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8/19/2019

Iran reportedly executed 253 people last year, including seven children, and continues to violate residents' rights to life, liberty and a fair trial, says United Nations human rights expert Javaid Rehman. Iran applies the death penalty to more than 80 offenses, including many which are not considered serious crimes under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Rehman says.

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8/19/2019

Members of the United Nations Security Council met behind closed doors on Friday to discuss India's decision to revoke Kashmir's special status and its subsequent crackdown on Kashmiri residents. The Chinese envoy to the UN says Security Council members believe both India and Pakistan must refrain from unilateral action in Kashmir, but the group did not reach a consensus on issuing a statement.

8/19/2019

Approximately 250,000 Rohingya children under 14 who have been living in refugee camps in Bangladesh for the past two years are receiving only an informal education and a further 25,000 are getting no education at all, UNICEF warns in a report. Only 3% of teens between 15 and 18 are receiving a formal education, report author Simon Ingram says.

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8/19/2019

The tens of thousands of women who provide aid and support in crisis situations make a "huge difference" in the lives of the people they help, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an address marking World Humanitarian Day. Women's presence on the front lines of conflicts increases the reach of humanitarian aid and improves the response to gender-based violence, Guterres added.

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8/19/2019

The United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights are partnering to promote the human right to a healthy environment and to protect environmental defenders. "A healthy environment is vital to fulfilling our aspiration to ensure people everywhere live a life of dignity," says UNEP executive director Inger Andersen.

8/19/2019

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya condemned repeated attacks by the Libyan National Army last week on a civilian airport in western Libya that UNSMIL says had no military infrastructure or assets. The UN-recognized government of Libya today announced it had shot down an armed drone belonging to the United Arab Emirates it says was targeting another airport.

8/19/2019

President Donald Trump on Sunday reported he doubts a recession is coming, though 74% of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics report expecting one by 2021. Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, echoed Trump's optimistic position, stating that increased consumer earning is driving spending.

8/19/2019

A power outage in Brandenburg, Ky., last week was reportedly caused by a large snake wrapping itself around a transformer. The Meade County Rural Electric crew was able to restore power and later shared photos on Facebook.

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8/19/2019

Nonprofits can safeguard themselves from increasing scrutiny over the source of their donations and board member actions by having policies in place that outline when someone may be asked to resign, says Melissa Berman, president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Failing to do so can lead to public protests and funding issues, which waste management's time and distract the board, she says, offering the example of Warren Kanders' resignation from the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

8/19/2019

Parole system reform is a key issue for philanthropist and REFORM Alliance board member Laura Arnold, who says the current system is "deeply broken, inefficient and unfair." "REFORM's plan is ambitious -- they're aiming to dramatically reduce the number of people under community supervision in the next few years," she says, noting states spend $2.8 billion annually to imprison people for technical probation violations such as failing to fill out paperwork.

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