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3/22/2017

After a report from The Associated Press that he colluded with Russian officials to further Russia's political interests in the US presidential campaign, President Donald Trump's former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, stepped up to refute the allegations. Manafort claims that he represented Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in business matters, but did not use that work to carry out Russia's political agenda.

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3/22/2017

President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to environmental programs could eliminate billions of dollars from Republican districts, according to a Bloomberg analysis. The money provided through environmental spending helps fund projects contracted by companies such as Harris Corp. and United Technologies, and also helps reduce energy and maintenance costs to government buildings.

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Bloomberg
3/22/2017

After signing a bill to add human exploration of Mars to NASA's mission, President Donald Trump considered possible candidates to send into orbit -- and Congress was one of those options. After Sen. Ted Cruz first offered up the suggestion, Trump responded, "What a great idea that could be."

3/22/2017

One in four children will live in an area facing water shortages by 2040, according to a report released by UNICEF to mark World Water Day. Water stress "will go up in areas of rapid urbanization, and we are already seeing that throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia," said Nicholas Rees, one of the report's authors.

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3/22/2017

Systemic discrimination and nationalism are the top barriers to development among marginalized populations, according to the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report. "By eliminating deep, persistent, discriminatory social norms and laws, and addressing the unequal access to political participation, which have hindered progress for so many, poverty can be eradicated and a peaceful, just, and sustainable development can be achieved for all," said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

3/22/2017

More than 20,000 migrants -- mostly from sub-Saharan Africa -- have made their way to Europe across the Mediterranean so far this year, which marks a significant increase over last year's traffic, said the United Nations International Organization for Migration. "We are already racing at a pace of arrivals that has exceeded anything we've seen before in the Mediterranean," said IOM spokesman Joel Millman.

3/22/2017

Four agencies had issued warnings about the Virgen de la Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala before a fire at the institution killed 40 girls this month. About 700 children were housed in the property, which had a maximum capacity of 500, and children were denied education, beaten and raped, insiders say.

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3/22/2017

Climate change in 2016 brought record high temperatures, polar ice depletion and rising sea levels, according to a report from the World Meteorological Organization. "We are seeing other remarkable changes across the planet that are challenging the limits of our understanding of the climate system. We are now in truly uncharted territory," said WMO's David Carlson.

3/22/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed ending the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti and withdrawing all military personnel by Oct. 15. Guterres suggested to Security Council members that a smaller peacekeeping force be formed to continue support for police training and rule of law.

3/22/2017

Lawmakers have introduced legislation to expand Department of Veterans Affairs services for female veterans. The bill would require VA facilities to have at least one women's health-care specialist on staff and have facilities retrofitted to offer more privacy for women patients, among other provisions.