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Ebola: WHO Announces Possible ‘Game Changer’ Vaccine

Washington, D.C.  Having achieved its “core objective” of scaling up global action to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response will officially wind down today, transferring its role to the World Health Organization (WHO), which just announced that an experimental vaccine being tested in Guinea appears to […]

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Ban Condemns Israel’s Approval of New West Bank Construction

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the announcement today that Israel has approved construction of some 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as the planning and construction of nearly 500 housing units in a number of settlements in East Jerusalem. An Israeli settlement viewed from […]

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Obama Seeks to Empower Youth, Strengthen Partnerships in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya. President Barack Obama is in East Africa for his fourth trip to the continent.  This week-end, he’ll meet with the leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia, and will address the African Union. Kenyans holding U.S. flag celebrate in the streets after hearing President Barack Obama has arrived in Nairobi, July 24, 2015. Photo: Aru Pande / […]

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New Maldives Law Lets Foreigners, Including China, Own Land

New Delhi, India.  In a move that could help China establish a foothold in the Indian Ocean region, the Maldives has passed a law allowing foreigners to own land. The shoreline of Biyadhoo Island, Maldives. Photo: Nicolai Edgar Andersen, Wiki Commons. The constitutional amendment bill passed by the Maldivian parliament Wednesday will allow foreign parties […]

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Obama Announces 46 Commutations: “America Is a Nation of 2nd Chances”

Washington, D.C.  As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and criminal defense attorney, I’m well acquainted with how federal sentencing practices can, in too many instances, lead nonviolent drug offenders to spend decades, if not life, in prison. Now, don’t get me wrong, many people are justly punished for causing harm and perpetuating violence in our […]

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Greece Today: Safe, Affordable – and More Beautiful Than Ever

Athens, Greece. I was in Greece last week and experienced a country completely different than was being portrayed on TV, amazed at how political and economic considerations could color the news so darkly. The fear-mongering did not work and Greeks voted overwhelmingly last week to say No to Europe’s impossible demands. The island capital of […]

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Obama Asked to Revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom

Washington, D.C.  PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment, a national nonprofit dedicated to sexual assault prevention and survivor empowerment, today called on President Obama to take immediate steps to revoke Bill Cosby’s presidential Medal of Freedom – and announced that the group has initiated a petition on Whitehouse.gov to encourage the administration to take action. […]

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Greece’s Tsipras Briefs Obama on Bid for Eurozone Loan

Paris, France.  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke to U.S. President Barack Obama by telephone on Tuesday shortly before an emergency eurozone summit and briefed him on Greece’s request for a rescue loan, a Greek government official said, as reported by Reuters. Alexis Tsipras. Photo courtesy of Frangisco Der. The official said Obama had voiced […]

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