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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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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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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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Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Rush HeARTS Luncheon

New York, N.Y.  Russell Simmons, Cynthia Nixon, Kenneth Cole, Cynthia Rowley, and Angela Simmons were just a few of the many attendees at this week’s Rush HeARTS Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel, hosted by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons and Russell Simmons. Photo Getty Images. Cynthia Nixon served as the host of [...]

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U.N. Demands End to Use of Child Soldiers

New York, N.Y.  From Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as the world’s conflicts become more brutal, intense and widespread, children are finding themselves increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and deployment by armed groups, the United Nations warned today. This child soldier, demobilized in South Sudan in 2015, has never been to school [...]

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UNICEF, David Beckham Launch Initiative for World’s Children

New York, N.Y.  International football icon and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, today announced his latest fundraising initiative, launched in tandem with the UN agency and aimed at boosting assistance for the world’s youth, amid the planet’s worsening humanitarian crises. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meets child survivors of Typhoon Haiyan [...]

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2015 is Chance to Change History, Ban Tells U.N. Youth Forum

New York, N.Y.  This generation of young people – the largest the world has ever seen – has a historic opportunity to end poverty, combat climate change, create jobs and fight injustice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a Youth Forum at UN Headquarters in New York this morning as he called on the participants to get [...]

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Now You Know: Countries Where Same Sex Marriage is Legal

“I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.” ~~ Kinky Friedman, American humorist. New York, N.Y.  Even though Friedman’s statement was made in jest, the idea, of supporting gay marriage, is growing globally. In the fifteen years since The Netherlands became the first country [...]

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

Liberia Lifts Ebola Curfew, Opens Borders

Honoring Women of the Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present

Young Playwright’s Works Explore Race, Identity in America

Concerns Grow Over Hong Kong Censorship

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