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Climate Change Citied Among Factors Impacting Stability in Sahel - At a meeting today in the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa, senior UN officials stressed that climate change plays a direct role in the region`s security, development and stability by increasing drought and fuelling conflict.

Syria Peace Talks Will Resume as Soon as Feasible - The United Nations envoy for Syria today told the Security Council that he intends to begin the next round of intra-Syrian talks as soon as feasible, but certainly not within the next two to three weeks, the Organization reported today.

UN Provides Seeds to Break Hunger Cycle in Central African Republic - Two United Nations agencies have begun providing both seeds and food to nearly 50,000 hungry farming families in some areas of the conflict-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to ensure that they don`t eat seeds meant for planting.

Security Council Ends 13-year Sanctions Regime on Liberia - Acknowledging the sustained progress made on rebuilding Liberia after the 1999-2003 civil war, the United Nations Security Council today terminated an arms embargo against the country and dissolved the related mechanisms, namely the sanctions Committee and the expert panel.

Counter-ISIL Strikes Target 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.

UN Concerned About Possible Imminent Executions in Gaza - Expressing concern about possible imminent executions in Gaza, the United Nations human rights office today urged the authorities in Gaza to uphold their obligations to respect the rights to life and to a fair trial and not carry out death penalty.

Lifting Embargo Allows Closer U.S., Vietnam Cooperation - The United States has lifted the ban on arms sales to Vietnam, eliminating one more vestige of the Cold War, President Barack Obama said in Hanoi yesterday.

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

UN Welcomes Resumption of Cement Deliveries into Gaza - The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today welcomed the decision to resume the private import of cement into Gaza after nearly 45 days of suspension.

Ban Condemns Terrorist Attacks Killing Civilians in Syria - Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attacks today that claimed the lives of dozens of civilians in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous.

Obama Confirms Death of Taliban Leader - President Barack Obama today confirmed the death of Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, who was targeted May 21 by a U.S. airstrike near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

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

Eager Lion Exercise Highlights U.S.-Jordan Force Integration - The most critical element of Eager Lion, U.S. Central Command`s largest military exercise in its area of responsibility, is the great integration between Jordanian and U.S. forces, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel said here yesterday.

At Screening of Sean Penn Film, Ban Says Movie Industry Can Spotlight Humanitarian Work - Spotlighting a new film by director Sean Penn, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the importance of the entertainment industry to help raise awareness about the state of humanitarian affairs worldwide.

Venezuelan Government and Opposition Should Address Challenges Through Dialogue - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to follow events in Venezuela and is encouraged by the ongoing initiatives by former Heads of State and Government to promote dialogue between the Government of Venezuela and the opposition

Ban Urges UN System to Bolster Support for Indigenous Peoples - Much has been achieved to improve the rights of indigenous peoples, but conflicts on their lands and territories, and the lack of inclusion of their voices in peace processes, remain a challenge, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the closing of a two-week forum.

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

UN: Zika on Doorstep of Africa - The United Nations health agency today confirmed that the Zika virus strain circulating in Cabo Verde, an island nation off the northwest coast of Africa, is the same as the one responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly in South America.

ISIL Campaign Shifts Toward Taking Mosul and Raqqa - The military campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is at an important juncture, with a new focus and steady progress by the U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi and Syrian security forces partners, Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said here today.

U.S. Military Aids EgyptAir Search, Rescue Operations - U.S. European Command and the U.S. Navy`s 6th Fleet are coordinating with officials in Greece in support of Egypt`s search-and-rescue operations for EgyptAir Flight 804, which disappeared from radar screens while en route from Paris to Cairo yesterday.

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