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US & Russia Make Progress On Nuclear Weapons Reduction Pact - The United States and Russia are making progress on a pledge to reach an agreement on a nuclear weapons reduction pact.

Military Services Meet Recruiting Goals - The active-duty services met or exceeded their November recruiting goals, Defense Department officials announced today.

Mike Mullen: Afghan Insurgency Has Become More Pervasive - The insurgency in Afghanistan has become more pervasive, more sophisticated and more violent, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff here today.

UN Condemns Resumption Of Death Penalty In Iraq - The resumption of the death penalty in Iraq earlier this year is a source of great concern to the United Nations, according to the world body`s latest report covering the human rights situation in the country.

UN Chief Ban: Now Or Never For Climate Change - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that the world stood at the crossroads between a sustainable future and a path to catastrophe.

Military Leaders Struggle With High Suicide Rate - The rate of soldier suicides this year exceeded the 2008 total with 147 reports through November, marking the fifth consecutive year the service`s suicide rate has increased.

Robert Gates: US Role In Iraq Remains Critical - The U.S. military role remains critical to preserving gains made in Iraq and helping to prevent sectarian violence in the roll-up to Iraq`s national elections, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

UN: Climate Change Threatens Survival Of Himalayan Communities - Climate change is posing a serious threat to communities in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, bringing both drought and catastrophic floods to hundreds of millions of people.

UN: Torture Still Rife - Although 146 States of the 192 Member States of the United Nations ratified or acceded to the international convention outlawing torture, the practice is still rife worldwide

UN: Civilians Fleeing Clashes In Yemen - Thousands of civilians continue to steam out of northern Yemen, where the clashes between Government forces and rebels enter their fifth month, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Google And UNESCO To Provide Virtual Tours Of World Heritage Sites - Internet users can explore World Heritage sites online thanks to a new partnership between UNESCO and Google.

UN Celebrates Human Rights Day - The UN marked Human Rights Day today, the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by stressing the enduring need to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

UN Climate Change Talks Going Well - Talks under way at the historic United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, have entered the drafting phase towards reaching a final agreement.

UN: Corruption Kills Development In 3rd World - Corruption kills development and is one of the biggest obstacles to achieving the globally agreed targets to reduce poverty.

UN-Backed Anti-Drug Center Opens In Central Asia - A United Nations-backed intelligence sharing centre for Central Asian countries on the front line of the battle against drug trafficking from Afghanistan opened in Kazakhstan.

UN Appeals For $664 Million To Help Palestinians - The UN and partner aid organizations issued a call for $664 million to respond to humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Villagers Embrace Marines And Afghan Forces - "We want to help you. We need to talk to you. It is good," a village elder said as the Marines passed by his home.

Petraeus: Success In Afghanistan Attainable - Achieving success against extremists in Afghanistan is a challenging, yet attainable mission, the commander of U.S. Central Command said at a Capitol Hill hearing here today.

McChrystal: Training Of Afghan Soldiers Crucial - McChrystal: The training of tens of thousands of additional, capable Afghan soldiers and police is crucial for succes in Afghanistan.

Odierno: Steady Progress In Iraq - Today, Iraq is a nascent democracy that is rebuilding its strategic depth as a regional power in the Middle East, Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said.


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