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Dunford: U.S. Seeks to Coordinate with Russia, Mitigate Risk to Syrians - Despite recent complications, the United States is still seeking to coordinate with Russia on strikes in Syria in an effort to protect the civilian population, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.

NATO Needs 'Position of Strength' for Russia - NATO needs to approach Russia from a position of strength, while keeping the channels open for discussions and possible collaboration, the alliance's supreme allied commander for Europe said here yesterday.

U.S., Coalition Continue Counter-ISIL Strikes 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.

Face of Defense: Football Player Trades Cleats for Combat Boots - A star athlete found success on the field and the basketball court, but he joined the Marine Corps to find success in life.

Ban Hails UN-backed Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - Praising the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Coalition Halts Airstrike in Progress Against Possible Syrian Military Position - Coalition officials halted an airstrike in progress today against an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighting position in Syria they had been tracking for a significant amount of time before the strike when Russian officials told them it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military, U.S. Central Command officials said.

President Biden Heads to Capitol Hill to Tell Republicans in Congress: Do Your Job - Watch Vice President Biden join Congressional Democrats to talk about Republican obstruction of important priorities.

Yazidi Survivor of ISIL`s Human Trafficking Appointed UN Goodwill Envoy for Victims - Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived trafficking at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da`esh) was today appointed a United Nations advocate for the victims of human trafficking.

Number of South Sudan Refugees Passes One Million - More than a third of them arrived since the most recent violence broke out. Ethiopia (292,000) and Sudan (247,317) are the second and third largest hosts to people fleeing South Sudan.

Counter-ISIL Strikes Continue 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 Sheds Light on Growing Threat of Antibiotic Resistance - Ahead of a United Nations high-level event on antimicrobial resistance to be held next week, a senior UN health official today underlined the need for strong commitment from all sectors to address this urgent global threat which has the potential to undermine sustainable development.

UN Report Reveals Millions of Refugee Children Missing Out on Education - In a new report, the United Nations refugee agency said that more than some six million school-age children under its mandate have no school go to and that refugees are five times more likely to be out of school than the global average.

Service Chiefs: Budget Uncertainty, Funding Levels are Biggest Challenges - The military service chiefs today unanimously named budget uncertainty and reduced funding levels leading to gaps in readiness as their most critical long-term budgetary challenges.

Syria: UN Says Aid Convoys Unable to Reach Besieged Areas Despite US-Russia Deal on Ceasefire - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today said the ceasefire following last Friday`s Russian-American agreement is largely holding but that desperately-awaited humanitarian convoys are unable to move due to a delay in getting permits from the Syrian Government.

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.

9/11 Drove Change in Intelligence Community - The 9/11 attacks drove fundamental change in the way the U.S. government uses and shares intelligence, the director of the National Security Agency said during a panel discussion yesterday.

UN Concerned by Unrelenting Attacks on Civilians in Yemen - The top United Nations humanitarian official in Yemen has voiced apprehension over a series of deadly air strikes on a water well which killed and wounded dozens of people in the country`s centre.

First Full Day of Syrian Ceasefire Sees Significant Drop in Violence - Some 24 hours after the latest cessation of hostilities in Syria began, a United Nations envoy today said that despite allegations of mortar shelling and airstrikes yesterday evening, violence in the country has declined substantially.

Ash Carter Visits Silicon Valley to 'Build Bridges' With Tech Community - The Defense Department needs to be flexible and more "user-friendly" to attract the very best in the highly competitive tech community, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today in San Francisco.

Libya: UN Envoy Calls for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities in Oil Crescent Area - Expressing grave concerns over recent fighting in Libya's Oil Crescent area, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the country and the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Martin Kobler called on military forces that moved into the area to immediately stop fighting.


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