-selected tracks on two lists that take listeners from day to night.

Nepal`s Quake-damaged Museums Re-open - More than a year since the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015, through the combined work of the United Nations cultural agency and its partners, some of the country`s notable museums and institutions, including the National Museum, and the National Art Gallery are once again open and visitors are coming back to enjoy their rich collections.

OIR Campaign Reached Turning Point in Ramadi - The Iraqi security forces` liberation of Ramadi from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant control marked the turning point in Operation Inherent Resolve`s fight against ISIL, OIR Commander Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland told reporters today.

Carter Condemns Despicable Attacks in Turkey - Offering condolences on behalf of the Defense Department to the families of victims of today's attacks in southeastern Turkey, Defense Secretary Ash Carter reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to stand by its ally.

Children Paying Heaviest Price of Yemen Conflict - Four children were reportedly killed and three were injured on 7 August in the Nihm District, east of the Yemeni capital, Sana`a.

UN Denounces Terrorist Attack that Killed Dozens in Pakistan - The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom denounced the recent terrorist attack that killed at least 70 people, including two journalists, in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan province.

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.

Pakistan: Ban Condemns Terrorist Attack at Hospital - Ban Ki-moon has condemned today`s terrorist bombing at the Civil Hospital in Quetta.

Water and Basic Supplies Run Out in Aleppo - With more than two million people impacted by the fighting in and around war-ravaged Aleppo, where wide swaths of the area are now without power and water supplies are dwindling.

Face of Defense: Army Medic Heals Hearts, Minds - Army combat medics live by a creed of trust. Those who have proven their skills under fire and put their lives before others receive the nickname Doc. " From the time soon-to-be medics give their first IV at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to the day they hang up their aid bag, they will endure blood, sweat and guts to maintain that title.

UN Welcomes South Sudan's Acceptance of Regional Protection Force - Welcoming the Government of South Sudan`s acceptance of a regional protection force to help quell the ongoing violence in the country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all South Sudanese parties to uphold their responsibility to protect civilians.

DARPA: Autonomous Bug-Hunting Bots Will Lead to Improved Cybersecurity - This week, seven teams whose cyber reasoning bots played in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency`s Cyber Grand Challenge proved that machines by themselves could find and fix software safety problems in a simplified version of the code used everywhere, every day.

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 Team in Jordan Uses Cranes to Hoist Relief Aid to Syrian Refugees at Sealed Border - Syrians stranded at a sealed border with Jordan have received life-saving food and other supplies from the United Nations in a unique operation that saw aid hoisted by crane and monitored by drones across the closed frontier.

UN Deplores Mass Executions in Iran - The United Nations human rights chief today deplored the execution of 20 people in Iran this week for purported terrorism-related offences.

On Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing, Ban Urges all States to Galvanize Global Will for Disarmament - With global tensions rising and progress on nuclear disarmament hard to find, the world needs the Hibakusha spirit more than ever.

UN Chief Takes Part in Olympic Torch Relay as Olympics Kick Off in Rio - Ban Ki-moon participated in the Olympic Torch Relay in Rio de Janeiro this morning as the historic torch, after having made its journey from Greece, is just hours away from lighting the Olympic Flame.

U.S., South Korea, Japan Discuss Recent North Korean Missile Launches - Representatives of the United States, South Korea and Japan conducted a senior-level videoconference yesterday to share information among the three countries regarding the two recent North Korean missile launches, according to a Defense Department statement.

U.S. Conducts Counterterrorism Strike Against al-Qaida in Yemen - The U.S. military conducted a counterterrorism strike against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in the Shabwah Governorate in central Yemen, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today.


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