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6/20/2018

Women are most often affected by climate change disasters and must be included in the center of efforts to mitigate risk and address climate change, says former UN climate envoy Mary Robinson. UN Association UK Executive Director Natalie Samarasinghe noted that "women all over the world are ... on the front lines of the fallout from climate change and therefore on the forefront of climate action."

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6/20/2018

About 26,000 people have been displaced as clashes between Houthi and Saudi-led forces in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah continue to escalate, the United Nations reports. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has warned that continued operations by the Saudi-led coalition in the region threaten the lives of millions of civilians.

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6/20/2018

J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School in Richmond, Va., named for a Confederate general, will become Barack Obama Elementary School starting in the upcoming school year. The school board approved the change Monday for the school whose students are about 90% black.

6/20/2018

Kansas Army Reserve and National Guard troops, along with the Canadian army, participated in the Golden Coyote training exercise this month, helping deliver timber to Native American reservations in South Dakota. "It's great to help other communities, and this kind of mission is very similar to the missions we could be tasked with overseas," said Spc. William Curtin with the Kansas National Guard's 137th Transportation Company.

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6/20/2018

The Senate has approved a $716 billion defense policy bill, setting the stage for talks with the House to reconcile their two versions. The bills differ on military size, weapons systems and Pentagon reform.

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6/20/2018

Reserve airmen with the 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight provided medical assessments, dental exams, immunizations, lab work and other health-related services to 254th Air Base Group Air National Guard troops recently. "Guard airmen get the care they need in order to be worldwide qualified, while our Reserve citizen airmen get valuable hands-on specialty experience," said Tech. Sgt. Vincent Nelson of the 624th AMDF.

6/20/2018

App and online content addiction is a growing problem, and organizations like the nonprofit Time Well Spent are working to raise awareness about the issue. "We've always had persuasion, we've always had advertising, and we've always had propaganda, but the scale and personalization make this really a new situation," said Tristan Harris, who runs the nonprofit.

6/20/2018

Exelon, First Solar, the American Wind Energy Association and other entities are helping fund Americans for Carbon Dividends, a new bipartisan nonprofit that will advocate the creation of a carbon dividend plan. Other companies that supported the plan, like Exxon Mobil, may also sign on soon.

6/20/2018

Human Rights Watch is speaking out against the Trump administration's decision to exit the United Nations Human Rights Council. "The Trump administration's withdrawal is a sad reflection of its one-dimensional human rights policy: Defending Israeli abuses from criticism takes precedence above all else," says Kenneth Roth, the nonprofit's executive director.

6/19/2018

South Carolina state Sen. Tom Davis outlines the compromise that led to the passage of a previously rejected HOA bill by the Legislature. The revised bill requires HOAs to notify homeowners at least two days prior to budget meetings and instructs the Department of Consumer Affairs to provide educational information about HOAs.

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