Defense Secretary James Mattis has arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, for a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani. Mattis told reporters en route that he felt victory in Afghanistan was still possible, though it may not be a military victory but rather a political reconciliation between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
The United Nations will continue to support Kenyan efforts toward peace, stability and development and welcomes the news of dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Kenyatta and Odinga last week declared they would work together to find a long-term solution to political problems in their country.
Evacuations of sick and wounded residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta region have begun -- the first time in the recent monthlong spate of violence that aid workers have been able to evacuate those in need of medical care. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an immediate cease-fire, but Russia says it will continue attacks on terrorists in the area.
Reports suggest that actions taken by the government of Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslim population were a deliberate attempt to eliminate the Rohingya presence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and could constitute genocide, says Adama Dieng, United Nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide. UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee says Myanmar's military has undertaken new offensives in other regions as well.
Changing the power dynamics that facilitate discrimination and violence against women is a goal that serves all people, and the Commission on the Status of Women plays a vital role in making that happen, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the CSW's annual meeting. "I am a proud feminist. All men should support women's rights and gender equality," Guterres said in a tweet about the event.
Facebook has played a "determining role" in the ongoing conflict in Myanmar by contributing to the spread of hate speech and incitement of violence, according to investigators with the United Nations' Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar. The government of Sri Lanka recently took steps to block Facebook access in the country, saying inflammatory posts were inciting violence against Muslims.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his country was deceived when ratifying the Rome Statute and will withdraw from the International Criminal Court immediately. Duterte says the ICC violated due process as the court began investigating his government for crimes against humanity.
A former Pennsylvania TV weatherman has announced his plans to run for Congress. The weatherman, who legally changed his name from Drew Anderson to Meteorologist Drew Anderson, is collecting signatures to run on the primary ballot as a Republican.
Nonprofit Avaaz placed 7,000 pairs of children's shoes on the lawn of the US Capitol on Tuesday to raise awareness about gun violence and school shootings. "Every pair of shoes out here represents a child who can't march for themselves anymore," said program director Nell Greenberg, whose daughter's shoes were included in the display.
Nonprofits, like for-profit businesses, use different business models and can't be evaluated by a universal set of of standards, especially when it comes to overhead costs, writes Ruth McCambridge, editor in chief of Nonprofit Quarterly. Using the same standards to compare all nonprofits creates confusion, is harmful and prevents the public from recognizing good management in the sector, she writes.