Multiple sources say National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will soon be removed by President Donald Trump, although the timing is unclear. "I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want," Trump said Tuesday, noting Thursday that "there will always be change" when it comes to personnel.
President Donald Trump told GOP donors that the US has a trade deficit with Canada of $17 billion a year, and that number addresses trade in goods. When goods and services are counted, the US Census Bureau reports, the US enjoyed an almost $2.8 billion trade surplus with Canada in 2017.
If team members are not willing to help each other, it may indicate discontent caused by management, writes William Vanderbloemen. Leaders need to exemplify a culture of collaboration and be willing to dismiss a toxic employee or executive, he writes.
Over 2 billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water, and some 700 million could be displaced from their homes by intense water scarcity by 2030, according to the United Nations and the World Bank. "The world can no longer afford to take water for granted," says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.
The United Nations Security Council warned South Sudan this week it would levy an arms embargo against the country to cut off weapons supplies if violence persists. The council also renewed its peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for another year.
There is strong evidence to suggest that Mexican investigators used torture and arbitrary detention while questioning suspects about the 2014 disappearance of a group of students, according to a report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The findings "point to a pattern of committing, tolerating and covering up torture in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case," says UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
Syrian and allied forces routinely used sexual assault and rape against civilians to punish opposition groups -- acts that constitute crimes against humanity, according to the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria. "It is utterly repugnant that brutal acts of sexual and gender-based violence continued to be perpetrated throughout Syria for seven years by most warring parties," says commission Chair Paulo Pinheiro.
Government leaders in developing countries must increase protections for poor farmers facing crop and livestock losses due to natural disasters, warns the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Natural disasters caused $96 billion in farm losses between 2005 and 2015, and FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva warns climate change is likely to increase the impact of flooding and droughts.
Some 20,000 people fled Syria's eastern Ghouta region ahead of Russian airstrikes that killed 31, while 30,000 people left the town of Afrin, where Turkish shelling left at least 18 dead. UNICEF is sending a team to assess needs in Damascus shelters and says its current response plan could handle up to 50,000 people.
A list of some of the most dangerous items in museums around the world includes arsenic wallpaper and specimens of mad cow disease. One device to measure radioactivity donated by Marie Curie turned out to be radioactive itself, which museum curators didn't realize until it had been on display for decades.
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