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12/5/2016

Companies listed on the Dow Jones are apparently experiencing a boost as investors anticipate increased infrastructure spending and tax cuts for large companies under the Trump administration, Christopher Murphy writes. Stock prices for large banks in particular are climbing, he writes.

12/5/2016

As president-elect Donald Trump considers members for his Cabinet, his transition team says one of the top contenders for secretary of state is Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. Trump will meet with candidates for the position this week and is expected to make a nomination by the end of the week.

12/5/2016

President-elect Donald Trump named Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and a Trump rival for the presidential nomination, does not have any experience in housing policy, but did live in public housing as a child.

12/5/2016

Incoming United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he's looking forward to working with US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump as a "positive partner." Guterres added he is focused on making the UN more effective.

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12/5/2016

The United Nations Security Council is preparing to vote today on a resolution to declare a seven-day cease-fire in Aleppo, Syria. Meanwhile, the General Assembly is discussing a draft resolution that calls on all fighting to end in Syria.

12/5/2016

The United Nations is asking donors to fund $22 billion in humanitarian assistance in 2017, its largest appeal ever. However, the UN fears it is facing donor fatigue as its 2016 appeal for $20.1 billion came up $10.7 billion short.

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12/5/2016

The International Organization for Migration is now a United Nations-related organization that will help the UN focus on migration issues, experts say. It's expected that IOM will take a leading role in the Global Compact on Migration, which is tasked with fostering migration-friendly policies by national governments.

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12/5/2016

Youth groups in Cameroon developed and run Bioenergy-Cameroon, which teaches communities how to convert human waste into biogas to fuel generators, along with cooking and heating equipment. Students, especially girls, are being trained to help communities set up their own biogas programs.

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Reuters
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12/5/2016

South Sudan government troops and rebels are using rape as a tool of war, said the chair of the United Nations independent commission on human rights, Yasmin Sooka. "Women are bearing the brunt of this war along with their children ... rape is one of the tools being used for ethnic cleansing," she contends.

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12/5/2016

Nonprofits can see big gains from employing millennial filmmakers to tell genuine stories and drive traffic. Beneath the Waves CEO and founder Austin Gallagher notes millennials learn quickly, use the latest technology and have social media savvy.

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Forbes