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5/24/2019

The Department of Justice has agreed to give the House Intelligence Committee access to sensitive files from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Committee members say they are hopeful that Justice will continue to meet the committee's demands for documents related to the investigation.

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5/24/2019

The global community is more invested in capturing Libya as a prize than in putting an end to civil war in the country, says United Nations envoy Ghassan Salame. The current situation in Libya is "a textbook example of foreign interference today in local conflicts," Salame says.

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5/24/2019

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who have sought asylum in neighboring countries need international protection and must not be forced to return to Venezuela, warns the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In addition, approximately 20,000 children have been born to Venezuelan parents in Colombia and are at risk of statelessness, the agency says.

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5/24/2019

The United Nations this week created the position of emergency Ebola response coordinator to work in partnership with World Health Organization officials as UN agencies step up efforts to contain the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesperson says. David Gressly, who currently holds the post of UN deputy special representative for peacekeeping missions in the DR Congo, will fill the post.

5/24/2019

One in three women experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their life, and that number rises dramatically during times of conflict, write United Nations Populations Fund executive director Natalia Kanem and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock. A greater emphasis on gender equity is needed, crisis response must focus on survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and perpetrators must be held responsible for their actions, the officials add.

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The Guardian (London)
5/24/2019

The countries that face the greatest threats from rising temperatures and seas are often also those who contribute the least to global carbon emissions, warn United Nations Special Envoy on El Nino and Climate Mary Robinson and executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa Vera Songwe. Robinson is urging countries responsible for the majority of emissions to take steps to end climate injustice.

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The Weather Channel
5/24/2019

Countries around the world must develop policies that ensure the protection of civilians during armed conflicts and support engagement with humanitarian organizations to provide them with safe access to civilians, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "Grave human suffering is still being caused by armed conflicts and a lack of compliance with international humanitarian law," Guterres says.

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5/24/2019

The Red Nose Day fund has raised more than $150 million and helped more than 16 million impoverished children since its US launch four years ago. Donors can contribute to the fund managed by Comic Relief USA in many ways, including use of Amazon Alexa, donation buttons in YouTube and Twitch and by buying red noses at Walgreens, to benefit organizations such as Covenant House, Feeding America and Save The Children.

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Fast Company online
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5/24/2019

The Urban Institute and Vera Institute of Justice will receive $10 million and $7 million, respectively, in grants from Arnold Ventures to study mass incarceration and options for criminal justice reform in the US. "No other institution in the country is more in need of systemic change than the prison system," President Kelli Rhee says.

5/24/2019

The US Navy donated the Lane Victory, USS Texas, USS The Sullivans and other retired World War II ships to cities and nonprofits across the US rather than scrap them, but many groups tasked with overseeing them have struggled to raise enough funds to keep up with repairs. "The people responsible for these ships are very committed to them, (but) they are competing for a very limited funding pool," says Independence Seaport Museum CEO John Brady.

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