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9/20/2018

Just as the ancient Greeks talked about ethos, logos and pathos, making persuasive arguments today requires credibility and logic, as well as an emotional appeal, says Carmine Gallo, Harvard instructor and author. "Everything about human nature -- from the stock market to where we invest to how we vote — is based on our emotional narratives that we tell each other as groups and within individuals," he says.

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9/19/2018

Myanmar army members have committed "the gravest crimes under international law" against Rohingya Muslims and must be held accountable in the International Criminal Court or other tribunal, according to a report by United Nations investigators. "I have never been confronted by crimes as horrendous and on such a scale as these," said Marzuki Darusman, head of the investigative team.

9/19/2018

General Assembly president Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces opened the assembly's 73rd session on Tuesday with pledges to prioritize gender equality efforts and create a global compact related to migration and refugees. Espinosa Garces says she will also promote peace and support for environmental efforts.

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9/19/2018

UNICEF is urging officials in Malaysia to enforce a law against child marriage, criticizing the union of a 15-year-old girl to a 44-year-old man this week. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said "the girl had consented to the marriage," making it legal in the country.

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9/19/2018

African countries must prioritize environmental protection as they develop and encourage the adoption of sustainable energy, says United Nations Environment Programme chief Erik Solheim. "We want to take care of the environment because that is the noble practice," Solheim says.

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9/19/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has endorsed a deal brokered between Turkey and Russia to create a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region, saying the agreement "should avert a full-scale military operation and provide reprieve for millions of civilians." Guterres is urging all parties in the region to uphold the agreement.

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9/19/2018

Charitable-giving rates in the US during the second quarter of 2018 fell for the second straight quarter, with 6.6% fewer donors making charitable contributions compared to the year prior, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project. "Our organizations really need to be focused on cultivating and securing their current donors and ensuring they'll receive the gifts they need," says Growth in Giving Initiative chairwoman Elizabeth Boris.

9/19/2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's second annual Goalkeepers report identifies 13 issues where an increased focus could directly improve the quality of people's lives in low-income nations like many in Africa. The report highlights the need for safe sanitation, equitable banking and increased access to vaccinations.

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9/19/2018

San Diego County, Calif., philanthropist and businessman Guy Clum has donated $13.8 million to the San Diego Foundation to increase access to early-childhood education in the county. "We want to support the expansion of access to care that is not only high quality and addressing the needs of the children that they serve, but that is also accessible financially to families," says Katie Rast, the foundation's community impact director.

9/19/2018

Army Reserve lawyers are lending their expertise to emergency operations related to Hurricane Florence. The Army Reserve Legal Command troops are helping civil and federal entities with the legal aspects of disaster activities, including coordination of military support and evacuations.

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