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8/21/2017

Global leaders must provide greater protection for civilians trapped in conflicts, as well as for workers who risk their lives to provide aid, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while marking World Humanitarian Day. "No one is winning these wars. We are all losing," he said.

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8/21/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned a terrorist attack in Finland that left two people dead and several wounded last week. Finnish authorities have arrested a suspect and are treating the incident as an act of terrorism.

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8/21/2017

Nearly 500 bodies have been recovered after landslides devastated the city of Freetown in Sierra Leone last week, and officials warn that the chances of finding any of the hundreds of people still missing alive are dwindling. More rain is forecast and the government has warned residents to evacuate the nearby mountainside.

8/21/2017

Natural disasters caused by climate change could displace 200 million people by 2050, according to the International Organization for Migration. Meanwhile, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification predicts that increasing desertification could displace close to 135 million people by 2045.

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8/21/2017

More than 100 technology and artificial-intelligence industry leaders are urging the United Nations to ban "morally wrong" technology under the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. A UN group focused on these kinds of weapons is scheduled to meet in November.

8/21/2017

Members of the Taliban and Islamic State are jointly responsible for the killings of at least 36 people in an Afghan village earlier this month -- an act that violates international law and could constitute war crimes, according to a United Nations investigation.
"The perpetrators of these killings and crimes must be held accountable," says UNAMA chief Tadamichi Yamamoto.

8/21/2017

President Donald Trump will address the nation tonight about the strategy for the war in Afghanistan and other parts of South Asia from Fort Myer in Virginia. Trump tweeted Saturday that Afghanistan had been discussed at Camp David on Friday, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis has confirmed that a decision has been made on a new strategy for the war.

8/21/2017

About half of Americans surveyed who paid for medical care in the previous year said they knew beforehand what they would owe, and 3% of those people shopped around to compare costs, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Three-fourths of participants didn't know of a resource for comparing prices, the study noted.

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8/21/2017

Computer-simulated exercises are underway through the end of the month in South Korea as tensions with North Korea remain high. US and South Korean officials say the exercises are defensive and aren't intended to increase tensions.

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8/21/2017

A search is underway for 10 sailors missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker early this morning near Singapore. The damaged guided-missile destroyer has arrived at Changi Naval Base with significant damage.

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