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The head of the U-N's migration agency is issuing a dire warning that the number of reports of sexual violence directed at Rohingya Muslims is increasing.

Director-General William Lacy Swing says she is shocked and concerned over the reports of sexual and gender-based violence targeting the group that has been fleeing violence by the thousands in Myanmar in recent weeks.

A statement said agency doctors have treated dozens of women who experienced "violent sexual assault" since August, but that the known cases likely represent only a "small portion" of actual cases.

Swing said such "egregious violence and abuse is under-reported" even in more stable and better-resourced humanitarian aid situations. (The Associated Press)

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A federal agency faces a deadline this week to decide whether the iconic Pacific walrus will join the polar bear on the threatened species list.

Under a court settlement, the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service has until Saturday to decide whether the Pacific walrus should be put on the list because of threats to its sea ice habitat due to climate change.

The big, tusked mammals use sea ice as platforms for resting, feeding, and nursing.

Shaye Wolf, climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity, says the walrus is in trouble from climate change and it's already waited much too long for protection. (The Associated Press)

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The family of a two-year-old Nebraska boy who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World last year has created a foundation to help families with children receiving organ transplants. …

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