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5/22/2017

Natural disasters and violent conflicts caused more than 31 million people to be internally displaced in 2016, according to data from the Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Center. Without increased conflict resolution efforts, the situation will only deteriorate further, warns NRC Secretary-General Jan Egeland.

5/22/2017

Members of the United Nations Security Council will meet Tuesday in response to North Korea's continued missile testing, diplomats say. Officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea requested the meeting following a missile launch by North Korea this past weekend.

5/22/2017

At least $144 million is needed to treat the 2 million children in Nigeria suffering from acute malnutrition, say UNICEF officials. UNICEF Nutrition Specialist Philomena Irene noted the number of malnourished children in the country is greater than the population of some countries.

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5/22/2017

The case of a Nigerian woman trafficked to Spain and deported while pregnant instead of being offered assistance demonstrates the lack of protections available to victims of sex trafficking, representatives from Women's Link Worldwide told the United Nations Committee Against Torture last week. "Trafficking victims should never be held in detention centers, since they are victims, not criminals," said attorney Teresa Fernandez Paredes.

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5/22/2017

Abnormally warm temperatures brought rain instead of snow and flooded the entrance to the Global Seed Vault in Norway, which houses close to 1 million packets of critical food crop seeds. "It was supposed to [operate] without the help of humans, but now we are watching the seed vault 24 hours a day," said Norwegian government representative Hege Njaa Aschim.

5/22/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on all parties in southern Libya to exercise restraint after violent clashes at an airbase killed 141 people. "I am outraged by reports of significant numbers of fatalities, including civilians and by reports that summary executions may have taken place," said UN envoy Martin Kobler.

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5/19/2017

In a Senate hearing Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin voiced his concerns that alternate scoring models may not show the potential for economic growth of the Trump administration's tax plan. Mnuchin also said he was not in favor of breaking up commercial and investment banks, leading Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to accuse him of flip-flopping.

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5/19/2017

President Donald Trump said in a news conference that "Obamacare is collapsing. It's dead. It's gone," but about 10 million people have bought insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges and another 10 million received coverage through the expansion of Medicaid. Trump's assertion that some insurance companies are pulling out, however, is true, with several providers leaving the market and others raising rates.

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5/19/2017

President George W. Bush appeared in the background of Emily Jones' live report of a Texas Rangers game, shouting "hey" as he walked past. Bush used to be a co-owner of the baseball team and still attends many games.

5/19/2017

The International Court of Justice has ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian navy officer being held as a spy until it can hear the case from Indian officials. India contends that Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran by Pakistani agents and that his confession was obtained under duress.