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UN Chief Urges Climate Action at Earth Day Concert - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2015 a year for global action on climate, gender and development issues.

UN Chief Ban: Ebola Remains a Pressing Challenge - While there has been important progress over recent months, the Ebola epidemic remains a pressing challenge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Dempsey, Leaders Honor Military Children of Year - Resilience, leadership and achievement are just a few of the many traits that earned six youths acclaim from senior leaders during Operation Homefront`s 7th annual Military Child of the Year Award Gala in Arlington, Va., Thursday.

UN Condemns Terrorist Attack in Jalalabad - The UN strongly condemned the suicide attack that killed 35 people and injured more than 100 others in the Afghan city of Jalalabad earlier today.

U.S., Japan, South Korea Hold Trilateral Security Talks - The United States, South Korea and Japan today concluded what a joint statement called a productive and substantive two-day security meeting here.

UN Welcomes Release of Palestinian Tax Revenues - The United Nations official charged with coordinating the Middle East peace process has welcomed the announcement that an agreement has been reached on the release of Palestinian tax revenues by Israeli authorities.

UN Condemns Epidemic of Prison Overcrowding - With over 10 million people in prisons worldwide, prison overcrowding has reached epidemic proportions in many countries.

Trends in Iraq Moving in Right Direction, Dempsey Says - The Iraqi government has made gains, and trends there are moving in the right direction, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a Pentagon news conference today.

Ash Carter Discusses Top National Security Priorities - Defense Secretary Ash Carter today discussed his top priorities and other defense issues at a Pentagon news conference.

F-35 Program On Right Track - Despite its numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines.

UN: Human Rights and Counter-terrorism Must Go Hand-in-hand - Only through a strict adherence to international human rights standards can the world`s counter-terrorism strategies ultimately succeed.

At UN, Billie Jean King Says Human Rights and Sports a Perfect Fit - Billie Jean King, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights icon, told the UN News Centre that human rights and sports are, in fact, a perfect fit for each other.

UN: 1.2 Million Ukrainians Uprooted by Conflict - The United Nations humanitarian office has reported that 1.2 million people in Ukraine have now been internally displaced because of conflict in the country.

After Migrant Catastrophe in Mediterranean, UN Urges Robust Rescue Operations - The latest maritime catastrophe to claim the lives of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea is yet another indication of the need for a robust rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies.

New DoD Cyber Strategy Nears Release - The Defense Department will release a new cyber strategy next week to guide the way ahead for cyber in the foreseeable future, a senior Pentagon official told Congress today.

Ash Carter, Spain`s Defense Minister Discuss Bilateral Relationship - In a phone call with Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter recognized Spain's strong contributions to global security and its commitments to NATO.

Ash Carter, Iraqi Defense Minister Reaffirm Commitment - Bilateral cooperation and progress in countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists highlighted a meeting at the Pentagon yesterday between Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi.

UN Praises Blackwater Sentencing - The outsourcing of national security to private firms creates risks for human rights and accountability, the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries confirmed today as it welcomed the sentencing of four former Blackwater Worldwide personnel for the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians.

UN Chief Appoints Daniel Craig as Global Mine Action Advocate - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the designation of Daniel Craig as the first UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines.

UN Warns of Dwindling Water Supplies - Although the world`s water supplies are expected to remain sufficient for a global population of nine billion in 2050, continuing overconsumption and the impact of climate change will diminish their availability in many of the planet`s neediest regions.


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