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UN: Russia Needs Greener Plan For 2014 Winter Olympics - Russian authorities need to better assess the impact of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and tourism projects on the local ecosystem and put in place appropriate mitigation measures.

Michelle Obama Takes On Childhood Obesity - The First Lady spoke about her Let`s Move campaign to take action on childhood obesity at a Grocery Manufacturer`s Association Conference.

Success in Afghanistan Achievable, Petraeus Says - Though considerable challenges remain in Afghanistan, success there is achievable and important, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here today.

UN To Vaccinate Millions Of Kids In Afghanistan - United Nations agencies and the Afghan health ministry are conducting a three-day campaign aimed at vaccinating an estimated 7.7 million children under the age of five against polio.

Hospital Ship Comfort Returns To US After Haiti Mission - The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived at Naval Station Norfolk here yesterday after its seven-week deployment in Haiti supporting Operation Unified Response.

UN: Over Billion Don't Have Access To Safe Drinking Water - Increasing access to clean water and sanitation forms part of one of the eight MDGs, which were agreed on by world leaders to improve human lives by 2015.

UN Chief Ban Praises Hillary Clinton - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to the long-running efforts of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to advocate for the rights of women.

UN Chief Ban Condemns Suicide Bomb Attacks In Pakistan - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned a wave of attacks in Pakistan in recent days which have claimed dozens of lives, including those of aid workers helping the country`s most vulnerable.

UN Condemns Israeli Plan To Expand Settlements - The United Nations-supported diplomatic group seeking to promote peace in the Middle East today condemned Israeli moves to expand settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem.

UN Chief Ban To Visit Haiti On Sunday - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make a one-day visit to Haiti on Sunday, his second to the Caribbean country since the 12 January earthquake, his spokesperson announced today.

Deputy Defense Secretary: Length of Wars Challenges Nation - The duration of today`s conflicts poses a greater challenge to the nation and its military than the magnitude of the wars.

UN: One In Three Africans Is Chronically Hungry - One in three Africans is chronically hungry, despite $3 billion spent on food aid for the continent annually and $33 billion in food imports, the UN Economic Commission for Africa has warned.

UN Chief Ban Condemns Strident Rhetoric In Israel And Lebanon - Resolution 1701 called for an end to hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah, respect for the Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling.

UN Condemns Murder Of Aid Workers In Pakistan - United Nations officials today condemned the murder of six aid workers in north-west Pakistan.

Robert Gates Meets With Troops In Southwest Asia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has served eight presidents, and he shared some of his insights into that experience today with U.S. servicemembers here.

U.S. Troops in Iraq Adopt New Role - Some of the 98,000 U.S. military forces in Iraq already have made the transition from security to stability operations ahead of the September deadline, American military commanders said.

Exercises Prepare Troops To Defend South Korea - Military exercises under way are refining command and control capabilities that will be critical for the U.S. and South Korean militaries to defend against a North Korean attack.

Robert Gates Comments On Tanker Competition - The recently released request for proposals for the Air Force`s next-generation tanker aircraft was fair, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

Obama Praises Troops For Haiti Service - President Barack Obama recognized nine military members along with other federal, state and nongovernment relief workers here today for their service to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Afghan Visit Reinforces Robert Gates` Faith in New Strategy - Robert M. Gates` visits with Marines here and with soldiers at Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Afghanistan`s Kandahar province have reinforced his belief that the strategy is working in Afghanistan.


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