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UN Condemns Violence Against Journalists in Iraq - The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom, expressed alarm today at the recent killing of six media workers in two separate incidents in Iraq.

DOD Announces Transfer of 3 Guantanamo Detainees - The Department of Defense announced the transfer of Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of Slovakia.

Ban Ki-moon Congratulates Staff of UN Special Court for Sierra Leone - Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the staff of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, which closes today, on their important achievements over the past 11 years.

Air Force Provides Humanitarian Aid To Haiti - A crew of Airmen from Altus Air Force Base, Okla., delivered 136,000 pounds of humanitarian aid Dec. 19, to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

UN Condemns Indiscriminate Attacks in Aleppo - The top United Nations humanitarian official today expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where hundreds of people have been killed or injured by indiscriminate attacks in recent weeks.

Pentagon: Airlift Operations Complete in Central African Republic - Initial airlift operations are complete in the Central African Republic, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said here today.

UN Condemns Attacks In Congo Capital - The UN has deplored the attacks carried out on the headquarters of the Congolese Armed Forces and of the National Radio and Television Company, as well as the international airport in the capital, Kinshasa.

UN: Famine In Central African Republic - The UN warned of famine and severe malnutrition in the Central African Republic.

Chuck Hagel Calls Egyptian Defense Minister to Discuss Attacks - Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to discuss recent events in Egypt and to offer the Defense Department's assistance in investigating the attacks in Mansoura, Nasr City and Sharkiya province.

Ban Ki-moon Urged Restraint After Rocket Attack on Israel from Lebanon - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged maximum restraint by all sides after Sunday's rocket attack on Israel from southern Lebanon, which was then followed by artillery fire from the Israeli Defence Forces.

UN Condemns Terrorist Attack Targeting Russian Bus - The UN Security Council condemned today`s terrorist attack targeting a bus in Volgograd, Russia, that caused numerous deaths and injuries, the second suicide bombing in the city within a 24-hour period.

UN Urges Uganda to Scrap Anti-Homosexuality Bill - The UN called on the President of Uganda to refrain from signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.

UN: Deadline For Removing Chemical Weapons From Syria Will Not Be Met - The deadline set for the removal of the most critical chemical weapons material from Syria for destruction will not be met owing to technical difficulties.

Obama-signed Bill Provides Military Pay, Bonuses - President Barack Obama today signed House Resolution 3304, which provides pay and bonuses for U.S. service members.

Civilians in Strife-Torn South Sudan Fleeing to UN Bases - Some 63,000 civilians have now sought refuge in United Nations bases in South Sudan.

Obama Mulls Steps to Protect U.S. Personnel in South Sudan - Obama wrote to Congress that he`s considering taking additional steps to protect U.S. citizens, personnel, and property in South Sudan.

UN Chief Ban Condemns Deadly Beirut Bombing - Ban condemned the car bombing in Beirut today that killed former minister Mohammad Chattah.

UN Chief Ban Appeals For Peace In South Sudan - In an appeal broadcast in South Sudan on Wednesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his call on its leaders to settle their differences peacefully.

Ban Concerned About Escalating Violence In Israel, Gaza & West Bank - Ban Ki-moon voiced concern about the escalating violence in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, and called for maximum restraint by all parties to prevent further bloodshed.

UN Condemns Atrocities in Central African Republic - Urgent national and international action is crucial to prevent the Central African Republic from plunging into full-scale sectarian conflict and protect civilians.


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