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4/24/2019

The Trump administration plans to fight subpoenas issued by Democratic-led House committees, President Donald Trump told reporters today. At the center of the issue is the House Judiciary Committee's subpoena of former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

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4/24/2019

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is urging authorities in Saudi Arabia to review anti-terrorism laws and reconsider pending executions. Bachelet has criticized the country for executing 37 people this week, warning the government may not have provided the accused with fair trials.

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4/24/2019

The United Nations is observing the first International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace today amid many global concerns, including unresolved conflicts, climate change and inequality, says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "Strengthening multilateralism means strengthening our commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and building a safer, more just world for future generations," he says.

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4/24/2019

Dr. Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, a World Health Organization physician from Cameroon working in an Ebola center in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was killed last week when militants attacked the center, blaming foreigners for bringing the virus to their country. Congo's president, Felix Tshisekedi, has promised stronger protections for health workers in the region.

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4/24/2019

Members of the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution on Tuesday that condemns all forms of sexual violence during conflicts -- including rape, sexual slavery, and forced prostitution, pregnancy, marriage, abortion and sterilization -- while calling on UN member states to strengthen protections and supports for women and girls who are victims of sexual violence. "Prevention must therefore be based on promoting women's rights and gender equality in all areas, before, during and after conflict," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

4/24/2019

Human activity could cause as much damage as climate change by affecting the planet's supplies of clean air, potable water, forests, insects and fish, according to a draft report by the United Nations on the state of nature. "The way we produce our food and energy is undermining the regulating services that we get from nature," says Robert Watson, chairman of the UN-mandated body that compiled the report.

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4/24/2019

Escalating conflict between Libyan government forces and the Libyan National Army has killed 264 people in the last three weeks, and left a further 1,200 wounded, according to the World Health Organization. UN envoy for Libya Maria do Valle Ribeiro warns clashes around the capital have worsened and the safety of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers is being threatened.

4/24/2019

A poll by Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 87% of voters who were polled don't care what race a candidate is, while 77% said they don't care about gender. The poll found that 6% of those polled believed the Democrats should nominate a white person and 5% suggested a person a color, while 7% agreed a woman should be nominated and 12% believe a man should be nominated.

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USA Today
4/24/2019

Donors can improve the nonprofit sector by assessing organizations carefully before making contributions and considering metrics other than performance, write Stanford University's William Meehan III and Kim Starkey Jonker. Donors should try to support organizations that have a clear mission and strategy, evaluate their results and have excellent board governance, they write.

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Forbes
4/24/2019

American golfer Justin Thomas launched the Justin Thomas Foundation last week with plans to support nonprofits that help military families, disadvantaged children or are involved with junior golf. Initial recipients will include the Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana, the Kentucky Golf Foundation and Convoy of Hope.