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12/8/2017

Experts continue to hold the tax plan now pending in Congress up against President Ronald Reagan's 1986 tax reform. Nonpartisan policy organization No Labels looks at the similarities and differences between the two bills.

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12/8/2017

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss US President Donald Trump's announcement that he will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has decried the move, saying, "In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear -- there is no alternative to the two-state solution."

12/8/2017

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the sale of migrants in Libya and unanimously called on Libyan officials to investigate the situation, which they say could constitute crimes against humanity. The council also urged Libya to cooperate with humanitarian and UN agencies to ensure aid reaches those in Libyan detention centers.

12/8/2017

Some 480 injured and seriously ill residents of Damascus -- including nearly 200 children -- are still waiting on Syrian officials to grant them permission to evacuate the city for medical treatment, according to the World Health Organization. The UN called on world leaders to help arrange evacuations last week, but officials say there has been no movement from the Syrian government.

12/8/2017

Seventy percent of sexual violence victims in Colombia are girls, according to UNICEF. "Violence against women in Colombia disproportionately affects girls and because of this we must continue to struggle so that these circumstances change and that our girls and adolescents can grow up in safe and healthy environments," says UNICEF representative Roberto de Bernardi.

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12/8/2017

The number of people in South Sudan at the brink of famine has doubled since last year to more than 1.2 million, and half of the country's population will require emergency food aid in early 2018, says United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock. He warns that famine conditions are likely in several parts of the country beginning in March.

12/8/2017

An attack in eastern Congo has killed 14 United Nations peacekeepers and injured more than 50, according to UN spokesman Farhan Haq. "It's a very huge attack, certainly the worst in recent memory," Haq said.

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NBC News
12/8/2017

World Central Kitchen and L.A. Kitchen are partnering to feed the families displaced by wildfires sweeping across Southern California. The organizations planned to deliver 2,000 meals on Thursday and are expected to deliver at least another 1,000 meals daily to local shelters.

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12/8/2017

UNICEF USA began posting content on Forbes' BrandVoice platform last year in a push to appeal to millennials, and males in particular. "Finding new and young donors is critical for our fundraising goals," said Jessica Dineen, UNICEF USA's deputy director of content and social media, adding that nonprofits shouldn't shy away from posting content on sites other than their own.

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12/8/2017

Construction is underway on an expansion of the Children's Museum of Illinois to add a new law enforcement-themed wing called Heroes Hall. Executive Director Amber Kaylor said it's possible that winter weather could delay the opening, currently set for next summer.

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