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No More C-17s, Defense Officials Tell Congress - The military has more than enough large transport planes, and the appropriation of any more in the next budget year will force some into premature retirement.

Mike Mullen Reflects on 40 Years of Marriage, Service - Forty years ago today, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, said, I do " -- not just to each other, but to four decades in the Navy.

UN Chief Ban: Act On Climate Change Now! - Ban Ki-moon today warned of the risks posed by inaction on climate change.

ICC Charges Sudanese President With Genocide - The International Criminal Court issued a second arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

UN Chief Ban Stresses Importance Of Census Data In Improving Lives - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked this year's World Population Day by stressing the importance of gathering information to bolster good governance, transparency and accountability.

UN: Conflict In Darfur Claims 221 Lives In June - The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur reported that 221 people lost their lives in the war-torn Sudanese region due to armed conflict.

UN Pays For 20 African Youth To Watch World Cup Final Match - Twenty young Africans will get the chance of a lifetime to watch the final match of the soccer World Cup in South Africa thanks to the UN.

Obama: Veterans With Post-traumatic Stress Deserve Best Care - The Veterans Affairs Department will begin making it easier for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to obtain the benefits and treatment.

Gates, Mullen Urge Participation in "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Survey - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged servicemembers to provide their input.

Security Council Condemns Sinking Of South Korean Ship - The Security Council condemned the sinking of a Republic of Korea naval vessel.

Haiti Boosts Its Food Security With UN Help - Six months after being devastated by a massive earthquake, Haiti is on the road towards enhancing its food security, with assistance from the United Nations.

UN Chief Ban And Israeli Leader Discuss Middle East Peace - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Bin Laden Aide Pleads Guilty in Military Commission - A Sudanese man pleaded guilty in a military commission to conspiracy and providing material support to al-Qaida in the five years leading up to the Sept. 11, attacks against the US.

Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell` Surveys Hit Servicemembers` Inboxes - Defense Department officials e-mailed surveys to 400,000 servicemembers as part of a special review to prepare the military for a potential repeal of the so-called Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell " law.

UN: Accountability Key To Protecting Civilians In Conflict - The targeting of civilians, sexual violence and the denial of humanitarian access remain widespread in armed conflict, senior United Nations officials told the Security Council today.

UN Appeals For Calm In Kosovo - The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo today urged all sides to pursue dialogue in the wake of recent tragic " violence.

Coalition Makes Progress, Regains Momentum, General Says - Coalition forces are making steady progress in Afghanistan, and the coalition and government are regaining the momentum from the Taliban.

UN Takes Action To Protect Haiti`s Cultural Heritage - UN is meeting in Paris to decide what steps to take to protect Haiti`s cultural heritage, much of which was seriously damaged by January`s devastating earthquake.

No Grenades on Commercial Flights, TSA Tells Troops - The Transportation Security Administration is reminding military members that explosives are not allowed on commercial flights.

Robert Gates Issues Memo to Leaders on Media Engagement - In a memo to senior civilian and military leaders, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reiterated the need for leaders to take media engagement seriously, and to stay within their levels of knowledge.


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