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9/24/2018

Reports are circulating that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has either already resigned or will be fired today. Rosenstein assumed oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

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9/24/2018

The US Forest Service and Washington state's Department of Fish and Wildlife are flying mountain goats out of Olympic National Park by helicopter. The park is not a natural habitat for the goats, which are damaging endangered plants and archeological sites.

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Atlas Obscura
9/24/2018

About 92% of youths ages 10 to 19 say they believe in gender equity, but about 54% say they prefer women taking on more traditional gender roles, according to a survey by the nonprofit Plan International USA. The survey reveals the effect that parents' views on gender equity have on their children.

9/24/2018

Economic collapse caused by continued conflict in Yemen could prompt a deadly famine affecting millions of people, especially if the port of Hodeidah suffers further damage, according to the United Nations World Food Programme. "We are already seeing pockets of famine-like-conditions - including cases where people are eating leaves because they have no other form of sustenance," warns UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock.

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9/24/2018

UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay is pressing world leaders to invest in education to encourage tolerance and counter the rise of violent extremism. "Education is the best rampart against discrimination and racism," Azoulay says.

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Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO
9/24/2018

Progress in reducing maternal mortality has plateaued in recent years and more financial investment and political will is necessary to address the problem, says Anneka Knutsson, chief of sexual and reproductive health at the United Nations Population Fund. UN data suggest about 303,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related complications or during childbirth.

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The Guardian (London)
9/24/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed a joint effort between the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Bank, and a number of technology corporations to develop the Famine Action Mechanism -- a tool aimed at predicting and preventing famine. "The fact that millions of people -- many of them children -- still suffer from severe malnutrition and famine in the 21st century is a global tragedy," says World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

9/24/2018

Members of the United Nations Security Council last week voted to crack down on incidents of peacekeeper misconduct and failure to protect civilians. "The actions we take today will make the United Nations a better, more effective instrument of peace and security," said US envoy Nikki Haley.

9/24/2018

The Communities Foundation of Texas' North Texas Giving Day raised $48 million during an 18-hour online fundraiser last week, a 20% increase from the $39 million raised in 2017. Supporters also pledged 430,000 hours of volunteer time.

9/24/2018

Community Compassion Outreach has proposed building a 10- to 15-unit village in Durango, Colo., that would provide some of the city's homeless population with permanent housing instead of transitional options. "What we know is, when people are living in suspense, there is not a whole lot of progress happening in their life," says board President Jon Alsdorf.