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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.

UN Deplores Egypt`s Use Of 'Lethal Force` Against Migrants In Sinai - The top United Nations human rights official today called on Egypt's government to call an end to the deplorable " use of lethal force. "

UN Chief Ban Encourages Nigerians To Work Together - Ban Ki-moon encouraged all Nigerians to support Acting President Goodluck Jonathan " who was chosen to lead the country while President Umaru Yar`Adua recovers from illness.

UN Chief Ban Calls For Peaceful Polls IN Togo - This week`s presidential election is a crucial opportunity " for Togo to continue efforts to consolidate democracy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, appealing for the poll to be unscarred by violence.

Mike Mullen Discuses Marja - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said the mission of Operation Moshtarak -- the anti-insurgent offensive in the former Taliban stronghold of Marja in central Helmand -- has transformed from the clear " phase to the hold " phase.

Chilean Quake: Death Toll Tops 720 - The death toll from the strongest earthquake to strike Chile in more than 50 years officially stands at 723 people.

UN Condemns Deadlly Attack In Afghan Capital - The UN strongly condemned today's attacks in Kabul which caused the death and injury of many Afghan and foreign residents and for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.

Academy Women to Become First Female Submariners - Female sailors will begin serving on submarines by the end of next year, with Naval Academy graduates leading the way, Navy leaders told a Senate committee yesterday.


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