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2/19/2018

The household incomes of people currently in their early 30s is 4% lower on average than the incomes that people born between 1966 and 1980 had at the same age, according to a study of eight high-income nations by the Resolution Foundation. "It's no secret that the financial crisis hit the vast majority of advanced economies hard, holding back millennial income progress in countries around the world," said Daniel Tomlinson, a policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation.

2/19/2018

Bills have been proposed in the Maryland General Assembly that would either change certain lyrics to the state's song or replace it entirely. The song, which was written in 1861 and adopted in 1939, refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a "despot" and boasts that Maryland "spurns the Northern scum!"

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2/19/2018

Facebook has added a feature to its Community Help tool that allows nonprofits and companies to share information and request volunteers during disaster situations. Feeding America, Save the Children, Direct Relief and Lyft are among the entities signed up to use the feature.

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2/19/2018

There are several levels of questions to ask that can dig into root causes and help improve understanding and outcomes, Bruce Court writes. These include basic fact-finding questions, queries that seek to understand thought processes and queries that push back on what's known, such as, "What happens if nothing changes?"

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2/19/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the annual Munich Security Conference on Friday, urging world leaders to unify while warning against a variety of threats, including cyberattacks. "The fact is we haven't been able to discuss whether or not the Geneva convention applies to cyberwar and whether international humanitarian law applies to cyberwar," he said.

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2/19/2018

France, Britain and the US are drafting a United Nations Security Council resolution that would renew sanctions against Yemen, impose sanctions for ballistic missiles use or activity in Yemen and condemn Iran for its role in failing to prevent Houthi militia groups in Yemen from acquiring ballistic missiles.

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2/19/2018

US reductions in aid to Gaza refugees are disrupting critical services and destabilizing the region, warns United Nations Relief and Works Agency Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl. "Here in the region already you don't have a political horizon, there is no solution, no negotiation on the horizon," he says.

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Sky News
2/19/2018

Leaders in the Middle East should re-examine their legal structures, budgets and mindsets to see if they are recognizing the value women can provide to their countries, says International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde. "If you can't find your voice, get the support of other men and women who'll be supporting you along the way," Lagarde said to women in the region.

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2/19/2018

Even conflict-affected communities can improve their preparedness for natural disasters, says United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction head Robert Glasser. A report by UN agencies and aid groups suggests conflicts flare up when resources are scarce, often because of natural disasters.

2/19/2018

Proposed reforms before the Australian Parliament risk discouraging journalists, rights activists and whistleblowers from coming forward, as well as violating rights guaranteed under international law, according to three United Nations special rapporteurs. Australian officials say the rules are aimed at reducing interference by foreign countries.

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