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3/24/2017

After increased pressure from President Donald Trump, the revised health care bill will go to the House for discussion and a vote today. Lawmakers will vote on the American Health Care Act this afternoon, and the process is expected to be completed around 5 p.m.

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3/24/2017

President Donald Trump has approved a federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, an 875-mile line that would transport oil from Canada to Nebraska. President Barack Obama rejected the permit in 2015, citing the pipeline's potential environmental impact.

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3/24/2017

The House is scheduled to vote today on the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill to dismantle and replace President Barack Obama's health care program. These articles provide essential facts on the AHCA and the coming vote.

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3/24/2017

A woman attempting to breach White House grounds Tuesday found herself hung up when her shoelaces caught on the fence, leaving her dangling until police arrived. This attempt to breach the grounds is the third such incident this month.

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3/24/2017

The United Nations Human Rights Council will send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate allegations of abuse, rape and mass killings of the minority Rohingya population by Myanmar security forces. Myanmar's ambassador to the UN has decried the decision, saying the county will do what needs to be done.

3/24/2017

Officials in South Sudan are ignoring the food and humanitarian crises there, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while urging members of the Security Council to push the country to take action. "There is a strong consensus that South Sudanese leaders need to do more to demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of the country's people, who are among the poorest in the world," Guterres said.

3/24/2017

As the world marks the United Nations' World Tuberculosis Day, doctors are warning that emerging drug-resistant strains of the disease pose a new threat. "We have to address the major drivers of TB, which are poverty and overcrowding, nutritional deprivation, alcohol abuse, cigarette smoking and biomass fuel exposure," said Keertan Dheda of the University of Cape Town.

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3/24/2017

UNICEF spoke out against a company that sold Cambodian breast milk to US mothers, saying the sales could lead to Cambodian babies becoming malnourished. "Breast milk could be considered as human tissue, the same as blood, and as such its commercialization should be banned," said UNICEF spokesperson Iman Morooka.

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3/24/2017

Climate change is threatening peace and development around the globe and countries must uphold their commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The UN World Meteorological Organization has confirmed that on the current track, global temperatures will increase 3 to 4 degrees Celsius.

3/24/2017

Close to 400,000 people are trapped in siege-like conditions in parts of western Mosul held by Islamic State militants and running out of food and medical supplies, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Between 8,000 and 12,000 civilians per day are arriving at a UN transit center.

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