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UN Marks 'World Oceans Day' - To commemorate World Oceans Day, the United Nations family is encouraging the international community to reflect on the multiple benefits of oceans and commit to keeping them healthy and productive for current and future generations.

Somalia: UN Welcomes Release of Crew Held by Pirates Since 2010 - The United Nations envoy for Somalia has welcomed the release earlier today of sailors on a ship hijacked by Somali pirates nearly four years, and has called for the release of all remaining captives still being held by Somali pirates.

UN Concerned Over Violence in Libya - The United Nations` top envoy in Libya announced an initiative to bring together some of the country`s most influential actors to settle long-divisive issues.

UN Condemns Bomb Attack in Kabul - Emphasizing its ongoing support for Afghanistan's democratic process, the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned today's bomb attack in Kabul.

UN: End AIDS Epidemic - Despite significant gains, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over, UN officials said, calling for greater political commitment to end the global scourge.

Ban Concerned About Health of Palestinian Detainees on Hunger Strike - Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today about reports regarding the deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for over a month.

Chuck Hagel Praises Romania as Steadfast U.S. Ally - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today praised Romania as a steadfast friend and ally of the United States, noting several of its contributions to regional and world security.

UN Calls for Crisis Funding for Central African Republic - Thousands of women and children fleeing the Central African Republic for Cameroon.

Obama: 'Sacred Rule` Required Securing Bergdahl`s Freedom - Regardless of the circumstances that led to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl`s five years of captivity, President Barack Obama said today, the United States needed to get him back.

UN Urges Release of Detained Activists Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary - The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the detention of civil society activists, lawyers and journalists in China.

UN Chief Welcomes Formation of Palestinian Unity Government - Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement of the formation of a Palestinian unity government headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

DOD: Bergdahl Hospitalized in Germany for Dietary Issues - The Defense Department`s immediate goal with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to take care of his medical needs, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.

Chuck Hagel Greets U.S. Troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stopped at Bagram Airfield today on his way from Singapore to Brussels to thank U.S. troops for their service in Afghanistan.

UN: Pakistan Must Protect its Religious Minorities - Independent United Nations human rights experts today called on Pakistan to adopt urgent measures to stop faith-based killings and ensure the security of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose faith is outlawed in the country.

UN Chief Ban Meets New York City Mayor de Blasio - The Secretary-General welcomed the Mayors` pledge for making New York a green city and also his framework for sustainable cities.

Obama, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl`s Parents, Give Thanks for His Freedom - At the White House today, President Barack Obama stood with Bob and Jani Bergdahl as they thanked the governments of the United States, Qatar and Afghanistan, the military services, and all supporters of their son Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during his nearly five years as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

Chuck Hagel Announces Release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by Afghan Captors - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl`s Afghan captors have released him to the U.S. military after taking him prisoner nearly five years ago while he was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

UN Advocates for Higher Tobacco Taxes - Ahead of World No Tobacco Day, the UN health agency is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent other people from becoming addicted to tobacco.

Failure to Refer Syria to International Court Opens Door to More Atrocities, UN Experts Warn - The Security Council`s inability to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) leaves the door wide open for new atrocities in the ongoing conflict.

UN: Mayors on Frontline of Battle Against Climate Change - The head of the UN agency on human settlements said he hoped thousands of cities around the world will join forces to sign a compact to strengthen cooperation in tackling climate challenges when the UN convenes a summit on the issue four months from now.


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