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4/26/2017

The Department of Commerce has ordered a 20% tariff on lumber imported from Canada, which could translate to nearly $1 billion in tariffs. President Donald Trump also took to Twitter to rebuke the Canadian government for its dairy trade policies, which he said have hurt American dairy farmers.

4/26/2017

Although 530 senior-level jobs requiring Senate confirmation remain vacant, President Donald Trump has only put forth 37 nominees to fill those positions. Government officials such as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt have voiced frustration at the lack of personnel in their departments.

4/26/2017

Despite progress against malaria, it still kills about 400,000 people each year, said World Health Organization Global Malaria Program Director Pedro Alonso on World Malaria Day. Policies to protect migrant populations from malaria are critical to help reduce fatalities, writes International Organization for Migration's Nenette Motus.

4/26/2017

A United Nations pledge drive this week raised $1.1 billion toward the $2.1 billion goal to provide humanitarian assistance in Yemen. Aid groups are warning that the delivery of assistance and supplies is being hampered by current conditions and threats of attack on a rebel-held port.

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4/26/2017

The forced evacuation of Syrian civilians under agreements between government and rebel groups could constitute war crimes under international humanitarian law, warns United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Meanwhile, a UN commission investigating possible war crimes in Syria has been hampered by lack of access.

4/26/2017

The United Nations Development Program is working with Chinese bike-sharing firm Ofo to raise awareness about climate change. The UNDP is advising Ofo on redistribution of abandoned bikes to provide education access for children in poverty, while Ofo will donate a portion of its income toward Sustainable Development Goals initiatives.

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4/26/2017

A smartphone app launched this week by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and advertising firm Grey Malaysia allows users to simulate the experience of a Myanmar refugee trying to resettle in Malaysia. "We hope that this application will allow a viewer to walk a mile in a refugee's shoes in order to understand what they go through every day in order to find safety," said UNHCR Malaysia representative Richard Towles.

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4/26/2017

Recent chemical weapons attacks in the Middle East illustrate that the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is not finished, and progress could be reversed if governments do not cooperate, warned United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. About 95% of the world's declared chemical weapons stockpiles have been destroyed by the OPCW over the past 20 years.

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4/26/2017

A 7-year-old boy tried and failed at what many have attempted before him: fool his mom with a bogus note from his school. The note said his parents should let him stay up late playing video games because he's doing poorly in his "video game class."

4/26/2017

Pfizer, Gilead Sciences, Merck and Wal-Mart have been recognized as the top four companies in the US in terms of charitable contributions, according to a report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Among other efforts, Pfizer funds projects that raise awareness about non-communicable diseases and improve access to care for women and children.