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1/19/2018

If Congress fails to pass a spending bill and the government shuts down, about 850,000 government employees could be furloughed -- based on the number from the last shutdown -- with another 1.87 million potentially exempt from furlough. As many as 417 national parks and 19 Smithsonian museums could close, and about 1.3 million active-duty military could work without pay.

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1/19/2018

United Nations ambassadors from a number of African countries are asking US President Donald Trump to attend a summit of African leaders in Ethiopia later this month and to apologize for and retract derogatory marks he reportedly made about their region. US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says she regrets the drama caused by the alleged remarks and has promised to pass the group's comments on to Trump.

1/19/2018

The global threat posed by nuclear weapons and rising regional tensions is increasing, and leaders around the world must take action to unite in support of disarmament, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "In such a geopolitical context, confidence-building measures that support arms control, non-proliferation and the elimination of weapons of mass destruction are extremely important," he says.

1/19/2018

The collapse of Yemen's health care system following three years of war puts residents at a higher risk of contracting malaria, warn World Health Organization officials. A UNICEF report released this week says many of the 3 million children born during the war are facing malnutrition and disease.

1/19/2018

The United Nations is pledging to dedicate more resources to investigating staff claims of sexual harassment or assault and provide better support to victims following multiple complaints from female employees; measures include a victims' rights advocate, a high-level task force on sexual harassment, an employee survey and a help line. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has "prioritized addressing sexual harassment and upholding the zero tolerance policy," the organization says.

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1/19/2018

The hottest years on record are 2015, 2016 and 2017, continuing a warming trend that began in 2001, the World Meteorological Organization has confirmed. "The long-term temperature trend is far more important than the ranking of individual years, and that trend is an upward one," warns WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

1/19/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning global leaders that attempts to address issues with Iran not directly related to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action should be done in a way that does not damage the deal.
The JCPOA is a "major achievement of nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy, and has contributed to regional and international peace and security," he says.

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1/19/2018

Facebook's next news feed update is expected to reduce reach, video watch time and referral traffic to pages of the more than 1.5 million nonprofits using the platform, as well as other brands and publishers. For Greenpeace, the change comes amid plans to shift away from making posts and focus on encouraging supporters to post about its work on their own pages.

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1/19/2018

A coalition of 13 foundations in California have responded to the Trump administration's policies on immigration by shortening grantmaking timelines and giving $40 million in emergency funds to state nonprofits. Fighting President Donald Trump's rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is central to the foundations' agenda.

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1/19/2018

Nonprofits are taking a variety of steps to prepare for a potential government shutdown if Congress fails to pass a budget deal today. These include exploring emergency funding options, communicating openly with staff and contacting federal grants and contracting officers to learn about their expectations in such an event.