Galloni, who will replace Stephen J Adler this month, will be the first woman to lead the news agency in its 170-year history.
Extraction in rivers and beaches has increased pollution and flooding, lowered groundwater levels, hurt marine life, and exacerbated the occurrence and severity of landslides and drought, UN says.
Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most gender-segregated nations, ranks 138 of 144 states in the 2017 Global Gender Gap index, a gauge of how women fare in economic and political participation, health and education.
US District Judge Richard Leon approves $85 billion merger of telecom giant AT&T with media-entertainment conglomerate Time Warner, dealing a blow to the US government's efforts to block the deal.
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