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5/25/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced his concerns about the cancellation of a summit between US and North Korean leaders and is urging both sides to continue diplomatic efforts. "If I have a message to all the parties, what I ask for are nerves of steel so that one can put in place a process of dialogue capable of achieving our shared objective which must be peaceful denuclearization and verified denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," he says.

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5/25/2018

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the use of starvation as a method of warfare, unanimously adopting a resolution that recognizes the connection between conflict and hunger. UN data indicate that 75% of children under five with stunted growth -- and the majority of food-insecure people around the world -- live in regions affected by armed conflict.

5/25/2018

Health officials and partner organizations leapt to action to identify people who might have come into contact with the Ebola virus after two dying Ebola patients were removed from a hospital by their families to attend a prayer meeting, says Peter Salama, head of emergency response at the World Health Organization.

5/25/2018

Ireland has taken recent steps to strengthen laws against child marriage and sexual exploitation, but leaders in the country must do more to support victims, says United Nations Special Rapporteur Maud de Boer-Buquicchio. As an example, she notes there is just one sexual assault treatment center for children in the country.

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5/25/2018

The success of hydraulic fracturing in the US is unlikely to be replicated, and countries seeking new energy sources should be aware of the environmental risks the practice poses, according to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. "Climate change means that all countries must, as a matter of strategic urgency, move away from burning fossil fuels, including shale gas," says UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi.

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5/25/2018

Leaders around the world have a duty to minimize the risk of all kinds of weapons, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as he unveiled an agenda for global disarmament. "Our world is going backwards," Guterres said, adding that "governments are pouring resources into updating old weapons systems, developing new ones, and entering into what many see as a new arms race."

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5/25/2018

North Korea said in statement today that it is open to talks with the US after President Donald Trump canceled a planned summit between the two countries. Trump called the statement "productive" and said he hopes it will lead to peace.

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5/25/2018

President Donald Trump says he recently used the word "animals" in reference to MS-13 gang members, not undocumented immigrants as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has claimed. Trump's claim that he was targeting gang members is likely true, but his statements regarding Pelosi's supposed support for MS-13 are not, Lori Robertson writes.

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FactCheck
5/25/2018

May 22 is known as Bitcoin Pizza Day because Laszlo Hanyecz spent 10,000 bitcoins on two large Papa John's pizzas on May 22, 2010, in what may have been the first product purchase made with bitcoin. Unfortunately for Hanyecz, while the bitcoins were worth about $30 at the time, they would be worth $82 million today.

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Quartz
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5/25/2018

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will donate an additional $42 million to US cities. As part of a 2017 Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative with an initial budget of $200 million, the foundation says it is "the largest-ever effort to support mayors and city halls."

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