World Vision Suspends Operations In Gaza, Commends Kerry For Call For Ceasefire – Yahoo News

Judge rejects bid for new trial in ‘Fatal Vision’ case :: WRAL.com

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The prolonged blockade, high population density, weak infrastructure, poor health services, and scarcity of electricity and water that existed before this escalation have made the population of Gaza disproportionately vulnerable. The borders of the Gaza Strip are closed on all sides, making it difficult for citizens to flee the violence. It is a densely populated area that is only 139 square miles, roughly twice the size of the District of Columbia. “Many World Vision donors and other Americans feel a moral and spiritual obligation to act on their concern for the lives of civilians and children in Israel and Palestine,” says World Vision United States’ Senior Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Dr. Mae Elise Cannon. “World Vision calls on people to pray and contact your government officials to show your support for a ceasefire accompanied by legitimate efforts towards a lasting and just peace.” Editor’s Note: At least 789 Palestinians have been killed, including 578 civilians, of whom 185 are children and 93 are women.
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Samir Sinha / TRAFFIC India View Caption + In South Africa, the Rhino DNA Index System or RhODIS project has unique DNA profiles for individual rhinos. If one is killed for its horn, the database aids in prosecuting poachers. Wildlife forensics has such a high degree of resolution now that DNA testing can actually show which country in Africa confiscated ivory came from, Allan said. Here, a tiger cub is donating a blood sample for DNA sequencing. WWF-Canon / James Morgan Everyone knows that tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for ivory, right? So why is the Japanese-based Internet company Rakuten, the sixth largest e-commerce company in the world, selling items made from ivory?
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‚ÄčAnalyzing the long march to equality – CBS News

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MacDonald has repeatedly claimed that his family was attacked during a home invasion by four hippies seeking drugs. The defense said during a September 2012 court hearing that unidentified hairs found under the fingernail of MacDonald’s 2-year-old daughter, Kristen, on her bedspread and under the body of MacDonald’s 26-year-old wife, Colette, didn’t match the DNA of anyone in his family, supporting MacDonald’s claim that someone else was in his house. The defense also focused on affidavits from people connected to Helena Stoeckley, a known drug addict who claimed off and on that she was in the MacDonald home the night of the murders. The testimony alleged that Stoeckley was threatened with prosecution if she testified during MacDonald’s 1979 trial that she participated in the killings. Fox noted in his ruling that specialized DNA testing showed the hairs could have come from members of the MacDonald family, making the three hairs no different from other evidence MacDonald has presented through the years to bolster his claim of a home invasion.
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Tsk Tsk: Major Web Retail Site Selling Ivory : Discovery News

Lewis, “I saw the signs that said ‘White men,’ ‘Colored men,’ ‘White women,’ ‘Colored women.’ And I would ask my parents, grandparents, ‘Why?’ They said, ‘That’s the way it is.'” And their advice to the young John Lewis? “Don’t get in trouble.” Objects from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution provide gateways into the larger narrative of our nation But as a young man Lewis would meet Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and it changed his life. Joining the Nashville Nonviolent Workshop and the “Freedom Rides,” Lewis became a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). “I went off to school and I got in trouble — GOOD trouble, NECESSARY trouble,” Lewis told Schieffer.
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