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4/21/2017

US officials are preparing to press formal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his website's release of classified documents. Assange's lawyer, Barry Pollack, said the Justice Department has not yet informed Assange of any charges, and that he believes the site should be under the same First Amendment protection as any other news outlet.

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CNN, Fox News
4/21/2017

As President Donald Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he congratulated his administration on the work they had accomplished, saying that no other administration had done more during their first 90 days. However, both Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama passed legislation to end an economic crisis during their first days in office, while Trump's infrastructure and tax overhaul plans have yet to reach Congress.

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4/21/2017

After a two-way tie in which both candidates received 11 votes, a coin toss decided the results of the Colp, Ill., mayoral election. Candidate Tammy O'Daniell-Howell beat out her opponent, Bryan Riekena, when she called heads during the official quarter toss on Thursday.

4/21/2017

The United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea's recent failed missile launch, with delegates from the US and Russia arguing over the statement's wording. The US ultimately agreed to include language requested by Russia promoting a peaceful solution through dialogue.

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Newsweek, CBS News
4/21/2017

Achim Steiner, recently named president of the United Nations Development Programme, has a background in environmental and development issues and how they interplay. Steiner ran the UN Environment Programme until 2016.

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Achim Steiner, UN, UNDP
4/21/2017

Though no official declaration of famine has been made, areas of Yemen are facing what the United Nations World Food Programme is calling famine-like conditions, and the UN is asking for $2.1 billion for food and aid for the country. On the international scale of food security, 6.7 million people in Yemen are in phase four, with phase five being a famine.

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Reuters
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Yemen, UN, food security
4/21/2017

Overgrazing, subdivision and privatization of land in Kenya had led to property rights for women. New laws against gender discrimination also contribute, although some forms of unequal treatment continue.

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Voice of America
4/21/2017

Climate change in Bangladesh has contributed to rising sea levels, cyclones and melting snowpacks in the Himalayas. About 50 million people would be displaced by a 5-to-6-foot rise in sea level, which scientists predict by 2100.

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4/21/2017

A prisoner exchange dispute delayed a population transfer in Syria on Thursday, blockading more than 3,000 people at the handover point outside Aleppo, where a car bomb killed more than 130 people Saturday. Critics of the transfer arranged by Qatar and Iran believe it is forcing political and sectarian changes in the country.

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Aleppo, Syria, Qatar, Iran
4/21/2017

The appearance of Russian bombers near the US and some of its allies, including Japan, is part of an effort by Russian President Vladimir Putin to show off his country's rebounding military power, defense experts say. Meanwhile, Russia denies it is moving troops closer to the North Korean border as tensions rise in that region.

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CNN, The Associated Press
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