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As civilian casualties rise in Gaza, UN Rights Council agrees probe into alleged âwar crimesâ
The United Nations Human Rights Council today decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
Libya: Security Council condemns ongoing violence and its use to pursue political gains
The United Nations Security Council today condemned once again the continued violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, and reaffirmed that violence must not be used to pursue political goals.
Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan, warns UN relief official
South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, according to a senior United Nations relief operations official who made an urgent appeal for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 mostly women and children South Sudanese refugees.
Ban appoints former head of UN Liberia mission to lead operation in South Sudan
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe LØj of Denmark as his top official in South Sudan, replacing Hilde Johnson.
Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls not forgotten, UN chief declares as worldwide vigils begin
Marking 100 days since the brazen abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils taking place today.
Iraq: UN envoy demands Islamist forces end âhorrific terrorist actsâ
The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces â in control of more than a third of the country’s territory â cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for “horrific terrorist acts” are held to account.
VIDEO: Presence of Box Jellyfish Prompts Parks & Rec to Close Tumon Beach Front From Hilton to Pacific Islands Club
Guam - Box Jellyfish have been in Guamâs waters for the past few days and today their presence prompted the closure of Ypao Beach in Tumon.
Lifeguard Joe Nauta says the decision to close the beach was made after a swimmer was stung three times this morning. The swimmer was treated by lifeguards and then observed to make sure they didn’t go into shock or have an allergic reaction.
Box Jellyfish come out during their spawning season, which is based on the moon phases.
According to Nauta this species jellyfish prefers to spawn in deeper water, and Ypao beach is the deepest part of Tumon Bay. He warns that they can also be seen in other parts of the island including Agana Bay.
Nauta says the Department of Parks and Recreation will re-open the beach when they get the all clear from the Department of Agriculture and find that jellyfish are no longer in the area.
VIDEO: Conflicting Court Decisions on ObamaCare Could Impact Territories
Washington D.C. - Conflicting decisions on ObamaCare on the same day is further confusing the fate of the Affordable Care Act in the U.S.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that three-dozen states that chose not to set up their own healthcare exchanges are not entitled to premium subsidies.
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But 2-hours later a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia ruled just the opposite way, that the IRS must pay the subsidies under ObamaCare.
The conflict is likely to propel the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, even if a planned White House appeal in the D.C. Circuit is successful.
Experts say loss of the premium in the states and possibly the U.S. islands, could deprive some 5-million enrolees of $36-billion in subsidies.
CNMI Congressman Greg âKililiâ Sablan:
Sablan: âIf it blocks the money, we wouldnât get money. And then, of course, my ultimate goal of getting us into the full exchange then, is basically, defeated, because I donât want us getting into the Affordable Care Act if there are no subsidies for the premiums for health insurance.â
But Sablan added about the case:
Sablan: âDoes it apply to the Northern Marianas? I donât know, right now.â
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] ruled last week that key Obamacare provisions on benefit availability and standards donât apply to the territories.
The islands and Sablan asked for temporary relief to ease into the program.
Now Sablan is concerned health insurers may reverse improvements in insurance coverage, due to the more permanent decision.
Sablan and Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo plan to meet with insurance officials to try to prevent that.
But the latest court rulings add yet another layer of confusion to ObamaCare, in a case that could have a big impact on the programâs fate, both in the states, and the U.S. islands.
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