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8/21/2018

Ronald McDonald House Charities has received a $100 million donation from pharmaceuticals firm AbbVie, with plans to use the funds to expand its current locations and accommodate more families, says Chief Development Officer Kelly Dolan. "It is a transformational gift," Dolan adds.

8/21/2018

The St. Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations are updating their strategy to give the communities they serve a bigger voice when it comes to projects and investments. The organizations control a combined $1.3 billion in assets and give away $100 million annually to more than 2,000 area nonprofits.

8/21/2018

African American Teaching Fellows is trying to attract more teachers of color to positions in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Va. "[N]ationally, there's a shortage of teachers in general, but there is a greater shortage of teachers of color," says Executive Director Tamara Dias.

8/20/2018

The United Nations acknowledged World Humanitarian Day over the weekend with a "living petition" installation at UN headquarters intended to advocate for the safety of aid workers and civilians in conflict areas. "The thousands of faces that make up the living petition will be on display to remind world leaders of their legal obligation to protect civilians in conflict," said Mark Lowcock, chief of UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Humanitarian Affairs.

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8/20/2018

Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General who died Saturday at 80, was "a guiding force for good," said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Annan was UN peacekeeping chief before serving two terms as secretary-general, where he championed the UN Global Compact, and later diplomatic efforts in Kenya, Syria and Myanmar.

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8/20/2018

Language regarding the ability of governments to disregard medical patents for the sake of public health is a sticking point in negotiations ahead of a United Nations meeting on tuberculosis and noncommunicable diseases.

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8/20/2018

Increased emphasis, training and funding is needed to ensure humanitarian workers have access to mental health care, experts say. "In order to really address mental health issues, I would approach it from the other side and ask what does our workforce look like when it has good mental health, and take a more optimal and ethical approach," says Christine Williamson of Duty of Care International.

8/20/2018

Swiss-based Energy Vault provides an alternative to pumped-hydro energy storage by using concrete blocks and cranes instead of water and dams. The Energy Vault concept contends that because concrete is denser than water, lifting a block of concrete requires more energy and can store more energy than a water tank of the same size.

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8/20/2018

Taliban forces kidnapped about 170 people from buses in Afghanistan, but government forces had rescued nearly 150 of them within hours. Twenty-one hostages are still being held.

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8/20/2018

President Donald Trump criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference and the media after The New York Times published a report about White House counsel Don McGahn providing 30 hours of testimony to Mueller's team. The report said McGahn provided information because he worried he would be used as a scapegoat, but Trump said he allowed McGahn to cooperate.