Even with a decades-low unemployment rate, lower taxes and low inflation, many Americans are not benefiting from the vibrant economy, with a recent Oxford Economics analysis showing people in the lowest 60% of earners tap savings to pay for everyday expenses. Stagnant wages and rising gasoline and housing prices, along with student-loan debt and child-care costs, are among the reasons some people still struggle financially.
Solidarity, compassion and action to protect displaced people are the keys to addressing the global refugee crisis, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an address marking World Refugee Day. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that some 68.5 million people were displaced by the beginning of 2018, breaking records for the fifth consecutive year.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he regrets the US decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, noting the council is critical to the promotion and defense of human rights around the world. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein calls the move "disappointing" and asserts the US "should be stepping up, not stepping back" on human rights.
The World Health Organization has announced it will no longer classify being transgender as a mental illness but as a sexual health condition. This should help remove stigma and pave the way for more health care for the transgender community, advocates say.
The United Nations highlighted the plight of children born as a result of rape for this year's International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on global leaders to reaffirm their commitment to providing justice and support for all those affected.
Women are most often affected by climate change disasters and must be included in the center of efforts to mitigate risk and address climate change, says former UN climate envoy Mary Robinson. UN Association UK Executive Director Natalie Samarasinghe noted that "women all over the world are ... on the front lines of the fallout from climate change and therefore on the forefront of climate action."
About 26,000 people have been displaced as clashes between Houthi and Saudi-led forces in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah continue to escalate, the United Nations reports. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has warned that continued operations by the Saudi-led coalition in the region threaten the lives of millions of civilians.
J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School in Richmond, Va., named for a Confederate general, will become Barack Obama Elementary School starting in the upcoming school year. The school board approved the change Monday for the school whose students are about 90% black.
Kansas Army Reserve and National Guard troops, along with the Canadian army, participated in the Golden Coyote training exercise this month, helping deliver timber to Native American reservations in South Dakota. "It's great to help other communities, and this kind of mission is very similar to the missions we could be tasked with overseas," said Spc. William Curtin with the Kansas National Guard's 137th Transportation Company.
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