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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.

Robert Gates: Nation Will Bring Home Missing Troops - Robert M. Gates underscored the Defense Department`s commitment to bringing every missing servicemember home.

Pakistan: UN Issues Appeal Of $2 Billion For Flood Victims - The UN launched their largest-ever natural disaster appeal, seeking more than $2 billion for millions of Pakistani flood victims.

Hillary Clinton Applauds START Treaty Approval - Hillary Clinton praises Senate Foreign Relatons Committee's strong bipartisan vote to approve New START Treaty.

Barack Obama Reaches Out to Veterans - President Barack Obama wants to make sure veterans and current servicemembers who were involuntarily retained in the military under the so-called Stop Loss program get the retroactive pay they deserve.

UN: Pakistani Floods Creating A New Disaster Every Day - The United Nations is seeking a further half billion dollars or more for 21 million Pakistanis beset by weeks of flooding, which a top official said was spawning a new disaster every day.

UN: Greater Progress Needed Despite Recent Drop In Maternal Deaths - While the number of maternal deaths has recently dropped by one third, United Nations agencies today stressed that more must be done to save the lives of women.

UN: Number of World`s Hungry Dips Below 1 Billion - Although the number of hungry people in the world has fallen below 1 billion, it remains unacceptably high, two United Nations agencies stressed today.

Lynn Discusses Cybersecurity with NATO Allies - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III has arrived here for discussions with NATO leaders.


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