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UN: Five Journalists Killed In Honduras In March - The UN condemned the murders of two radio journalists ambushed last week, bringing the total number of media professionals killed in the Central American nation last month alone to five.

Obama: Energy Initiatives Seek to Bolster Security - President Barack Obama today announced a series of energy initiatives, including plans to expand off-shore drilling, aimed in part at bolstering national security by weaning the United States off foreign oil.

Mike Mullen: US And Afghans Strong Partners - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen completed a rigorous three-day visit to Afghanistan that took him to the region of the recent offensive in Marja in Helmand province.

Afghanistan: World's Biggest Producer Of Opium - Afghanistan, the world`s biggest producer of opium, is now also the global leader when it comes to the production of hashish.

U.S., Russia Agree to New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty - The US and Russia have agreed to a new arms reduction treaty that will slash each of their nuclear arsenals by a third and improve the way the terms of the agreement are verified, President Barack Obama announced today.

UN Chief Ban Urges Arab Leaders To Support Middle East Talks - Ban Ki-moon called on leaders gathered at the Arab League Summit in Libya to support indirect negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians with a common aim of resolving all final issues within 24 months.

UN Starts Work To Set Up Camps For Haiti`s Earthquake Survivors - Engineers from the un mission in Haiti have started preparing the ground for the establishment of camps to house hundreds of thousands

UN Condemns Rise Of Killings Of Women In El Salvador - Violence against women and girls in El Salvador remains prevalent and pervasive, with the number of murders on the rise and kidnappings, sexual assaults and sexual harassment all too frequent

Gorillas Could Disappear From Central Africa In 15 Years - Gorillas could disappear from large parts of the Greater Congo Basin in central Africa by the mid-2020s

UN: China Home To One Quarter Of World`s Largest Cities - Nearly one quarter of the world`s 1,000 biggest cities in China, whose urban population is growing rapidly, according to a new statistical report issued by the United Nations.

UN Chief Ban: Upcoming Polls In Myanmar Must Be Transparent - National elections scheduled to be held in Myanmar later this year " " must be inclusive, participatory and transparent, " Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a group of key nations said today.

UN Calls For Repeal Of Amnesty Law In Afghanistan - The UN human rights office in Afghanistancalled for the repeal of the amnesty law in the Asian country, saying that it green-lights impunity for serious crimes and continued rights violations.

Robert Gates, Mike Mullen Report on Merida Summit in Mexico - Robert M. Gates assured Mexican military leaders during yesterday`s Cabinet-level visit to Mexico City that he`ll look into ways to speed up equipment deliveries to support their fight against drug cartels.

Robert Gates: More Trainers Needed In Afghanistan - Though the number of trainers for Afghan security forces has increased significantly, the process is a work in progress and the American people must have patience, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

Robert Gates Changes "Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell` Enforcement - Robert M. Gates announced changes to the Pentagon`s regulation on homosexuals known as Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell.

UN: Deforestation Still A Problem - Between 2000 and 2010, some 13 million hectares of forests were converted annually to other uses, such as agriculture, or lost through natural causes.

UN Chief Ban: Slavery Must Be Eradicated - Slavery and slavery-like practices still continue in many parts of the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

UN Chief Ban To Attend Arab League Summit - Ban Ki-moon said today that he will participate in the League of Arab States summit this weekend in Libya.

Pentagon Looks to `Phase In` Missile Defense - Military officials want to harness technology for a more flexible and adaptive defense architecture, the principle deputy defense undersecretary for policy said.

UN Chief Ban Brings Attention To Plight Of Slum Dwellers - Ban Ki-moon described appalling living conditions in slums as a violation of human rights.


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