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Governments Agree To Protect Sharks Under UN-Backed Treaty - A landmark agreement to protect shark species threatened with extinction was reached today by over 100 countries signed up to a UN-supported wildlife treaty, according to the UN Environment Programme.

UN Chief Ban Calls For Calm In Cote d'Ivoire - Ban Ki-moon called on the people of Côte d'Ivoire to avoid any action that could cause renewed violence in the divided West African country after the Government and independent electoral authority were dissolved.

UN Optimistic Over Yemen Ceasefire - The United Nations refugee agency today said that it is encouraged by the first " and so far holding " ceasefire between Government forces and rebels in northern Yemen.

UN: Fresh Upsurge Of Violence In Mogadishu - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia expressed grave concern today at the latest spike in violence in the capital, Mogadishu, which has killed at least 80 civilians.

Forces In Iraq Target Iran-Backed Terrorists - Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors have arrested more than two dozen suspected terrorists and killed others during a series of operations in the past two days to break up terrorist groups in Iraq.

UN Urges Swift Resumption Of Talks On North Korea - A top UN official wrapped up a visit to NOrth Korea, saying he told officials from the North Asian nation that international talks on denuclearization must be resumed without preconditions or delay. "

US Troops Prepare For Assault On Taliban Stronghold - U.S. forces in the Marja region of Afghanistan are engaged in a series of missions to prime the Taliban stronghold before a massive assault that`s expected soon.

UN Chief Ban Urges Action On Climate Change - The leaders of the UK and Ethiopia will head up a new group launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, intended to mobilize financing swiftly to help developing countries combat climate change.

Air Force Nurse Aids Patients In Haiti - Air Force Maj. Jon Earles, one of four critical care nurses with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron here, treated more than 100 patients during his time in Haiti Jan. 21 through 24.

UN Expert Hopes To Meet With Aung San Suu Kyi - A UN independent human rights expert today voiced hope that he will be able to hold talks with pro-democracy leader and Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi when he visits Myanmar next week.

UN: Reason For Hope In Darfur - Recent positive developments in Darfur give rise for some optimism, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official said today.

Airman Celebrates Re-enlistment Five Years After Horrible Injuries - Almost five years and 120 surgeries after his vehicle passed over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, Sgt. Israel Del Toro re-enlisted in the Air Force.

Robert Gates: Iran's Nuke Program Puts Middle East At Risk - Iran`s nuclear program continues to put security in the Middle East at risk despite international pressure to halt its efforts, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

Robert Gates: Repeal Of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Demands Study - The Defense Department`s review of the Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell " law, which bans gays from serving openly in the military, will help to ensure readiness and unit cohesion remain intact if Congress repeals it.

Angelina Jolie Meets Haitian Quake Survivors - Hollywood actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie is in Haiti where she met with survivors of last month's devastating earthquake.

Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorism Suspects - Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested numerous suspected terrorists and seized enemy weapons in various operations in Iraq in recent days.

National Guard Responds To Record D.C Snowfall - Members of the District of Columbia National Guard have been on the job through an historic snowstorm and post-storm cleanup, supporting emergency response efforts and more in the nation's capital.

Robert Gates Pledges Mine-Resistant Vehicles To Allies - Robert M. Gates pledged surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to U.S. allies to help in combating the threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.

UN: Sanitation A Serious Issue In Haiti - Sanitation has become a pressing need in Haiti and the lack of it could pose health problems for the nearly 1 million people living in temporary settlements, UN officials warned.

UN: Haiti's Disabled Must Not Be Forgotten - The UN stressed that the needs of Haitians with disabilities must be included in the relief, recovery and reconstruction processes following the earthquake that battered the small Caribbean nation last month.


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