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11/13/2018

Intuit Chairman and CEO Brad Smith and his wife have donated $25 million to Marshall University's Lewis College of Business, from which Smith graduated in 1986. Moving forward, the college's business schools will be known as the Brad D. Smith Undergraduate School of Business and the Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business, while a new building will be identified as the Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation.

11/12/2018

Officials are still counting ballots in a Senate race in Arizona and Georgia's governor's race, and Florida is holding recounts for both the Senate and governorship. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who is running for Senate against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, has filed a suit to have law enforcement guard ballots and machines in Broward and Palm Beach counties when they aren't in use.

11/12/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said there are parallels between global instability today and the situations that led to World War I as he urged international cooperation in the face of current threats. Guterres spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Paris Peace Forum this weekend about the dangers of nationalism.

11/12/2018

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva says the country's government must discuss the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration before committing to signing the final agreement. The initial pact was approved by all UN member states except the US, but Hungary, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic are also saying they may not sign.

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11/12/2018

Urgent action is needed to address the overuse of antibiotics in some countries and shortages in others, according to a report published by the World Health Organization for World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The report warns that both overuse and the misuse that occurs during shortages can increase the risks posed by antibiotic-resistant diseases.

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11/12/2018

Iran has made progress in reducing maternal mortality rates and now has the ninth lowest rate in the world, says United Nations Population Fund executive director Dr. Natalia Kanem. "There are just a handful of countries who have achieved this milestone and now we are working feverishly to try to share ... the benefits of midwives and safe delivery and antenatal care," Kanem says.

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Tehran Times (Iran)
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11/12/2018

Reforms in China leading to sustainable farming practices mean the country is now a major contributor to global food security, despite predictions it would not be able to feed its own people, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization director-general Jose Graziano da Silva. "It's a highly sustainable system (and) a very innovative approach that came from the farmers themselves," he says.

11/12/2018

Officials in Myanmar say they are ready to start repatriating some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape deadly violence from the Myanmar military, but the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is voicing concerns about the plan. The agency is urging Myanmar to allow Rohingya refugees to visit the country to verify current conditions would facilitate their safe return.

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11/12/2018

Xinhua News Agency in China has developed an artificial intelligence news anchor, which it demonstrated at the World Internet Conference. Xinhua says the AI anchor, which can learn from live broadcasts, can reduce costs and improve efficiency in news production, but some journalists say it lacks decision-making abilities and doesn't appear natural.

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National Public Radio
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11/12/2018

Facebook has pledged $250,000 to the American Red Cross to provide disaster relief for the wildfires hitting California and is running "Safety Check" and "Crisis Response" features to raise additional funds and awareness. GoFundMe, Google, Airbnb and many nonprofits are running campaigns to collect funds and generate support.