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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.

Robert Gates Visits Troops In Afghanistan - Gates is visiting Afghanistan to get the ground truth " directly from the soldiers at the sharp end of the spear.

UN Chief Ban Leads UN Tribute To Colleagues Killed In Haitian Quake - Ban Ki-moon led UN staff and the family and friends of personnel who perished in the Haitian earthquake in honouring the memory of the 101 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

UN Chief Ban Expresses Solidarity With People Of Chile - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed the solidarity of the United Nations with the people of Chile.

UN Chief Ban Pledges $10 Million For Chile - Ban Ki-moon pledged to release up to $10 million in UN funds to support recovery efforts in Chile, as he began a two-day visit to see the earthquake damage and assess how the world body can help.

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.


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