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1/15/2018

Residents and visitors in Hawaii received an urgent alert Saturday about an incoming ballistic missile, which was confirmed 38 minutes later as a false alarm. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said the mistake emphasizes the need for President Donald Trump to negotiate with North Korea on denuclearization.

1/15/2018

While a false alert about an incoming missile had never reached the public before Saturday's alert in Hawaii, there have been several false alarms within the US government since nuclear weapons were developed. In 1960, radar mistook the moon rising over Norway as inbound missiles, and in 1979 a technician accidentally inserted a "war game" tape into a computer, which simulated a missile attack.

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1/15/2018

Reform of the United Nations Security Council should aim toward a "balance of power" that offers a greater diversity among the countries that get to have a say, said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He also expressed support for the work done by the Group of 77.

1/15/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Colombia this past weekend and urged members of the National Liberation Army to halt violence and re-engage in peace talks with the country's government. "There is no justification for the armed conflict in Colombia to continue," Guterres said.

1/15/2018

Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh after a violent crackdown by Myanmar military forces need reassurances they will be offered citizenship, security and basic human rights before returning home, says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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1/15/2018

A rule in Ghana that bars menstruating girls from crossing a river to get to school is a violation of girls' right to education, says Shamima Muslim Alhassa, UNICEF menstrual hygiene ambassador. The agency estimates that 10% of girls in Africa are absent from school because of menstruation.

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1/15/2018

Global leaders must take action against climate change, including financial commitments, or risk damaging the planet for future generations, says United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak.

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1/15/2018

A Syrian government campaign to retake control of Eastern Ghouta has killed 177 civilians and wounded at least 800 more as it targets schools and hospitals, according to Syrian group White Helmets. The region was designated a cease-fire zone last year.

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1/15/2018

The Isabella Stewart Garden Museum in Boston is seeking to recover 13 works -- including ones by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet -- that were stolen in 1990. The museum's board has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the recovery of the works, which are valued at $500 million.

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1/15/2018

Online donations increased 38% in the last week of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, according to an analysis by the The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Network for Good. Online donors collectively gave $14.4 million on New Year's Eve, the report noted.