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UN Chief Ban Condemns Bomb Blasts At Nigeria`s Independence Celebrations - Ban Ki-moon condemned the car bomb attacks near the venue in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, of celebrations to mark the country`s 50th independence anniversary.

UN Chief Ban: Culture Of Non-violence Starts With Communities And Individuals - The work of creating and sustaining a culture of peace and non-violence begins in the hearts of committed men and women, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking the International Day of Non-Violence.

UN: Countries Must Battle Malaria - Despite the tough global economy, new commitments by governments give hope that deaths from malaria, which now kills some 1 million people around the world every year, can be eliminated by the target date of 2015.

UN: Afghan Opium Production Nearly Halved - Afghan opium production has decreased by almost 50 per cent this year, the United Nations said in a new report.

UN: Time To Refocus On Peace And Development In Afghanistan - It is now time for Afghanistan and its partners to focus on the road ahead in ensuring peace and development for the country

Petraeus Discusses Future of Afghan Detainees - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan toured the U.S. Detention Facility here yesterday, and discussed his vision for detention operations in Afghanistan.

UN: Sierra Leone At Critical Juncture In Peacebuilding Efforts - Sierra Leone faces good opportunities but also major risks from upcoming elections and newly found mineral wealth, a senior UN official said today.

UN: Access To HIV Services Improving In Developing Countries - A new United Nations report showing significant progress in improving access to HIV/AIDS services in 37 developing countries.

UN Chief Ban Meets With Sudanese Officials - Ban Ki-moon held talks with a top Sudanese official as part of his ongoing efforts to try to ensure that two key referenda on self-determination in the African country are staged peacefully next January.

UN Rushes Aid To Haiti After Sudden Rainstorm - United Nations aid workers are rushing to provide assistance in Haiti after a sudden rainstorm yesterday swept the capital, Port-au-Prince.

UN Chief Ban Calls On Countries To Protect Women From Ravages Of War - Mr. Ban told a ministerial meeting on resolution 1325, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, that it was time for concrete commitments " to protect women and girls from the ravages of war.

UN And African Union Launch Joint Task Force On Peace And Security - The United Nations and the African Union today launched a joint task force on peace and security.

UN Urges Countries To Advance Global Disarmament Talks - The UN urged countries to build on recent achievements in the field of disarmament and to step up efforts to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction.

Working Group Unaffected by Senate Vote, Spokesman Says - Yesterday`s Senate vote that failed to begin debate on the defense authorization bill does not change the Defense Department`s process on the possible repeal of the so-called Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell " law

UN Seeks To Conserve Bats - The UN launched the Year of the Bat to conserve the world`s only flying mammal and its critical role in seed dispersal and pollination for the benefit of humankind.

UN Kicks Off Drive To Save Millions Of Women And Children Worldwide - Ban Ki-moon today began a massive drive to save the lives of over 16 million women and children, with more than $40 billion already committed to scale up health services worldwide.

Mike Mullen Announces Warrior Games 2011 - Some 200 disabled active-duty servicemembers and military veterans will compete in the second annual Warrior Games.

Attacks Down, Voting Up in Afghan Elections - Insurgent attacks during Afghanistan`s Sept. 18 parliamentary elections were down a third from the 2009 Afghan presidential election.

UN: More People Being Displaced By Floods In Pakistan - Floods continue to force thousands more people from their homes in southern Pakistan.

UN Chief Ban Uurges World Leaders To Combat Poverty - The Secretary-General said one of the keys to success was making the smart investments in infrastructure, small farmers, social services and above all in women and girls.


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