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6/28/2017

A study from the Center for Financial Services Innovation found that almost half of Americans and 54% of 18- to 25-year-olds say their expenses are as much as or more than the income they're bringing in. Twenty-five percent of Americans say they have too much debt, with 96% of those saying they are experiencing stress.

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6/28/2017

The first automated teller machine started operating at a Barclays Bank outside of London on June 27, 1967. The innovative technology brought together advancements in photography, security, vacuum-based mechanics, magnetic coding, printing and industrial design, and it changed the banking industry forever by lowering the costs of opening new locations.

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6/28/2017

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders will meet today in Switzerland for a new round of peace talks that United Nations envoy Espen Barth Eide says is the "best chance" for peace. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged "all concerned players to seize this opportunity, for Cyprus first and foremost, but also for the wider Eastern Mediterranean region."

6/28/2017

Comments by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump are breaking long-held taboos and threatening to undermine civil rights, warns United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Hussein also criticized UK Prime Minister Theresa May for her suggestion that fighting terrorism is more important than human rights.

6/28/2017

Fatalities caused by the outbreak of cholera in Yemen are slowing and World Health Organization officials are hopeful that the epidemic -- which has affected more than 218,000 people -- is at its halfway point. The number of cases could still double before the outbreak is over, warns WHO senior emergency adviser Ahmed Zouiten.

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6/28/2017

Aid organizations must take steps to protect staffers from sexual harassment, says United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore. Her comments followed the release of research by advocacy groups indicating a high number of female aid workers have experienced harassment or abuse by male colleagues.

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6/28/2017

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have ended their 52-year war with the Colombian government, handing over their weapons to United Nations inspectors. "Today doesn't end the existence of the FARC, it ends our armed struggle. Farewell to arms, farewell to war, welcome to peace," said FARC commander Rodrigo Londono.

6/28/2017

About 40% of food in developing countries is lost during harvest or processing, while the same percentage of food in developed countries is simply thrown away, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
"We have formed habits that hurt our world and put extra strain on our natural resources," the agency says.

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Inter Press Service
6/28/2017

Nonprofit C4Q has begun teaching low-income adults in New York City how to code in exchange for 12% of graduates' salaries for a two-year period. Asking for a return is unusual, observers say, but makes sense because it gives the nonprofit a way to grow the program without relying as heavily on donations.

6/28/2017

Fifty-five percent of people think Amazon founder Jeff Bezos should invest in philanthropic causes that strive for long-term change over short-term results, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy poll. Some advocates argue that short-term changes only result in temporary fixes and that a long-term approach is required to get to the root of the problem.