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2/21/2018

An investigation found that a man who died in Yellowstone National Park last summer was there looking for the $2 million buried treasure hidden by millionaire Forrest Fenn somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Jeff Murphy, 53, was the fourth man to die while searching for the loot, and Fenn offered more clues last year on the treasure's location to try to prevent treasure hunters from putting themselves in dangerous situations.

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2/21/2018

The global community should develop rules for engaging in cyberwarfare to close gaps in international law and protect civilians from the effects of digital attacks, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He warns that episodes of cyberwarfare have already occurred and says he fears future digital attacks could start global wars.

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Reuters, EconoTimes, Futurism
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2/21/2018

Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh are in urgent need of medical aid to stave off diseases like cholera, measles and diphtheria, warns the World Health Organization. Residents of the refugee camps also require health services to deal with physical and emotional trauma, as well as care for expecting mothers, newborns and the elderly.

2/21/2018

About a quarter of California's 250,000 nonprofits are led by people of color, compared to the national average of 20%, according to the Building Moving Project. More than half of people of color in leadership positions at California nonprofits say they feel underpaid.

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FastCoDesign
2/21/2018

At least 250 civilians -- including children -- have been killed this week by escalating violence in eastern Ghouta in Syria. The UN has called for a permanent cease-fire, warning that the escalating conflict is "spiraling out of control."

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2/21/2018

Approximately 2.6 million newborn children die each year, and 80% of those deaths are from preventable causes, according to a UNICEF report. The report precedes UNICEF's Every Child Alive campaign, which aims to improve care for newborns and expectant mothers.

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2/21/2018

Droughts, floods and crop failures caused by climate change are among factors driving an increase in undernourishment, leaving 224 million people hungry in Africa, according to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization official Bukar Tijani. "Under-nourishment appears to have increased from about 21 percent to nearly 23 percent between 2015 and 2016," he says.

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AfricaNews, EcoWatch
2/21/2018

A two-state solution for Israel and Palestine is the only viable option for long-term peace, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Guterres met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week and voiced his concern about the humanitarian situation in the region, urging the global community to continue providing assistance.

2/21/2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies has kicked off the 2018 Public Art Challenge, a competition in which cities with 30,000 residents or more submit sweeping ideas for revitalization and compete for one of at least three prizes worth $1 million each. The four cities that won the 2017 challenge generated a collective $13 million and focused on issues such as water conservation and culinary training.

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2/21/2018

NewsMatch, a grass-roots matching campaign started by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2016, raised $4.8 million from more than 200,000 donors for nonprofit news outlets in 2017. Since its launch, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Democracy Fund have also joined the venture, both with $1 million pledges.

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Poynter