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U.N. Kicks off International Women’s Day Celebration, Gender Equality

New York, N.Y.  In India, women carry food. Photo: World Bank/Curt Carnemark6 March 2015 – Despite great strides in the advancement of gender parity, women still lag behind men across an array of critical areas, from political representation and wage inequality to education – a gender gap that the United Nations is once again tackling [...]

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Honoring Young Leaders and Humanitarians at U.N. Mission

New York, N.Y.  Fifteen years ago, I began a journey of unknown destination. Last week, we celebrated that journey — and the many people who have journeyed with us. Many destinations — Haiti, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Cuba – have become apparent over the years, as has our focus on the arts, education and orphan [...]

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U.N.: ‘Significant Breakthrough’ in HIV Prevention

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations programme working to combat HIV/AIDS welcomed yesterday the results of a number of recent clinical studies of the effects of antiretroviral medicines on preventing new HIV infections, which were presented at a conference on viruses held in Seattle. Photo: UNAIDS. At the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections [...]

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Liberia Lifts Ebola Curfew, Opens Borders

Monrovia, Liberia.  A Liberian health ministry official said the country will continue to observe all Ebola preventive protocols and regulations until it achieves “zero infections.” This came as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Sunday ordered the lifting of the nationwide Ebola curfew put in place in August to prevent the further spread of the virus. Liberian [...]

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Honoring Women of the Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present

Washington, D.C.  In 1957, Carlotta Walls, a 14-year-old African American girl living in Little Rock, Arkansas, elected to attend Little Rock Central High School. One of the nine students who desegregated the school, Carlotta was subjected to constant bullying, physical abuse, and violent attacks — her parents’ home was bombed in February of 1960. Shortly [...]

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Young Playwright’s Works Explore Race, Identity in America

New York, N.Y.  Branden Jacobs-Jenkins uses the stage to get audiences thinking and talking about identity in America. Over the past five years, the 30-year-old playwright has established himself in the profession with a trilogy of highly provocative and fantastical explorations of race. Amber Gray as Zoe, the title character in An Octoroon. She and [...]

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Concerns Grow Over Hong Kong Censorship

Hong Kong, P.R.C.  In Hong Kong, where last year’s pro-democracy protests ended in a stalemate with the Beijing-backed government, there are signs of increasing state censorship. Hong Kong Students Demand True, Fair, & Free Election in Hong Kong. 香港學生要求在港舉行公平自由的真普選.  CC BY-SA 2.0. A new report has found that Hong Kong police have requested more web [...]

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Primer on U.S. Presidents: From Washington to Obama

Washington, D.C.  As celebrated on the third Monday in February each year, Presidents’ Day is yet again upon us. This is often the time of year students across the country study U.S. Presidents, especially Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, both of whom have birthdays celebrated in February. Luckily, we’ve revamped our Presidents’ pages in time [...]

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The Met Opens ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a press presentation on Monday, February 16, 2015, in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries to reveal early details about The Costume Institute’s upcoming exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass, opening on May 7. Silas Chou, Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour, Wong Kar Wai and Joe Zee joined Museum President Emily K. Rafferty, Costume Institute Curator [...]

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The Environment: Historic Kyoto Protocol Turns Ten

New York, N.Y.  As momentum builds towards negotiations in Paris next year on a universal climate agreement, the United Nations announced today that early analysis shows that countries with targets under the landmark Kyoto Protocol – the world’s first emission reduction treaty – have collectively exceeded their original ambition. Photo: UNEP. According to the UN [...]

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Condemning Copenhagen Attacks, Ban Urges Tolerance

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Rush HeARTS Luncheon

Ban-ki Moon Calls for Tolerance After Three Muslim-Americans Shot in NC

U.N. Demands End to Use of Child Soldiers

Foundation Honors Today’s Humanitarians, Tomorrow’s Leaders

Obama Responds to Deaths of Three Muslim Students in North Carolina