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Defense Dept. Praises Yemen For Taking On al-Qaeda - The Yemeni government deserves praise for taking on the al-Qaida threat in that country, a Defense Department official said here today.

Obama: US Will Strike Out Against Terrorists Everywhere - The United States will seek out those who wish Americans harm anywhere they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland, " President Barack Obama said today.

Thailand Expels Thousands Of Hmong - The head of the United Nations refugee agency has expressed dismay as Thai authorities began the forced deportation today of thousands of ethnic Hmong back to neighbouring Laos.

UN Condemns Murder Of Staff Member In Afghanistan - The UN expressed its deep distress over the killing of one of its staff members in a suicide bomb attack.

UN Chief Ban Urges Israel To Let More Supplies Into Gaza - On the first anniversary of the Israeli military offensive in Gaza, Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern that neither the issues that led to the conflict nor its worrying aftermath have been addressed.

Marine Spouses Send Beanie Babies To Afghanistan - America has not forgotten her troops or their mission overseas. Thousands have contributed their time, energy -- and Beanie Babies -- to help Marines gain the respect and confidence of the Afghan population.

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.


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