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8/17/2018

Cleanup workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are at risk of exploitation and may have been misled about the health risks of the job, United Nations experts say. "Workers hired to decontaminate Fukushima reportedly include migrant workers, asylum seekers and people who are homeless," the experts say.

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8/17/2018

Many Central American child migrants end up being deported to their home countries, where they face poverty, gang violence and a lack of access to education, according to a UNICEF report. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says 60% of human trafficking victims in Central America and the Caribbean are children.

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8/17/2018

Workers from the World Health Organization and UNICEF are continuing efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo with vaccinations, education and hand-washing stations. The risk is that authorities fail to stop the disease's spread and it becomes a "multicountry regional outbreak," said Peter Salama, a WHO deputy secretary-general.

8/17/2018

The federal government in Nigeria paid a ransom to Boko Haram militants for 111 girls who were kidnapped from a school this year, according to a United Nations report. Ransom payments and the widespread use of cash are fueling extremist activities in the country, the report suggests.

8/17/2018

Increasing development and pollution in areas where elephants live and travel are affecting their health and population, warns United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim. "India has 101 elephant corridors, and we must do whatever it takes to protect and preserve these," he says.

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8/17/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is "encouraged" by Israel's reopening of the Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza.

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8/17/2018

Democratic senators requested documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from the National Archives, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated that his caucus is prepared to sue if they aren't released within 20 days. The Archives stated it is unable to heed the request because there are "several million pages" of Kavanaugh documents.

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8/17/2018

FWD.us, an organization formed by tech industry elites such as Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates in 2013, is dedicated to immigration reform in the US. The organization is working to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and reunite separated children with their parents.

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8/17/2018

US foundations gave $9.3 billion to international relief efforts in 2015, and more than $35 billion during the five years prior, according to a Council on Foundations and Foundation Center report. More than 50% of the total given was for health-related purposes.

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8/17/2018

The March for Our Lives' Road to Change bus tour has been taking place across the US this summer, raising awareness about voter registration and gun violence. Advocates have also been working to share how gun violence disproportionately affects black communities.