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9/22/2017

President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions against North Korea in which nations, companies and individuals must choose whether to do business with the US or North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was thinking hard about how to respond and would make Trump "pay dearly," and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said the response could be a ground-level test of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean but it was up to Kim to decide.

9/22/2017

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had harsh words this week for Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., over the latest Affordable Care Act repeal bill, but Cassidy said Kimmel "does not understand" the bill. Several news organizations fact-checked Kimmel's response.

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9/22/2017

The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously in favor of sending UN investigators to help Iraqi officials gather evidence of possible Islamic State war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity. "This means justice for those people who have been victimized by ISIS," says former Islamic State captive Nadia Murad.

9/22/2017

A peacekeeping reform resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council this week aims to strengthen the links between security and development and human rights, says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "We must recognize the primacy of politics so that peace operations are deployed in support of active diplomatic efforts not as a substitute," he says.

9/22/2017

Approximately 85 million children under 5 -- 40% of them in the US and Bangladesh -- are growing up in countries that lack three key parenting and early education policies, according to a report by UNICEF. The report also says 20% of children under 5 are routinely left unsupervised and 80% are frequently subjected to violent discipline.

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9/22/2017

Pledges announced at a side event at the United Nations General Assembly brought the total funds raised by UN Women to improve collection of gender-focused data to $34 million, says UN Women Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri. "This is a step towards bridging the chronic investment gap in gender equality," she says.

9/22/2017

Emergency workers and volunteer rescue teams are continuing efforts to uncover survivors trapped under the debris of collapsed buildings after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico City. Officials say the death toll has reached 273.

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BBC
9/22/2017

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressed the United Nations General Assembly, demanding India halt its support for terrorists in Pakistan and accusing Indian forces of war crimes in Kashmir. India responded by accusing Pakistan of "producing and exporting global terrorism."

9/22/2017

Providing millions of people around the world with access to clean water is the first step toward meeting all of the UN's sustainable development goals, including education, global health and gender equality, said actor and Water.org co-founder Matt Damon. The nonprofit uses social impact investing to raise funds for micro lending, and Damon says the business model can be expanded from 8 million people to an eventual 500 million.

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Forbes
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9/22/2017

Arts and culture nonprofits pump $145 million into the economies of Tennessee's Knox, Blount and Anderson counties, according to a survey funded by Americans for the Arts. "The nonprofit arts, if they were a publicly traded business would be the sixth largest employer in greater Knoxville," said Liza Zenni, executive director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

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