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11/22/2017

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 70% of Americans -- including 86% of Democrats and 52% of Republicans -- believe Puerto Rico isn't receiving the help it needs to recover from Hurricane Maria two months ago. This number is up 7 points from last month, and 63% say they closely follow the news on the situation in Puerto Rico.

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11/22/2017

While Americans are taught a tidy version of Thanksgiving's origin story, the truth is more complicated and unclear, Maya Salam writes. The basis for our holiday is up for debate, the Pilgrims already had religious freedom in Holland before leaving for the US, and there was no turkey or pie on the menu.

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11/22/2017

"Master of None" writer/star Lena Waithe and "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway say Hollywood must act swiftly and boldly to end sexual harassment and promote gender equity and racial diversity. Speaking at a panel at Vulture Fest L.A., Waithe and Soloway proposed a number of solutions, including implementing a "50/50 by 2020" mandate for leadership positions, rejecting shows without equal representation in writers' rooms, promoting mentorships, and hiring more women and minorities to host late night shows.

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11/22/2017

Dee Rees, director of the critically acclaimed film "Mudbound," says the project was an opportunity to explore the evolution of racism in America and the insidious ways it is allowed to flourish in modern society. In this interview, Rees also talks about working as a black female director in Hollywood and why she credits men with helping her earn respect in the industry. "Ironically, it hasn't been women who have helped me out. It's been gay men, white men, Italian men, men who have seen themselves in me, or their daughter. You have to find those unlikely champions who say 'I know you,'" Rees said.

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11/22/2017

"Equity" producer Sarah Megan Thomas will produce a spy thriller centered around the life of British Intelligence Officer Vera Atkins. Thomas also wrote the screenplay for the movie, and Lydia Dean Pilcher will direct.

11/22/2017

Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, a United Nations war crimes tribunal has determined. Mladic, who was described by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein as "the epitome of evil," has been sentenced to life in prison.

11/22/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for investigations into reports that African migrants are being auctioned off as slaves in Libya, urging all countries to adopt the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. "Slavery and other such egregious abuses of human rights have no place in the 21st century," he says.

11/22/2017

Australia's reluctance to uphold its international obligations has resulted in a man-made humanitarian crisis on Manus Island where some 380 asylum seekers remain without food, water or medical supplies, says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has defended her country, denying UN suggestions that alternate accommodations being offered are inadequate.

11/22/2017

The focus on allegations of sexual misconduct and assault by powerful Hollywood men could generate the traction needed to make progress in the campaign to end violence against women, says United Nations Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Speaking ahead of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25, she said stories of abuse are gaining credibility as more women come forward.

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11/22/2017

North Korean troops were in violation of a war armistice when they entered and fired across a military demarcation line as they pursued a soldier defecting to South Korea, say United Nations Command officials. The North Korean soldier was pulled to safety by South Korean soldiers and taken by helicopter to a hospital by UN Command.