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UN adds Israel to list of states committing violations against children

UN adds Israel to list of countries committing violations against children

The United Nations has added Israel to the global list of states and armed groups who have committed violations against children, according to the country’s UN envoy, Gilad Erdan.

News of Israel’s inclusion on the list follows eight months of war on Gaza, in which more than 13,000 children are estimated to be among the 36,500 killed, and comes a day after the Israeli bombing of a UN school in central Gaza, which killed more than 40 Palestinians, some of them children.

According to human rights officials, Hamas is also named in the report for its killing and kidnapping of children in its 7 October attack on Israel, in which nearly 1,200 Israelis were killed.

Erdan said he was “shocked and disgusted” by the “shameful” decision to include Israel on this year’s list, which is part of a report on children and armed conflict due to be presented to the UN security council next Friday.

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Israel transfers Gazan prisoners from detention center where army is accused of torture

Sde Teiman Sde Teiman, a large military base in the middle of the Negev desert in southern Israel, has been the main detention center for prisoners from Gaza for months. Those who have been released tell stories of torture, sexual violence and humiliation. Hundreds of detainees are forced to kneel for hours, shackled and blindfolded.

No outside observers have been allowed in to monitor what is happening in the detention center. Since October 7, the International Committee of the Red Cross has had no access to Israeli prisons. The army told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that it is conducting criminal investigations into the deaths of 48 Palestinians, including 36 at Sde Teiman. On Monday, June 3, the newspaper reported that no arrests had been made.

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Starvation already causing many deaths and lasting harm in Gaza, agencies say

Starvation hits Gaza

Months of extreme hunger have already killed many Palestinians in Gaza and caused permanent damage to children through malnutrition, two new food security reports have found, even before famine is officially declared.

The US-based famine early warning system network (Fews Net) said it was “possible, if not likely” that famine began in northern Gaza in April. Two UN organisations said more than 1 million people were “expected to face death and starvation” by mid-July.

War complicates the collection of data that would confirm famine has taken hold. But focusing only on whether Gaza had passed the moment when extreme hunger tips into an official declaration of famine risked obscuring the extremely high toll that food shortages had taken on Palestinians already, both organisations said.

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Colorado Republican Party calls for burning of all pride flags as Pride Month kicks off

Colorado G OP calls for burning Pride flags

The Colorado Republican Party says it stands by a social media post that called for the burning of all pride flags this week as the LGBTQ+ community celebrated the beginning of Pride month.

“Burn all the #pride flags this June,” the state GOP wrote in a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Monday. The party also sent an email blast targeting Pride month.

“The month of June has arrived and, once again, the godless groomers in our society want to attack what is decent, holy, and righteous so they can ultimately harm our children,” said the email, signed by party Chairman Dave Williams.

The chairman told USA TODAY in an email Wednesday that the state GOP makes "no apologies" for its message.

“We make no apologies for saying God hates pride or pride flags as it’s an agenda that harms children and undermines parental authority, and the only backlash we see is coming from radical Democrats, the fake news media, and weak Republicans who bow down at the feet of leftist cancel culture," Williams said.

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Biden issues order limiting asylum seekers from crossing US-Mexico border

Biden issues order limiting asylum entries

Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order that will temporarily shut down the US-Mexico border to asylum seekers attempting to cross between lawful ports of entry, when a daily threshold of crossings has been exceeded.

The order will take effect immediately, senior administration officials said on a press call. Those seeking asylum will be held to a much more rigorous standard for establishing credible fear of returning to their home country, although certain groups – including human trafficking victims and unaccompanied children – would be excluded from the ban.

Delivering remarks at the White House alongside mayors of border towns, Biden said congressional Republicans had left him with “no choice” but to take unilateral action after they blocked a bipartisan border security bill earlier this year.

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Fearless Fund blocked from giving grants only to Black women in victory for DEI critics

Fearless Fund deniedIn a closely watched civil rights case, a panel on the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals blocked Fearless Fund from awarding $20,000 grants to businesses owned by Black women while the case is litigated, siding with conservative activist Edward Blum that the grant program is likely discriminatory.

The appeals court disagreed with a federal judge who ruled in September that the lawsuit was unlikely to prevail on First Amendment grounds.

The defeat for the Atlanta firm working to boost scarce venture capital funding for Black women could have sweeping implications for race-based initiatives in the private sector.

"This is devastating for the Fearless Fund and Foundation, and for the women in which we have invested in. I am shattered for every girl of color who has a dream but will grow up in a nation determined not to give her a shot to live it. On their behalf, we will turn the pain into purpose and fight with all our might," Arian Simone, CEO and founding partner of Fearless Fund and founder of the Fearless Foundation, said in a statement to USA TODAY.

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Pride Month has started but what does that mean? A look at what it is, how it's celebrated

Pride Month 2024

Pride Month has officially started as of June 1 and there’s a lot to celebrate.

Throughout history, people who identify with the LGBTQ+ community have struggled to gain equal rights within and to overcome adversity and discrimination.

But what is Pride Month exactly? Here's a look at the history of how it came to be and how it is celebrated.

Rainbow flag meaning:A brief history lesson on how the Pride flag came to be.

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