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Troops Honored at NHL`s Winter Classic - Pre-game and intermission events at the National Hockey League`s outdoor Winter Classic were all about the troops at Nationals Park here yesterday.

UN: Protracted Conflict Displaces Millions of Cattle in South Sudan - As South Sudan`s livestock owners flee the country`s conflict, a silent emergency has emerged threatening the very fabric of society and further undermining social stability.

UN Provides Aid to Displaced Persons in Ukraine - Amid continuing fighting in Ukraine, the UN announced it is launching an initiative aimed at ferrying aid to the country`s internally displaced persons.

UN Chief Conveys Condolences After Crash of Indonesian Airliner - Ban Ki-moon has expressed his sincerest condolences to the families of the crew members and passengers of downed AirAsia flight QZ8501 as recovery efforts continue amid harsh conditions in the Java Sea.

Pentagon Confirms Death of High-ranking al-Shabab Militant - Pentagon officials confirmed today that a high-ranking member of the al-Shabab militant group in Somalia was killed in a Dec. 29 airstrike.

Nations to Share Info on North Korean Nuke, Missile Threats - The South Korean and Japanese defense ministries and the U.S. Defense Department have finalized a trilateral information-sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea.

Obama, Hagel Mark End of Operation Enduring Freedom - President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel each issued statements today marking the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan.

UN: Number of People Affected by Ebola Tops 20,000 - The World Health Organization reported that more 20,000 people have now become infected by the virus.

UN Chief Ban Urges Pakistan to End Executions - Ban Ki-moon has called on the Government of Pakistan to bring an end to the executions of all convicts and re-impose the country`s moratorium on the death penalty.

New York Yankees, USO Help Bring Christmas to Baghdad - For deployed service members, Christmas can be a time of loneliness and missed opportunity. However, many people and organizations unite to prevent those who are deployed from feeling left out during this time of the year.

Chuck Hagel Calls Service Members on Christmas - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called service members taking part in U.S. operations around the world to wish them a Merry Christmas.

Senior Leaders Meet With Wounded Troops at CFI - Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald visited with wounded service members at the Center for the Intrepid.

Army Family Receives Basement Make-over for Christmas - An Army staff sergeant, his wife and their seven children received a huge Christmas surprise when they arrived home yesterday morning, to find their basement was no longer a series of never-ending projects.

UN: No Sign of Improvement for Human Rights in Belarus - The Government of Belarus shows no imminent sign of bettering its human rights record, a United Nations expert has declared.

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq - U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes.

Thanking Service Members One Cupcake at a Time - The operation consisted of delivering 10,000 cupcakes donated by this city`s popular Georgetown Cupcake to service members and their families as part of the recent USO tour to Spain, Italy, Turkey and Afghanistan.

NORAD Tracks Santa`s Christmas Eve Journey - Now a 59-year tradition, the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will follow Santa Claus`s Christmas Eve travels.

As Winter Hits Displaced Iraqis, UN Appeals for Boost in Humanitarian Funding - The UN called for a surge in humanitarian funding to help cover the basic needs of close to one million internally displaced persons in Iraq`s Kurdistan region.

UN Warns of Human Rights Violations in Libya - Libyan civilians have been subject to targeted killings, forced displacement and acute humanitarian conditions amid an escalation in fighting in the North African country, a new United Nations human rights report has warned.

Coalition Will Defeat ISIL, Task Force Commander Says - The strength of the 40-plus nation coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ultimately will defeat the terrorist group, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said here today.


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