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7/21/2017

As President Donald Trump hit the six-month mark in office Thursday, John Kruzel took a look at how Trump has progressed at delivering his campaign promises. While efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have stalled, he has delivered on promises such as nominating a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

7/21/2017

Members of the United Nations Security Council have unanimously voted to impose sanctions against two militia groups, two businesses and four individuals, all with suspected ties to Islamic State or al-Qaida activities. Measures include freezing assets, a global travel ban and an arms embargo against all sanctioned parties.

7/21/2017

Venezuelan diplomat to the UN Isaias Medina has resigned his post in protest of President Nicolas Maduro's repression of protesters. "I cannot be part of a government that is systematically attacking protesters, that is not respecting the constitutional right of manifestation," Medina said.

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7/21/2017

Young children and the elderly are among the most vulnerable as North Korea faces the worst drought it has seen in 16 years, warns the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. "Increased food imports, commercial or through food aid, would be required during the next three months at the peak of the lean season, ensuring adequate food supply for the most vulnerable," the agency says.

7/21/2017

The practice of child marriage remains widely accepted in Indian society despite a nationwide ban, and the country must step up education and social media efforts to eradicate it, a report from ActionAid India says. UNICEF statistics show that India accounts for one-third of all child brides around the world.

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7/21/2017

Deforestation in Uganda was halved by Dutch and US researchers who offered farmers a subsidy of $28 annually for every hectare of forest left intact. Between 2005 and 2010, Uganda had one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world.

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7/21/2017

Fighting in part of South Sudan is escalating and the security of the area is volatile despite a cease-fire declared in May, says United Nations deputy peacekeeping chief El Ghassim Wane. The UN has warned of a possible genocide in the region as violent conflict escalates, driven by drought and famine.

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Voice of America, Reuters
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UN, South Sudan, South Sudan
7/21/2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned after telling President Donald Trump he strongly opposed Trump's nomination of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, according to a source. Spicer reportedly told Trump the appointment was a mistake.

7/21/2017

A fish tank wired to automatically feed the fish and control their environment enabled hackers to compromise a North American casino's network, according to a report from Darktrace.

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7/21/2017

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has introduced a "cultural plan" that links future funding with diversity for the city's arts groups and museums. The plan also requires arts organizations to set "meaningful goals" for increasing board and staff diversity.

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