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4/19/2019

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has issued a subpoena to the Department of Justice seeking the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller. Nadler wants the unredacted report and its accompanying evidence to be delivered to his committee by May 1.

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The Hill
4/19/2019

The US and Russia have declined to support a resolution created by the UK that calls for a truce to the conflict in Libya. Russia said Thursday it disapproves of how the draft places responsibility on Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Haftar for the conflict, and the US did not cite a reason its objection.

4/19/2019

A study conducted by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office found that law enforcement and the military have decreased the use of torture against detainees, but many still report ill treatment. A statement from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet implored the Afghan government to do more to eradicate torture.

4/19/2019

During World Immunization Week -- April 24 to 30 -- UNICEF has planned an initiative called #VaccinesWork to promote awareness of the importance and necessity of vaccinations. For the program, UNICEF is partnering with the World Health Organization, Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has pledged to donate $1 for every social media post that uses "#VaccinesWork" up to $1 million during the week.

4/19/2019

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation begins next week, and the International Committee of the Red Cross has said it wants to be involved in humanitarian aspects of the initiative. "We see the efforts China has spent in peacekeeping is growing very fast, and we want to strengthen our cooperation with Chinese peacekeepers," says Jacques Pellet of the ICRC.

4/19/2019

Germany drafted a resolution proposing creation of a working group of the United Nations Security Council to focus on issues of sexual violence and prevention efforts. The US, Russia and China have each voiced resistance to the draft for various reasons, with several members of the council concerned that the resolution could dilute the power of the UN's Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten.

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France 24
4/19/2019

Five political leaders and organizations were chosen by the United Nations Environment Programme to be highlighted and acknowledged for their efforts to reduce transportation emissions. The leaders were Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Chilean Minister of Environment Carolina Schmidt, Costa Rican Minister of Environment and Energy Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

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I Am Renew
4/19/2019

The Partnership for Housing Affordability is working with local governments, charities and developers in Richmond, Va., and the surrounding area to increase access to affordable housing. "Right now, there's a convergence of momentum from the jurisdictions and interest from the philanthropic community, and a willingness to fund the effort," says Richmond Realtors Association CEO Laura Lafayette, whose organization oversees the partnership.

4/19/2019

Federal workers contributed $90.2 million to charity through the Combined Federal Campaign in 2018, marking an 11% decrease from 2017 levels. Contributors volunteered more than 116,000 hours during the period.

4/19/2019

A large crowd came to the reopening of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, History and Culture in Louisiana after the organization completed a $2 million renovation of its administration building. A campaign is underway to raise the $12 million needed to fund the renovation of the rest of the museum's buildings.

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