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UN: Nearly a third of Darfur People Still Displaced - The armed groups in Darfur have largely been defeated and the ferocity of intercommunal violence has declined, but anxiety over safety continues to keep many people from returning to their homes, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN Calls for Immediate Lifting of Humanitarian Blockade in Yemen - With much of Yemens air, sea and land entry points closed, heads of three United Nations agencies on Thursday called for immediate lifting of such blockade in the conflict-ravaged southern Arabian country so that lifesaving humanitarian supplies can pass.

Airman Sets Sights on Social Work Career - For one Pennsylvania native here, taking care of families and others has always been a passion.

Marine Amputee Finds Solace in Surfing - As the calm of being in the Pacific Ocean washes over him, Toran Gaal, a medically retired Marine Corps sergeant, examines a clean wave and carves out a path.

Trauma Chief Praises Medical Response to Sutherland Springs Shooting - The community teamwork and medical response here the afternoon of the Sutherland Springs shooting was extremely heartwarming, the trauma chief at Brooke Army Medical Center said.

Afghanistan Opium Production Jumps 87 Per Cent to Record Level - A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime said Wednesday in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017.

Three-Carrier Strike Force Conducts Exercise in Western Pacific - A three-carrier naval force is finishing a multi-day exercise in the Western Pacific, demonstrating the Navys unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated effort, according to Navy officials.

Coalition Airstrikes Kill 4 Senior ISIS Leaders - Coalition airstrikes killed four senior Islamic State of Iraq and Syria leaders in the past three weeks, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials announced today.

Defeat-ISIS Campaign Deprives Enemy of Safe Havens - The U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to support Syrian Democratic Forces as they pressure ISIS by advancing toward the confluence of the Kabul and Euphrates River valleys, Army Col. Ryan S. Dillon, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters today.

UN Recognizes Role of Women in Climate Action - With the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, entering its final week of negotiations, the Fiji Presidency today announced an agreement on a Gender Action Plan, highlighting the role of women in climate action.

UN Ready to Assist Response Efforts Following Quake in Iran and Iraq - The United Nations stands ready to assist efforts to respond to the earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq on Sunday, the Organizations top official has said.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 39 strikes consisting of 67 engagements Nov. 12 through yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

UN Urge States to Take Action Against Corporate Tax Fraud - Ratings agencies must downgrade businesses responsible for unethical practices such as tax evasion carried out through off-shore-registered companies, two United Nations human rights experts warned, while urging countries to cooperate to counter this global tax abuse problem.

France Former Culture Minister Appointed new UNESCO Chief - Member States of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Friday appointed Audrey Azoulay, a former culture minister of France, to the top post of the agency.

UN: Accelerate Climate Action - As the impact of climate change worsens around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called on the global community to redouble efforts to help countries respond to climate shocks, especially the most vulnerable.

Veterans Day While Deployed - Legacy, honor, freedom, valor, and patriotism. These are some of the underlying tones speaking to us on what we know as Veterans Day.

Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 28 engagements Nov. 6-9, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Remarks by Secretary Mattis and Secretary Williamson in London - The United Kingdom and the United States, when we are united, quite simply, the world is a safer and better place. And let us make sure that unity continues going forward.

Times Square Recruiting Station Reopens After Renovation - Representatives of all U.S. military services will be on hand tomorrow, for the grand reopening of the busiest walk-in recruiting station in the country at the crossroads of the world, Times Square, New York City.

DoD Pledges to Improve Background Investigation Procedures - The Defense Department is pledging to improve the way background investigations are done, according to Garry Reid, DoDs director for defense intelligence and security.


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