Facebook's feature that allows users to create fundraisers for their birthdays raised more than $300 million in donations during its first year. St. Jude, the Alzheimer's Association, and the American Cancer Society were among the most-supported organizations.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Ore., will receive $1.5 million over the next four years from local businessman Peter Brix. The money will be used for the development of new exhibits, including a gallery focused on the area's indigenous peoples.
"Crazy Rich Asians" star Gemma Chan says she hopes the highly anticipated film will be a game-changer for representation of Asians in Hollywood and that its themes will break down barriers between different groups of people. "I'm hoping it's just going to be the beginning of a change and the beginning of more diverse and more inclusive storytelling," Chan said.
Newly appointed leaders may feel eager to bring their ideas to fruition, but teams can resent too much change attempted too quickly, writes Jennifer V. Miller. People are more accepting of change when you learn what the culture will support and associate your ideas with something that's already successful, she writes.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in his annual UN report that multilateralism is "the only path to address global challenges." Guterres urges global unity and partnerships to address issues such as poverty and conflict.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo makes the Ebola outbreak in the region more dangerous. An experimental vaccine is being tested in the country.
The economic crisis in Venezuela has caused food shortages that have driven about 2.3 million Venezuelans to flee to neighboring countries, says United Nations representative Stephane Dujarric. Medical supplies are also running low, putting more than 100,000 HIV/AIDS patients at risk and increasing cases of measles, malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria, Dujarric warns.
The percentage of Iraqi girls married as minors was higher in 2016 than 19 years prior, and child advocates are concerned an unstable government could exacerbate the trend. "It's important to underscore the impact of conflict on the incidence of early marriage," says Ivana Chapcakova of UNICEF in Iraq.
Keeping soil safe from erosion and pollution is a critical part of dealing with climate change and global hunger, says Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. "Let us make soils a vehicle of prosperity and peace, and show the contribution of soils to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals," he says.
Up to 30,000 Islamic State militants remain in Syria and Iraq, which includes some foreign-born fighters, according to a report by United Nations sanctions monitors. The report also warns of active extremist groups in South Asia and parts of Africa.