After the GOP health care bill failed last week, the Dow Jones industrial average fell and the dollar dropped. However, gold climbed by more than $11, and sat at its highest level in a month, according to Accendo Markets analysts Mike van Dulken and Henry Croft.
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and personal adviser Jared Kushner volunteered to testify regarding his involvement in arranging meetings between Trump campaign advisers and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The White House says Kushner's only meetings with the ambassador took place after the election.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday that would roll back environmental regulations and make it easier for companies to produce energy in the US. The order will also repeal the Clean Power Plan, which attempts to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions given off by power plants.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres marked Sunday's International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff by highlighting the dangers faced by UN staff and partner organizations. He called on countries to work to ensure the safety of workers serving vulnerable populations.
More than 100 United Nations member countries will begin discussions today on a proposed treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The US, Britain, France, Russia and China -- five major nuclear powers -- are not expected to participate in the first round of talks.
Close to 1,200 migrants heading to Europe were rescued this weekend as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean in small boats, according to humanitarian aid groups.
Trafficking victims are found in 106 of 193 countries, and millions of women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation or slavery purposes, according to a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Human trafficking is thriving in areas where law enforcement is weak and violent conflicts are occurring, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
UNICEF warns the number of people in Kenya that need humanitarian assistance to deal with drought could rise from 1.3 million last year to 4 million in April. Heat waves, droughts and floods around the world show links to human causes and increased efforts to cut carbon emissions are crucial, scientists say.
An ambush attack in South Sudan killed six aid workers and their driver this weekend in the deadliest attack on humanitarian workers since the country's civil war began in 2013, according to a United Nations official. "At a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels, it is entirely unacceptable that those who are trying to help are being attacked and killed," said Eugene Owusu, the top UN humanitarian official in South Sudan.
Conservative PAC American Action Network was a bit premature in its expectation that the American Health Care Act would reach a vote last week. The PAC ran a set of ads thanking Republican Congress members for voting to replace the Affordable Care Act, even though the vote failed to take place.
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