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6/14/2019

In the wake of President Donald Trump's remarks that he would likely accept opposition research from foreign sources, the chair of the Federal Elections Commission warned candidates that accepting such help is illegal. Trump, meanwhile, said he would report such foreign offers to the FBI if it was found to be "incorrect or badly stated."

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New York Post, The Hill
6/14/2019

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned attacks on two civilian oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and urges all parties in the region to seek out facts before engaging in a confrontation. The US has said Iran is responsible and is pressing the UN Security Council to address the recent spate of tanker attacks in the area, while officials in Iran deny responsibility.

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Approximately half of the 41 countries on which UNICEF analyzed data provide the recommended six months or more of paid maternity leave, and many wealthy nations provide less support for families than countries with smaller GDPs, according to a United Nations report. Family-friendly policies "depend a lot on, not just the political priorities of a particular day or a particular government administration, but they really sometimes build on how society views children and women," says Yekaterina Chzhen, lead author of the report.

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6/14/2019

Officials from the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern today in the wake of news that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to Uganda. The other four declarations in WHO's history have pertained to swine flu, polio, Zika and a 2014 Ebola outbreak.

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United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten is calling for a UN human rights monitoring team to be sent to Sudan to investigate allegations that Sudanese militias have gang-raped female protesters and medical personnel. Members of the UN Security Council are meeting today to discuss the crisis in the country.

6/14/2019

Climate change is one of the most significant crises facing the world today and the United Nations has a responsibility to "assume global leadership" in addressing the issue, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He expresses hope that world leaders will commit to lowering emissions to meet limit temperature increases at the climate summit he will host this fall.

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6/14/2019

Houthi military forces appear to be honoring an agreement to withdraw from three ports in Yemen's Hodeidah region, with no Houthi forces detected in the region in the past month, according to Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, head of the United Nations monitoring mission in Hodeidah. Lollesgaard confirms the Yemeni coast guard has been providing security in the ports, but says he can't confirm if the coast guard is operating at the agreed upon levels.

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Reuters, The New Arab (UK)
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6/14/2019

The Purple Heart Foundation and its parent, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which have been operating as separate entities for years, continue to struggle financially and internally over trademark disputes, funding agreements and fundraising tactics. The foundation's attempt to diversify its fundraising streams performed poorly, and the order is suing for the right to the "Purple Heart" brand as it mulls an updated fundraising strategy.

6/14/2019

The Bullitt Foundation has decided to spend down most of its endowment over the next five years, after allocating more than $200 million to environmental causes in the Northwest over the past 25 years. The organization always planned to wind down and realizes it "must pass the torch to the next generation of environmental philanthropists," President and CEO Denis Hayes says.

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6/14/2019

Approximately 84% of nonprofit employees reported high levels of job satisfaction, with that figure climbing to 92% for those who work in fundraising, according to a report from Classy. Fifty-three percent of satisfied nonprofit employees also routinely donate, the report says.