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8/18/2017

Presidential adviser Stephen Bannon is leaving the White House, sources report. The outspoken Bannon had long been at odds with other top aides to President Donald Trump.

8/18/2017

A van drove into the crowd at a tourist spot in Barcelona on Thursday, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 people, including one American, and another vehicle attack in the coastal town of Cambrils, Spain, killed one. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility but hasn't produced proof.

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Spain, Barcelona, ISIS, Cambrils
8/18/2017

If President Donald Trump stopped using Twitter, the company could lose as much as $2 billion, or almost one-fifth of its value, Monness Crespi Hardt & Co. analyst James Cakmak said. "There is no better free advertising in the world than the president of the United States," he said.

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Bloomberg
8/18/2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday rejected claims that there is no military solution to North Korea's nuclear missile threats, while also noting that diplomacy remains the preferred option. "We are prepared, we're prepared militarily, we're prepared with our allies to respond militarily," he said.

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CNN
8/18/2017

The number of deaths caused by mudslides in Sierra Leone has surpassed 400, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Representatives from UNICEF and the World Food Programme are in the country to deliver aid to survivors and "the scale of the damage is unprecedented," says UNICEF representative Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim.

8/18/2017

As aid workers around the globe prepare to mark World Humanitarian Day on Saturday, governments must begin more strictly enforcing rules to protect those delivering lifesaving assistance during times of conflict, write Stephen O'Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council. "Wars have rules. It is time to enforce these rules," they write.

8/18/2017

Spain lacks the resources to support the high numbers of refugees and migrants who make their way across the Mediterranean each day, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The International Organization for Migration has warned that more refugees may try to reach Spain as an alternative to Italy.

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The Guardian (London)
8/18/2017

Lawmakers in El Salvador have struck down a law allowing men to marry underage girls if they had impregnated them -- a move UNICEF says is an important step toward change. "This is a cultural question that has roots in the discriminatory, patrimonial practices facing girls in ... El Salvador," says UNICEF's Maria de Mejia.

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El Salvador, UNICEF
8/18/2017

Ethiopia's deepening drought is killing off livestock that many families rely on for milk, driving the number of people in urgent need of food aid from 5.6 million in January to 8.5 million currently. "If we don't act now, hunger and malnutrition will only get worse among [herding] communities," says Food and Agriculture Organization representative Abdoul Karim Bah.

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Voice of America
8/18/2017

Saudi-led coalition forces were responsible for more than half of civilian casualties in Yemen last year, and nearly three-quarters of attacks on schools and hospitals, according to a United Nations report. A total of 502 Yemeni children were killed and 838 wounded in attacks last year, the report says.

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