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Robert Gates: More Trainers Needed In Afghanistan - Though the number of trainers for Afghan security forces has increased significantly, the process is a work in progress and the American people must have patience, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

Robert Gates Changes "Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell` Enforcement - Robert M. Gates announced changes to the Pentagon`s regulation on homosexuals known as Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell.

UN: Deforestation Still A Problem - Between 2000 and 2010, some 13 million hectares of forests were converted annually to other uses, such as agriculture, or lost through natural causes.

UN Chief Ban: Slavery Must Be Eradicated - Slavery and slavery-like practices still continue in many parts of the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

UN Chief Ban To Attend Arab League Summit - Ban Ki-moon said today that he will participate in the League of Arab States summit this weekend in Libya.

Pentagon Looks to `Phase In` Missile Defense - Military officials want to harness technology for a more flexible and adaptive defense architecture, the principle deputy defense undersecretary for policy said.

UN Chief Ban Brings Attention To Plight Of Slum Dwellers - Ban Ki-moon described appalling living conditions in slums as a violation of human rights.

Female Marine Sets Example - Marine Corps Cpl. Amy Gentry is a prime example of how much life for women serving in the Marine Corps has changed.

Robert Gates, Canadian Counterpart Meet at Pentagon - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his Canadian counterpart discussed bilateral defense issues here today, including Canada`s future role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

UN Chief Ban Hails Courage Of Gazans - Visiting Gaza today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his solidarity with the people of the area, just over one year after the end of the deadly conflict.

Gates, Mullen to Join U.S. Delegation to Mexico - Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen will travel to Mexico City next week as part of a U.S. delegation focused on helping the Mexican government fight drug-trafficking cartels

Quartet Calls For Resumption Of Middle East Peace Talks - The diplomatic Quartet promoting Middle East peace " comprising the United Nations, European Union, United States and Russia " today called on the Israeli and Palestinian sides to resume negotiations.

Robert Gates Praises Contributions Of Military Women - The nation depends upon women, both military and civilian, at all levels of the Defense Department, from the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan to the upper echelons of military command, Robert M. Gates said.

UN Chief Ban Discusses Middle East With Russian Leader - The situation in the Middle East was the focus of discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow today

UN: Russia Needs Greener Plan For 2014 Winter Olympics - Russian authorities need to better assess the impact of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and tourism projects on the local ecosystem and put in place appropriate mitigation measures.

Michelle Obama Takes On Childhood Obesity - The First Lady spoke about her Let`s Move campaign to take action on childhood obesity at a Grocery Manufacturer`s Association Conference.

Success in Afghanistan Achievable, Petraeus Says - Though considerable challenges remain in Afghanistan, success there is achievable and important, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here today.

UN To Vaccinate Millions Of Kids In Afghanistan - United Nations agencies and the Afghan health ministry are conducting a three-day campaign aimed at vaccinating an estimated 7.7 million children under the age of five against polio.

Hospital Ship Comfort Returns To US After Haiti Mission - The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived at Naval Station Norfolk here yesterday after its seven-week deployment in Haiti supporting Operation Unified Response.

UN: Over Billion Don't Have Access To Safe Drinking Water - Increasing access to clean water and sanitation forms part of one of the eight MDGs, which were agreed on by world leaders to improve human lives by 2015.


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