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Emma Watson tells men in powerful UN speech: 'Gender equality is your issue, too'

emma Watson at UNActress Emma Watson not only stirred the Internet with her recent moving speech before the United Nations, but she also joined a cadre of celebrities who have used their star power to bring attention to gender issues.

Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" films, spoke Saturday as part of the launch of a new HeForShe campaign, which is aimed at getting men involved in stopping violence against women. (HeForShe is a U.N. initiative for gender equality.) The actress was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for U.N. Women six months ago and advocated for everyone to be involved in the movement.

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NASA's Maven explorer arrives at Mars after year

Maven reaches MarsNASA's Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars late Sunday after a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago.

The robotic explorer fired its brakes and successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet, officials confirmed.

"This is such an incredible night," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's chief for science missions.

Now the real work begins for the $671 million mission, the first dedicated to studying Mars' upper atmosphere.

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Corporate TV Misses Yet Another Opportunity To Cover Climate Change

Climate marchThe People's Climate March on Sunday was perhaps the largest climate change protest in history. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City. Celebrities and high-profile politicians were among the marchers. The protest was a huge topic on social media.

All in all, it was a perfect opportunity for some of America's biggest news organizations to cover the topic of climate change, something that usually gets either ignored or badly handled. For Sunday talk show hosts, there was even a nice political hook, since the march was pegged to a UN summit that President Obama will be attending.

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Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels

Rockefeller brother's fundThe family whose legendary wealth flowed from Standard Oil is planning to announce on Monday that its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is joining the divestment movement that began a couple years ago on college campuses.

The announcement, timed to precede Tuesday’s opening of the United Nations climate change summit meeting in New York City, is part of a broader and accelerating initiative.

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UN warns Israel against forcibly relocating Bedouins

Forcible moving of Bedouins The United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency has urged the international community to block Israel’s plans to relocate thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from the central West Bank, in fear the move could lead to further violations of UN charter.

Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East said on Sunday that the implementation of such a plan would stoke concerns "that it amounts to a 'forcible transfer' in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention," banning involuntary population relocation in occupied territory.

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Chrysler recalls 230,760 SUVs globally for fuel pump issue

Chrysler SUV recallChrysler Group is recalling an estimated 230,760 sport utility vehicles globally to install a new part to prevent a fuel pump issue that could cause the vehicles to stall or not start.

Chrysler, a unit of Fiat (FIA.MI), said it had discovered in an internal review that some fuel-pump relays in certain 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs were susceptible to deformation.

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Ashraf Ghani elected president of Afghanistan

Ashraf GhaniAfghanistan's presidential election, more than three months after voters headed to the polls.

By early July, preliminary election results showed Ghani, the country's finance minister, had a lead over challenger Abdullah Abdullah in the June 14 run-off election.

Abdullah challenged those results and called for an audit — overseen by the United Nations and paid for by the U.S. government — to be performed on the results.

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Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod base

Joint BasePolice and military officials are searching for a second day for three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base.

There were no details to report on the search, Lt. Col. James Sahady of the Massachusetts National Guard said Monday.

U.S. military officials said the Afghan soldiers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod. They arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen Saturday at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis, an off day for the program.

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More drought forecast next year across West

drought in USForecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.

Below-normal precipitation and normal or above-normal temperatures are forecast in the week ahead, according to the National Weather Service, and experts say the three-year drought isn't likely to be relieved in October, November and December.

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