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1/16/2017

President-elect Donald Trump's administration has signed off on a plan to restructure the bureaus of the Federal Communications Commission in an effort to create a more streamlined agency. "There is an opportunity now, not to be wasted, to make some fundamental changes in the FCC's structure and the way it operates," said Randolph May of the Free State Foundation.

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Broadcasting & Cable
1/16/2017

Countries that measure economic growth in terms of gross domestic product alone are ignoring a number of key metrics for economic development, says a report by the World Economic Forum, which organizes a global conference in Davos every year. Quality of life and inequality indicators should be considered alongside more traditional metrics, the report argues.

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CNBC, Fox News
1/16/2017

Up to 300 Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar could obtain permits to work in Malaysia for up to three years under a plan advocated by the United Nations Refugee Agency. Humanitarian aid blockades in Myanmar have been lifted during a UN envoy's visit to investigate alleged government oppression of the minority Rohingya population.

1/16/2017

A joint appeal from the heads of the United Nations Refugee Agency, Office for Coordination for the Humanitarian Affairs, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and World Health Organization calls for safe, immediate access to Syrian civilians cut off from aid. "We must not let 2017 repeat the tragedies of 2016 for Syria," they say.

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The Guardian (London)
1/16/2017

The wealth of the world's eight richest men is equivalent to that of the poorest half of the global population, according to a report from Oxfam. The charity proposes higher taxes on the wealthy and increased cooperation between governments to reduce inequality.

1/16/2017

A group of about 150 women in Afghanistan have approached local law enforcement groups requesting weapons to join the fight against Islamist militants that has claimed the lives of their husbands, sons and brothers. Federal authorities have raised concerns about the group, noting they cannot support any armed group that is not a sanctioned part of the military.

1/16/2017

A rise in consumers and new technology combined with rapid obsolescence has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of electronic waste generated by Asian countries between 2010 and 2015, according to the United Nations University. The increase could pose health risks to informal recyclers and their families, as well as the surrounding environment.

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ZDNet (Asia), Mashable
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United Nations University
1/16/2017

United Nations-led talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders stalled Saturday for the second time when the two sides failed to reach an agreement on proposed borders for the divided island. UN officials are hopeful that a compromise can still be reached.

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UN
1/16/2017

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill were debating possible Russian interference in the US election last week, public affairs cable network C-SPAN, which carries congressional hearings and debates, saw its feed interrupted by RT, the Russian government television network. C-SPAN later said the interruption may have been caused by an internal technical error, but did not have a definite conclusion for the incident.

1/16/2017

New York City's Theater Subdistrict Council will spend more than $2 million in grants designed to diversify the city's nonprofit theater sector. The funds are expected to finance mentorship and other leadership training programs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harlem Stage, Roundabout Theater Company and the New York Theater Workshop, among others.

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Brooklyn Academy of Music