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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.

Wonder Woman Appointed UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls - Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.

Ash Carter Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday in Baghdad and spoke with troops there about the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the ongoing military campaign to retake the city of Mosul.

Oil Fires Burn South of Mosul - Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve is assessing the potential risk to personnel at Camp Swift and Qayyarah West Airfield, located about 50 miles south of Mosul, as a result of nearby burning oil wells and a sulfur plant fire.

Crimes of Historic Proportions Being Committed in Aleppo - Describing the bombardment and crippling siege of Syria`s war-ravaged eastern Aleppo as crimes of historic proportions the top United Nations rights official today urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council to speak with one voice in an effort to end the bloodshed.

Yemen: UN Urges 72-hour Extension of Ceasefire - With the 72-hour cessation of hostilities in Yemen coming to an end, the United Nations envoy for Yemen today urged all warring parties to agree to its extension for at least another renewable 72 hours so that humanitarian supplies continue to reach people affected by the ongoing conflict there.

UN Provides Shelter, Clean Water to Families Displaced Amid Iraq`s Mosul Offensive - With the military offensive still unfolding in Mosul, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Children`s Fund are rushing to provide shelter, drinking water, and sanitation services for displaced families and children.

Afghan Forces Make Progress - The Afghan national defense and security forces have made progress this year in the fight against the Taliban, but challenges remain, the Resolute Support mission`s deputy chief of staff for communications said today.

U.S. Strikes Kill 8 Al-Qaida Terrorists in Yemen - The U.S. military successfully struck two targets in central Yemen, killing eight terrorists associated with the group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today.

UN Tackles Air Pollution - The UN has launched a global awareness campaign on the dangers of air pollution.

UN: Put People, Not Cars First in Transport Systems - Lack of investment in safe walking and cycling infrastructure not only contributes to the deaths of millions of people in traffic accidents on unsafe roads and poorly designed roadways, but also overlooks a great opportunity to boost the fight against climate change, a new UN Environment report said today.

Credible Political Transition Remains Central Issue in Ending Horrific Syrian Conflict, - Stressing that the Syrian conflict continues to reach new and awful depths, " United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Russia`s latest unilateral announcement of a humanitarian pause to the bombing in war-raved eastern Aleppo, but emphasized that the nationwide ceasefire must be revived.

UN: Free Expression Under Worldwide Assault - Warning that the freedom of expression is under the widespread assault, a new United Nations human rights report has found that governments worldwide, wielding the tools of censorship, are treating words as weapons.

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.

Ash Carter Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Security on Korean Peninsula - The United States remains concerned about North Korean provocations, and is committed to defending its allies with the full spectrum of American military might, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today in a news conference with his South Korean counterpart, Han Min-koo.

Rise in Child Casualties in Afghanistan - Even though overall conflict-related civilian casualty numbers in Afghanistan fell by one per cent in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, child casualties saw a marked increase of 15 per cent, the United Nations mission in the country said today.

Haiti: UN Calls for Robust Hurricane Response - Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through Haiti 13 days ago, has left more than 700,000 people in an extremely difficult situation.

UN Braces for Possible Displacement Catastrophe Caused by Military Offensive in Mosul - United Nations humanitarian agencies operating in Iraq are bracing for what could be a displacement catastrophe requiring the largest and most complex global response in 2016, in the wake of the military offensive under way to oust terrorists from Mosul, the country`s second-largest city.

Security Council Condemns Failed Ballistic Missile Launch by North Korea - The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the latest failed ballistic missile launch conducted by the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which took place on 14 October.

Aleppo Will Not be There in Two Months if Diplomatic Stalemate Continues - Between now and December, if we cannot find a solution, Aleppo will not be there anymore, warned United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, speaking to reporters after a meeting today with Foreign Ministers of the European Union in Luxembourg.

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