President Donald Trump said he is dispatching Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to talk about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Saudi King Salman, who has denied any knowledge of what happened. Trump has said he thinks ending a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would punish the US but has not said what consequences would be implemented if Saudi Arabia is found responsible for the disappearance.
The United Nations General Assembly last week voted on membership to the UN Human Rights Council, adding 18 countries -- each serving a three-year term -- to the organization. Critics have raised concerns about the election of the Philippines and Eritrea, citing their histories of human rights violations.
Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo are warning that the rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September, and a United Nations staffer is listed among the infected. UNICEF reports that most children in the affected region have returned to school, where they can be protected from and educated on infection.
A vigilante group that is part of the Civilian Joint Task Force in northeastern Nigeria has released 833 child soldiers, UNICEF reports. This is the first formal release since the signing of an agreement by CJTF members to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and UNICEF officials are hopeful more releases will follow.
Strategies to manage and mitigate disaster risk should take gender-based vulnerabilities into consideration, write Zebib Kavuma, UN Women's Kenya country director and Camilla Ann Schramek, CARE communications specialist. "While women and girls are suffering disproportionately, they also bring unique experiences and skills to disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation as active agents of change," they write.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned deadly attacks on an Afghan election campaign event and a candidate's office, noting that deliberately targeting civilians runs afoul of international law. Guterres offered his sympathies to victims and their families.
The National Law Enforcement Museum has opened a three-story, 57,000-square-foot facility in Washington, D.C., featuring exhibits on the history of US law enforcement. The project garnered support due to "an appreciation for law enforcement as a critical piece of our day-to-day lives," said Executive Director David Brant.
Eyebeam in Brooklyn, N.Y., has launched the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism, a program that will provide artists with grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to develop journalistic pieces on data privacy and other issues. Craig Newmark Philanthropies underwrote the program.
The Lilly Endowment pledged $125 million to community organizations in Indiana in the seventh round of an initiative it launched in 1990. "Changing economic and cultural dynamics are presenting both significant challenges and important opportunities for Indiana communities," said Vice President for Community Development Rob Smith.
USA Gymnastics has chosen Mary Bono to serve as interim president, effective immediately, as it continues to search for a new leader and recover following the sex-abuse scandal involving Dr. Larry Nassar. The organization said in the release announcing Bono's appointment that it has been undergoing a "major transition" following a review of its policies and procedures.
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