President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met privately for more than two hours Monday in Helsinki to discuss a wide range of topics from trade issues to nuclear weapons. Trump called the meeting "a very good start for everybody."
Militia use of improvised explosive devices has driven the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan to a record high in the first six months of this year, according to a report from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Close to 1,700 civilians were killed between January and June and nearly 3,500 injured, the report says.
United Nations member states have approved an agreement 18 months in the making to improve global cooperation on ensuring migrant safety. "The implementation of the compact will bring safety, order and economic progress to everyone's benefit," says Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration Louise Arbour.
Over 230,000 people have been displaced by escalating violence in southern Syria in the past month, and the majority of them are in urgent need of medical assistance, shelter and food, according to the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Officials are urging immediate access for humanitarian aid convoys to the region.
Extremist groups often recruit men with the promise of money and wives while attracting women who have been disadvantaged by inequality, says United Nations Women policy analyst Megan Manion. Mattias Sundholm, communications adviser to the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, notes that
"any prevention program should be fully mindful about its gender implications, and should be tailored toward understanding men and women's grievances being exploited by recruiters."
Around 1.1 billion of the world's 7.6 billion people face increasing dangers from climate change because they lack access to adequate cooling and refrigeration systems, says Rachel Kyte, special representative for the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. Heat stress related to climate change could cause an additional 38,000 deaths each year between 2030 and 2050, the UN estimates.
United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov is urging restraint on all sides to avert further escalation of the conflict between Israel and Gaza, saying the region is on the "brink of war." Mladenov says the collapsed Gaza economy, interruption of political reconciliation efforts and "a very rapid deterioration in the security situation" have driven the increase in tensions.
Woodchucks gnawed the wiring in the Chevrolet Suburban that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has been storing at his mother's Wisconsin home since becoming speaker of the House and not being allowed to drive. The vehicle wouldn't start, and mechanics pinpointed the rodents as the culprit.
Black women are disproportionately affected by preventable heart disease, and two-thirds of black women do not engage in leisure time exercise. GirlTrek is working to raise awareness and encourage more women to walk while wearing "superhero blue" to show their support for the cause.
The Association of Art Museum Directors has introduced a new paid internship program to encourage more minority youth to pursue careers in art museums.
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