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Internet is breaching barriers to education for the most vulnerable

Online schools in the U.S. may still be struggling to assert their legitimacy, but elsewhere, they’re being harnessed to provide access to quality education for the most vulnerable. The U.N. awarded two organizations yesterday for doing just that. One of those was JAAGO Foundation in Bangladesh, which brings qualified teachers to online and tradition classrooms in slums and remote areas.

Global Health
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Famine threatens the lives of 1.4 million children, U.N. warns

As many as 1.4 million children in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of dying from famine, according to UNICEF. U.N. agencies are appealing for emergency support to help tens of millions of people suffering from hunger across the four countries, before they descend into famine. Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan on Monday. Formally invoking the world famine for the northern-central part of the country means that hunger is starting to kill people and will continue if nothing is done.

Science
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Satellites: The latest and greatest way to measure poverty

Much like eradicating a disease, ending poverty requires knowing where it exists. A new project uses satellites and artificial intelligence to measure poverty rates – reaching places missed by traditional household surveys. Researchers say this can help track changes more quickly and improve the ability of governments and nonprofits as they try to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Global Health
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Global leaders meet in Sri Lanka to ‘reset’ migrant health agenda

Global health leaders are gathering in Colombo, Sri Lanka, today to “reset the international agenda on migrant health.” Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.N. International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the government of Sri Lanka, the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health brings together representatives from more than 40 countries until Thursday to develop a unified strategy amid “unprecedented” levels of migration.

World Politics
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Ecuador: Approach to poverty could change under new government

After a decade of landmark reductions in poverty and inequality, Ecuadorians voted for a runoff election between two presidential candidates with vastly different approaches to reviving the nation’s economy. To win the first round of the election, left-wing candidate Lenín Moreno needed to secure at least 40 percent of the vote and maintain a 10-point lead over his conservative party opponent Guillermo Lasso.

Environment
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Tanzanian startup turns urban waste into ‘plastic lumber’

A young Tanzanian entrepreneur is turning the country’s mounting plastic waste into “lumber” to help meet demand for housing in its growing cities, in an effort to reduce depletion of forests. Christian Mwijage decided he could tackle those problems in one go – by turning discarded plastic bottles into building materials that can be used instead of wood.

Science
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Malaria vaccine shows promise in two trials, but has a way to go

A new vaccine may help protect people against malaria. Two studies on variants of the same vaccine released today found that it is effective at preventing malaria. The promising results are tempered by the fact that roughly 100 people participated in the two studies and they provided protection well below the 75 percent threshold set by the World Health Organization.

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