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Recent Strike in Mosul Killed ISIL Commanders - Coalition forces conducted an airstrike that killed two Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant senior military commanders June 25 near Mosul, Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today.

Obama Salutes Troops, Joining Forces in Independence Day Weekly Address - In his weekly address issued today, President Barack Obama noted that he, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters will be hosting hundreds of service members, military veterans and their families at the traditional White House cookout on Independence Day, July 4.

Quartet Report Cites Settlements and Gaza as Barriers to Middle East Peace - Continuing violence, terrorism and incitement, settlement expansion, and the Palestinian Authority`s lack of control of Gaza are hurting the Middle East peace process, the United Nations envoy today said summarizing the first ever report by the diplomatic Quartet " comprising the United Nations, Russia, the United States and the European Union " to the Security Council.

Presidential Envoy Reports Counter-ISIL Progress, Ongoing Terrorism Threat - The U.S.-led multinational coalition is making progress in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and against its networks and affiliates, but an unprecedented terrorist challenge remains for nations everywhere, the presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL said June 28.

Ash Carter: Transgender Service Members Can Now Serve Openly - Transgender service members in the U.S. military can now openly serve their country without fear of retribution, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today, a policy decision that overturns the ban on transgender service across all branches of service, effective immediately.

South Sudan at Risk of Hunger Catastrophe - The level of food insecurity in South Sudan is at the highest since the start of the conflict two and a half years ago, United Nations agencies today warned.

UN-supported Yemeni Peace Talks Entering New Phase - With an agreement on the guiding principles for the Yemen peace talks, United Nations Secretary-General`s Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, today announced that the UN-supported talks will enter a new phase for the next two weeks.

Situation in Ukraine Remains Volatile - Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official today warned.

Iraq: UN Envoy Condemns Bombing of Mosque - The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned the suicide bombing yesterday that killed or wounded a number of civilians at a mosque in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, noting that the attack showed the terrorists` total disdain for Islam.

UN: Poverty and Early Deaths Await Millions of World's Disadvantaged Children - Some 69 million children under five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030.

UN Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attack at Airport in Istanbul - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today`s terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, according to his spokesperson.

In Jerusalem and Gaza, Ban Urges Two-State Solution - Following a meeting this morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ban Ki-moon urged the leader to take the courageous steps necessary for a negotiated two-State solution.

Ash Carter Hails Iraqi Fallujah Success as Counter-ISIL Milestone - Defense Secretary Ash Carter today congratulated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Iraqi people for freeing the city of Fallujah from the grip of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Military Strikes Hit 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.

Face of Defense: Soldier Earns Spot on Olympic Air Rifle Team - A fourth soldier from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is joining his teammates at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August after he qualified at the Olympic air rifle trials held here June 3-5.

President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument: Video - President Obama designated Stonewall National Monument to honor the broad LGBT equality movement.

UN Marks 'International Day Against Drug Abuse' - Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General today called for a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane, " to the challenges posed by the world drug problem.

UN Marks 'Day of the Seafarer' - Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.

South Sudan: Ban Concerned Over Escalation of Violence - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply concerned about the current escalation of violence between the Sudan's People Liberation Army and armed groups, in Wau town and surrounding areas, in South Sudan.

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


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