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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.

Chuck Hagel: Post-2014 Troop Level to Protect Afghan Progress - President Barack Obama`s post-2014 troop commitment in Afghanistan was the right decision, " Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said yesterday.

UN Chief Ban Seeks End to 'Cycle of Violence' in Central African Republic - Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned recent attacks in the Central African Republic.

UN Voices Concern Over Killing of Newspaper Editor in Libya - The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced deep concern over the killing of newspaper editor Meftah Bouzid in Libya earlier this week.

UN: Syria Blighted by Joblessness - Even as the death toll from Syria`s three-year civil war continues to rise, the country`s human development has also suffered immense collateral damage " the economy has been gutted, the healthcare system is in ruins, and education facilities are teetering.

UN Urges Action After Pregnant Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Family - The UN human rights chief condemned the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman, who was stoned to death by her family as she approached a Pakistani court, and urged the Government to do more to prevent such killings.

UN Chief Urges Lebanon to Elect President Without Delay - Ban Ki-moon regretted that the Lebanese Parliament was unable to elect a new president within the timeframe set by the constitution.

UN Chief Sends Condolences to Families of Victims in Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting - Following a shooting today at the Jewish Museum of Brussels, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his strong condemnation of all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Security Council Condemns Attack on Somali Parliament - The UN condemned an attack by suicide bombers and gunmen on the Federal Parliament, in the capital Mogadishu, where legislators were in session.

Security Council Condemns Attack on Indian Consulate in Afghanistan - The Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the attack on the Indian consulate in the western Afghan province of Herat.

Russia, China Block Security Council Referral of Syria to International Criminal Court - Despite repeated appeals by senior UN officials for accountability for crimes being committed in Syria, the Security Council was unable to adopt a resolution that would have referred the situation in Syria to the ICC, due to vetoes by Russia and China.

Chuck Hagel Stands Behind Tough Budget Proposal, Spokesman Says - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands firmly behind tough budget choices made in the 2015 Fiscal Year Defense Budget request as lawmakers return to Washington to take up defense spending.


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