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UN Urges End To Child Labor By 2016 - With global efforts to end child labour showing mixed results, United Nations agencies are urging greater action to achieve the goal of eliminating the scourge by 2016.

UN Chief Ban Concerned About Growing Tensions In Kyrgyzstan - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conferred with the chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the mounting tensions in Kyrgyzstan.

UN: Civilians Still In The Firing Line In Darfur - Sudanese Government-sponsored attacks against civilians continue in Darfur.

Robert Gates: More Trainers Would Speed Afghanistan Transition - Support for the mission in Afghanistan from allies and partners has increased steadily in the past year, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

UN Celebrates The Power Of Sport For Peace And Development - The World Cup soccer tournament kicked off today in South Africa with the United Nations highlighting the critical role that sport plays in promoting both peace.

U.K. Effort Critical in Afghanistan, Petraeus Tells Britons - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, emphasized yesterday in London the critical role the United Kingdom has played in Iraq.

NATO And Pakistan Ready To Deepen Political Dialogue - The Secretary General and Prime Minister Gilani agreed that NATO, Pakistan and Afghanistan share a common interest: to defeat the terrorism that threatens the region as well as the international community.

Robert Gates, British Counterpart Praise Alliance - The defense secretaries of the United States and Great Britain today praised the strength and depth of the U.S.-British alliance.

Robert Gates: Recruiting May Ease Afghan Forces` Attrition - With recruiting on pace to exceed goals, the increased numbers may help to ease attrition problems that have plagued the Afghan army and police, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

UN Imposes Additional Sanctions On Iran - The Security Council voted today to impose a fourth round of United Nations sanctions against Iran.

Assembly President And Turkish Leader Discuss Gaza Flotilla Incident - General Assembly President Ali Treki today held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan focusing on the recent Israeli interception of a flotilla of boats carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip that led to nine civilians being killed.

Ban Calls For Greater Awareness Of Value Of Oceans - Ban Ki-moon today urged governments and citizens across the global to acknowledge the enormous value of the world`s oceans to humanity.

UN Gets Ready For World Cup - The United Nations is gearing up for this week`s start of the soccer World Cup, aiming to harness public excitement about the world`s biggest sporting event to advance efforts to slash poverty.

Robert Gates: Nuclear Weapons Would Make Iran Less Secure - If Iran were to succeed in acquiring nuclear weapons, the subsequent chain of events would make that country less secure, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

UN Chief Ban Talks To Leaders Of Israel And Turkey - Ban Ki-moon held phone discussions with the leaders of Turkey and Israel about the investigation called for by the UN following the incident in which a convoy of aid ships bound for Gaza was intercepted.

Robert Gates Describes U.S. Approach to Deterrence in Asia - A U.S. defense posture in Asia that is more geographically distributed, operationally resilient and politically sustainable is necessary in deterring conflict in today`s world.

UN Plans Another Gorilla Rescue Airlift - The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo The carry out a second airlift of six baby gorillas to a sanctuary where they will be cared for before they released into the wild.

Actor Don Cheadle Named UN Goodwill Ambassador For Environment - Actor Don Cheadle was today appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations environment agency.

Robert Gates Urges Positive U.S.-China Military Relations - Economic and political cooperation between the US and China has flourished despite differences over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, Robert M. Gates said.

UN Rolls Out Action Plan To Expand Global Broadband Access - The UN adopted a plan of action to promote the global development of information and communication technology (ICT) networks and services.


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