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As a North Korean medium range Pukguksong missile arched across the sky landing menacingly in the Sea of Japan, the intended political target of the nuclear capable rocket was the visit of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States.
 
Afghanistan's seemingly endless conflict continues as civilian causalities in the protracted war are nearly double what they were a decade ago.
 
Modest global economic recovery is expected, but a return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive, according to the World Economic Situation Report, the U.N.'s barometer of international economic trends.
 
Chaos, conflict and crisis are some of the words that best describe the combustible global situation that new U.S. President Donald J. Trump inherits from his predecessor.
 
Calling for a major reappraisal of how the international community responds to a widening series of conflicts, and challenging policymakers to take a courageous look at a new template to maintain global peace and security, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, made a bold and far reaching appeal for Conflict Prevention initiatives.
 
The page has been turned. And the new U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff, Guterres stated, "I think we should have no illusions. We are facing very challenging times."
 
While Washington awaits the inauguration of a new president on Jan. 20, the United Nations has quietly passed its baton of leadership to a new secretary-general from Portugal. Addressing the U.N.
 
On Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was shocked and stunned from its nervous neutrality and thrust into the crucible of the Second World War.
 
When Fidel Castro died at age 90, perhaps the greatest achievement of Cuba's communist Commandante was to have outlasted 10 American presidents and five decades of American opposition. During his 57 years in undisputed power, Castro excelled in playing the role of a socialist David facing the gringo Goliath. Now it is up to Fidel's "kid brother" Raul (aged 85) to run the revolution.
 
It' s not often a senior U.N. official leaves a prepared and guarded script to emotionally describe a situation to delegates in the Security Council.
 
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