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11/20/2017

A 1982 time capsule installed at Seattle's Space Needle was supposed to be opened in 2002, but as staff turned over and the plaque marking its placement disappeared, the capsule was forgotten. It was discovered last week and opened after 35 years, revealing original sketches of the Space Needle, photos of elevator operators, a menu from the building's restaurant and more.

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11/20/2017

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has refused to accept "blue slips" signaling home-state senators' objections to the judicial nominations of David Stras and Kyle Duncan, respectively. The "blue slip" process acquired more power in 2013 when filibusters were eliminated as a means of objecting to judicial nominations.

11/20/2017

The number of individuals registered for federal disaster aid increased 10 times over during 2017, from 480,000 people to around 4.7 million, after the US experienced a series of major natural disasters. The White House has requested an additional $44 billion from Congress to help FEMA fund the increased number of assistance claims.

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11/20/2017

Showing vulnerability as a leader can reveal an authentic and human side of your personality that resonates with team members, writes Mary Jo Asmus. By showing your softer side and admitting you don't know all the answers, you can build team connections and trust.

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11/20/2017

Violent conflicts, poor governance and financial crises have prompted a drop in the quality of life for children in 37 countries, and one child in 12 faces a bleaker future than they would have 20 years ago, according to UNICEF's World Children's Day report. The theme for this year's day is #KidsTakeOver, encouraging children to help address issues faced by their less fortunate peers.

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11/20/2017

Experts met last week at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons to discuss potential limits on the development of autonomous weapons, with some countries calling for an outright ban. CCW chair Amandeep Gill dismissed concerns about robots taking over, saying "humans are still in charge."

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11/20/2017

The United Nations Refugee Agency is prepared to assist Myanmar in the processing and verification of Rohingya citizenship if the country will agree to repatriate more than 600,000 Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh since August, says UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

11/20/2017

Women in North Korea are underrepresented in many areas of the workforce and denied access to education, and many face domestic violence, sexual assault and malnutrition, according to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The committee also found that penalties for many crimes against women in North Korea have been reduced.

11/20/2017

The annual United Nations climate conference closed last week with an agreement from 190 countries to ramp up efforts to address climate change by 2020. The conference "underlined that support for the Paris agreement is strong and that the journey upon which the world has embarked is an unstoppable movement supported by all sectors of society, across all parts of the globe," says Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Climate Change secretariat.

11/20/2017

Escalating violence targeting civilians in Syria has severely wounded or killed dozens of people in the past few days, and UN coordinator for humanitarian and development affairs in Syria, Ali al-Zaatari, is urging all sides to protect civilians. Two summits -- one between Russia, Turkey and Iran and one among groups who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- will be held this week in an effort to end Syria's civil war.