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5/21/2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo identified 12 demands on Iran that the Trump administration would like to include in a new nuclear deal, including ceasing enrichment of uranium and allowing access to all nuclear sites. Pompeo threatened the country with "the strongest sanctions in history" if it doesn't comply.

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5/21/2018

The Trump administration will delay imposing new tariffs on goods from China as the countries work to negotiate new trade deals, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. While both sides are working together, neither indicated how close they were to reaching an agreement, and there's no guarantee that there won't be more trade conflicts in the future, added China.

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5/21/2018

The majority of Americans who think the economy is performing strongly say President Donald Trumps policies are at least somewhat responsible for its success. The percentage of Americans who think Trump is looking out for "big business and the wealthy" is higher than the percentage who think he is looking out for the middle class.

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5/21/2018

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has adopted a resolution to investigate whether Israeli forces committed war crimes when they used live ammunition against Palestinian protesters on Israel's Independence Day. The UN Security Council is considering a resolution calling for an international mission deployed in the region to protect Palestinian civilians.

5/21/2018

Citizens of China and Taiwan living in Spain could face ill treatment, torture and death if extradited, and the Spanish government should halt deportations, say experts from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Some of those detained in Spain may also be victims of human trafficking, the experts say.

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5/21/2018

Three human rights defenders working with marginalized populations in Guatemala have been killed in the past two weeks, and authorities in the country must act to hold accountable those responsible and prevent more deaths, warns the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. "We are concerned about what appears to be a deteriorating climate for the defense of human rights in Guatemala," says OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

5/21/2018

Modern gender equality movements should encourage conversation and include men searching for a new form of masculinity, says United Nations Women program director Maria Noel Vaeza. "It is not just the matter of gender violence, it's access to justice, economic empowerment and alliances," she says.

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5/21/2018

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization celebrated the first World Bee Day on Sunday as part of its efforts to highlight the importance of pollination for sustainable agriculture. The FAO is calling on world leaders to implement policies to protect pollinators, including limits on pesticide use.

5/21/2018

Officials in Morocco are calling on the United Nations Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara to take action against the Polisario Front for cease-fire violations. Guterres is urging both sides to "exercise utmost restraint and to take no action that might constitute a change to the status quo."

5/21/2018

The idea that philanthropy can replace the federal government is unrealistic, says Bridgespan Group co-founder Jeff Bradach, who argues that philanthropy should instead guide government action and that the two sectors must work together. "To the extent we can keep it from being a horse race between the two, who is winning, which is right, and figure out how do they compliment each other, that's a good thing."

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