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UN: Serious Human Rights Violations in Iraq - The group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is imposing untold hardship and suffering on Iraqi civilians, the United Nations said.

UN Chief Ban Heads to Israel in Search of Peace - Amid an escalation of violence in Gaza, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave for the region on Saturday to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians, and to help bolster regional and international efforts for a solution.

UN: Downing of Malaysian Jet Highlights Urgency of Resolving Ukraine Crisis - The apparent deliberate downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over eastern Ukraine highlights the need for an urgent resumption of a ceasefire and a serious effort to end the ongoing crisis.

Russian Military Buildup Near Ukraine Concerns DoD Officials - U.S. defense officials are concerned about a buildup of Russian troops along that country`s border with Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.

UN: Millions Unaware of HIV-Positive Status - While showing a downward trend in AIDS-related deaths, a new UN report warns 19 million of the 35 million people living with the virus globally do not know their HIV-positive status.

UN Reports Rocket Fire from South Lebanon Towards Israel - The UN Interim Force in Lebanon reported that earlier today, its radar revealed that three rockets originating from south Lebanon were fired towards Israel.

Chuck Hagel Thanks Troops for Service - Chuck Hagel stopped yesterday here at the home of Army aviation, hopping onto the grass of Howze Field from the backward-sliding door of a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter.

UN Assisting Thousands Fleeing Nigeria - With thousands of families being driven from their homes by the violence spreading through Nigeria, United Nations agencies are providing humanitarian aid to those who have escaped and crossed the border into Cameroon.

Israeli Defense Minister Updates Chuck Hagel on Unfolding Events - Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon spoke by phone this morning about the events unfolding in Israel and Gaza.

UN Marks 'World Population Day' - With 1.8 billion young people around the world " the largest generation of youth in history " senior United Nations officials are marking World Population Day with calls for a renewed commitment to helping young people improve their lives and the common future.

UN Alarmed by Rising Death Toll in Gaza - Voicing alarm at the Israeli military operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, as well as the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, the UN human rights chief appealed to all sides to abide by their obligations to protect civilians.

UN: Half of World's Population Living in Urban Areas - An additional 2.5 billion people are predicted to live in urban areas by 2050, the United Nations reported.

Chuck Hagel Discusses Nuclear Deterrence, Modernization - Hagel has made it one of his highest priorities to ensure the United States maintains a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

Saudi Arabia: UN Concerned at Harsh Sentences Against Human Rights Defenders - The UN expressed concern about the arbitrary arrest, trial and detention of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.

UN Chief Ban: Gaza on Knife`s Edge - Warning that Gaza is on a knife`s edge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today the situation could spiral quickly beyond anyone`s control, and urged the international community to work with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to avert further escalation.

UN Calls on Iraqi Leaders to Agree on Speaker, Hold Next Parliament Session - Ahead of tomorrow`s elections, the United Nations envoy for Iraq has called on the country`s political leaders to reach an agreement on a Speaker for the Council of Representatives as soon as possible.

Syria: Besieged Palestinians in Refugee Camp Will Likely Go Hungry,UN Warns - Unable for more than a month now to deliver food and other supplies to Palestinians trapped in a refugee camp near Damascus, the United Nations said it is urgently seeking to resume its humanitarian activities, warning that the civilians would likely go hungry.

Chairman Dempsey Describes U.S. Interests in Iraq - The United States has sent troops back to Iraq because it is in America`s interest for the country to remain stable and to counter Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Chuck Hagel: U.S. to Secure Embassy, Assess Situation in Iraq - .S. military efforts in Iraq are focusing on securing the American Embassy and personnel in Baghdad, assessing the situation in the country and advising Iraqi security forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

UN: South Sudan Faces Hunger Catastrophe - Already working hard to get supplies to people in South Sudan cut off by flooded roads, the UN warned that the rains, as well as the ongoing fighting, are pushing the country towards a hunger catastrophe.


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