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5/18/2018

Opposition from Democrats and conservative Republicans led the House of Representatives to reject a massive farm bill in a floor vote today. A dispute over pending immigration legislation kept conservatives from supporting the bill.

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5/18/2018

According to how much space special investigations documents take up at the National Archives, the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton -- which continued even after Clinton left office -- was the largest probe, with 3,149 cubic feet of documents. The Watergate investigation has 1,362 cubic feet, and the Iran Contra probe has 1,948 cubic feet.

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5/18/2018

Thousands of Palestinians were injured and 60 were killed in a single day of protests this week while one Israeli soldier suffered minor injuries -- a contrast that suggests Israel has had a "disproportionate response," says United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. The International Criminal Court has warned that the escalating violence could justify an investigation.

5/18/2018

More than 16,000 babies have been born in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh in the past nine months, and only 3,000 of them were delivered in medical facilities, according to UNICEF. "Around 60 babies a day are taking their first breath in appalling conditions, away from home, to mothers who have survived displacement, violence, trauma and, at times, rape," says UNICEF representative Edouard Beigbeder.

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5/18/2018

Climate change will play a larger role in driving human migration than violence or political conflicts, warns Ovais Sarmad, deputy executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sarmad says rising sea levels, destructive storms and droughts will drive increasing numbers of people from their homes, and he urges the global community to welcome those displaced by weather.

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5/18/2018

Cybercrime facilitates a host of other criminal activities, including human trafficking, drug smuggling, illicit arms sales and money laundering, says Yury Fedotov, director-general of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Digital money laundering is expected to double in the next two years, and Fedotov urges global leaders to tackle the issue.

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The Guardian (London)
5/18/2018

One United Nations peacekeeper from Mauritania was killed and eight more injured when their convoy in the Central African Republic was ambushed by local militants. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack and warns that attacks on UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes.

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5/18/2018

The European Commission will begin amending a 1996 EU "blocking statute" to include US sanctions on Iran as it tries to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. Revisions to prohibit EU countries from severing business arrangements with Iran because of US sanctions would require approval by EU states.

5/18/2018

President Donald Trump drew sharp criticism this week for referring to immigrants illegally entering the US from the south as "animals." A closer look at Trump's words shows he was not referring to all such immigrants.

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5/18/2018

One thousand fundraising text messages generated $272 for the Humane Society of the United States last year, compared with $36 for the average nonprofit email solicitation. The Humane Society's Ellen Pascale offers tips for effective SMS messaging, including avoiding sending messages at rush hour or dinner time, and coordinating timing with digital marketing channels.