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UN Kicks Off Anti-Polio Drive In Africa - United Nations agencies and their partners today launched a polio immunization campaign targeting 85 million children under the age of five in 19 countries across West and Central Africa.

Shooting Outside Pentagon Causes Lockdown - The Pentagon was in lockdown for some time this evening after a gunman opened fire on two Pentagon Force Protection Agency officers, according to a statement released by the Defense Department.

UN Chief Ban Meeting With President Of Chile - Ban Ki-moon will meet today with Chilean President Michele Bachelet and President-elect Sebastián Piñera, who takes office on 11 March, as part of a two-day visit to see the earthquake damage and assess how the United Nations can help.

UN Calls For Radical Policy Shift In Occupied Palestinian Territory - I was moved by what I saw and heard today during the discussions I had with Palestinian families forced out of their homes, Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said.

UN Condemns Honor Killings - So-called "honour killings` are an extreme symptom of discrimination against women, which " including other forms of domestic violence " is a plague that affects every country, the UN's human rights chief says.

UN Rushes Aid To Victims Of Mudslides In Uganda - To help victims of the deadly mudslides in eastern Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency today announced that it will help thousands of people forced from their homes by the torrential rains.

Mike Mullen: More "Soft Power" Needed In Afghanistan - The nation`s top military officer expressed concern today that U.S. government agencies other than the military have been slow to expand their role in Afghanistan.

UN Chief Ban Heads To Chile - Ban Ki-moon will travel to Chile later today to express his solidarity with the country`s Government and people in the wake of the recent earthquake and to assess the humanitarian assistance effort.

Shakira Honored By United Nations - The United Nations labour agency today honoured internationally-acclaimed recording artist and humanitarian Shakira for her efforts to promote the advancement of children and youth worldwide.

UN: China Unseats Japan As Second Largest Industrial Manufacturer - China has overtaken Japan as the world`s second largest industrial manufacturer, after the United States, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced today.

UN: Top Priorities In Chile: Food, Electricity And Water - Access to food and the restoration of electricity and drinking water are still the top priorities.

UN Chief Ban Preaches Women's Enpowerment - A decade after world leaders agreed to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women, their empowerment remains a necessary element in attaining development targets, Ban Ki-moon said today.

Robert Gates Asks Entire Department to Reinforce Trust - Robert M. Gates has called on every member of the Defense Department to play a personal role in creating a secure environment that will help to prevent more tragedies like the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shooting rampage.

McChrystal Urges Troops to Serve as Role Models - McChrystal: Recognize the impact of every action you take, and serve as role models for Afghan security forces as they build leaders and weed out corruption from their ranks.

Robert Gates Issues Terms For "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Review - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today released the guidelines and parameters of a Defense Department review of the so-called Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell " law in preparation for its potential repeal.

UN: Africa Lagging Behind In Development Of 'Green` Energy Economy - Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in developing renewable energy projects.

UN: Africa Faces Many Challenges - Climate change and under-development poses serious threats to progress in Africa.

Former Soldier Drives US To Bobsled Gold - Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb ended Team USA`s 62-year gold medal drought in Olympic bobsled competition.

UN: 4,320 Iraqi Christians Displaced Following Unrest In Mosul - The United Nations humanitarian arm reported today that 4,320 Iraqi Christians have been displaced following recent unrest in the northern city of Mosul.

UN Helps Meet Haiti's Post-Quake Needs - Seven weeks after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, health needs remain great, the United Nations World Health Organizatio said today.


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