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Mike Mullen Cites Importance of U.S.-Pakistan Ties - The United States is working hard to regain Pakistan`s trust after several years without a relationship, but it`s going to take time, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.

Attack On UN Vehicle in Afghan Capital Leaves One Staff Member Ddead - The United Nations has confirmed that one of its vehicles was shot at this morning in the Afghan capital, Kabul, resulting in the death of one staff member.

UN Chief Ban Urges G20 Nations To Help The Poor - Ban Ki-moon today urged leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized and developing economies to take urgent steps to help the poor.

Gates, Mullen Comment on McChrystal Situation - Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both said they fully support " Obama`s decision and his nomination of Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to replace McChrystal.

UN: Too Many Countries Still Practice Torture - Too many countries are still practising or tolerating cruel, degrading and illegal " acts of torture, top United Nations officials said today as they pledged the UN's solidarity with the millions of torture victims worldwide.

UN Chief Ban Urges Nations To Fight Drug Abuse - Drug abuse and illicit trafficking hold back achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and should be fought as part of an overall policy to wipe out social ills, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN Opens New Courtroom To Try Pirate Suspects In Kenyan Port - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime and Kenya, the country currently holding the highest number of piracy suspects, today opened a new high-security courtroom to try suspects in the port town of Mombasa.

UN Chief Ban Condemns Plan To Demolish Homes In East Jerusalem - Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern at the news that the municipality of Jerusalem has advanced planning for the demolition of existing homes.

Obama Accepts McChrystal`s Resignation, Nominates Petraeus - Obama today accepted Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal`s resignation as the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, calling it the right decision for national security.

UN: Vetting Process For Upcoming Afghan Polls Not Thorough Enough - The UN voiced discontent with the process of vetting candidates ahead of September`s parliamentary elections, stating that it has not produced a satisfactory result.

Military Parents Voice Education Concerns to Leaders - Top U.S. and military leaders took part in a roundtable discussion with parents at the elementary school here today to gain greater insight into the education challenges military families face.

Robert Gates Recommends Amos for Top Marine Post - Robert M. Gates has recommended to President Barack Obama that he nominate Gen. James F. Amos, a career aviator, to serve as the next commandant of the Marine Corps.

Mike Mullen Praises Merchant Marine Academy Graduates - Mike Mullen praised the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy`s Class of 2010 yesterday, urging the 198 graduating mariners to live their institution`s motto, Acta Non Verba, " or Deeds, not words. "

Robert Gates Issues Statement on McChrystal Profile - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates issued a statement today regarding a profile article on Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

UN Deplores Murder Of Peacekeepers In Darfur - The UN condmemned the ambush by unknown assailants in Darfur in which three soldiers serving with the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force were killed.

Robert Gates: Budget Request Reflects Pentagon`s Reform Agenda - The fiscal 2011 defense budget request continues and builds on the reforms of the fiscal 2010 budget, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate.

Gates, Mullen Urge Senate to Ratify Arms Reduction Treaty - The United States is better off with the new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia than it is without it, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

Robert Gates Concerned About Pessimism on Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is concerned about emerging public pessimism and cynicism regarding the outcome of U.S. operations in Afghanistan.

UN Marks World Refugee Day - The UN is marking World Refugee Day by urging governments not to forget the 15 million men, women and children who have been uprooted by conflict or persecution and are unable to return to their homes.

UN Calls For End To Human Rights Violations By Israel In Gaza - A three-member United Nations body has called for an end to human rights violations by Israel in the occupied territories


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