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From Challenge Grants to P.R.: Many Facets of J. Luce Foundation

New York, N.Y.  When my mother passed away in 2001, I was inspired to create Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) that went on to help vulnerable children in Africa, Asia and the Americas. My father’s death in 2007 provided the impetus to create a foundation embracing arts, education and orphan care with an emphasis on supporting young global […]

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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Literature Prize

New York, N.Y. Legendary American musician Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel prize in literature, the first songwriter to receive the prestigious award. Bob Dylan, onstage in Victoria-Gasteiz, at the Azkena Rock Festival. Photo: Alberto Cabello, Wikipedia.   The Swedish Academy, which makes the annual decision on who will win the Nobel Literature Prize, […]

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At ‘Peace Camp,’ Colombian Youth Send a Message

Bogota, Colombia. Dozens of activists have raised a multicolored, makeshift tent city in Bogota’s main square to demand the government and rebels save a deal meant to end a half-century of conflict — part of an outburst of activism across the country by Colombians stunned at last week’s unexpected defeat of the peace accord in […]

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Obama Wants Humans on Mars by 2030s

New York, N.Y. The base of Mars’ Mount Sharp is pictured in this August 27, 2012 NASA handout photo taken by the Curiosity rover. President Barack Obama says with the help of private companies, the United States will send humans to Mars by the 2030s. In an op-ed published on CNN.com, Obama wrote, “We have […]

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In Malawi, U.N. Ambassador Emma Watson Works to End Child Marriage

New York, N.Y. Thanks to growing implementation of a law passed last year, child marriage may soon be a relic of Malawi’s past, and on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the country to celebrate the achievements of UN Women, the Malawian Government, local chiefs […]

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Haiti: 100,000 Children Missing Out on Learning

New York, N.Y. One week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, more than 100,000 children are missing out on learning as their schools were either damaged or converted into shelters, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, stressing the urgent need to rehabilitate those facilities. “At least 100,000 children today will not experience the […]

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U.N. Allocates $5 Million to Kick-Start in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

New York, N.Y. Hurricane Matthew’s destructive path through the Caribbean dealt a “major blow” to Haiti’s reconstruction effort and fight the against cholera, the United Nations humanitarian chief said this evening as the UN announced $5 million in emergency funds to kick-start assistance in the wake of the deadly storm, which has affected some 350,000 […]

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Day Against Death Penalty, Ban Says: ‘It Has No Place In The 21st Century’

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called the death penalty a cruel and inhumane practice – one that 65 countries globally retain for terrorism-related offenses – which is the focus of this year’s World Day against the Death Penalty.     “It has no place in the 21st century,” Mr. Ban stressed […]

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Shelter, Clean Water to Families Amid Iraq’s Mosul Offensive

Tobacco Plants Found Capable of Producing Malaria Drug

The J. Luce Foundation’s Young Global Leadership Initiative

U.N. – African Partnership to Foster Jobs for African Rural Youth

People In Madagascar ‘Living On The Brink,’ U.N. Efforts On Food Crisis

Photo of the Day – Oct. 20, 2016