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UN Warns Of Organized Crime's Global Reach - The United Nations anti-crime chief today spotlighted the global toll taken by transnational organized crime, urging the universal implementation of the world body`s convention to combat the scourge.

Mike Mullen: Nation Must Recognize Sacrifices of Troops, Families - Americans must recognize the sacrifices and struggles of today's troops and their families and work harder to reintegrate them into their communities, the nation`s top military officer said yesterday.

UN Chief Ban: Job Creation Crucial In Fighting Poverty - Some 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day, while nearly 1 billion are hungry.

UN Calls For United Front Against Hunger - The world must take a united stand against hunger, the United Nations said today, marking World Food Day.

Robert Gates: Resources Must Match Words in NATO Strategic Concept - Deeds and resources must match words as NATO formulates its strategy agreement for the future, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Brussels today.

UN Chief Ban Praises Bravery Of Chilean Miners - The rescue of 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped hundreds of metres below ground for two months is a testament to their bravery and perseverance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.

NATO Official Discusses Way Ahead in Afghanistan - As slow but significant progress continues in Afghanistan, coalition forces continue their efforts to transition areas and institutions to Afghan control, a senior NATO official said here today.

Robert Gates Reaffirms Position on Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that whether the law is repealed is a matter for Congress to decide.

Mike Mullen: Military Has Strategic Imperative to Save Resources - The military has a strategic imperative to lead the nation in environmental conservation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

Petraeus Cites Hard-Won Progress in Afghanistan - Though hard-won progress has taken place in Afghanistan, it has been uneven, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces there said.

UN Sends Experts To Hungary To Assess Health Impact Of Sludge Spill - The UN dispatched a team of experts to Hungary to support the Government-led assessment of potential immediate and longer-term health impacts of a sludge spill.

UN: Fighting Global Hunger - Delegates have gathered in Rome today for United Nations-led talks focusing on issues such as land tenure, international investment in agriculture and food security during crises.

UN: Over A Million Affected By Floods In Africa - Nearly 1.5 million people have been affected by floods and 377 killed in Western and Central Africa, with Chad, Northern Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria facing a serious cholera epidemic.

Un Chief Ban Urges Arab Leaders Not To Give Up On Peace Talks With Israel - Recently revived efforts to resolve the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict must not falter, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today.

UN Condemns Killing Of British Aid Worker In Afghanistan - The UN condemned the killing of British aid worker Linda Norgrove, stating that her death is a loss to the people of Afghanistan whom she served.

UN: Countries Should Take Climate Change Seriously - The top UN climate change official said that countries have made progress in defining what could be achieved at the negotiations slated to begin next month in Cancún, Mexico.

UN Chief Ban Thrilled Liu Xiaobo Won Nobel Peace Prize - The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo of China is a recognition of the growing international consensus for improving human rights practices and culture around the world.

Congo: UN Calls For Probe Into Death Of Man In Military Detention - The UN called on the Government to launch a transparent and impartial investigation into the death of a man detained in a military camp for throwing stones at President Joseph Kabila`s motorcade.

UN: Many Refugees Reluctant To Return To Iraq - Most Iraqi refugees living in Syria are reluctant to permanently return to their home country, according to a survey carried out by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Mike Mullen Expresses Condolences to Pakistan Army Chief - Mullen expressed his condolences for the deaths and injuries of Pakistani soldiers involved in a Sept. 30 border incident in a letter this week to Pakistan's chief of army staff.


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