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Ban Expects New Lebanese Government To Cooperate In Hariri Murder Trial - Ban Ki-moon expects the newly designated Lebanese Government to abide by its obligation to cooperate with the UN-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

UN: Global Unemployment To Rise In 2011 - Despite a sharp rebound in economic growth for many countries, global unemployment in 2011 is likely to continue at the record highs of the past three years.

UN Welcomes Agreement On Inauguration Of Afghan Parliament - The UN welcomed the understanding reached between the country`s President and parliamentarians to hold the inauguration of the National Assembly on Wednesday.

UN Chief Ban Speaks At Holocaust Event - The UN has a duty to stand up and speak out for human rights and offer a voice to the voiceless, Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon said today.

Insurgent Roadside Bombs Kill Afghan Civilians - An Afghan child was killed and 12 other Afghans were wounded in insurgent roadside-bomb attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan today, military officials reported.

NATO Sees Russia as Missile Defense Partner - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he`s looking forward to moving ahead during the first half of 2011 on missile defense cooperation with Russia.

Stavridis Expresses Optimism on Afghanistan - While expressing confidence for Afghanistan`s future, U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis also emphasized that the road ahead still poses challenges.

UN: Food Crisis In Nigeria - The United Nations food agencies are urging continued assistance for Niger, where acute malnutrition rates remain high despite a good harvest and millions need help to avoid another food crisis.

Sri Lanka: UN To Launch $51 million Flash Appeal For Flood Victims - With Sri Lanka warning that their resources to respond to the flood crisis are exhausted, the UN is seeking $51 million to help more than one million people get through the next six months.

UN To Send Human Rights Team To Tunisia - The UN`s human rights chief will send a team to Tunisia next week to assess the country`s human rights situation.

Commission to Recommend Lifting Ban on Women in Combat - A commission of current and retired officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians charged with evaluating Defense Department policies to ensure they promote equal opportunity plans to recommend lifting the ban on women in combat.

UN-Backed Court Receives First Indictment In Hariri Assassination - The United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others received its first indictment today.

Ban Calls For Global Revolution To Ensure Clean Energy For All - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a global revolution to address the world`s energy challenges.

Mike Mullen: Holbrooke Understood Wisdom of Seeking Wisdom - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff remembered veteran diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke today as a man who understood, better than I, the very wisdom of seeking wisdom. "

UN Chief Ban Welcomes End Of Polling In Southern Sudan - Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the end of the polling period for the referendum on the self-determination of Southern Sudan.

Robert Gates Consults With South Korea on North`s Provocations - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited South Korean leaders here today to demonstrate American solidarity against North Korean provocations.

Obama Memorializes Richard Holbrooke as Diplomatic Leading Light - President Barack Obama today praised the extraordinary life " of veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke.

UN Chief Ban Outlines Priorities For 2011 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today laid out the United Nations agenda for the coming year.

UN Refugee Chief Visits Yemen - The United Nations refugee chief arrived in Yemen today along with the European Union`s top humanitarian official to assess assistance to civilians displaced by conflict.

Obama Honors Haiti Earthquake Victims, Notes Relief Efforts - President Barack Obama yesterday honored the memory of the 250,000 Haitian people who died in the disaster, and highlighted relief and recovery efforts.


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