UNICEF finds 200 million affected by female genital mutilation worldwide

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A new UNICEF report finds that although several countries have shown a decline in the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM, otherwise known as ‘cutting’) in recent years, the practice remains a global concern. According to the data collected from 30 countries worldwide, the number of…

Visualizing gun deaths: Comparing the U.S. to rest of the world

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Whenever a mass shooting occurs, a debate about gun violence ensues. An often-cited counter to the point about the United States’ high rates of gun homicides is that people in other countries kill one another at the same rate using different types of weapons. It’s not…

Holiday gift giving: But Mom didn’t want a goat

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Various charitable organizations believe they have the perfect last-minute gift ideas – ‘symbolic gifts’ such as soccer balls, clean water or a flock of chicks, purchased online, let you print colorful cards from home, or even have an ecard sent directly to your intended recipient (“I…

Supreme Court delivers major blow to Obama climate change plan

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The major U.S. plan to reduce carbon emissions was dealt a serious blow by the Supreme Court yesterday. Justices voted 5 to 4 to halt the implementation of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan while lower courts decide its fate. The plan seeks to limit CO2…