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UN: End Death Penalty Now - Progress made toward eliminating the death penalty has been "marred by setbacks," said United Nations Secretary-General Guterres in a statement on Wednesday, marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty.

Civilians Continue to Die in Record Numbers in Afghanistan - The conflict in Afghanistan continues to exact a terrible toll on civilians, with the highest number of fatalities recorded for the first nine months of this year, since 2014, a United Nations report has revealed.

UN Resolution Paves Way for Mass Use of Driverless Cars - A resolution to ensure the safe use of automated vehicles was passed at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Global Forum on Road Traffic Safety in Geneva, on Wednesday.

UN: Girls Must Realize Full Potential - There are "multiple barriers" including "systemic discrimination" bias and lack of training, which are keeping the largest generation of girls in human history from reaching their full potential, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement on Thursday, marking International Day of the Girl Child.

Independent inquiry Needed into Disappearance of Saudi Journalist - The "apparent enforced disappearance" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was last seen reportedly visiting his countrys consulate in Istanbul last week, requires a full investigation involving both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.

Venezuela Prisons Beyond Monstrous - Conditions in Venezuelas prisons are "beyond monstrous," the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, before calling for an independent and transparent investigation into the death of a leading political opponent of the Government.

Indonesia Earthquake: Death Toll Rises Beyond 2,000 - Following the series of devastating earthquakes, tsunami and landslides on 28 September in Indonesia, the death toll has risen to 2,010, with around 10,700 seriously injured and nearly 700 still reported missing, according to United Nations agencies on Tuesday.

UN: Global Warming Report a Wake-Up Call - A special report on limiting global warming released on Monday by a UN scientific panel, should be heard around the world as an "ear-splitting wake-up call" said UN chief António Guterres. He said the long-awaited findings show that "climate change is running faster than we are - and we are running out of time."

Passing the Decanter, the U.S. Naval Academy Way - The reign of the Naval Academy Class of 1978 is over as Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd passed the Old Goat Award decanter to Vice Adm. Bill Lesher during a ceremony at the Navy Yard, here last week.

Secretary Mattis Delivers Remarks at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas - James Mattis delivers speech.

Deputy Secretary of Defense delivers Defense Industrial Base Report to President Trump - Today, Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan, on behalf of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, presented a report, Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States, to President Donald J. Trump, pursuant to Executive Order 13806.

NATO Trident Juncture Exercise Tests Deterrence Capabilities - The worlds preeminent defensive alliance is readying to demonstrate its capabilities in its largest exercise since 2002, said Navy Adm. James Foggo, the commander of NATOs Allied Joint Force Command in Italy.

Humanitarin Crisis in Nigeria - The top United Nations relief and development officials on Saturday called for national and international partners to step up support for humanitarian efforts in north-eastern Nigeria and help millions of people rebuild their lives in the region that has been ravaged by Boko Harams near decade-long insurgency.

UN Urges Nations to Protect Refugees - "Noise, chatter, shrillness, lack of civility, and harsh language," surround the public debate over refugees, who face a "seemingly endless volley of assaults," said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Assistant High Commissioner for Protection on Thursday.

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Congolese Doctor - Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Concern Rising Over Fate of Rohingya Refugees Sent Home by India - The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has voiced great concern for the safety and security of seven Rohingya men who have been sent home by Indian authorities, after reportedly being denied access to lawyers, or full consideration of their asylum applications.

13 Million People in Syria in Need of Assistance - Highlighting the "complexities of the situation in Syria" with close to 13 million people in need of life-saving assistance, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country called on warring parties to allow access to all areas from within the country, so aid can reach those in need "fast and efficiently."

UN Condemns Execution of Juvenile in Iran - Denouncing the execution of a juvenile offender in Iran, whose trial was also reportedly marred by irregularities, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the country to end the use of the death penalty for those under-18, in line with its obligations under international law.

UN Marks 'World Space Week' - Highlighting the importance of space and its applications for humankind, the United Nations is celebrating World Space Week 2018 with a focus on the role the cosmos plays in bringing people together, back on earth.

Top UN Judicial Body Orders US to Ease Iran Sanctions - In a ruling issued on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, ordered the United States to lift some of the economic sanctions it has imposed on Iran, which effect the importation of humanitarian goods and products, as well as the safety of civilian aircraft.

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