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2/20/2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a stern warning to the US against deploying intermediate-range missiles in Europe, promising to target the US with new weapons if it takes such steps. In his annual speech to the Russian parliament, Putin cited President Donald Trump's recent decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, claiming the move was done to free the US to threaten Russia with such missiles.

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The Washington Times
2/20/2019

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging India and Pakistan to immediately diminish arguments between the countries in the aftermath of a terror attack on Pulwama. "The Secretary-General stresses the importance for both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps to de-escalation, and his good offices are always available," said spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.

2/20/2019

President Donald Trump is said to be considering four candidates to take over the vacant position of US ambassador to the United Nations, according to sources with knowledge of the process. Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, US ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and former US Senate candidate John James have been the names mentioned.

2/20/2019

The first polio cases of 2019 have arisen in Pakistan and Afghanistan, due in part to unregulated border crossings, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative said. The chair of Pakistan's Polio Plus Committee said the government has added more transit facilities with the ability to provide vaccinations at the border of the two countries.

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The Guardian (London)
2/20/2019

The United Nations Population fund has received approximately $6.81 million from the EU to help Yemeni women and girls have access to reproductive health and protection services. The UNFPA will use these funds to grow and develop its Rapid Response Mechanism that provides female dignity kits in addition to distributing ready-to-eat food and hygiene kits.

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ReliefWeb
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UNFPA, EU, United Nations Population
2/20/2019

A report by UNICEF Australia released Tuesday details the suffering and hardships experienced by children in rural regions of Australia that have been consumed by a months-long drought. "Workloads for children on and off farms have increased substantially, leaving little time for schoolwork and almost no time for play, sport or other recreational activities," the report said.

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ABC (Australia), BBC
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UNICEF
2/20/2019

The government in South Sudan has become overrun with human right abuses such as unlawful arrests, torture and mass rape, according to a report by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. The report says compelling evidence exists that international humanitarian law was broken in the states of Unity, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria.

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United Nations Commission
2/20/2019

New guidelines have been released by the Air Force regarding deployability for all active-duty, Reserve and National Guard airmen. Airmen could face separation if they've been undeployable for more than a year as the service looks to reach at least a 95% deployable rate.

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Air Force, National Guard airmen
2/20/2019

Air Force leaders say they will urge Congress to create a tenant bill of rights for military families living in privatized housing, which has come under scrutiny by lawmakers over reports of unhealthy living conditions such as lead contamination and dangerous levels of mold. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says she's working with Army and Navy officials on a plan to give military families more leverage in disputes with landlords pertaining to these and other issues.

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Military online, Reuters
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Air Force, Heather Wilson, Congress, Army
2/20/2019

Army Reserve troops with the Signal and Communication Office of the 415th Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Brigade, based in Greenville, S.C., took part in an exercise earlier this month that involved setting up communications for ground units during a simulated contamination outbreak. "Being able to provide them with this capability is imperative to the success of any mission," Spc. Jeffery Maddox said.

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