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UN Welcomes Progress on Inter-Korean Talks as Vital to Reducing Tensions in Region - Welcoming the progress made during Tuesdays high-level inter-Korean talks in the small border village of Panmunjom, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres spotlighted, among others, the agreement to reopen military channels as critical to reducing tensions in the region.

UN: Rohingya Children Trapped in Appalling Conditions in Myanmar - While the eyes of the world are on Myanmars northern Rakhine and Coxs Bazaar, Bangladesh, more than 60,000 Rohingya children remain nearly forgotten, trapped in appalling camps in central Rakhine where the shelters teeter on stilts above garbage and excrement, the United Nations Childrens Fund reported Tuesday.

Mattis, Japanese Counterpart Discuss Alliance - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera yesterday to discuss a range of issues related to the U.S.-Japan alliance, the Pentagons chief spokesperson, Dana W. White, said in a statement following the call.

Trump Signs Order to Improve Mental Health Resources for Transitioning Veterans - Transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs Department after discharge from the service, according to an executive order President Donald J. Trump signed today.

UN Approves Largest-ever Emergency Funding Allocation to Scale Up Response in war-torn Yemen - Despite progress over the past month in opening Yemens Red Sea ports to commercial and aid shipments, the United Nations relief chief on Friday approved the largest-ever emergency relief allocation - $50 million - amid concerns that the humanitarian catastrophe in the war-raved country is being made worse by the recent increase in fighting and airstrikes.

13 Million in Syria in Desperate Need as Winter Sets In - With millions of desperate people across Syria now facing their seventh winter of war, the United Nations warned on Tuesday that intensified military operations in the countrys north are forcing families to flee, in the cold, to areas without enough resources to support them.

Army Engineers Compete in Iron Ram 2018 - Soldiers from the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armor Division, competed in Iron Ram 2018, an annual battalion-level exercise testing physical fitness and proficiency in soldier skills, Jan. 5 at Kuwait Naval Base in Kuwait.

Task Force Darby Aids Boys in Cameroon - In Task Force Darbys efforts to support the Cameroon militarys fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram, other humanitarian opportunities often present themselves.

Pentagon Spokesman Details Progress in Defeating ISIS - Coalition and partnered forces are building upon progress in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the director of press operations at the Pentagon told reporters here today.

Pentagon Spokesman: U.S. Wants Pakistan to Take Decisive Action Against Terrorism - U.S. officials want to see Pakistan take decisive action against terrorism, following the suspension of U.S. security funding to that country, the director of press operations at the Pentagon told reporters here today.

UN Security Council Condemns Terrorist Attack in Kabul - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on 4 January, killing at least 15 people and leaving some 25 others wounded.

UN Shocked at Executions in Egypt - The United Nations human rights wing on Friday expressed deep shock that 20 people were reported to have been executed in Egypt since last week, amid concerns that due process and fair trial guarantees did not appear to have been followed.

UN Taking Stock of Situation in Iran - Even though days of anti-Government protests across Iran appear to have ebbed, a senior United Nations political official said Friday the UN will continue to monitor the situation and engage with Iranian authorities on addressing the legitimate concerns of the population through peaceful means.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Dec. 29, 2017, and yesterday, conducting 58 strikes consisting of 84 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Discuss Alliance Issues - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo spoke on the phone today to discuss a range of matters pertaining to the U.S.-South Korean alliance, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

UN Mobile Reproductive Health Teams Reach Women in Besieged Area of Aleppo - The United Nations reproductive rights agency has reached the Sheikh Maqsoud area of Aleppo, where thousands of women have been cut off from medical care for years.

Amid Protests in Iran, UN Urges Impartial Probe into all Acts of Violence - The top United Nations human rights official on Wednesday urged the Iranian authorities to handle the protests that have taken place around the country with great care so as not to further inflame violence and unrest.

Airman Returns From Hurricane Relief With Furry Friend - When Air Force Staff Sgt. John Cox, an air transportation specialist assigned to the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing here, deployed to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Oct. 9, he assumed he would be helping Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria; he did not expect to bring home a four-legged addition to his family.

UN Experts Decry Saudi Arabia Use of Anti-terror Laws Against Peaceful Activists - United Nations human rights experts deplored Saudi Arabia continued use of counter-terrorism and security-related laws against human rights defenders and urged the release of all those detained for peacefully exercising their rights.

UN Regrets Reported Loss of Life Amid Iranian Protests - The United Nations regrets the reported loss of life resulting from the protests in Iran, and hopes that further violence will be avoided, a spokesperson for the world body said on Tuesday.


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