Senate leaders reached a deal, and the Senate approved legislation to end the government shutdown with a promise to take action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration issue. The agreement keeps government operations funded through Feb. 8 but must be approved by the House and signed by the president before the current shutdown can end.
Vice President Mike Pence assured Israeli leaders today that the US is committed to moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In an address to the Knesset, the vice president said the move will be completed by the end of 2019.
The Ralph Lauren-designed parkas that will be worn as part of Team USA's uniform at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics have their own heating system. Carbon and silver ink printed inside the jacket conducts heat, and the heat is controlled by a slim battery pack.
Apple has announced a significant investment in the Malala Fund, a charity that helps to educate girls worldwide. The investment will help the fund double its efforts and expand into new countries, according to the announcement.
The repatriation of 750,000 Rohingya Muslims will include involvement from the United Nations' refugee agency, said A.H Mahmood Ali, Bangladesh's foreign minister. The repatriations were set to begin Tuesday but have been delayed with no new starting date announced.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns threats from neo-Nazis and other hate groups are increasing and becoming "more dangerous." He adds that the world must "stand together against the normalization of hate."
Team members from the United Nations Security Council will not be given access to terrorist Hafiz Saeed of the group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Pakistan diplomats said. Saeed and the organization have been under UN sanctions since December 2008, a month after a Mumbai terror attack that he masterminded.
Organizations including UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are working together to raise awareness about pneumonia deaths in children worldwide. "By virtue of the fact there has not been a global community and no funding stream routing for pneumonia means it has gotten lost in many ways," said Stefan Swartling Peterson, chief of health at UNICEF.
The US' request for Turkey to exercise restraint in Northwest Syria is either a provocation or the US does not understand what is going on there, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Turkish troops are batting a Kurdish militia backed by the US in an attempt to remove them from the border.
The rate of burnout at nonprofits has increased from 16% to 19% of staff in the last few years, but 81% of nonprofits lack a retention strategy. Foundation-supported sabbaticals are gaining popularity as a way to combat burnout, and they have been shown to benefit leaders, boards and entire organizations.
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