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12/7/2018

President Donald Trump is working to change two environmental policies that will boost oil and coal industries by opening a wildlife habitat to drilling and mining and getting rid of certain rules involving the construction of coal-fired power plants. Trump's goal is to stimulate the coal industry and raise domestic energy production.

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12/7/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging all sides to show flexibility at UN-led peace talks between Yemen and Houthi rebel leaders in Stockholm. UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths says both sides have expressed a willingness to negotiate.

12/7/2018

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is voicing concerns over a Danish proposal to use a small island to house foreign criminals who cannot be deported, as part of a larger plan to curb immigration. "We've seen the negative impact of such policies of isolation, and (governments) should not replicate these policies," Bachelet warns.

12/7/2018

Traffic accidents are the eighth-leading cause of death in the world, killing 1.35 million people each year -- or one person every 24 seconds -- according to a report from the World Health Organization. Road accidents are now the leading killer of children and young people between 5 and 29, the report says.

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12/7/2018

The government of South Sudan must investigate the recent spate of sexual assaults on women and girls in the northern part of the country and hold those responsible accountable for their actions, say three United Nations officials. UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten and her colleagues emphasized the need for medical, legal and psychosocial support for the victims.

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12/7/2018

A number of developed countries are failing to curb greenhouse gas emissions, placing an increased burden on developing nations to mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a report by the United Nations climate secretariat. Wealthy nations have also fallen short of the goal of providing $100 billion per year to support poorer countries' efforts by 2020, the report says.

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12/7/2018

The United Nations Security Council will meet in the coming days to discuss tunnels into Israel dug by Iran-backed Hezbollah militants, following confirmation of the tunnels' existence by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the tunnels are a violation of UN security resolutions and indicative of Iran's aggression.

12/7/2018

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will distribute grants totaling $1.5 million among 10 arts and culture organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "The San Francisco Bay Area has long been home to one of the nation's great art scenes, and many of the world's most innovative artists," says foundation President Larry Kramer, noting the program is intended to strengthen the sector.

12/7/2018

Overhead is among the easiest nonprofit effectiveness metrics to quantify, but it shouldn't be the only focus or a primary factor in giving choices, because overhead expenses sometimes must be relatively high to ensure effective nonprofit management, writes Kelsey Piper. "If a nonprofit is understaffed, overworking its existing staff, or failing to hire qualified people, it will probably be significantly worse at provision of services," Piper writes.

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12/7/2018

Economic challenges and high rents created a culture of collaboration among nonprofits in Denver that has resulted in more affordable housing and policy changes benefiting low-income residents. Building Bridges and Wayfaring Band share an office space and work together to allocate funding and develop new programming.