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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.

UN Condemns Destruction at Iraq`s Nimrud Site - The United Nations agency mandated with protecting heritage sites worldwide today denounced further destruction at the archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq.

Security Council Imposes Arms Embargo on Yemen Rebels - The Security Council approved an arms embargo against the rebel group`s leadership and demanded that all parties refrain from unilateral actions that could undermine the country`s UN-facilitated political transition.

ISIL Loses Control of Once-dominated Iraq Territory - Some 25 percent to 30 percent of Iraqi territory has been taken back from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group control by coalition forces, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.

UN Calls for Immediate Ceasfire in Libya - The UN condemned the grave escalation in hostilities in western Libya.

Afghan Civilian Casualties From Ground Combat Rise in 2015: UN - In the first three months of 2015, civilian casualties from ground engagements rose by eight per cent compared to the same period last year.

UN Official on Urgent Mission to Yarmouk Refugee Camp - The United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees is undertaking an urgent mission to Syria today.

Coalition Airstrikes Support Operation Inherent Resolve - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Women, Diversity Are Military Mission Critical - The military can take the lead in breaking down the biases against women and people of diverse backgrounds, to create a stronger force and set the path for the nation.

UN Condemns Killing of Afghan Civilians - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemned the killing of 18 civilians over the last 24 hours.

Mali: Security Council Welcomes Political Agreement as Historic Step Towards Peace - The members of the United Nations Security Council today welcomed a peace and reconciliation accord between the Malian Government, armed groups and an international mediation team in what the body described as an historic opportunity " for resolving the African country`s ongoing political and security crisis.

UN: Ebola Outbreak Still a Global Emergency - A meeting convened by the United Nations World Health Organization has confirmed that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa still poses a threat to international peace and security.

Ash Carter, South Korea President Reaffirm Alliance - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with South Korea President Park Geun-hye in Seoul and reaffirmed the strength and importance of the enduring alliance between the United States and South Korea.

Ash Carter, Japan`s Defense Minister Conduct Alliance Talks - On the initial overseas stop of his first Asia-Pacific trip as defense secretary, Ash Carter met today in Tokyo with Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani to discuss the alliance and mutual world interests.

U.S., African Union Partner Against Terrorist Threat - Kenya has not yet asked for Department of Defense assistance following the university attack last week that left some 150 people dead, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.

UN Urges Political Action to Promote Roma Human Rights - A United Nations rights expert has today called for strong and tangible political commitment to fight the bias and discrimination that continues to infringe upon the rights of Roma people.

Security Council Condemns Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria, Chad - The members of the United Nations Security Council condemned today in the strongest terms the spate of recent terrorist attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and Chad.

Leaders Reaffirm U.S.-Saudi Arabia Defense Ties - Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabian Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday and praised the countries` strategic relationship, Pentagon officials said in a written statement.

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