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9/20/2018

Harkins Theatres and STX Entertainment have partnered to host the first annual Women's Equality Film Series, highlighting the accomplishments of history-making women. The series will run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the work of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. "A League of Their Own," "Frida," "Hidden Figures," "Battle of the Sexes" and "Molly's Game" are among the 15 films being screened.

9/20/2018

"Becca's Bunch," which will arrive on Nick Jr. on Sept. 24, stars a young bird named Becca who "tweets to her own beat," Jane Hobson writes. Separately, Treehouse's YouTube channel will debut "Miss Persona" this weekend featuring Kimberly Persona as host and creator of the series.

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9/20/2018

The Good Food Institute is launching a $3 million competitive grant program to spark lab-grown and plant-based meat research at startups and universities. "We see a lot of products with protein that comes from wheat or soy, and some from peas, but there's a wide variety of other crops that still could be explored and that could lead to new tastes and textures," said GFI's Erin Rees Clayton.

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9/19/2018

Myanmar army members have committed "the gravest crimes under international law" against Rohingya Muslims and must be held accountable in the International Criminal Court or other tribunal, according to a report by United Nations investigators. "I have never been confronted by crimes as horrendous and on such a scale as these," said Marzuki Darusman, head of the investigative team.

9/19/2018

General Assembly president Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces opened the assembly's 73rd session on Tuesday with pledges to prioritize gender equality efforts and create a global compact related to migration and refugees. Espinosa Garces says she will also promote peace and support for environmental efforts.

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9/19/2018

UNICEF is urging officials in Malaysia to enforce a law against child marriage, criticizing the union of a 15-year-old girl to a 44-year-old man this week. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said "the girl had consented to the marriage," making it legal in the country.

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9/19/2018

African countries must prioritize environmental protection as they develop and encourage the adoption of sustainable energy, says United Nations Environment Programme chief Erik Solheim. "We want to take care of the environment because that is the noble practice," Solheim says.

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9/19/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has endorsed a deal brokered between Turkey and Russia to create a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region, saying the agreement "should avert a full-scale military operation and provide reprieve for millions of civilians." Guterres is urging all parties in the region to uphold the agreement.

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9/19/2018

Charitable-giving rates in the US during the second quarter of 2018 fell for the second straight quarter, with 6.6% fewer donors making charitable contributions compared to the year prior, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project. "Our organizations really need to be focused on cultivating and securing their current donors and ensuring they'll receive the gifts they need," says Growth in Giving Initiative chairwoman Elizabeth Boris.

9/19/2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's second annual Goalkeepers report identifies 13 issues where an increased focus could directly improve the quality of people's lives in low-income nations like many in Africa. The report highlights the need for safe sanitation, equitable banking and increased access to vaccinations.

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