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12/15/2017

With the Federal Communications Commission decision to roll back the 2015 net neutrality rules on broadband providers, the way consumers experience the internet could change. John Kruzel explains how the FCC now classifies broadband as an information service, what changes Americans might see, and what comes next for the new rules.

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FCC, John Kruzel
12/15/2017

After reporter April Ryan joked on Twitter last month that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hadn't actually baked the pie in a photo online, Sanders baked four chocolate-pecan pies for the White House press potluck. Sanders posted photos of the baking process on Twitter as proof, and Ryan declared "Piegate" over.

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Fox News, New York Post
12/15/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging officials in Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists and respect the freedom of the press. "[P]robably the reason why these journalists were arrested is because they were reporting on what they have seen in relation to this massive human tragedy," he said, referring to actions of Myanmar military forces against the minority Rohingya population.

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Antonio Guterres, UN, Reuters
12/15/2017

Iran may be ignoring directives to stop developing ballistic missiles, but maintaining commitments to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is still the best way to ensure the country's nuclear program maintains a peaceful focus, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Guterres is urging the US to honor its commitments to the deal, while warning Iran to consider the concerns of other signatories.

12/15/2017

The United Nations has designated Dec. 12 as International Universal Health Coverage Day, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging countries to invest in health care systems that are sustainable and inclusive. The World Health Organization and the World Bank report that health care costs drive close to 100 million people into extreme poverty each year.

12/15/2017

A woman accused of aborting a baby close to full term but who says it was a stillbirth must serve out the remainder of her 30-year prison sentence under El Salvador's anti-abortion laws, judges in the country have ruled. The United Nations has urged El Salvador officials to issue a moratorium on the abortion law's application and examine sentences of women currently imprisoned.

12/15/2017

The World Bank will invest $4.5 billion in technical support and loans for 150 cities in the developing world to improve resilience against climate change. "Investment in urban resilience not only avoids losses but it generates value and it catalyzes growth," says Marc Forni, World Bank disaster risk-management specialist.

12/15/2017

The Syrian government delegation's refusal to discuss anything other than armed opposition of President Bashar Assad doomed the latest round of United Nations-led Syrian peace talks, says UN mediator Staffan de Mistura. "Despite a lot of effort by my whole team, day and night with all sorts of creative formula, we did not have real negotiations," he says.

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ABC News, The Wire
12/15/2017

The Johnson Amendment has survived a repeal threat as part of negotiations on a final tax legislation deal, with Republicans agreeing to leave the repeal measure out of the final bill. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he would "continue to fight all attempts" to eliminate the measure, as President Donald Trump is expected to continue repeal efforts after pledging in February to "totally destroy" the amendment.

12/15/2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will invest $300 million in a new initiative to help small farmers in Africa and Asia prepare for the effects of climate change. The funds will be used to research crops that can tolerate rising heat, drought, new weather patterns, and new pests and diseases.

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Reuters