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10/18/2018

The US will use its military to close the southern border if Mexico does not stop the flow of migrants from Central America into the country, said President Donald Trump via Twitter today. "The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA," he wrote.

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10/18/2018

An email invitation sent by the US Embassy in Australia for a cat pajama-jam -- featuring a cat in a Cookie Monster outfit -- was a training error, State Department spokesman Gavin Sundwall said. "Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pajama-jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," he notes.

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10/17/2018

Members of a United Nations investigation into human rights abuses committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar will present their findings to the UN Security Council before October ends. The panel has called for a number of Myanmar officials to be tried for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

10/17/2018

Close to one billion people have escaped poverty over the last 25 years, but at least 700 million are still unable to obtain basic necessities, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an address marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. "Let us remember that ending poverty is not a matter of charity but a question of justice," he said.

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10/17/2018

The World Health Organization plans to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss whether the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo constitutes an international public health emergency. Ongoing conflict in the region has hampered efforts to contain the virus, and some aid organizations have withdrawn staff from the area over safety concerns.

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10/17/2018

The global community must act to protect and support women and girls living in rural areas, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as he marked the International Day of Rural Women. Guterres noted such women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty, inequality, exclusion and climate change.

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10/17/2018

The United Nations Environment Programme advised African governments to pass laws regulating the recycling of electronic waste, including restrictions on foreign imports. "Prudent policies that promote recycling of e-waste could help the region tackle its growing e-waste problem," says the UNEP's Abdouraman Bary.

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10/17/2018

Representatives of the United Nations Command met with leaders from North and South Korea this week to discuss the demilitarization of the border region between the two countries. The attendees discussed of progress in the removal of landmines and plans to remove surveillance equipment from the border zone.

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10/17/2018

Several nonprofit efforts, including the Time's Up legal assistance fund, have begun in the year since the #MeToo movement started by Tarana Burke went viral due to a tweet posted by actress Alyssa Milano. Burke discusses how she has evolved during the year and new initiatives, such as a site to provide resources and accumulate stories, noting, "One of the things I want to do at some point soon is to call for a healing."

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10/17/2018

Extreme poverty worldwide has dropped from 26% of the population to 9%, yet is largely concentrated in Africa, due to poor governance and restricted access to nutrition, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates explores other ideas on philanthropy during this interview, such as the need to develop "clean meat" and to eradicate malaria and other diseases.

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