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Air pollution killed nearly a half-million newborns last year, study says

Air pollution killed nearly a half-million newborns last year, study says

A woman wears a face mask while walking in Beijing, China, amid hazardous levels of air pollution. Wednesday's report said people in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are the most affected by air pollution. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |New research Wednesday says air pollution is the leading cause of death for newborns in their first month of life, and was responsible for killing nearly a half-million babies last year.The "" report was compiled and published by the Health Effect Institute.The study said 476,000 newborn babies died last year due to pollution, most of whom lived in...

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U.N. to vote on adding Russia, China, Saudi Arabia to Human Rights Council

U.N. to vote on adding Russia, China, Saudi Arabia to Human Rights Council

The Russian flag is seen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Both nations are being considered for inclusion on the United Nations Human Rights Council, despite what critics say have been questionable human rights records. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |The United Nations General Assembly is expected Tuesday to vote on adding China, Russia and Saudi Arabia to its Human Rights Council, a matter that's drawn significant opposition from critics who say those nations are some of the worst violators.The global 15 openings on the 47-nation member Human Rights Council, each of...

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Poll: 72% of U.S. parents fear COVID-19 danger at schools, daycare

Poll: 72% of U.S. parents fear COVID-19 danger at schools, daycare

A masked young girl waves before entering The Island School in New York City on September 29. The school, and many others in the city, reopened that day with a combination of blended learning and home schooling. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |Nearly three-quarters of parents in the United States say they're "somewhat" or "very" concerned about their children picking up at school or daycare centers, a Gallup survey shows.According to the poll, part of the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study, 45% of U.S. parents say they're "very worried" and 27% are "somewhat" concerned....

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IMF says COVID-19 lockdowns better for quicker economic recovery

IMF says COVID-19 lockdowns better for quicker economic recovery

The Fearless Girl statue, a symbol of female strength in entrepreneurship, is seen in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street in New York City. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |Shutdowns during the coronavirus pandemic may create short-term costs for global economies but they will likely lead to faster recoveries, a new report from the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.The IMF found that economic lockdowns -- which include limiting mobility, wearing face coverings and following distancing protocols -- have "substantially" reduced the spread of the virus."Lockdowns must...

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Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, longtime Kuwait emir, dies

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, longtime Kuwait emir, dies

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, emir of Kuwait, at the White House in 2018. Photo Ken Cedeno/UPI |Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Kuwait's emir since 2006, has died at 91, officials said Tuesday.Sabah to a Kuwaiti hospital in July, where he underwent surgery. He then traveled to the United States for continued treatment. Initial reports did not elaborate on the cause of death or where he died."With deep sadness and sorrow, the Emiri Diwan sends its condolences to the people of Kuwait, the Arab and Muslim nations and our friendly nations worldwide,"...

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Sep 29
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Judge rules Uber 'fit and proper' to operate in London

Judge rules Uber 'fit and proper' to operate in London

For nearly two months, the company has been allowed to continue operating in the city during the appeals process. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |A London judge on Monday ruled that ride-share giant Uber can operate in the city, following months of legal gridlock.London transportation officials had suspended Uber's license to operate over fears that troubles with the company's app compromised riders' information.In his , Deputy Chief Magistrate Tanweer Ikram determined that Uber was "fit and proper" to hold a London private hire vehicle operator's license, finding that Uber has made fixes...

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Sep 28
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Mars Foods rebrands Uncle Ben's rice as Ben's Original

Mars Foods rebrands Uncle Ben's rice as Ben's Original

Mars Foods said Wednesday the new branding will appear in stores early next year. File Photo by Gary C. Caskey/UPI |Mars Foods on Wednesday announced the change it will make to the name of its Uncle Ben's rice brand, due to its racial imagery.The London-based company said the brand will now be known as Ben's Original. It first announced the change , but said at the time it didn't know what the new name would be.The company has joined several others in removing or renaming racially insensitive brands, including The Quaker Oats Company, which changed the name of its Aunt Jemima brand earlier...

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Sep 23
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United Nations blames Venezuela for killings, human rights violations

United Nations blames Venezuela for killings, human rights violations

A United Nations report Wednesday blamed the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, shown at a rally of supporters on March 23, 2019, with extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations since 2014. Photo by Prensa Miraflores/UPIA United Nations mission on Wednesday blamed the Venezuelan government for extrajudicial executions, kidnappings, arbitrary detentions and torture of residents since 2014 and demanded that those responsible be held accountable.Marta Valinas, chair of the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,...

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China, India agree to defuse tensions at disputed Himalayan border

China, India agree to defuse tensions at disputed Himalayan border

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (R) is pictured with Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar Thursday at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Moscow, Russia. Photo by Bai Xueqi/Xinhua/EPA-EFELeaders in China and India have reached a five-point agreement in the ongoing Himalayan border dispute that calls for troops to disengage in the contested area.Chinese foreign minister and Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar announced Thursday after meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Russia.The days after the nations' defense ministers...

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Sep 11
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2 actors file suit in NYC accusing Kevin Spacey of child sex assault

2 actors file suit in NYC accusing Kevin Spacey of child sex assault

Actor Kevin Spacey, pictured at the 2017 Tony Awards in New York City, is accused in the suit of sexually assaulting two actors when they were 14 years old. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |Two men have filed a civil lawsuit against actor , accusing the two-time Oscar winner of sexual assaulting them when they were teenagers.The accusers are actor Anthony Rapp and another actor identified only by the initials C.D. Both said they endured psychological damage in abuse from Spacey during the 1980s before he became a well-known Hollywood star.Rapp first made public accusations against Spacey...

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Sep 10
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