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A boy looks on behind a net at the refugee camp of Schisto in Athens on June 8.

Refugees, Displaced People Surpass 60 Million For First Time, UNHCR Says

The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people around the world has topped 65 million, the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees said Monday.

As of December 2015, there were 65.3 million displaced people, according to a report from the refugee agency. It's the first time in the organization's history the number has surpassed 60 million — and represents a nearly 10 percent increase over last year's total, of 59.5 million.

Why Preschool Suspensions Still Happen (And How To Stop Them)

Something's wrong in America's classrooms.

According to new data from the Education Department, black students — from kindergarten through high school — are 3.8 times more likely to be suspended than white students.

Now the really bad news.

This trend begins in preschool, where black children are already 3.6 times more likely to be suspended than white students.

The eighth and ninth graders at a recent Unification Leader Camp in Jeju, South Korea, answer questions about their knowledge of their neighbors to the North.

Yes, There's A Summer Camp Dedicated To Learning About North Korea

There's a summer camp on every theme these days, even North Korea. South Korea's twist on extracurricular enrichment is called Unification Leaders Camp, and it's a government-sponsored getaway dedicated to schooling South Korean youngsters about their neighbors to the north.

At a recent camp session on South Korea's Jeju Island, 120 ninth-graders rolled their suitcases into a sprawling beach-side resort lined with palm trees, snapping selfies on the resort lawn. It was the last they'd see of the outdoors for two days.

Randy Curtis has hemophilia. These days he regularly injects the clotting factor treatments he needs from home, as a relatively easy way of preventing the episodes of catastrophic bleeding that plagued him as a child.

Baby Boomers With Hemophilia Didn't Expect To Grow Old

Randy Curtis was in second grade when he and his parents got devastating news from a specialist in blood disorders. Curtis had merely fallen and bumped his knee, but he remembers the doctor's words: " 'You know, these kids don't really live past 13.' "

"So, I went back to school the next day," Curtis remembers, "and told my math teacher, 'I don't have to learn this stuff. I'm going to be dead!' "

But, he was wrong.

In 2016, Talking Politics Can Make Things Uncomfortable At Work

Michael Lopreste imagines it would be easier if he had the sort of job that allowed him to simply walk away from a co-worker's political diatribe. But as sales manager of a high-end furniture chain, he often can't afford to.

"Being in sales, we're kind of this captive audience," Lopreste says. "You know, you want to make the client feel at ease, you want to make them feel important, you want to be able to have a good rapport with them. And a lot of times that manifests itself by being able to mirror back what they're saying, or perfecting the nod and smile."

LeBron James and Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 at Oracle Arena on Sunday in Oakland, Calif.

Cleveland Cavaliers Beat Golden State Warriors 93-89 To Win Their First NBA Title

For the first time, the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions. The Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 to win the title. It's the city's first major sports championship since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.

"We made history tonight," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

Children can encounter lead in contaminated soil, paint, water and dust.

Pediatricians Call For More Testing And Tighter Rules On Lead Exposure

When lead was taken out of products like paint and gasoline, levels of the metal in the blood of U.S. children dropped. But the American Academy of Pediatrics says the problem is not over.

Daniel Alvear and his wife, Mayra, in their home, holding a picture of their daughter Amanda and her friend Mercedes Flores — hours before the funeral for Flores.

A Father's Grief — And Forgiveness — In Orlando

This weekend in Orlando, Fla., families are burying their loved ones — the people gunned down at Pulse nightclub. There are many different ways to grieve death. Sadness, remorse, rage. And then there's pure love.

If such a thing is possible, Daniel Alvear embodies it — in his feelings for his daughter, who died that night in Orlando, and for her killer.

Why 'Decent People' Could Vote For Trump

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A 'Moral Obligation' To Protest Trump, Says Michael Eric Dyson

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