Florida's secretary of state ordered a manual recount of votes in the US Senate race between GOP candidate Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson after results from a machine recount were too close to legally call. The machine count for governor resulted in a win for Republican Ron DeSantis.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned a rebel attack that killed seven UN peacekeepers and wounded 10 others in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Guterres is urging all militant groups in the region -- where violent clashes have hampered efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak -- to disarm immediately.
A tribunal backed by the United Nations today found former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Between 1.7 million and 2.2 million people under the regime in Cambodia died from starvation, torture, exhaustion, disease in labor camps or mass executions between 1975 and 1979.
Firas Al-Khateeb, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, says the agency welcomes news that Bangladesh has called off plans to begin repatriating Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar this week. "We want their repatriation, but it has to be voluntary, safe and smooth," he says.
The World Bank is blocking a $300 million loan intended to fund improvements in Tanzania's education system, citing concerns about the country's policy of barring pregnant girls from attending school. "The World Bank supports policies that encourage girls' education and make it possible for young girls to study in schools until they reach their full potential," a spokesperson says.
Three-quarters of the contamination in the world's oceans is plastic waste and much of that is trapped in the arctic, where it can be found inside fish and mammals, says Ekaterina Tegina, coordinator of the UN Environment's program in Russia. Tegina says the amount of microplastics in the world's water supplies is increasing.
The United Nations Security Council this week approved a one-month renewal of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic to facilitate negotiations on a longer renewal. Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary-general Jan Egeland warns the mission's resources are stretched and efforts to end conflict in the country are failing.
Donor-advised funds in the US controlled $110 billion worth of wealth in 2017, marking a 27.3% increase from 2016, and distributed $19.1 billion to qualified charities for a total payout rate of 22.1%, according to the National Philanthropic Trust. The report said the payout is more than four times that of private foundations.
Many nonprofits have used the momentum of the #MeToo movement to look within and address various types of sexism and harassment, but donor sexism is also a reality that the sector must address, writes Isa Catto, executive director of the Catto Shaw Foundation. Catto shares a story in which the sexist behavior of a global nonprofit leader dissuaded her from being willing to support his efforts.
Tax-return itemizers in Wyoming are the most charitable in the US, and gave an average of $9,046 to nonprofits in 2016, according to an Insider analysis of tax records. Arkansas and Utah were the second- and third-most charitable states, averaging $8,863 and $8,785, respectively.
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