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  1. Wildfire in California kills 23

Wild fires in California’s wine country has caused at least 23 deaths and the firefighters say situation is likely to worsen because of the weather conditions. Read more.

2. Development banks still funding fossil fuel projects: report

Despite the talk of “green finance” and global commitments, many multilateral development banks continue funding billions of dollars in fossil fuel projects, ignoring their impact on the climate, says research by an advocacy group. Read more

3. Australia’s welfare card scheme invokes mixed response

Opinions are divided as Australia is looking for further expansion of its cashless welfare card scheme for disadvantaged communities. Read more

4. NaTakallam: where refugees teach you Arabic. And more

A New York based start up is connecting displaced Syrians with students interested in learning the Arabic language, creating an innovative source of income for the refugees. Read more

5. Boy Scouts of America to induct girls

The  board of directors of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has approved a plan to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year. It will establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.

6. Duterte tells police to stop drug campaign

Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police, the military and other state bodies to halt activities in war on drugs and leave all operations to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

7. 130m girls are out of school: report

While 130 million girls worldwide fail to attend school every day, South Sudan, where nearly three fourth of girls do not even finish primary schooling, is the most difficult country when it comes to girls having access to education, says a report by One campaign. Read more

8. Asia Pacific may face 40% of global economic losses from disasters in 2015-30

While the Asia Pacific region accounts for around 36 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), 40 per cent of global economic losses from disasters will be in the region between 2015 and 2030, says UNESCAP. Read more

9. UN report details Myanmar’s brutal campaign to drive out Rohingya

A new UN report has accused Myanmar of carrying out brutal, well-organized, coordinated and systematic attacks on the Rohingya minorities not just to drive them out but also to prevent their return. Read more

10. Gender equality raking in Europe

Sweden and Denmark were rated the most and second-most gender-equal countries in the EU, Greece, followed by Hungary, were ranked the worst, as per European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) rakings.

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