The United Nations Security Council has condemned the sale of migrants in Libya and unanimously called on Libyan officials to investigate the situation, which they say could constitute crimes against humanity. The council also urged Libya to cooperate with humanitarian and UN agencies to ensure aid reaches those in Libyan detention centers.
Some 480 injured and seriously ill residents of Damascus -- including nearly 200 children -- are still waiting on Syrian officials to grant them permission to evacuate the city for medical treatment, according to the World Health Organization. The UN called on world leaders to help arrange evacuations last week, but officials say there has been no movement from the Syrian government.
Seventy percent of sexual violence victims in Colombia are girls, according to UNICEF. "Violence against women in Colombia disproportionately affects girls and because of this we must continue to struggle so that these circumstances change and that our girls and adolescents can grow up in safe and healthy environments," says UNICEF representative Roberto de Bernardi.
The number of people in South Sudan at the brink of famine has doubled since last year to more than 1.2 million, and half of the country's population will require emergency food aid in early 2018, says United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock. He warns that famine conditions are likely in several parts of the country beginning in March.
An attack in eastern Congo has killed 14 United Nations peacekeepers and injured more than 50, according to UN spokesman Farhan Haq. "It's a very huge attack, certainly the worst in recent memory," Haq said.
A poor credit rating doesn't automatically rule out the possibility of obtaining a loan. While noting that the terms may not be ideal, Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora looks at the options, including nonbank lenders, as well as loans backed by the Small Business Administration.
The Malawi's Pizza franchise provides free food to children in Malawi for every meal purchased, and it has already sent more than 1 million meals to the country. Patrick and Rebecca Church, franchisees for Malawi's Pizza in Virginia, have contributed to that total, having sold about 20,000 meals a month since opening their location.
David Graham, creator of the franchise Code Ninjas, has opened a location in Pearland, Texas, and has already sold the rights to many more units. Graham's franchise is designed to teach children between the ages of 7 and 14 how to code by building video games.