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General Assembly Elects 14 Members to UN Human Rights Council - The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 14 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.

8,000 Families Abducted by ISIL From Mosul Vicinity - Credible reports suggest that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes in sub-districts around Mosul.

Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

UN Advocates for Persons With Disabilities - Persons with disabilities should have a leading say on the policies that impact them, a United Nations human rights expert told the General Assembly, while stressing the important role that member states play to ensure those disabled benefit from and contribute to development.

UN Health Strategy Making Access to Revolutionary Hepatitis C Treatment Possible - According to the United Nations heath agency, since the approval of new medicines for hepatitis C offering a cure rate of over 95 per cent, fewer side effects and complete cure within three months about two years back, more than one million patients in low- and middle-income countries have been treated.

UN: Severe Hunger in Madagascar - The impact of severe El Niño-induced drought on crop production in southern Madagascar, where nearly 850,000 people are acutely food insecure, is likely to persist into 2017 and requires an intensified humanitarian response, the United Nations agriculture agency said today.

US Abstains for First Time in Annual UN Vote on Ending Embargo Against Cuba - In a near unanimous action, the United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution underlining the need to end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also welcoming progress in the relations between the two countries.

ISIL`s Scorched Earth Policy Creating Environmental and Health Havoc in Mosul - Environmental pollution is adding complexity and danger to the humanitarian crisis sparked by the military offensive in Mosul.

Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Approaching Outskirts of Mosul - Iraqi and Kurdish forces are about 5 miles from Mosul`s outskirts and are clearing towns and villages to the north, east and south of Iraq`s second-largest city, Pentagon Press Operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.

Nigeria Faces Huge Humanitarian Crisis - With nearly 400,000 children facing starvation in Nigeria, and citizens suffering with little to no protection, security, food or access to clean water, Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent.

UN Outraged at Killing of Hostages in Central Afghanistan - The UN strongly condemned the killing of 26 civilians who were earlier taken hostage by a group of armed men in country`s central Ghor province.

OIR Commander Cites Momentum in Mosul Push; Raqqa Isolation to Begin Soon - Iraqi forces continue to make steady progress in the effort to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.

In War-torn Syria, Three Million Children out of School - With the start of the school year and the number of school attacks exceeding 4,000 in war-ravaged Syria, more than 1.7 million children there remain out of school and another 1.3 million are at a risk of dropping out, according to new education data.

800,000 Haitians in Dire Need of Immediate Food Assistance - In the wake of Hurricane Matthew some 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, 800,000 of whom are in a dire situation.

Iraqis Taking Ground from ISIL Around Mosul - As of yesterday, Iraqi forces have taken an estimated 800 square kilometers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the battle for the city that began Oct. 17, U.S. officials told reporters today at a Pentagon briefing.

Coalition Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Wonder Woman Appointed UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls - Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.

Ash Carter Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday in Baghdad and spoke with troops there about the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the ongoing military campaign to retake the city of Mosul.

Oil Fires Burn South of Mosul - Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve is assessing the potential risk to personnel at Camp Swift and Qayyarah West Airfield, located about 50 miles south of Mosul, as a result of nearby burning oil wells and a sulfur plant fire.

Crimes of Historic Proportions Being Committed in Aleppo - Describing the bombardment and crippling siege of Syria`s war-ravaged eastern Aleppo as crimes of historic proportions the top United Nations rights official today urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council to speak with one voice in an effort to end the bloodshed.

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