Renewed fighting and shelling in the southwest of Syria puts some 750,000 people at risk, warns the United Nations. Rights advocates say over 12,000 civilians in the region have been forced from their homes in the past three days.
The number of people going hungry around the world rose from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016 -- the first time in over a decade the figure has increased, according to a United Nations report. Violent conflict, drought and climate-related natural disasters are driving global hunger, the report says.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging officials in the US to find an alternative to detaining children caught crossing the US-Mexico border, with or without their parents. "We have said time and again the children should never be detained in relation to their or their parents' migration status," says spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.
Journalists in Nigeria received training on how to report on gender-sensitive issues ahead of the 2019 election at a two-day workshop funded by the United Nations Women agency. "Women have 48% of the population in Nigeria but they are poorly represented in the Senate, House of Representatives and State Houses of Assembly," says UN Women representative James Bigila.
Almost a third of children under 18 experience unsafe levels of air pollution, with more than 4.5 million UK children affected, UNICEF warns. "It's unacceptable that the most vulnerable members of society, who contribute the least to air pollution, are the ones suffering most from its effects," says UNICEF UK representative Amy Gibbs.
Members of the Houthi militia in Yemen have reportedly indicated they are prepared to hand over control of Hodeidah to the United Nations. UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths says he is confident a deal can be reached to prevent further escalation of violence in the port city.
President Donald Trump said the total denuclearization of North Korea has already begun, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he is not aware that North Korea has taken any steps to get rid of its nuclear program. The details of denuclearization still have to be worked out, he said.
The Kate Spade brand will donate $1 million to mental health organizations, including a $250,000 gift to the Crisis Text Line and up to an additional $100,000 through a donation matching program. "We hope that our support will shed even more light on the disease and encourage those who suffer from mental health issues to seek help. Collectively, we must all do more," said Anna Bakst, Kate Spade president and CEO.
Facebook pages and other online and crowdfunding efforts have generated at least $26.6 million for immigrant-focused nonprofits over the last month. As a result, organizations such as The Young Center and the Texas Civil Rights Project are hiring more staff to further their missions.
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