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UN Chief Calls For End To Violence In Egypt - Ban Ki-moon urged all Egyptians today to ensure that political protests do not lead to further violence, and called on the Government to see this as an opportunity to engage in addressing the legitimate concerns of the people.

NATO Forces Kills Insurgents In Aghanistan - International Security Assistance Force troops killed numerous insurgents during separate clearing operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, military officials reported.

Troops Kill Enemy Fighters, Find Weapons - International Security Assistance Force troops in southern Afghanistan killed or wounded several insurgents over the past 24 hours, military officials reported.

Iraqi Security Forces Respond to New Bomb Attacks - Iraqi security forces are handling the country`s response to a spate of terrorist bombing attacks, a Defense Department spokesman said here today.

Lynn: Defense Budget Plans Strike Right Balance - The Defense Department`s plans to cut $78 billion from its budget over five years and find more than $100 billion in savings for reinvestment was a collaborative effort and a reasonable balance between military needs and budget constraints.

Piracy Challenges Maritime Security Off Somalia - Pirates off the coast of Somalia are using bigger vessels to extend their criminal reach in a move that could prompt U.S. Navy forces in the region to intensify techniques for pursuing the lawbreakers, the top naval officer in the region said today.

Robert Gates to Meet with Canadian Defense Minister - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates travels to Ottawa, Canada, today to meet with Defense Minister Peter MacKay, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

Pledges Alone Not Enough To Improve Health Of Women And Children: UN Chief - l Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of tracking the resources pledged for improving the health of women and children with the results they are intended to achieve, stating that accountability is vital to saving more lives.

Obama Cites Military Successes in State of Union Address - In a State of the Union address here marked by a call for renewed American innovation and cooperation, President Barack Obama pointed to the nation`s military as an example to follow.

Ban Expects New Lebanese Government To Cooperate In Hariri Murder Trial - Ban Ki-moon expects the newly designated Lebanese Government to abide by its obligation to cooperate with the UN-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

UN: Global Unemployment To Rise In 2011 - Despite a sharp rebound in economic growth for many countries, global unemployment in 2011 is likely to continue at the record highs of the past three years.

UN Welcomes Agreement On Inauguration Of Afghan Parliament - The UN welcomed the understanding reached between the country`s President and parliamentarians to hold the inauguration of the National Assembly on Wednesday.

UN Chief Ban Speaks At Holocaust Event - The UN has a duty to stand up and speak out for human rights and offer a voice to the voiceless, Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon said today.

Insurgent Roadside Bombs Kill Afghan Civilians - An Afghan child was killed and 12 other Afghans were wounded in insurgent roadside-bomb attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan today, military officials reported.

NATO Sees Russia as Missile Defense Partner - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he`s looking forward to moving ahead during the first half of 2011 on missile defense cooperation with Russia.

Stavridis Expresses Optimism on Afghanistan - While expressing confidence for Afghanistan`s future, U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis also emphasized that the road ahead still poses challenges.

UN: Food Crisis In Nigeria - The United Nations food agencies are urging continued assistance for Niger, where acute malnutrition rates remain high despite a good harvest and millions need help to avoid another food crisis.

Sri Lanka: UN To Launch $51 million Flash Appeal For Flood Victims - With Sri Lanka warning that their resources to respond to the flood crisis are exhausted, the UN is seeking $51 million to help more than one million people get through the next six months.

UN To Send Human Rights Team To Tunisia - The UN`s human rights chief will send a team to Tunisia next week to assess the country`s human rights situation.

Commission to Recommend Lifting Ban on Women in Combat - A commission of current and retired officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians charged with evaluating Defense Department policies to ensure they promote equal opportunity plans to recommend lifting the ban on women in combat.


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