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UN Condemns Assassination of Libyan Human Rights Advocate - The United Nations today condemned the assassination of Salwa Bugaighis, a prominent Libyan human rights advocate and member of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue.

More U.S. Assessment Teams Arrive in Baghdad - U.S. forces in Baghdad have opened a joint operations center in the city to assess the security situation in the wake of the rapid territorial gains made by Sunni militants.

UN: Global Number of Out-of-School Children 58 Million - The global number of out-of-school children aged 6 to 11 is still as high as 58 million.

UN: Prohibition of Torture is Absolute - Reiterating their pledge that every victim of torture will one day gain his right to acknowledgement, UN officials marked the International Day in Support of those victims by calling on countries to strengthen efforts to eradicate torture.

UN: Afghanistan Needs Statesmanship, Not Brinksmanship - Afghanistan needs to avoid slippery road to civil disorder and instability.

Iraq: Military Effort to Quell Insurgency Must be Backed by Political Process, Says UN - The grave situation in Iraq requires a solution based on military, political and social processes that will address the concerns of all communities.

UN Urges Israel Not to Legalize Force-feeding - The independent UN experts dealing with torture urged the Israeli parliament not to authorize the force-feeding and medical treatment of prisoners on hunger strike against their will.

Obama to Award Medal of Honor to Former Soldier - President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor on July 21 to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts for conspicuous gallantry in Afghanistan.

U.S. Advisors Arrive in Iraq to Begin Assessing Insurgency - The first U.S. service members ordered to Iraq to help the Iraqi military counter an advancing Sunni insurgency have arrived in the country.

UN: Ukraine Situation Remains Deeply Worrying - The situation on the ground in Ukraine remains deeply worrying, senior United Nations officials reported to the Security Council today.

UN Confirms More Than 2,000 Killed, Injured in Iraq Since Early June - More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq, and another 1,000 injured in the two weeks since the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) and its allies began to sweep across the country.

Obama: Investment in Veterans Produces Tomorrow`s Leaders - The promise of a better tomorrow made to U.S. military veterans of World War II seven decades ago with the signing of the original GI Bill is the same promise the nation is keeping with its newest veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

UN Hopes Ukraine Peace Plan Will Reduce Violence - Ban Ki-moon has hailed a peace plan put forward by Ukraine's President, Petro Poroshenko, and said he hopes it will reduce violence and tensions in the eastern part of the country.

Chuck Hagel Meets With New Zealand`s Prime Minister - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the Pentagon.

Obama Announces Military Advisers Heading to Iraq - President Barack Obama today announced plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the government in Baghdad combat a rapid advance by Sunni-led insurgents.

UN Condemns Attack on Head of Afghan Peace Council - The United Nations mission in Afghanistan strongly condemned today's targeted attack on Masoom Stanekzai, a government minister and the Head of the Secretariat of the country's High Peace Council.

UN: Iraq Violence Pulls in Children - United Nations officials expressed d concern about the humanitarian situation of the estimated one million people displaced so far this year in Iraq, particularly children.

UN Condemns Spreading Violence in Iraq - Two special advisors to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned what could amount to war crimes committed in Iraq by terrorist and armed groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

UN Chief Ban Urges Action Against Youth Unemployment - At a time when the international community is struggling to generate more jobs, especially for young people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Governments to invest more in youth employment initiatives and promote decent work for all.

UN: Total Breakdown of Law and Order in Eeastern Ukraine - The UN urged all armed groups to put down their weapons, end the violence and begin the process of long-term reconciliation.


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