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NEWS     FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014     NEWS

Pentagon Broke Law With Bergdahl Prisoner Swap, Government Watchdog Says
A nonpartisan government watchdog agency said Thursday that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year. The Government Accountability Office, in a legal opinion issued at the request of congressional lawmakers, said the Defense Department violated the law by failing to notify key Capitol Hill committees at least 30 days in advance. Further, the report said the Pentagon broke another law by using funds that were not technically available. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Obama is above the law and Constitution.

The Bigger & More Formal The Wedding, The Better The Marriage
Couples who had more than 150 guests attend their wedding reported being significantly happier with their marriages than those who had smaller weddings, a new report from the National Marriage Project (NMP) says. The study split newly married couples into three groups according to wedding attendance: 50 or fewer guests, 51-149 guests, and more that 150 guests. “Among each grouping, 31 percent, 37 percent, and 47 percent, respectively, reported high marital quality,” NMP reported. CNS News

Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida's Gay Marriage Ban, Stays Ruling
A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Florida's Northern District is the fifth judge in the state to rule against a same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008. The other rulings were also stayed pending appeals, meaning marriage licenses cannot be issued to same-sex couples in Florida. "We now have five Florida judges from Key West to Tallahassee who have recognized and ruled correctly that this ban is unconstitutional. It is hurting our families and it’s time for it to go," said Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director for Equality Florida, a gay rights advocacy organization. Reuters

Miami-Dade Mayor: ‘I Want A Camera On Every Police Officer’
In the wake of national outrage over alleged police misconduct in Ferguson, Mo., Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday vowed to make “body cameras” mandatory for all county patrol officers. His proposed budget calls for purchasing 500 of the mini cameras, enough to outfit about half of Miami-Dade’s patrol force. Made by Taser, they’re small enough to snap onto a pair of glasses or a hat in order to record everything an officer sees. “I want a camera on every police officer,” Gimenez told the audience at a budget town hall meeting in Little Haiti. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Demonic forces will have to excuse when all their actions are captured on video.

The Ice Bucket Stops With Obama
The ice bucket stops with Obama. Instead of pouring cold water over his head, President Barack Obama has poured it on the idea of becoming the highest-profile participant of the ice bucket challenge, a dare sweeping the nation that has raised nearly $42 million to support research into Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, attacks nerve cells and can lead to complete paralysis and death. Average life expectancy is two to five years after diagnosis, according to the ALS Association. The challenge calls on people to post videos on social media of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads — or having someone else handle the chilly chore. They also have to publicly name others to do the same thing within 24 hours or donate $100 to the ALS Association. Many people do both. SF Gate


U.S. General Says Raiding Syria Is Key To Halting ISIS
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria cannot be defeated unless the United States or its partners take on the Sunni militants in Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday. “This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be defeated,” said the chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, in his most expansive public remarks on the crisis since American airstrikes began in Iraq. “Can they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria? The answer is no.” NY Times

Sears Holdings Loses Nearly $1 Billion In First Half Of Year
Sears Holdings announced Thursday that it had lost nearly $1 billion in the first six months of the year. The company has been bleeding money for several quarters as its leadership tries to transform the business from a traditional retailer into a more targeted company that relies on loyal shoppers, who are offered personalized deals.
Members of its Shop Your Way rewards program accounted for 73 percent of quarterly sales, the company said Thursday, and its online sales in the quarter grew 18 percent from the period a year earlier. Nonetheless, rewards for the company have not materialized. Charlotte Observer

To Sea, After A Long Time Home
After a sweaty half-year of maintenance and a departure delayed for several months, the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson will leave Friday morning for an extra-long deployment to some of the world’s trouble spots. The San Diego flattop, a floating home for nearly 5,000 people, will be gone for nine and a half months — not a record for the Navy, but longer than today’s norm of seven or eight months at sea. It’s a bit of a reversal of fortune. Both of San Diego’s aircraft carriers spent a good chunk of time at their piers in 2013 and early 2014, following deployments that were postponed or scratched. The reasons: fewer defense dollars and reduced demand for carrier presence as the war in Afghanistan winds down. San Diego Union

Eric Holder: The Truth Will Come Out About Ferguson
Saying that few things have affected him as greatly as his visit to Ferguson, Missouri, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his sympathy for everyone involved in the deadly shooting which has disrupted life in the town. Mr. Holder said he met with the family of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was killed by a white police officer Aug. 9. “I spoke to them not just as attorney general but as a father, with a teenage son myself,” he said at a press conference Thursday morning. “They, like so many in Ferguson, want answers.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The shooting is no cause or excuse for rioting.

"Multiple Kidnappings For Ransom" Funding ISIS
Much of the funding for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is coming from extortion and "multiple kidnappings for ransom," a counterterrorism source told CBS News. The kidnappings are primarily from citizens of European countries, including employees of corporations who quietly pay the ransom demands to get their people back, the source told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton. Recently a Scandinavian corporation paid $70,000 for the return of a kidnapped employee, Milton reports. CBS

School Year Set To Kick Off With Relaxed Lice Policies
There are as many as 12 million head lice infestations each year among American kids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the bugs – while a nuisance – are essentially harmless. The sesame seed-sized critters and their nits, or eggs, can cause itching and discomfort, but they don’t spread disease. They aren’t even particularly contagious, Shu said. “Just being in same classroom is not going to give you lice,” she said. “You need close head-to-head contact.” Shu recommends children avoid sharing hats, combs or brushes and steer clear of huddle situations with touching heads. Coats and personal belongings are better-off stored in a personal locker or a bag rather than mingled together on hooks, she added. ABC

Jobless Claims In U.S. Declined More Than Forecast Last Week
Fewer Americans than forecast applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the U.S. job market is making progress as the world’s largest economy grows.
Jobless claims fell by 14,000 to 298,000 in the week ended Aug. 16, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 46 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 303,000. Continuing claims fell to the lowest level in more than seven years. Employers are holding the line on dismissals as second-half economic growth is projected to pick up, setting the stage for more hiring to meet demand. Waning claims also reinforce Federal Reserve policy makers’ view the labor market is strengthening, one reason they’re trimming monthly asset purchases. Bloomberg


S&P 500 Tops Record, Nears 2,000 Amid Confidence In Fed
Optimism that the Federal Reserve is committed to supporting a strengthening economy sent the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to an all-time high and within eight points of the 2,000 milestone. The S&P 500 jumped 0.3 percent to a record 1,992.37 at 4 p.m. in New York, rising for a fourth day, the longest streak in two months. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 60.36 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,039.49. The measure is 0.6 percent below its record after closing above 17,000 for the first time since July 24. Financial shares rallied as Bank of America Corp. added 4.1 percent. Hewlett-Packard Co. surged 5.4 percent to lead technology companies. Bloomberg

AIDS Advocate: ‘We Are Beginning To Lose Control of the Epidemic’
In 1986, with much of the country still trying its best to ignore the growing AIDS epidemic, a small community-minded gesture would lead to an event that has continued for nearly three decades. It started as a small birthday party, where instead of presents the guests brought canned goods to donate to the Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) food bank, founded two years earlier. The event's name: The Black and White Party, a reference to the labels on the cans of generic food. Today, as AFAN prepares to put on the 28th edition of the annual party, the event has grown to 3,500 guests and generates approximately $140,000 in donations for services to the organization’s 4,000 clients. AFAN provides food programs, prevention and education programs, housing assistance, mental health services and community outreach. Las Vegas Sun

When Putin Needs To Talk, He Calls Merkel
When Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to call a world leader, he can reliably expect German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pick up the phone. The German newspaper Die Welt, citing statistics from the Kremlin, said Thursday that Putin has made 120 calls to world leaders thus far this year -- compared to 59 in the same period in 2013 -- and 33 of them went to Merkel. French President Francois Hollande received 15. Putin, growing increasingly isolated from G8 and other world leaders after Russia's annexation of Crimea and suspected support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, clearly has some rapport with Merkel. He also speaks fluent German and worked, from 1985 to 1990, in the Soviet Union's KGB office in Dresden, in the former East Germany. UPI

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U.S. Housing, Jobs Data Bolster Economic Outlook
U.S. home resales rose to a 10-month high in July and the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, signaling strength in the economy early in the third quarter. The growth outlook was further buoyed by other reports on Thursday showing factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region hit its highest level since March 2011 in August while a gauge of future economic activity increased solidly last month. The National Association of Realtors said existing home sales increased 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.15 million units. That was the highest reading since last September and confounded economists' expectations for a pullback. Reuters

Perry Doubles Down After Indictment
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not letting his indictment on abuse-of-power charges stop him from attempting to bolster his image ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Perry participated in an immigration and foreign policy discussion at a Washington think tank on Thursday before travelling to the politically important state of New Hampshire. “I am very confident in my case and I can assure that I will fight this attack of our system of government and with my fellow citizens, both Republican and Democrats, I aim to defend our Constitution and stand up for the rule of law,” Perry said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation. MSNBC

Recalled Over Corrosion Problem
SolarWorld is recalling approximately 1.3 million solar panel systems in the U.S. and 210,000 in Canada because of a possible electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard. The company said Thursday that panels installed with bare-copper grounding lugs can corrode, possibly resulting in a faulty ground circuit. The lugs are brown in color. SolarWorld said it has received one report of corrosion related to the bare copper lugs. No injuries have been reported. MSNBC


American Ebola Doc Urges Help Fighting Outbreak
As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus. "I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life and am glad for any attention my sickness has attracted to the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic," Brantly said Thursday at a news conference before leaving Emory University Hospital, where he and a medical missionary colleague spent three weeks in an isolation unit as they recovered. Seattle Times

Asia Stocks Rise, Europe Flat Ahead Of Yellen Talk
Most Asian stock markets pushed higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that added to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. European shares were flat as investors awaited a meeting of central bankers that might shed light on the timing of U.S. interest rate hikes. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was little changed at 9,401.76 while Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 6,777.53. France's CAC 40 dropped 0.2 percent to 4,282.48. U.S. stocks were poised for slight gains after Thursday's new highs. Dow futures were up 0.1 percent to 17,030 and broader S&P 500 futures edged up 0.1 percent to 1,990.60. Tampa Tribune

Returning Islamic State Fighters Could Threaten USA
After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans "in any place,'' adding for good measure: "We will drown all of you in blood.'' For now, facing a multi-front war and bombs falling on their fighters' heads, the Islamic State's leaders probably lack the time and opportunity to plot a strike on the U.S. homeland. That could change if thousands of fighters with Western passports return home, terrorism analysts warn. USA Today

Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In South Boston
The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) announced this afternoon that a mosquito pool in South Boston tested positive for the West Nile virus on August 19. This is the second such announcement this week, but health officials said in a statement this afternoon that the alert level remains at “moderate.” On Tuesday, August 19, BPHC announced that mosquitoes in Roxbury tested positive for the virus. At this point, West Nile has infected mosquitoes in East Boston, Arlington, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale. While West Nile poses very low risk to humans, who might contract the virus through mosquito bites, there have been no human cases of West Nile so far this season. Boston Globe

Ryan Says He'd Love To See Romney Run Again
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP's former nominee at one point that the "third time's the charm." Appearing with Ryan at a public event for the first time since their ticket lost two years ago, Romney offered his own good-humored praise by saying that Ryan "wouldn't be a bad president" himself. Ryan, R-Wis., has said he will wait until after the midterm elections to decide whether to pursue his own presidential campaign in 2016. Romney has repeatedly denied any plans for another campaign for president. He failed to win the nomination in 2008 and then lost the election to President Barack Obama in 2012. Houston Chronicle

Pentagon: Islamic State Militants Will Regroup
U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday. Speaking alongside Hagel at a Pentagon news conference, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that although the Islamic State group can be contained it cannot be defeated without attacking it in Syria. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said this would not necessarily require airstrikes by the U.S., although Hagel appeared to leave open that possibility by telling reporters, "We're looking at all options." Atlanta Journal

Heavy Pot Use In Teen Years May Predict Later-Life Disability
A long-term study of Swedish men finds that those who smoked marijuana at age 18, especially the heaviest users, were more likely to end up on the nation’s disability rolls by age 59. It’s unclear whether the pot use in adolescence may have led to more severe substance abuse or was an early sign of psychiatric or social factors that contributed to later disability, the researchers caution. “There is reason to believe that the associations found in our study develop over a long period of time and are intertwined with problems in the labor market, in the social security system, and with the individual,” said study leader Anna?Karin Danielsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Fox News

Obama 'Third Term' Label Concerns Some With Clinton Ties
Very few confidants and former aides were frenzied when Hillary Clinton came under fire for questions about her age, health and wealth. Their view, for the most part, was Clinton is obviously healthy - look at the schedule she keeps - and wealth won't be a problem because they can be countered by her proposed policies and actions to help the middle class and poor. "They (Republicans) are just throwing stuff against the wall to see what will stick," said a Clinton friend and former aide. "This will not stick. This is not the way to attack her." CNN
VOA VIEW: GOD help America.

Bank Of America Agrees To Nearly $17B Settlement
The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The deal calls for the bank, the second-largest in the U.S., to pay a $5 billion cash penalty, another $4.6 billion in remediation payments and provide about $7 billion in relief to struggling homeowners. The settlement is by far the largest deal the Justice Department has reached with a bank over the 2008 mortgage meltdown. In the last year, JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to a $13 billion settlement while Citigroup reached a separate $7 billion deal. CNS News

Corona Extra Recalled Due To Glass Particles In Beer
Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of Corona Extra Monday after glass particles were found in 12-ounce bottles. The particles were reportedly breaking off from the glass and ending up in the beverage. Constellation said less than 1 percent of bottles, which were produced by a third-party manufacturer, are expected to be affected. "We are troubled by this development and are working proactively with our distributors, retailers and consumers to resolve this situation as quickly as possible," Constellation Brands Beer Division President Bill Hackett said in a statement. "Throughout its history, Corona Extra is a brand that has been synonymous with quality, consistency and refreshment. UPI

Hamas Kills 11 Suspected Informers For Israel
Hamas said it shot dead 11 suspected informants for Israel on Friday, a day after an Israeli airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip killed three top Hamas military commanders. The Hamas-run website Al Rai said the 11 were killed by firing squad and warned that “the same punishment will be imposed soon on others.” It suggested a link between the killing of the alleged informers and Israel’s targeting of top Hamas leaders, saying that “the current circumstances forced us to take such decisions.” Detroit News

Mo. National Guard Starts To Exit Ferguson
Gov. Jay Nixon yesterday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since the guard's arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday into yesterday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone. Philadlephia Inquirer

Russia Shutters Four McDonald’s, Denies Link To US Relations
Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening US-Russian ties over Ukraine. The four restaurants ordered to suspend operations by the state food-safety watchdog included the first ever McDonald’s in Russia, which opened in the last days of the Soviet Union and which the company says is its most frequented in the world. On Wednesday evening, the lights were off inside the restaurant — usually crammed with diners — and a sign on the door said it was shut “for technical reasons”. NY Post

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Justice Department Investigating Terrorist Killing Of James Foley
The U.S. Justice Department is pursuing a criminal investigation into the beheading death of American photojournalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric H. Holder announced Thursday. Mr. Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago, was beheaded by the terrorist army known as the Islamic State. The brutal execution was shown in a video released Tuesday. The face of the killer, who spoke with a British accent, was concealed behind a black mask. His identity remains unknown. Washington Times

Pregnant Women Should Avoid Tuna
In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure. "We're particularly concerned about canned tuna, which is second only to shrimp as the most commonly eaten seafood in the United States. We encourage pregnant women to avoid all tuna," Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, said in a news release from the group. While pregnant women and children are at greatest risk from mercury in seafood, anyone can be at risk if they eat too much seafood with high mercury levels, Consumer Reports noted. CBS

Perry Warns Terrorists Could Infiltrate US Through Border
Just two days after smiling for a mugshot, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took his message to conservatives in Washington, D.C., quickly turning from talk of his indictment to weighing in on the threat ISIS poses to the United States. In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, Perry connected the border crisis to ISIS, warning that terror groups could cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico. “I think it’s a very real possibility they may have already used that,” Perry said, referring to the border. “We have a serious issue facing this country and the security of our citizens. We need to be very vigilant. We have to be using every authority that we have.” ABC

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Targeted Assassinations Important, But Not A ‘Silver Bullet’
Targeting Hamas leaders is part of a comprehensive strategy against the terrorist organization, but is not a “silver bullet,” former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said on Thursday. Although the current Gaza operation won't be won through targeted assassinations, it is an important part of Israel's overall strategy to denigrate Hamas' capabilities that also has included coping with its rockets and destroying its terror tunnels. Yadlin’s comment in a press briefing organized by The Israel Project came shortly after Israel announced the assassination of three senior Hamas military leaders, and as there was still speculation whether the IDF had succeeded in killing Hamas's military wing leader Muhammad Deif. Jerusalem Post

US Military Campaign Against Islamic State 'Unchanged' After Public Killing
The United States military will not broaden its campaign against the Islamic State in either Iraq or Syria after its killing of American journalist James Foley, US officials said Thursday, after US President Barack Obama spoke sharply against the group, and of a "relentless" US response to Foley's murder. US officials said that, despite Foley's public beheading and the threatening of another journalist, Steven Sotloff, should strikes continue, the president has no plans to significantly increase air strikes against Islamic State fighters. Jerusalem Post

James Foley Killers 'Wanted $132M Ransom'
Jihadists holding US journalist James Foley wanted a $132m (£80m) ransom for his release, his employer has said. GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni said the Islamic State (IS) militants had first demanded money last year. Mr Foley was abducted in November 2012, and a video of his beheading was released by IS earlier this week.
The US has begun a formal criminal investigation into Mr Foley's death, with the attorney general warning that the country has a "long memory". Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference on Thursday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel described IS as an imminent threat and "beyond just a terrorist group". BBC

Gaza Crisis: Israel Kills Three Top Hamas Commanders
An Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza has killed three senior Hamas military commanders, militants say. Mohammed Abu Shamala, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar died in the attack near the southern town of Rafah, which Gaza officials said killed at least 10. An Israeli was severely injured as rockets were fired into Israel on Thursday, the army said. Hostilities between the two sides resumed after talks on a long-term ceasefire deal collapsed on Tuesday. Israel has vowed to pursue its campaign until "full security" is achieved. BBC

Pentagon: Isis Is 'Beyond Anything We've Seen' And Must Be Contained
Senior Pentagon officials described the Islamic State (Isis) militant group as an “apocalyptic” organisation that posed an “imminent threat” on Thursday, yet the highest ranking officer in the US military said that in the short term, it was sufficient for the United States to “contain” the group that has reshaped the map of Iraq and Syria.
Army general Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters in a Pentagon briefing that while Isis would eventually have to be defeated, the US should concentrate on building allies in the region to oppose the group that murdered an American journalist, James Foley. Guardian

Richard Dawkins: 'Immoral' Not To Abort If Foetus Has Down's Syndrome
The scientist Richard Dawkins has become embroiled in another Twitter row, claiming it would be “immoral” to carry on with a pregnancy if the mother knew the foetus had Down’s syndrome. The British author made the comment in response to another user who said she would be faced with “a real ethical dilemma” if she became pregnant and learned that the baby would be born with the disorder. Dawkins tweeted: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.” Guardian

Indonesia President Says Islamic State 'Embarrassing' Muslims
The president of the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, has called the actions of Islamic State militants "embarrassing" to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by the extremists in overrunning large swathes of Iraq and Syria and the level of violence being used was appalling. "It is shocking. It is becoming out of control," he said in an interview with The Australian, a day after IS released a video showing a masked militant beheading US reporter James Foley, provoking worldwide revulsion. Telegraph

Botox Could Halt Stomach Cancer
Botox injections could provide an effective new treatment for stomach cancer, research has shown. The rejuvenating anti-wrinkle treatment used by numerous celebrities slows tumour growth by blocking nerve signals that stimulate cancer stem cells. In laboratory tests, Botox - made from the toxin of botulism bacteria - proved ''highly effective'' at suppressing gastric cancer in mice. The promising results have led to the launch of an early clinical trial involving human patients with stomach cancer in Norway. Telegraph

Briefing Security Council, Senior Officials Urge UN System-Wide Approach To Early Warning, Conflict Prevention
The Security Council today expressed its commitment to consider and use the tools of the United Nations system to ensure that warning signals about potential conflicts trigger “early, concrete preventive action,” as senior UN officials urged the body to take up the challenge of helping move the Organization from a culture of reaction towards one of prevention. Unanimously adopting a resolution ahead of a day-long meeting on conflict prevention, the Council expressed its determination to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations “in preventing and ending armed conflicts, their escalation, spread when they occur, and their resurgence once they end,” and underlined the overriding moral, political and humanitarian imperatives as well as the economic advantages of taking such a preventive approach. UN News

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