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Russia, China Block Security Council Referral of Syria to International Criminal Court - Despite repeated appeals by senior UN officials for accountability for crimes being committed in Syria, the Security Council was unable to adopt a resolution that would have referred the situation in Syria to the ICC, due to vetoes by Russia and China.

Chuck Hagel Stands Behind Tough Budget Proposal, Spokesman Says - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands firmly behind tough budget choices made in the 2015 Fiscal Year Defense Budget request as lawmakers return to Washington to take up defense spending.

U.S. Wants to Advance Military Relations With China Despite Hacking Incident - A day after the Justice Department charged five members of China`s military with hacking into computer networks of American companies, a Defense Department spokesman said the Pentagon wants to continue developing military relations with Beijing.

UN: Synthetic Drugs Flooding Market - An unprecedented expansion of synthetic drugs is taking an ever-greater share of the illicit drugs market, according to a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

UN: Israelis, Palestinians Must Carefully Consider Next Step in Peace Process - A top United Nations political official said it was critical to restart negotiations, but just as important for the parties to consider paths to progress, before talks resume.

UN: Forced Labor Must be Eradicated - Millions of people suffering under the yoke of modern slavery, more than half are women and girls primarily in commercial sex trade or domestic work.

UN: 10,000 People in Ukraine Affected by Displacement - The UN refugee agency estimated 10,000 people, most ethnic Tatars, but also Ukrainians, Russians and mixed families, have fled Crimea and restive eastern Ukraine to other parts of the country.

Colombia: Ban Welcomes Deal Between Government, FARC to Address Drugs - Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement reached between Colombia's Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on dealing with illicit drugs in the country.

DOD Joins Efforts to Suppress Southern California Wildfires - The Defense Department is providing assistance to local emergency officials battling intense wildfires in the Southern California area.

Chuck Hagel Issues Armed Forces Day Message - Saturday is Armed Forces Day, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has issued the following message to service members, veterans and their families to mark the occasion.

Chuck Hagel Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Israel`s Security - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel`s security.

UN: Alarming Deterioration of Human Rights in Eastern Ukraine - A United Nations report released today documents an alarming deterioration of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine.

UN Spotlights Broadband for Sustainable Development - The UN is marking World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with calls on the global community to roll-out high-speed broadband networks, making digital communication affordable as well as universally accessible.

UN Urges: Speak Out Against Homophobia - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia with a strong plea for action: Equality begins with you. "

Syria: Ban Warns Against Targeting Civilians - Following reports that armed groups cut water supplies in Aleppo, leaving at least 2.5 million people with no access to safe water for drinking and sanitation for days, Ban Ki-moon has warned that targeting civilians is a clear breach of international law.

UN Urges Peaceful Vote in Guinea-Bissau - On the eve of run-off presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau,Ban Ki-moon has urged voters to show the same sense of civic duty exhibited during the first round of the polls by turning out in large numbers and in a peaceful manner.

UN: 33.3 Million People Displaced by War Last Year - Conflict and violence uprooted a record 33.3 million people within their countries last year, according to a new United Nations-backed report released today.

UN Urges Global Action to Disrupt Illegal Wildlife Trade - The UN urged the international community to come together at the highest political level to halt the escalation of wildlife crime.

First Lady Marks Mother`s Day and Speaks Out on the Kidnapping in Nigeria - In this week`s address, First Lady Michelle Obama honors all mothers on this upcoming Mother`s Day.

U.S. Team in Nigeria to Help Locate Kidnapped Girls - The United States has sent a team of experts to Nigeria to help the government in the West African country locate and free more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last month by the Boko Haram terrorist group.


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