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July 31, 2014

World Bank Faces Pushback Over Leaked Safeguards

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WASHINGTON -– The World Bank has been working to update safeguards intended to ensure that development projects it backs don’t hurt people or the environment. But environmental and civil activists are pushing back on a draft of proposed safeguards leaked last week, arguing they would weaken the standards and fail to adequately address climate concerns. Nezir Sinani, climate change coordinator at the Bank Information Center, a group that monitors the World Bank, criticized the…

Strike On Gaza Market Kills At Least 15: Palestinian Official

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against Gaza’s Hamas rulers claimed at least 116 Palestinian lives. After the strikes near the shopping area in Gaza City, bodies lay scattered in the streets as the wounded screamed for help. “Where…

House Authorizes Lawsuit Against President Obama

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WASHINGTON — A day before going on vacation and heading into the election season, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for what they say has been inadequate enforcement of the health care law they oppose. The suit would seek to make Obama strictly enforce the Affordable Care Act that Boehner has held some 50 votes to undermine or…

NFL player’s daughter battling stage 4 cancer

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Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still decided earlier this summer he would be giving up his NFL career after his four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with nueroblastoma on June 2, and Still decided his family came before his career. “When I found out, I told my family I was done. Done,” Still told Delaware Online. “I didn’t feel comfortable leaving my daughter while she’s going through this….

7 Tips for Surviving a Black Family Reunion

7 Tips for Surviving a Black Family Reunion

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It’s summer, which means it’s family-reunion time. These gatherings are a time of celebration, but between the family politics and the overeating you’re bound to do, they can be downright exhausting. Before you put on your custom-made T-shirt and head to the park to meet your long-lost relatives, remember to keep these tips in mind. 1. Avoid your conspiracy-theorist uncle. Everyone has the uncle who fully embraces a conspiracy theory…

A Black Man’s Head Protects Sanctity of Ancient Italian Temple

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This image is part of a weekly series that The Root is presenting in conjunction with theImage of the Black in Western Art Archive at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, part of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. The head of a black man seen here, enclosed in a shell-like frame and painted in naturalistic colors, represents a key piece of sacred imagery produced by the rich but…