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UN Strives for Peace in Darfur - Stating that while the Darfur region of Sudan, which for years was torn by strife and displacement, is now increasingly stable, top United Nations officials on Friday urged continued international support to ensure that hard-won gains take hold.

UN: Access to Legal Abortion Services Needed, to Prevent 47,000 Women Dying Each Year - States across the world should act now to decriminalise abortion and make every effort to ensure women and girls have the right to make their own decisions about pregnancy, said a group of United Nations human rights experts on Friday, in a statement marking International Safe Abortion Day.

UN: Pacific Islands on the Front Line of Climate Change - The concerns of the Pacific Islands, on the front line of climate change, are at the heart of the United Nations work, said Secretary-General Guterres on Friday, at a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum, an intergovernmental organization, which holds UN Observer status.

EOD Technicians Describe Their Equipment, Mission - As part of the Defense Department's "Showcasing Lethality" series, three Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians from the 11th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, briefed reporters at the Pentagon today on what their EOD unit does in the national capital region.

Mattis, Romania Defense Minister Agree to Continue Defense Cooperation - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Romania, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

DoD Official Explains U.S. Strategy in Syria to House Panel - In a complex part of the world, the U.S. strategy in Syria is simple to state: the enduring defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the deterrence of the use of chemical weapons and countering Irans malign influence in the region.

UN Hails Human Rights Declaration - As the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) this year, the United Nations General Assembly dedicated a high-level event on Wednesday, to discussing how respect for human rights in societies can help advance peace and sustainable development

UNs Guterres Speaks on Climate Change - As governments prepare to meet later this year for the next round of climate talks, Secretary-General António Guterres today underscored the need to speed up action on an issue that is "the absolute priority" for the United Nations.

UN: Time Has Come to Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons - The time has come to make tangible progress to rid the world of nuclear weapons, top United Nations officials stressed today, citing the grave threat posed by such weapons to global security.

UN: Fight Against Tuberculosis Epidemic Underfunded - The fight against tuberculosis (TB) is drastically under-funded, with a gap of around $13 billion per year, said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the first-ever High-Level TB Meeting, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Tonga Warns of Dire Security Threats Posed by Climate Change - As head of more than 170 South Pacific islands, sustainable development and surmounting the devastating impacts of climate change in his country were the focus of King Tupou VI of Tonga in his address at the United Nations General Assembly.

Mattis: More Data Needed to Assess Womens Effectiveness in Combat Arms - With so few women in combat arms right now, the services and Defense Department officials really cant judge how successful the effort has been, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, yesterday.

Afghanistan: Sunday Airstrike Killed 12 Women and Children From One Family - Preliminary findings from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released on Tuesday, indicate that 12 women and children from a single family were killed in an airstrike that took place on Sunday, conducted by pro-Government forces.

UN Fights Ebola in Congo - A "perfect storm" of active conflict and traumatized communities in Ebola-affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could enable the deadly disease to spread, but there are "no plans" to pull UN workers out of the country despite concerns for their security, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

U.S. Readiness in Korea Important to Diplomacy - The North Korean military remains dangerous, and U.S., South Korean and allied forces on the Korean Peninsula "should remain clear-eyed about the situation on the ground and allow diplomacy to continue to work," President Donald J. Trumps nominee to be the next commander of U.S. forces in Korea told the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing today.

Army Astronaut Prepares for December Launch - One soldier is proving childhood dreams can come true as she prepares to launch into space for her first time.

Afghan Forces Proving Their Resilience - Afghan security forces have taken severe casualties, but they continue to fight and protect the populace, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said here today.

Mattis Stresses Geneva Process for Syria - The fight continues in the Middle Euphrates River Valley to wrest the last 2 percent of land once controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from the grasp of the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said here today.

NASA Seeking Partner in Contest to Name Next Mars Rover - NASA has a class assignment for corporations, nonprofits and educational organizations involved in science and space exploration: partner with the agency to inspire future engineers and scientists by sponsoring a contest to name the next rover to venture to the Red Planet.

Deaf Advocate Voices Importance of Sign Languages - Nyle DiMarco is just a foreigner speaking a different language. Thats how the actor, model and advocate introduces himself to people who have not met a deaf person before.

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