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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Billy Graham, the American Christian evangelist who preached to millions around the world, has died at the age of 99. The evangelical leader prayed with and counseled the most powerful and well-known figures of the late twentieth century, including every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. Graham was a charismatic leader, religion experts say, one of the few U.S. evangelists able to avoid the religious right and appeal to mainstream America. In 1950, he founded the Billy... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Billy Graham, the American Christian evangelist who preached to millions around the world, has died at the age of 99.  The evangelical leader prayed with and counseled the most powerful and well-known figures of the late twentieth century, including every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Syrian activists reported deadly pro-government airstrikes Wednesday in the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, which this week has seen its deadliest string of daily violence in years. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes have killed at least 250 people since late Sunday. The last time so many people were killed in such a short amount of time happened in a 2013 chemical attack on the area. The surge in violence comes as Syrian forces work to... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
img-20180221-wa0000.jpg © UNESCO On 20 February 2018, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme met with local actors from the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean and its area of influence. The objective of the meeting was to identify examples of ecosystem solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. The meeting took place in Facinas, Spain, with the support of the Regional Ministry for the Environment and Territorial Planning of the Government of Andalusia, the Autonomous Local… (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab.  (Washington) – Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. February 21, 2018 Report “It’s Like We’re Always in a Prison” Abuses Against Boys Accused of National Security Offenses in Somalia Download the full report in English Download the appendix of the report in English Download… (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
After recommending a ban on devices that can make firearms more lethal and calling for stronger background checks on gun buyers, U.S. President Donald Trump is hosting a "listening session" Wednesday with students, parents and teachers who have been victimized by mass shootings in America. Among those taking part in the session are students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a former student last Wednesday killed 17 people. Trump on Tuesday termed... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Fuel made from plants like corn, soybeans, even algae have been around for decades. Now, researchers have developed an algae-powered fuel cell that is ,self-repairing, self-replicating, biodegradable and much more sustainable than existing models. Faith Lapidus has details. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
British aid agency Oxfam says it is investigating dozens of new allegations of sexual misconduct. It follows revelations last week that some Oxfam staff in Haiti paid sex workers in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the scandal looks set to mark a watershed moment for the aid sector. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A group of scientists aboard a research vessel at the “bottom of the world” are examining the effects of climate change in Antarctica. The nonprofit, environmental watchdog group Greenpeace sent the team to gather data to help build international support for declaring a part of the continent a sanctuary from industrial fishing. Arash Arabasadi reports. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a rare appearance at the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, where he urged the convening of an international peace conference in the next few months. Talks between the Israelis and Palestinians have been stalled for years and tensions are mounting, giving rise to fears of a new conflict. More from VOA's UN correspondent, Margaret Besheer. (Full Story)
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