Gender Equality Can’t Be Ignored If We Want Global Progress: Report

A woman smiles as internally-displaced people (IDPs) wait for water at the IDP camp near the international airport in Bangui on December 23, 2013. African Union troops fired on demonstrators protesting against the president of the strife-torn Central African Republic, killing at least one person, according to AFP reporters at the scene. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s no other option: Gender equality has to become a priority for the world to reach development goals in the coming years, according to one international advocacy group. The ONE campaign outlined key elements to ensuring human progress in its 2015 data report, and national spending by the least developed countries will play a vital role. Governments must agree to ...

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Zoe Saldana Questions Why White Actors Have Played Characters Of Color For Decades

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  Actress Zoe Saldana attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Marvel’s newest Human Torch, Michael B. Jordan, rekindled a long-standing debate in Hollywood over race and casting in a candid essay for Entertainment Weeklypublished Friday. In response, actress Zoe Saldana spoke out in support of the actor in a Facebook post Saturday, and raised a notable point of her own. Jordan, who will star in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot ...

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Teen Who Was Shot In The Head Makes ‘Astonishing’ Recovery, Learns To Walk And Talk Again

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After Turan Caudle was shot in the head earlier this year, doctors didn’t think the teen would survive. “He was in ICU,” the 17-year-old’s mother Sherita Caudle told WRC-TV. “The doctors said he wouldn’t make it through that night. If he did make it, he wouldn’t be able to walk and talk.” Caudle, however, has somehow beaten the odds. Not ...

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Zambia Hits Major Milestone In Push To Stop Open Defecation

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Zambia just took one big step forward toward becoming an “open-defecation-free” country. According to the Southern African nation’s government, no one in the country’s Chienge district is relieving themselves in the open, NPR reported. It’s the first district in Zambia to do achieve the status. The milestone, set last month, marks progress in Zambia’s fight to ensure all of its ...

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Female Suicide Bombings See ‘Alarming Spike’ In Nigeria, UN Warns

People inspect the site of a  bomb explosion at the central mosque, in Kano, Nigeria, Saturday Nov. 29, 2014. More than 102 people were killed in the bomb explosions at the central mosque in Kano, said a hospital worker. A mortuary attendant at the Murtala specialist hospital Kano, Malam Isa Labaran, on Saturday told Associated Press that he counted over 102 dead bodies deposited inside the mortuary on Friday after the multiple explosions at the mosque. (AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu)

GUBIO, Nigeria (AP) — Children are now being seen as potential threats after an “alarming spike” in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday. The number of reported suicide attacks has jumped to 27 in the first five months of this year compared to 26 for all ...

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Maryland Lawmakers Take Up Police Reform After Baltimore Unrest

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 30:  Riot police advance on protesters and media during protests in the Sandtown neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested on April 30, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – Baltimore rioting over the death of a black man from injuries in police custody is spurring Maryland lawmakers to take action on criminal justice reform after legislation stalled in the statehouse. Legislators hope that the death of Freddie Gray, 25, can galvanize the Democratic-controlled state Assembly after bids for reforms, especially one that would alter ...

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Operation Coach Pairs Veterans With At-Risk Youth To Help Both

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When Kleiton Almeida walked into Miami’s Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School a little over a year ago, he brought his experience serving in the Middle East and Africa with him. For the Navy veteran, working at the school was an opportunity he earned through Operation Coach, an initiative started by Up2Us Sports, a non-profit founded in 2010 that aims to ...

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71 Arrested In Cleveland Protests Over Cop’s Acquittal In Deaths Of Unarmed Black Motorists

Demonstrators march during a protest against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland.  Brelo was acquitted Saturday in a case involving a 137-shot barrage of gunfire that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland emerged unscathed and intact after a day of protests following the acquittal of a white patrolman who had been on trial in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. Officers arrested 71 people the night after the verdict, though there was nothing close to the violence other ...

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2 Of B.B. King’s Daughters Think He Was Poisoned

FILE-In this Aug. 22, 2012 photograph, the  then 86-year-old B.B. King thrills a crowd of several hundred people at the annual B.B. King Homecoming, a free concert on the grounds of an old cotton gin where he worked as a teenager many years ago, in Indianola, Miss. Festival organizers said this year's festival was to have been a tribute to the then living King, who died May 14, 2015. Now they are calling it  a memorial celebration. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who’ve been most outspoken about the blues legend’s care in his final days have accused King’s two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King’s estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation. Three doctors determined that King was appropriately cared-for, and King received ...

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Michelle Obama Encourages Oberlin Graduates To Seek Out ‘The Most Contentious, Polarized, Gridlocked Places’

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 18:  U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during an event in the East Room of the White House May 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community, during the event.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

While giving the commencement address at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, on Monday, first lady Michelle Obama encouraged students to get involved in civic life and “run to, and not away from, the noise.” “Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find,” Obama said in her address. “Because so ...

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