The United Nations is urging restraint on all sides after clashes in the Republic of Macedonia that police say injured more than 100 people. "Violence directed at democratic institutions and elected representatives of the people is unacceptable," United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
Connecticut nonprofits oppose a proposed bill that would eliminate the sales tax exemption for nonprofits while also increasing the state's sales tax from 6.35% to almost 7%. "Tax exemptions are a small price to pay for the value that nonprofits add," the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance said.
Contributions to Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Refugee Committee and the Environmental Defense Fund have surged since President Donald Trump took office, according to Charity Navigator. The ACLU has seen an 8,000% increase in giving compared with last year, with SPLC and PP seeing 1,400% and 1,000% increases, respectively.
Tinder has launched a fundraising campaign on behalf of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in an attempt to raise $9 million to save the northern white rhinoceros species through artificial reproduction. The last surviving male northern white rhino now has a Tinder profile, and users can swipe right to donate to the effort.
The McKnight Foundation, Bush Foundation, the Minnesota Council on Foundations and several other Minnesota-based nonprofits have teamed up to create a $17.1 million investment fund that will focus on affordable housing and small business lending. "That's very Minnesotan to get together and partner in a way that is different," said Jennifer Ford Reedy, Bush Foundation president.
San Diego nonprofit Pillars of the Community is assembling a legal team to help people mistakenly listed as gang members in California's gang database, CalGang. A state law requires law enforcement to inform anyone added to the database after Jan. 1, 2018.
The US needs to strengthen its missile defense systems as tensions rise over North Korea and its growing weapons capabilities, US Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris says. "We have to look at North Korea as if Kim Jong Un will do what he says," he said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.
An operation against the Islamic State overnight Wednesday killed two US service members and wounded another. The raid took place in the same valley in Afghanistan where the US recently bombed a tunnel complex used by the militant group.
An executive order signed by President Donald Trump has established the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the VA. "With the creation of this office, we are sending a strong message: Those who fail our veterans will be held, for the first time, accountable," Trump said.
The Army will send more than 5,700 troops to Europe and Afghanistan in the next few months. Most will head to Europe in the fall as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, while about 1,700 troops will be deployed to Afghanistan in the summer.