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Meet the Saudi Who Is Giving $32 Billion to Charity

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia has announced that he will give his entire personal fortune to charity, the BBC reports.

The entire sum, $32 billion, will be made over to his own foundation, Alwaleed Philanthropies, to which he has already given $3.5 billion.

Alwaleed, who is ranked 34th on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people, says his philanthropy is “an intrinsic part” of his Islamic faith and that he was inspired by Bill and Melinda Gates’ work with their Gates Foundation.

He hopes the money will be used to “empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world,” the BBC reports, although the Prince did not specify which programs or initiatives it would directly support.

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Sesame Street’s Maria Is Departing After More Than 40 Years

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It’s time to say goodbye to Sesame Street’s Maria.

It was announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference that Sonia Manzano would be leaving the children’s series. “After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season,” American Libraries tweeted on Monday.

The actress-author’s turn as the lovable character — who ultimately became a wife, mother, and Fix-It Shop owner — earned her two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series. She also wrote for the program starting in 1981, and won a whopping 15 writing Emmy Awards.

Given Manzano’s extended time with Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar, and friends, it comes as no surprise that many felt emotional about the news.

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36 Dead, 19 Missing After Ferry Capsizes in Philippines

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(MANILA, Philippines) — A ferry carrying 173 people capsized Thursday as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials said.

They said at least 118 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by nearby fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the wooden outrigger ferry was leaving Ormoc for the Camotes Islands, about 44 kilometers (27 miles) to the south, when it was lashed by strong waves.

Survivors told The Associated Press by cellphone that the bow of the ferry suddenly rose from the water before the vessel flipped over on one side, turning the vessel upside down and trapping passengers inside.

Mary Jane Drake, who was traveling with her mother and American husband, said the ferry was pulling slowly out…

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Baltimore Will Put Working Cameras in Police Vans

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The Baltimore Police Department is installing video cameras capable of recording in its vans following protests over the April death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered severe injuries in the back of a police van.

While the van that was carrying 25-year-old Gray had a camera in it, it was only meant for surveillance, not recording, and it was broken. Gray died a week after sustaining spinal injuries in the van.

Gray’s death set off riots in the city resulting in hundreds of injuries and millions of dollars of property damage. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby indicted six officers allegedly involved with Gray’s death. They will be tried in October.

The Baltimore Police Department, which has paid millions of dollars in settlements involving police misconduct in the last several years, will also review its riot gear, some of which failed to work during the spring riots. The…

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Robot Kills Man at Volkswagen Plant

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A robot crushed a worker at a Volkswagen production plant in Germany, the company said Wednesday.

A 22-year-old man was helping to put together the stationary robot that grabs and configures auto parts Monday when the machine grabbed and pushed him against a metal plate, the Associated Press reported. He later died from the injuries. Volkswagen did not release the man’s name.

A spokesperson for the car company told the Associated Press that the robot can be programmed for specific tasks and that the company believes the malfunction was due to human error.

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Though the company uses some lightweight robots to work on the production line next to humans, a spokesperson told the Financial Times that this was not one of those robots. The type of robot that crushed the employee is usually kept in a cage. The man was working on the robot inside the cage when he…

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