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Iraq, Syria Top Priorities for New UN Human Rights Chief - The new UN human rights chief urged the international community to stop the increasingly conjoined conflicts in Iraq and Syria, lashing out at the armed group ISIL for trying to create a house of blood.

UN Chief Welcomes Steps Toward Holding of Sudanese National Dialogue - Ban Ki-moon welcomed the initiative of holding a comprehensive national dialogue in Sudan to achieve sustainable peace.

Pentagon Notes 'Exceptionally Capable' Russian Force - Russian troops amassed along the Ukrainian border have evolved to an exceptionally capable force, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters today.

NATO Allies Agree ISIL Poses Significant Threat, Obama Says - NATO allies agreed today that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses a significant threat to the alliance.

Pentagon Confirms Death of al-Shabab Co-founder - Ahmed Abdi al-Muhammad, also known Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of the al-Shabab jihadist group, was killed Sept. 1 in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed today.

UN Security Council Condemns Cowardly Killing of Journalist by ISIS - The UN Security Council condemned the cowardly murder of Steven Sotloff, an American and Israeli journalist, by the Islamic State.

Ban Issues International Rescue Call to Halt Ebola Epidemic - Ban Ki-moon vowed to mobilize the UN in every possible way to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and issued an international rescue call for a massive surge in assistance.

UN Demands Release of Peacekeepers Detained in Golan - The Security Council called again today for the immediate and unconditional release of 45 United Nations peacekeepers seized late last week by an armed group in the Golan.

Ban Condemns Deadly Attack on UN Peacekeepers in Mali - A statement issued by Mr. Ban`s spokesperson in New York said the Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the death of the four Chadian peacekeepers following an attack by an explosive device on a vehicle of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.

Ban Alarmed at Israel's Seizure of West Bank Land - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his alarm at the announcement by Israeli authorities to declare nearly 1,000 acres of land in Bethlehem as so-called state land.

UN Peacekeepers in the Golan Come Under Renewed Attack - The United Nations said its peacekeepers in the Golan were attacked by armed elements on Saturday, as efforts continue to achieve the safe release of 44 blue helmets detained on Thursday.

Pentagon: Russia Intensifies Efforts Inside Ukraine - Russia continues to build up along its border with Ukraine and has moved sophisticated weapons systems into the country, the Pentagon press secretary said here today.

Chuck Hagel`s 16th Overseas Trip Includes Wales Summit - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will begin his 16th international trip Sept. 3, a six-day visit to three countries and participation at the Sept. 4-5 NATO Summit in Wales.

Ukraine: UN Report Shows Rising Civilian Deaths - Intense fighting, including the use of heavy weaponry by both sides, in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine, has increased the loss of civilian life.

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIL Near Mosul Dam - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct four airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam.

UN: Number of Syrian Refugees Tops 3 Million - Three million Syrians will have registered as refugees outside of their country today, the UN refugee agency reported.

Obama Tasks DoD for Options Against ISIL - Obama has directed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to present a range of options aimed at the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Ban Alarmed by Dangerous Escalation in Ukraine Crisis - Ban Ki-moon said he is alarmed by what seems to be a dangerous escalationin the crisis in Ukraine with reports that the fighting in the eastern part of the country has spread near the border with Russia.

UN: Iraqi Civilians Suffering Horrific Persecution - The UniUN human rights chief condemned the appalling crimes against humanity being committed daily in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and associated armed groups.

DoD: Employ Multi-prong Strategy to Confront ISIL - The Defense Department believes the best way to confront the threat presented by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists will require a regional, international, and interagency approach.


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