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Hajj Stampede Toll Climbs to 1,453 in Saudi Arabia

Washington, D.C. An Associated Press count shows that at least 1,453 pilgrims were killed in a crush and stampede near the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca during this year’s annual hajj pilgrimage, far more than the kingdom’s official toll. The higher count comes from tolls offered by 18 countries through their officials or state […]

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Refugees are the Responsibility of the World – Peter Sutherland

New York, N.Y.  Peter Sutherland is the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration. A strong advocate for the rights of migrants – and for action to increase the benefits of migration for countries of origin, destination, and migrants alike – he works to foster cooperation on issues such as protecting migrants […]

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33 Still Missing After U.S. Airstrike on Kunduz Hospital

Washington, D.C. Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that 33 people are still missing days after the U.S. airstrike on the international medical charity’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan killed 22 others. Photo: Doctors Without Borders/MSF. The medical group, known by its French acronym MSF, said nine of the unaccounted for are patients and 24 staff members. […]

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U.N. Warns Against ‘Toxic Debates,’ Urges Global Compact on Refugees

New York, N.Y. The top protection expert in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned of a growing risk to people fleeing conflict and persecution and called for “an all-out effort to ensure that protection, and in particular the institution of asylum, remains life-saving, non-political, and fundamentally humanitarian.” A […]

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U.N. Urges Mexico to End ‘Misery’ of Enforced Disappearances

New York, N.Y. Despite significant progress towards building a solid human rights framework, the Mexican Government must nevertheless “bind itself to a new sense of urgency in solving the enormous human rights challenges it faces,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today as he wrapped up an official […]

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Connecticut Senators: No Background Check, No Gun

Washington, D.C. This week, Senate Democrats will reportedly unveil new legislation that would block guns from being sold without background checks. The bill, sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), would close a loophole that allows retailers to sell guns without a background check after 72 hours. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). […]

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On NYC’s Upper East Side: Bach for All of Us – The Motets

New York, N.Y.  For more than 250 years the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) has given inspiration to millions of people and his larger-than-life image has been the center of quasi-religious adoration from musicians around the world. The opening program of the season is intended to share the greatness of Bach by presenting his […]

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The Broad in L.A. to Present Inaugural Public Programming

Los Angeles, CA. Following its September opening in downtown Los Angeles, The Broad has announced an inaugural season of public programming which will include conversations, performances, musical artists, film screenings and family weekends. The Broad’s public programming will bring fresh perspectives to the ideas and creative practices of the artists in the Broad collection through […]

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Calif. Gov.’s Signs of Aid-in-Dying Bill, Spurs Other States

Sacramento, CA. Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of California’s End of Life Option Act today should spur legislators in other states to advance bills to allow terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying to end unbearable suffering, advocates say. The bill’s signing into law comes one year after Brittany Maynard and her family […]

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Big Ambitions for Model School Program in Cambodia

Phenom Penh, Cambodia. On a leafy campus near Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, a group of fifty schoolchildren are benefiting from a bold educational experiment with a dual aim: to turn out youngsters who can improve the country, and to develop a model program that can be replicated internationally. Students work on creating a website during […]

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Hellenic Fund Launching to Help Kids, including Refugees, in Hellas

Obama Apologizes to MSF Over Kunduz Bombing

U.N. Launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ to Better Prisons

Goodbye Pocahontas: Photos Reveal Today’s True Native Americans

No NGO Help Left after U.S. Bombs Hospital – Killing Doctors, Patients