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NATO Aims to Stay Capable, Agile to Meet Threats - NATO continues "to adapt, to strengthen its deterrence and defense, and to ensure it meets its core objectives of protecting the population and territory of the alliance," Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, the chairman of NATOs Military Committee, said here today.

Obese People More Likely to Smoke - New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking - and they are likely to smoke more than average - UN scientists said on Wednesday.

Syria: UN Says Chemical Weapon Likely Used in February Attack - Deadly chlorine gas was likely used in an attack that took place in a Syrian town in rebel-held Idlib last February, said the United Nations-backed chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday.

UN: Europe Should Make Voice More Heard in Today's Dangerous World - In an increasingly dangerous world, the European Union (EU) need to make its voice "more and more heard" as a "central pillar" of multilateralism, said the United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday.

Leading Palestinian Legislator Calls for New International Engagement in Two-state Solution - Describing a viable two-state solution to end the Palestine-Israel conflict as "very much in doubt," a leading Palestinian legislator called on Wednesday for "new international engagement" to move the process forward.

UN Delivers Medical Supplies to Gaza - Two truckloads of urgently needed medical supplies have been delivered to Gaza, where scores of Palestinians were injured during demonstrations along the border fence with Israel earlier this week.

UN: Around 2.5 Billion More People Will be Living in Cities by 2050 - By 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centres, according to a new United Nations report, highlighting the need for more sustainable urban planning and public services.

Gaza Medics Struggling to Cope with Influx of Wounded - Medical teams inside Gaza are running out of supplies to cope with the wounded, following the deadliest day of protests against occupation along the border with Israel so far this year, UN aid agencies warned on Tuesday.

Security Council Calls for Calm Following Deadly Gaza Clashes - The United Nations Security Council, in an emergency meeting on Tuesday, called for calm along the border of the Gaza Strip following Mondays deadly clashes, in which dozens of Palestinians were killed, protesting United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital and the official opening of its embassy there.

Mattis, Iceland Foreign Minister Discuss Increased Cooperation - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Icelands foreign minister at the Pentagon today to express a mutual commitment to the deepening defense relationship between the United States and Iceland, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Gaza Violence Leaves Dozens Dead - Following reports that dozens of Palestinians have been killed, demonstrating along the border of the Gaza Strip on Monday, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres urged both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to show restraint.

Resilient Soldier Fights, Beats Cancer - When Army Sgt. Joseph Mickonis called his fiancee early in 2016 to say doctors thought he might have cancer, he couldnt stop laughing.

Dunford Arrives in Brussels for NATO Meetings - Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived here today to participate in NATO Military Committee chiefs of defense meetings that will set the stage for the alliance defense ministerial conference next month and the NATO summit in July.

Children Dying in DRC From Malnutrition - 400,000 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) "are at risk of death" in the Kasais region from food shortages caused by conflict and displacement, according to a senior UN official who has just returned from the area, expressing shock at what he had witnessed.

Rwanda's Commitment to UN Peacekeeping - Over the years, African governments have led the way in contributing troops and police to United Nations operations to help save lives and keep the peace around the world. Today, one of the continents smallest countries is also one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping.

Stark Increase in Hate Crimes Across UK, post-Brexit - Sounding an alarm over a "stark increase" in hate crimes across the United Kingdom as well as "widespread discrimination" faced by ethnic minorities, a United Nations independent rights expert has called on the country to "comprehensively" combat racism and bias.

Mothers, Children, Lacking Basic Nutrition in North Korea - The head of the United Nations food relief agency said on Friday that many mothers and young children in North Korea are still relying on humanitarian assistance to meet their nutritional needs.

Coalition Strikes Hit ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between May 4-10, conducting 53 strikes consisting of 63 engagements, Combined task force officials reported today.

Defense Secretary, S. Korean Minister Discuss Historic Opportunity - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to discuss the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement released yesterday.

UN Encourages Wealthy Countries to Encourage More Breastfeeding - Babies in wealthy countries are five times more likely to miss out on breastfeeding than those in the under-developed, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, explaining that this gap could be addressed by better support for working mothers, and regulating sales of infant formula.

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