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UN Condems Imprisonment of Chinese Writer - The top United Nations human rights official voiced deep concern today over the verdict and severe sentencing of a prominent Chinese writer.

UN Chief Ban Welcomes Approval Of UN Budget For Next 2 Years - The General Assembly today approved a budget of $5.16 billion for the 2010-2011 period, in a move immediately welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

UN Calls On Thai Government Not To Deport Hmong To Laos - The United Nations refugee chief today called on the Thai Government not to deport around 4,000 ethnic Hmong to neighbouring Laos.

UN Urges China To Cancel Planned Execution - A United Nations human rights expert today urged China to cancel the scheduled execution of a man convicted of drug trafficking, saying there are strong signs that he suffers from mental illness.

UN Envoy Extends Christmas Wishes To Iraqi Christians - The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today issued seasonal wishes to the country's Christians and to all Iraqis amid fears of a surge in violence targeting the country's Christian population.

USO Offers Soldiers Respite From Traveling Frenzy - The Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport USO Lounge offered military travelers -- many returning home from overseas deployments -- a welcome sanctuary of solace.

UN Condemns Murder Of Journalists In Brazil, Columbia And Turkey - The UN deplored the murder of journalists in Brazil, Colombia and Turkey over the past 10 days, calling on the authorities to take urgent action against such crimes, which constitute a serious threat to democracy.

UN Urges Israel To End Gaza Blockade - A UN expert is urging Israel`s European and North American allies to use the threat of economic sanctions to pressure Israel into ending the Gaza blockade.

The White House Gingerbread House: Holiday Tradition - Each year, the White House Pastry Team comes together with other members of the White House staff to work on a favorite holiday tradition: The White House Gingerbread House.

Obama Selects Winnefeld To Head NORAD - Obama has nominated Navy Vice Adm. James A. Sandy Winnefeld Jr. to be the next commander of NORAD.

UN Peacekeepers Protect Civilians In The Congo - The Security Council today again called on United Nations peacekeepers to use all necessary means " to protect civilians from threats from any party.

American Soldiers Work With Afghan Border Police - U.S. Army soldiers work with Afghan border policemen to sustain border security and maintain peace among local people.

Redeploying Troops Get Holiday Homecoming - Hundreds of well-wishers lined up to welcome about 150 troops home from combat deployments.

UN Fights Racism - The UN laid out its strategy today to combat xenophobia and racism, which it says triggers flight and can jeopardize its work to protect asylum-seekers, refugees and the stateless.

UN Security Council Imposes Sanctions On Eriterea - The Security Council today imposed arms and travel sanctions on Eritrea for supporting insurgents trying to topple the nascent government in nearby Somalia.

UN: United Global Action Needed To Combat Climate Change - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted world leaders to act in concert to ensure that a legally binding treaty is reached next year.

UN Comes To Aid Of Cambodian Garment Workers - Garment workers in Cambodia will have to know their rights to compete in a radio contest being launched by the UN labour organization, with the winners to be announced on International Labour Day in May next year.

UN: Darfur Peace Process Has Reached Critical Juncture - The peace process in the war-wracked Darfur region of Sudan has reached a critical point, " Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Bad Weather Drives Tea Prices To Record High - Tea prices reached a record high in 2009, but should ease next year as weather improves in the main tea-producing regions in Asia and Africa.

UN: Ugandan Rebels Murder Thousands - The rebel Ugandan Lord`s Resistance Army has killed some 1,300 civilians.


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