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The World is Being Swamped by Harmful Plastic Waste - The world must unite to "beat plastic pollution" United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day on Tuesday, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, "now outnumber stars in our galaxy."

NASA to Launch First Army Doctor Into Space - While many have reached for the stars, a physician who calls Brooke Army Medical Center here home is aiming to be the first Army doctor in space.

Mattis Discusses Singapore Summit, North Korea, DoD Audit With Reporters - North Korea was a topic in almost all of his bilateral talks with leaders of other nations, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters last night on his return flight from Singapore and his Indo-Pacific region trip.

NASA Soil Moisture Data Advances Global Crop Forecasts - Data from the first NASA satellite mission dedicated to measuring the water content of soils is now being used operationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to monitor global croplands and make commodity forecasts.

NASA CubeSats Steer Toward Mars - NASA has achieved a first for the class of tiny spacecraft known as CubeSats, which are opening new access to space.

Mattis Meets With Indo-Pacific Leaders at Singapore Summit - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with several Indo-Pacific leaders on the sidelines of the 2018 International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 1.

Security Council Fails to Adopt Competing Texts on Protection of Palestinian Civilians in Gaza - The United Nations Security Council on Friday failed to adopt two competing draft resolutions; one produced by Kuwait, in response to the killing of dozens of Palestinian protestors in Gaza, and the other tabled by the United States, which vetoed the initial resolution saying it was "grossly one-sided" against Israel.

Operation Roundup Hits ISIS Remnants in Iraq, Syria - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners increased offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Iraq and Syria throughout May.

Mattis Meets With Japanese, Indonesian Defense Ministers in Hawaii - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with his Japanese and Indonesian counterparts in Hawaii, May 29, as he was en route to attend the 2018 International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

DLA Troop Support Exercise Preps for New Hurricane Season - To prepare for the June 1 start of the hurricane season, the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support organization conducted a two-day exercise simulating the impact of a Category 4 hurricane on the mid-Atlantic coast.

UN: Environmental Risks Cause 12.6 Million Deaths a Year - Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, it was announced on Thursday.

Migration is a Net Gain for Africa - The large-scale migration of people within Africa tends to boost growth and lifts the continents whole economy, a new United Nations report has said, urging the world to dispel misconceptions and "harmful narratives" targeting migration.

NASA: Climate Change May Lead to Bigger Atmospheric Rivers - A new NASA-led study shows that climate change is likely to intensify extreme weather events known as atmospheric rivers across most of the globe by the end of this century, while slightly reducing their number.

Tongas Olympic Flag-bearer Brings Message of Self-belief to Youth at UN Headquarters - He is best known for his bare-chested appearances at the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympic Games, but Pita Taufatofua now wants to use his social media muscle to empower youth, and get them to share their stories.

UN Chief Visits Mali - On the second day of his visit to Mali, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres travelled some 460 kilometers outside the capital, Bamako, to Mopti, where he highlighted how insecurity in the region is threatening the countrys fragile peace process.

UN Marks World No Tobacco Day - Spreading the message that tobacco causes deadly illnesses such as heart disease and stroke helps prevent "needless" loss of life, United Nations health experts said on Thursday.

UN Urges Action in Mexico to End Outrageous Wave of Disappearances - Authorities in Mexico are being urged to act to end what the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has described as "a wave of enforced disappearances" in the city of Nuevo Laredo, amid "strong indications" that federal security forces may be involved.

UN Condemns Killing of Police Officers and Civilian in Belgium - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has condemned Tuesdays attacks by a gunman in the Belgian city of Li├Ęge, which left two police officers and a civilian dead.

FAO: Promoting Biodiversity Across all Agricultural Sectors Fundamental - Changing how countries across the world produce food is "fundamental" to protecting the future of the Earths ecosystem, said the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

UN: Spirit of Compromise Needed to Combat Workplace Brutalism - The head of the United Nations labour agency has called for a new spirit of cooperation and consensus between workers, employers and Governments, to end what he called the "new brutalism" of sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.

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