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UN Calls For Better Protection Of Civilians In Sudan - The UN called for better protection of civilians in southern Sudan.

Robert Gates to Reinforce U.S. Relations With Australia, Malaysia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will leave tomorrow night for a whirlwind trip to Australia and Malaysia, where he will reinforce the U.S. commitment to the region with a longstanding U.S. ally and an increasingly close partner.

UN Helping Congo Tackle Polio Outbreak - The United Nations health agency is helping the government of the Republic of Congo tackle an acute outbreak of poliomyelitis.

Demi Moore And Kutcher Join UN In Launching Trust Fund For Victims Of Trafficking - The plight of human trafficking victims received a major boost today with the launch of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.

UN Calls For More Emergency Supplies As Tropical Storm Approaches Haiti - Emergency supplies and equipment are still needed to prepare for the fast-approaching tropical storm Tomas, which could affect up to half a million people in Haiti.

UN Launches $47 Million Appeal For Flood-ravaged Benin - The UN,and the Government of Benin launched a joint $47 million emergency appeal to help nearly 800,000 people in the West African nation which is experiencing the worst flooding in a century.

Ban Stresses Rights, Responsibilities in China Address - Ban Ki-moon underlined China`s responsibilities on global issues including human rights, climate change, global diplomacy and development, in a speech at China`s Central Party School in Beijing.

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgents in Nangarhar - Afghan and coalition forces targeting a Taliban leader who operates in Nangarhar province`s Sherzad district killed several insurgents during an intelligence-driven overnight operation.

UN Chief Ban Meets With Chinese President - On the final leg of his Asia tour, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Beijing today, meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao on a wide variety of topics of mutual interest.

Mike Mullen: Veterans Deserve Nation`s Best Now, in Future - The nation has not begun to comprehend the long-term consequences of protracted war, the military`s top officer said yesterday.

UN Drugs Office To Send Assessment Mission To Kyrgyzstan - The UN office that deals with the illicit drug trade announced today that it will send a mission to Kyrgyzstan to assess what action can be taken to combat the trafficking of Afghan heroin in Central Asia.

Don't Ask to Stay in Place Through Appeal - The Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell " policy will stay in place while the Justice Dept. appeals a federal judge`s ruling that the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly is unconstitutional.

UN Chief Ban Wraps Up Asian Trip - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is currently in China, will complete his four-nation trip tomorrow to Asia, which has also taken him to Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.

UN Member States Endorse Plan To Halt Biodiversity Loss - Member States of the United Nations have adopted a new 10-year global strategy designed to halt the loss of the world biological diversity.

UN: Myanmar Needs Humanitarian Assistance - The UN is appealing for increased support from donors to provide urgent assistance to more than 200,000 people affected by Cyclone Giri, which struck Myanmar`s Rakhine State late last month.

UN Condemns Attack On Iraq Church - The UN condemned last night`s terrorist attack on a Catholic Church in Baghdad that reportedly took dozens of lives.

Obama Proclaims November as Military Family Month - President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation designating this month as Military Family Month.

UN Sets Up Expert Group To Support Afghan Peace Efforts - The United Nations mission in Afghanistan announced today that it has set up a group of experts to support the crucial work of a newly-formed council tasked with finding ways to ensure lasting peace in the country.

Ban: Intimidation of UN-backed Lebanon Tribunal Unacceptable - Ban Ki-moon condemned this week`s attack against three staff members of the UN-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

Mike Mullen Renews Commitment to Military Health Issues - The Joint Chiefs of Staff last night re-emphasized his commitment to ensuring that war veterans and their families get all the help they need to deal with war`s invisible scars.


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