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

New York, N.Y. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of three Muslim Americans who were killed in the state of North Carolina earlier this week, a UN spokesperson confirmed today. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file). Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha and Deah Shaddy Barakat, were reportedly shot [...]

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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