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Ban: Taliban Attack on Pakistan School an Act of Rank Cowardice! - Ban Ki-moon condemned the blood-curdling attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Chuck Hagel Condemns Taliban Attack on Pakistani School - Chuck Hagel condemned the Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan, that left more than 140 people dead, including more than 130 children.

U.S. Stands With Pakistanis, Afghans Against Taliban - The United States condemns the deadly Taliban attack on a Pakistani school and remains committed to bringing stability to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

Details Still in Works for Deploying Troops to Iraq - While some 1,500 U.S. service members will advise, assist and train Iraqis in the coming months, deployment orders have not been issued yet.

Thousands Gather to Honor Fallen Veterans for Wreaths Across America Day - Amid crisp air and the aroma of pine needles, thousands gathered to lay remembrance wreaths on veterans` headstones here to mark National Wreaths Across America Day.

UN Condemns CIA Torture - The US' use of torture has damaged the country's moral high ground, a UN human rights expert declared.

President, First Lady Encourage Toys for Tots Donations - First Lady Michelle Obama reminded the public that time still remains to donate to Toys for Tots.

UN Congratulates Workers Battling Ebola in West Africa - The UN congratulated the front line workers battling Ebola on their well-deserved recognition as Time Person of the Year.

Chuck Hagel Visits Baghdad to Thank Troops, Receive Updates - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Baghdad today to visit with and thank U.S. troops for their contributions to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

DoD Threat Reduction Agency Builds Anti-Ebola Capacity - The DoD began ramping up its response early in the Ebola outbreak and now, with many partners, is steadily building capabilities in Liberia as it extends capacity into Sierra Leone and Mali.

Chuck Hagel Explains Differences Between Afghanistan, Iraq Drawdowns - The Afghanistan drawdown and the situation in Iraq when U.S. troops left that country in 2011 are poles apart, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

Chuck Hagel Meets With Leaders, Troops in Afghanistan - In an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced the delayed withdrawal of up to 1,000 U.S. troops from the country during the transition to Operation Resolute Support.

Six Guantanamo Detainees Transfer to Uruguay - The DoD announced the transfer of Ahmed Adnan Ahjam, Ali Hussain Shaabaan, Omar Mahmoud Faraj, Abdul Bin Mohammed Abis Ourgy, Mohammed Tahanmatan, and Jihad Diyab from Guantanamo Bay to Uruguay.

Obama Nominates Carter to be Next Defense Secretary - President Barack Obama today named Dr. Ashton B. Carter as his choice to become the 25th secretary of defense.

Transcom Develops System to Transport Ebola Patients - U.S. Transportation Command has developed a module-system capability to evacuate patients with infectious diseases such as Ebola or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Transcom`s commander, Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, said here today.

Significant Progress Made in Fight Against Ebola - With the number of new Ebola cases declining or holding steady in Liberia, the top U.S. military commander for Africa said today that thousands of U.S. troops deployed to West Africa to help stop the spread of the deadly disease could soon shift their focus to other countries if needed or begin to come home.

UN Calls for End to Violence Against Women - More than half-way through an international campaign to end violence against women, a top United Nations expert on the issue is calling for a binding international legal standard that holds Member States accountable in fighting this widespread human rights violation.

First Lady Invites Military Families to Preview Holiday Decor - First Lady Michelle Obama invited service members, veterans, wounded warriors and their families to be the first to see this year`s White House holiday decorations.

Ban Condemns Bombing of Mosque in Nigeria - Condemning the horrific attack on Kano Central Mosque, which killed dozens of people and injured hundreds of others, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

NORAD Prepares to Track Santa`s Flight - The North American Aerospace Defense Command`s NORAD Tracks Santa website, , launched today featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more.


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