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Centcom: Strike in Syria May Have Caused Civilian Casualties - A strike yesterday on an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant weapons facility near Raqqah, Syria, may have resulted in civilian casualties, according to U.S. Central Command`s own post-strike assessment.

UN: Increasingly Complex Armed Conflicts Have Dire Impact on Children - The impact on children of the collective failure to prevent and end conflict is severe.

UN Monitoring Situations in Italy and Myanmar After Earthquakes Hit Both Countries - In the wake of powerful earthquakes today in Italy and Myanmar, the United Nations relief wing is monitoring the situations, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon`s spokesperson said the UN and its partners stand ready to support both countries and local actors should any humanitarian support be needed.

Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit 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.

4.5 Million Need Food Aid in Boko Haram-hit north-east Nigeria - The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has nearly doubled to 4.5 million from March.

Pentagon Press Secretary Reports on Counter-ISIL Fight, Condemns Attack on Turkey - Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been degraded and methodically dismantled in Iraq and Syria as a result of Defense Secretary Ash Carter's strategic consolidation last summer of the coalition military campaign plan under a single command.

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.

More Than 3 Million Displaced in Yemen - A joint report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration has found that the conflict in Yemen has resulted in the displacement of some 3,154,572 people, of which 2,205,102 remain displaced across the country and some 949,470 have attempted to return home.

Honduras: Killing of Rights Defenders Highlight Perils They Face - With at least eight human rights defenders killed in Honduras this year, two United Nations and international rights experts today said the country is one of the most hostile and dangerous for rights defenders and urged the Government to take urgent steps to ensure their protection.

Turkey: UN Chief Condemns Terrorist Attack on Wedding Party That Kills at Least 50 People - Ban Ki-moon condemned yesterday's terrorist attack on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep an act that was reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber and killed at least 50 people.

UN Concerned About Health of Detained Palestinian Hunger Striker - A senior United Nations official today expressed a deep concern about the deteriorating health of a Palestinian detainee on hunger strike for more than two months in protest of his detention after completing a 14.5-year prison sentence.

UN Marks 'World Humanitarian Day' - World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate suffering.

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.

South Sudan: Hundreds of Children Recruited into Armed Groups - Reporting that 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since January, the United Nations Children's Fund called today for an immediate end to recruitment and an unconditional release of all children by armed actors.

Photo of Boy Pulled from Rubble Reminder of Horrors Syrian Children Face - The heart breaking photograph of Omran Daqneesh, the little boy sitting alone in an ambulance with his face and body covered in blood and dirt after being pulled from a destroyed building has reminded the world, yet again, of the unimaginable horrors that Syrian children face every day.

DoD: Syrian Regime Airstrikes Near Hasakah Put Coalition Forces at Risk - U.S. planes were scrambled yesterday over northeastern Syria after two Syrian air force SU-24 attack planes conducted strikes near Hasakah while coalition forces were conducting operations there as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, Defense Department spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today.

Syria: Citing Lack of Action, UN Envoy Cuts Short Humanitarian Taskforce Meeting - The United Nations envoy for Syria abruptly suspended the regular international humanitarian taskforce meeting in Geneva today shortly after it started, saying it made no sense to continue unless there is a pause in the fighting so aid convoys could reach besieged areas of the war-ravaged country.

UN Urges Philippines to End Wave of Extrajudicial Killings Amid Major Drug Crackdown - Amid a recent massive anti-crime and anti-drug crackdown in the Philippines that has claimed the lives of more than 850 suspected criminals, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government to end the wave of extrajudicial executions and killings.

UN Reports Reveal Mixed Progress on Efforts to End Child Refugee Detention - Asylum-seekers and refugees still [face] the risk of indefinite detention in one-third of the focus countries due to the absence in law of a maximum time limit in detention.

Yemen: Ban Calls for End to Hostilities as Ground Fighting, Airstrikes Escalate - Alarmed by escalating airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen and along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border since, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeated his call on all the parties to the conflict to immediately cease all hostilities and for the Yemeni parties to return to the recently-ended direct talks facilitated by his envoy.

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