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EU Migrant Summit, RIP Nancy Reagan, Long Live Bosses

EU Migrant Summit, RIP Nancy Reagan, Long Live Bosses


North Korea has threatened to launch "indiscriminate" nuclear strikes against South Korea and the U.S. as the latter kicks off its annual military drill in the Korean Peninsula today.

"If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to a sea of flames and ashes in a moment," the North Korean National Defence Commission said in a statement. The joint U.S.-South Korean exercise — the largest to date, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency — comes amid escalating tensions just days after the UN authorized new sanctions punishing North Korea for its recent nuclear test and missile launch.


As 13,000 refugees and counting are stranded on Greece's border with Macedonia, European Union leaders are gathering today for an emergency summit in Brussels to try and reach a common approach to what the BBC characterizes as "Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II." EU officials will discuss, among other things, closing the route north through Balkan states like Macedonia and how to support Greece, where the humanitarian crisis unfolding at the border is worsening amid concern that children at the encampment are becoming ill, the BBC reports. Also key to the discussions will be Turkey, which EU officials want to take back economic migrants who don't qualify for asylum, in exchange for $3 billion in funding. Meanwhile, yet another boat sank off the Turkish coast yesterday, killing 25 refugees.


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British sky watchers were able to enjoy stunning aurora borealis, or northern lights, over the northeast coast at Seahouses, Northumberland.


Sunday night's Democratic debate in Michigan got testy following weekend primary and caucus results showing that the battle isn't yet over between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Sanders, a Vermont senator, still trails the former secretary of state and first lady in the delegate count, but he picked up wins in three states on so-called Super Saturday. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, billionaire businessman Donald Trump continues to lead, though wins in the states of Maine and Kansas on Saturday by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may set up a head-to-head showdown in the coming weeks. The northern industrial state of Michigan holds its primary tomorrow. Read more from CNN.


Nancy Reagan, whom President Barack Obama said "had defined the role" of first lady, died at her home yesterday of congestive heart failure. Her death at age 94 comes 12 years after her husband, former President Ronald Reagan, passed away after having lived the last decade of his life with Alzheimer's disease. Read more from The New York Times.


Remember "We Are the World"? And learn when Sunday became our collective day of rest in today's 57-second shot of history.


Tunisian forces killed 21 Islamist militants early today in Ben Guerdane near the Libyan border, after they attacked police and army posts, sparking fighting in which four civilians and three security personnel also died, AFP reports.


Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback who led the team to its Super Bowl 50 victory last month, is expected to announce his retirement from the NFL today. Read more here.


An estimated 1,250 fighters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed in Turkey's southeast since last July, Hürriyetreports, citing data from security sources. The report comes a day after renewed PKK violence in Idil that left a Turkish soldier dead. Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has called the Turkish regime's recent decision to seize control of opposition daily Zaman, one of the country's largest-circulation newspapers, "unacceptable."



Restaurant, cell phone and clothes: People usually buy what others appear to want, so companies use the illusion of low supply to create new demand. But there are paradoxes to human instincts and desires, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. "Staged demand is not limited to the USA. In Germany, the fashion label Abercrombie & Fitch, for instance, lets in only a few people when opening new stores. The shops are almost empty, but there are dozens of teenagers waiting outside. And Apple, too, has been repeatedly accused of reducing the supply artificially when launching new products to boost demand. The lines in front of Apple stores, fashion boutiques and cinemas have one message: We have something that everybody wants."

Read the full article, Marketer's Ruse: How To Foment Popularity.


A new study in France has found that bosses live an average of six years longer than their employees. Though the numbers aren't necessarily surprising, it's as good a Monday reason as any to grumble. Read more from our Le Blog.

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In Northern Kenya, Where Climate Change Is Measured In Starving Children

The worst drought in 40 years, which has deepened from the effects of climate change, is hitting the young the hardest around the Horn of Africa. A close-up look at the victims, and attempts to save lives and limit lasting effects on an already fragile region in Kenya.

Photo of five mothers holding their malnourished children

At feeding time, nurses and aides encourage mothers to socialize their children and stimulate them to eat.

Georgina Gustin

KAKUMA — The words "Stabilization Ward" are painted in uneven black letters above the entrance, but everyone in this massive refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, calls it ya maziwa: The place of milk.

Rescue workers and doctors, mothers and fathers, have carried hundreds of starving children through the doors of this one-room hospital wing, which is sometimes so crowded that babies and toddlers have to share beds. A pediatric unit is only a few steps away, but malnourished children don’t go there. They need special care, and even that doesn’t always save them.

In an office of the International Rescue Committee nearby, Vincent Opinya sits behind a desk with figures on dry-erase boards and a map of the camp on the walls around him. “We’ve lost 45 children this year due to malnutrition,” he says, juggling emergencies, phone calls, and texts. “We’re seeing a significant increase in malnutrition cases as a result of the drought — the worst we’ve faced in 40 years.”

From January to June, the ward experienced an 800 percent rise in admissions of children under 5 who needed treatment for malnourishment — a surge that aid groups blame mostly on a climate change-fueled drought that has turned the region into a parched barren.

Opinya, the nutrition manager for the IRC here, has had to rattle off these statistics many times, but the reality of the numbers is starting to crack his professional armor. “It’s a very sad situation,” he says, wearily. And he believes it will only get worse. A third year of drought is likely on the way.

More children may die. But millions will survive malnutrition and hunger only to live through a compromised future, researchers say. The longer-term health effects of this drought — weakened immune systems, developmental problems — will persist for a generation or more, with consequences that will cascade into communities and societies for decades.

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