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Coalition Airstrikes Enable Renewal of Tikrit Ground Offensive - Several thousand regular Iraqi security forces and troops from the Popular Mobilization Forces have resumed their offensive operations on the ground in Tikrit, Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.

Coalition Forces Begin Operations in Tikrit - U.S. and coalition military forces have begun operations in support of Iraqi security forces in Tikrit after a request from the Iraqi government.

Obama Extends U.S. Troop Levels to Boost Afghan Security - Obama has extended troop levels in Afghanistan several months beyond the original drawdown plan to help Afghan security forces succeed during the upcoming fighting season.

UN Condemns Elephant Poaching in Africa - An ongoing decline in overall elephant numbers remains likely as the poaching of African elephants continued to exceed population growth rates throughout 2014, a new United Nations-backed report warned today.

UN: Palestine Conflict Continues to Destroy Human Life, Dignity - Violations of human rights fuel and shape the conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council.

NATO Responding to Russia`s Actions Against Ukraine - NATO is responding to Russia`s illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory with the largest reinforcement of collective defense since the end of the Cold War.

Afghan Leader Thanks U.S. Troops, Taxpayers for Support - Taking the stage with U.S. leaders early this morning in the Pentagon courtyard, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked U.S. troops and all Americans for their support of his country.

Commanders Describe Budgetary Needs to Senate Panel - In an uncertain security environment, sequestration and its associated budget inflexibility are grave threats to national security, three top military commanders told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Multiple Launch Rocket System Battalion to Rotate to South Korea - Defense Secretary Ash Carter has approved a nine-month rotation of an Army multiple launch rocket system battalion to South Korea, according to a DoD news release issued today.

UN: Ebola-affected Countries Need to Intensify Routine Immunization Services - Any disruption of immunization services will increase the likelihood of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks.

Pharrell Williams Lectures on Climate Change at United Nations - Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams and environmental advocates Philippe Cousteau and Sylvia Earle joined local students at an event held at United Nations Headquarters today to celebrate the International Day of Happiness and highlight the importance of tackling climate change.

Ban Urges Renewed Israeli Commitment to Two-State Solution - Ban Ki-moon called Benjamin Netanyahu today to congratulate him on his recent electoral victory, and urged him to renew Israel`s commitment to the two-State solution.

UN: Ukraine Crisis Taking Heaviest Toll on Women, Children and Elderly - Women, children and the elderly are disproportionately bearing the devastating impact of the protracted conflict in Ukraine.

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq - 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.

UN: ISIS Many Have Committed Genocide in Iraq - A report released by the UN says that ISIS may have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in the country.

Moshe Turner's Thoughts on Narcolepsy - Narcolepsy used to be known as a sleep disorder of psychological origin as scientists had not been able to find a physiological cause. That changed with the discovery of orexin in 1998. In recent years narcolepsy has been reclassified as neurological disorder.

Ban Praises Sendai Earthquake Recovery - Integrating disaster risk reduction into development can save lives and livelihoods, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he toured Sendai, Japan.

Sea Services Release Revised Maritime Strategy - The sea services today released a new maritime strategy, a plan that describes how the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard will design, organize, and employ naval forces in support of national security interests and homeland security objectives.

UN Praises Suriname For Moving Away From Death Penalty - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has welcomed the decision by the parliaments of Suriname and Côte d`Ivoire to eliminate capital punishment from their penal codes in a move, it said, that may prompt other countries in their regions to do the same.

U.S. Conducts Counterterrorism Operation in Somalia - U.S. military forces have conducted what a Pentagon spokesman described as a counterterrorism operation in Somalia against a suspected member of the al-Shabab militant group.


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