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8/3/2015

The more than 5,000 private foundations started by ultra-high-net-worth philanthropists donated $45 billion in 2014. These foundations have about $560 billion in combined assets, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation topping the list at $43.5 billion in assets.
The Li Ka Shing Foundation, Carlos Slim Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies were also among the wealthiest foundations formed by ultra-high-net-worth people.

8/3/2015

Having accomplished its goal of legalizing same-sex marriage, the nonprofit Freedom to Marry is preparing to close. "The goal is to wind down over the next couple of months in a smart, strategic and collaborative way," said Freedom to Marry founder and President Evan Wolfson. While the nonprofit has accomplished its mission, the larger cause of "equality, inclusion, safety, freedom and respect" remains, he added.

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8/3/2015

The Republican presidential hopefuls are eyeing their polling numbers closely ahead of this week's GOP primary debate, which only the 10 highest-polling candidates will be able to attend. Current polling suggests that some big-name candidates, including Gov. Chris Christie and ex-Gov. Rick Perry, could find themselves on the wrong side of the line.

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8/3/2015

The Sustainable Development Goals will require people around the world to change their behaviors, with local volunteers playing a crucial role, says Richard Dictus, executive coordinator of United Nations Volunteers. Volunteers who model the desired behaviors can help influence others to do the same, he says.

8/3/2015

United Nations member states moved closer to final approval of the Sustainable Development Goals on Sunday after two weeks of negotiations. Formal adoption is expected in late September.

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8/3/2015

Central American countries have generally not invested in renewable energy despite its potential, says Javier Mejía of the nongovernmental Humboldt Centre in Nicaragua.

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Inter Press Service
8/3/2015

There is no statistical evidence that supports a hiatus in rising temperatures, says John Abraham, co-author of a paper studying the matter. "[S]cientists should stop speaking of a slowdown in temperature increase as though it were a known fact, when it simply isn’t," he writes.

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The Guardian (London)
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8/3/2015

A United Nations peacekeeper was killed and eight people injured Sunday during an attack in the capital of the Central African Republic. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, "deplores in the strongest terms attacks against United Nations peacekeepers and calls for swift action to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice," said a UN spokesman.

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Voice of America
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8/3/2015

Governance challenges represent an important threat to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals, argue numerous authors in this essay. "It is crucial to recognize that difficult choices will also need to be made that may involve winners and losers, at least in the short term," they write.

8/3/2015

Governance challenges represent an important threat to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals, argue numerous authors in this essay. "It is crucial to recognize that difficult choices will also need to be made that may involve winners and losers, at least in the short term," they write.

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