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FGM is child abuse, says UN Population Fund chief

<b>The head of the United Nations Population Fund has, for the first time, described female genital mutilation as "child abuse".</b><p>Dr Babatunde Osotimehin told the BBC that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to end immediately.<p>More than 200 million women and girls around the world have …

Human Rights

Is My Intolerance of Your Intolerance Intolerant?

Editorial<p>Is My Intolerance of Your 
Intolerance Intolerant?<p>Robyn E. Blumner<p>Imagine the scene: a small group of opinion writers from major newspapers …

Religion

‘The extraordinary years have become the normal years’: Scientists survey radical Arctic melt

A group of scientists studying a broad range of Arctic systems — from sea ice to permafrost to the Greenland ice sheet — gathered in D.C. Wednesday to lay out just how extreme a year 2016 has been so far for the northern cap of the planet.<p>“I see the situation as a train going downhill,” said Marco …

Global Warming

Iraq mourns victims of Baghdad suicide bombing

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1250000/1250640_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524730762_538ea0db9f4724f08543db8d50268174<p><b>The Iraqi government has declared three days of national mourning after a huge bomb in Baghdad killed 165 people and injured 225 others.</b><p>A lorry packed …

Extremism

Cyclone Roanu: Half a million flee in Bangladesh

<b>Cyclone Roanu has pounded coastal areas of Bangladesh, forcing half a million people to flee their homes and leaving at least 24 dead.</b><p>It made landfall at noon local time (06:00 GMT) on Saturday, causing floods, landslides and submerging homes.<p>The storm system has since weakened but heavy rainfall …

Natural Disasters

Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker is now available for pre-order

After announcing the device on June 3rd, Samsung’s latest fitness wearable, the Gear Fit 2, is now available for pre-order from multiple online retailers. You’ll be able to order the device in black, blue, and pink for $179.99, and it’s set to ship on June 10th.<p>Amazon<br>• Best Buy<br>• B&H Photo<br>• Samsung<p>In case …

Nestle to bottle water in the AZ desert

PHOENIX - Phoenix officials announced Friday that Nestle plans to build a water bottling plant in Phoenix.<p>According to the city's water department, …

Snorkeling

Obama's Ban On Plastic Microbeads Failed In One Huge Way

Stiv Wilson chose his battle three and a half years ago. The problem is, he still doesn’t know who all his opponents are.<p>An environmental activist fixated on curbing plastic pollution in the oceans he loves to surf and sail, Wilson focused his efforts on eliminating microbeads, the tiny plastic …

Pollution