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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.

Syria: Credibility of Peace Talks at Risk Without Renewed Truce - Without improved humanitarian access and a restoration of Syria`s cessation of hostilities, the credibility of the next round of peace talks would be in question.

U.S. Troops in Iraq Reinforce Success - People who say U.S. troop increases in Iraq are a band-aid approach or an incremental effort are missing the point, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

Ash Carter Has Concerns Over House Cut in Contingency Ops Funds - Defense Secretary Ash Carter has deep concerns over proposals in the House version of the defense spending bill for fiscal year 2017 that cut the Overseas Contingency Operations fund that supports the warfighter, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters today.

UN Warns of Dire Shelter Conditions for Refugees - A half-billion-dollar shortfall in funds for sheltering refugees is severely undermining efforts to tackle the biggest global displacement crisis since World War II, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

Ash Carter, Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Affirm Security Partnership - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah met at the Pentagon today and affirmed the longtime security partnership between the United States and Qatar, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

Attacks in Baghdad Show ISIL Reverting to Terrorist Roots - The recent rash of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacks in Baghdad that have killed hundreds of civilians likely reflects a shift in enemy tactics.

UN Condemns Terrorist Bombings Targeting Baghdad Markets - The United Nations Envoy for Iraq has strongly condemns a series of terrorist suicide bombings today that targeted busy markets in Baghdad`s northeastern Shaab neighbourhood.

Nearly 1,000 Afghans Fleeing Their Homes Daily - The United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that since the beginning of the year, about 1,000 Afghans have fled their homes every day due to fighting.

UN Foresees Moderate Risk of Zika Virus Spread in Europe - The overall risk of a Zika virus outbreak across Europe is low to moderate during late spring and summer, according to a new risk assessment published today by the World Health Organization, with a varying risk across the region that is higher in countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present.

Face of Defense: Army Provides Soldier With New Sense of Normal - The Army is full of people with diverse backgrounds and different childhood experiences, but it develops its ranks with consistency and trusted battle rhythms -- things Sgt. Julienne Ashby grew to depend upon.

Extremely Aggressive Russia Endangers Lives - In buzzing the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea last month, Russia engaged in reckless actions that unnecessarily endangered lives, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit 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 Marks 'Day of Families' - The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations.

100 Babies Born Every Day in Areas Worst Hit by Ecuador Quake - The United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF) today reported that on average, up to 100 babies are born every day in Esmeraldas and Manabí, the provinces worst hit by the Ecuador earthquake.


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