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UN Calls for Protection of Civilians as Iraq Begins Military Operations to Retake Mosul - As a large-scale military offensive gets under way to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters, senior United Nations officials today are stressing the need to ensure that civilians in the city are protected and able to access to humanitarian assistance.

Rural Women's Empowerment Critical to UN Sustainable Development Agenda - Marking the International Day of Rural Women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as they all have gender equality and women`s empowerment at their core.

Iraqi Security Forces Begin Battle for Mosul - Iraqi Security Forces launched their counter-attack yesterday to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a statement released by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials.

UN Marks 'World Food Day' - To mark World Food Day 2016, the United Nations is highlighting the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security, with the message: The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too.

UN Welcomes France`s Decision to Close Calais Camp - The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the announcement by President François Hollande earlier this month that France will close the informal camp for refugees and migrants in the northern port town of Calais.

UN Battles Cholera Outbreak in Haiti - Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today that the first track of the new United Nations approach to tackling cholera involves intensifying efforts to treat and eliminate the disease and boost access to clean water and sanitation.

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

UN: Proper Handwashing May Save the Lives of 800 Children a Day Worldwide - On the eve of Global Handwashing Day, the United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF) has reported that more than 300,000 children under the age of five died last year due to diarrhoeal infections linked to a lack of safe drinking water and sanitation " a rate of 800 per day that could have been prevented by proper handwashing.

U.S., South Korean, Japanese Military Leaders Discuss North Korean Threat - Stressing the regional aspect of the threat North Korea poses, Maritime Self-defense Force Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the Japanese chief of defense, joined discussions with senior U.S. and South Korean military leaders at the Pentagon today.

Puerto Ricans Represented Throughout U.S. Military History - As citizens of the United States, Puerto Ricans have participated in every major United States military engagement from World War I onward, with the soldiers of Puerto Rico`s 65th Infantry Regiment distinguishing themselves in combat during the Korean War.

Annual Meeting on UN-backed Treaty Aims to Set Target Date for Cluster Bomb Abolition - An annual meeting of State Parties to the United Nations-backed pact banning cluster bombs opened in Geneva today, with a

UN Warns of Humanitarian Crisis as 7,400 Cross Afghan Border Each Day - Every day, some 7,400 Afghan returnees cross the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan, prompting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to warn of an escalating humanitarian crisis.

Obama's Message on Breaking Down Barriers for Young People of Color - Every young person in America deserves the same opportunities I had: a world-class education, a pathway to apply for college or find a job, and a chance to lay a foundation for a career and a family.

Ash Carter Offers Condolences on Death of Thailand`s King - Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered his condolences today on the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

Liberating Mosul Will Be Iraq`s Biggest Fight - The size of Iraq`s second-largest city will make the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant`s two-year grip the largest mission Iraqi security forces have yet undertaken against the enemy, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve told Pentagon reporters today.

Strikes Target Radar Sites in Yemen - Early yesterday local time, the U.S. military struck three radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea coast, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a news release last night.

Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Taxing Sugary Drinks Can Curb Global Epidemic of Obesity and Diabetes - Unhealthy diet accounts for more than 11 million deaths annually, with four million deaths due to obesity, the United Nations health agency said today, launching a new report that says taxing sugary drinks can yield major health benefits, such as reducing obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Afghanistan: UN Condemns Killing of Worshipers in Shia Mosque Attack - The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned last night's attack at the Shia mosque in the capital, Kabul that killed at least 18 civilians and injured more than 50 others.

Undernutrition Taking Huge Toll on Chad`s Economy - Chad`s economy is losing 575.8 billion CFA francs ($1.2 billion) per year, or 9.5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP), to the effects of childhood undernutrition and resultant increased healthcare costs.

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