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5/17/2019

President Donald Trump unveiled his plan for immigration reform in a Rose Garden address at the White House Thursday. The plan calls for more funding to house and process refugees and for construction of the border wall, as well as a shift to a merit-based immigration policy and away from one based on family ties.

5/17/2019

DonorsChoose is launching an initiative called #ISeeMe that promotes the use of educational materials representing different cultures, such as books by writers of color and other texts on diverse figures. Google has promised to match $4 million in donations.

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5/17/2019

Renewed fighting between Yemeni and Houthi forces in the port city of Hodeidah and deadly air strikes in the capital city of Sana'a could eradicate progress made earlier this week toward implementing a cease-fire deal between the two sides, says United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths. UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore is urging all parties in the conflict to allow safe access for humanitarian and health workers.

5/17/2019

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging officials from the US and Iran to show restraint as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate. Guterres has condemned attacks on Saudi pumping stations, which officials in Saudi Arabia blame on Iran.

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5/17/2019

Officials from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS and the World Health Organization, along with the UN Secretary-General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights are marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with a call for world leaders to eliminate discriminatory laws and provide members of the LGBTI community with access to health care and social services. The UNHCR is urging LGBT refugee protesters in Kenya -- where discrimination against them is rife -- to remain calm as solutions are sought.

5/17/2019

The gap between women and men who have internet access, own mobile phones or possess computers is largest in low-income African countries, says UN Women representative in Rwanda Fatou Lo. Closing that divide could be worth $140 million to the mobile phone industry, but women and girls need equal access to the technology and training on how to use it, Lo adds.

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5/17/2019

Continued reliance on intensive agriculture, as well as deforestation, mining and the expansion of cities around the world could result in the degradation of 90% of the world's fertile soil in the next 30 years, threatening food production, warns the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. An area of soil the size of a soccer field is eroded every five seconds, the agency says.

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5/17/2019

Representatives from both sides of the Venezuelan government -- those supporting President Nicolas Maduro and those supporting opposition leader Juan Guaido -- are engaged in mediated discussions in Norway in an effort to find a solution to the country's political impasse. United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says the UN supports this development.

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5/17/2019

Monse is offering a clothing series -- Monse x Disney -- featuring the Disney characters Pluto and Goofy whose proceeds will benefit six New York-based pet rescue organizations. The collaboration between Disney and the fashion brand will include sweaters, denim, silk cardigans and asymmetrical cotton shirts that have come to be known as representative of Monse.

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5/17/2019

Center for the Collaborative Classroom has launched the Professional Learning System for Collaborative Literacy. The system is "a holistic guide that aligns professional learning with our high quality curriculum and provides support for successful implementations, allowing schools to succeed and children to learn," said Kelly Stuart, Collaborative Classroom's chief operating officer.

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