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UN: Iraqi Violence Killed More Than 2,400 in June - Iraq`s violent insurgency has claimed some 2,400 lives " more than half of them civilians.

Ban Condemns Murder of Missing Israeli Teens - Condemning the murder of three Israeli teenagers abducted in the West Bank,Ban Ki-moon declared that the perpetrators` attempts to stoke tensions in the region must not be allowed to succeed.

Ban Condemns Ongoing Attacks by Boko Haram - Condemning the ongoing attacks being carried out by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Ban Ki-moon has deplored that such violence has become an almost daily occurrence.

UN Chief Ban Adopts Lion Cub to Support Efforts Against Wildlife Trafficking - Ban Ki-moon today adopted a lion cub in Nairobi National Park as a sign of support for efforts against the trafficking of animals around the world.

Chuck Hagel and Italy's Defense Minister Discuss Security and Defense Issues - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel discussed a range of security issues with Italy's Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti during a meeting at the Pentagon today.

Ban Urges Focus on Adolescent Girls to Reduce Maternal Mortality - To triumph over maternal mortality, initiatives must focus on adolescent girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

UN Rebuilding World Heritage Sites in Timbuktu - Two of the World Heritage mausoleums destroyed in Timbuktu have now been rebuilt through a partnership with local communities, the United Nations cultural agency said.

UN: Ebola Outbreak Not Out of Hand - The UN health agency is working with the Governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to control an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

UN: 10,000 Christians Flee Iraq - The UN said 10,000 people from Christian communities in Iraq have fled their homes this week amid the violence in Mosul.

UN Celebrates 70th Anniversary - Over the next 16 months, the Organization will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN`s founding in 1945.

Largest International Maritime Exercises Beginning in Hawaii - RIMPAC, the world`s largest international maritime exercise consisting of 20 plus nations and hundreds of aircraft, ships and submarines begins today in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

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.


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