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Defiant, Kurds vote in northern Iraq, seeking path to independence

The nonbinding referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, whose Peshmerga fighters have been stout allies in the fight against ISIS, nevertheless elicited warnings from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the US.

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As waters recede, Bangladesh takes stock – and plans for more flood-prone future

Thanks to geography, Bangladesh is one of the most flood-prone countries in the world, particularly vulnerable to climate change. But as the country's economy grows, so may its ability to cope, adapt, and plan ahead.

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Could Merkel's losses and populism's gains be therapeutic for German democracy?

Chancellor Angela Merkel's party lost significant support in federal elections, as did her coalition partners, the Social Democrats. But the end of that bloc could mean healthier democracy and weakened fringe politics like that of far-right AfD.

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Prime Minister Abe to hold snap election, hopes to pursue North Korean agenda

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a move to retain majority rule for his party and continue his hard-line approach towards North Korea. To gain support, he is promising funding for child care as well as nursing care for the elderly. 

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Germany faces new challenge of a minority rule after parliamentary election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in need of a new alliance as the Social Democrats, the traditional partner for Ms. Merkel's party, have decided their role is in opposition.

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Reluctant champion: How Nadia Murad has become the international face of Yazidi suffering – and resilience

The same courage and determination that helped Murad escape from the Islamic State have driven her to travel to more than two dozen countries to tell her story, forcing the world to hear about the atrocities and demanding that ISIS be held accountable for its crimes against Yazidis.

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Kenyan election board delays repeat election date

President Uhuru Kenyatta says the ruling of election by the Supreme Court is a 'coup' against the will of the people. 

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Uber loses its license in London, deemed not safe enough

London's transportation regulating body revoked Uber's license to operate today over concerns of safety and security, dealing a large blow to the company. With 40,000 drivers in the city, Uber has become serious competition for the city's iconic black cabs. 

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How strongly is NATO ally Turkey pivoting to Russia and Iran?

President Erdoğan has taken steps that have alarmed his NATO allies. Until recently, Turkey has pursued policies directly opposed to those of Russia and Iran.

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The story behind DC Diaper Bank, a resource for parents

Eight years ago, when Corinne Cannon had her first child, she was surprised at just how hard parenting can be.

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Beneath Germany's staid election, inequality stirs a 'moderate' populist revolt

Germany's economic success makes the political status quo seem unassailable. But for a growing number of Germans, jobs and the social safety net are growing more precarious, defying their basic sense of 'fairness.'

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Kurds head to the polls Monday for independence vote

Iraq's Kurdish population is planning a referendum vote for independence and the creation of a Kurdish state. Regional leaders fear the vote will bring more instability to the region and distract from the fight against the Islamic State. 

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Rohingya refugee camps swell to dramatic proportions

The UN and the US sent humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees, but it's not nearly enough for the 420,000 Muslims fleeing violent attacks, the UN says. 

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What could Germany look like post-election?

Though Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to be reelected, it is unclear with whom she will rule. Germany's upcoming election could be an opportunity for an unlikely coalition to form.

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Letter from Mexico: Lessons in a quake zone

Monitor correspondent Whitney Eulich was working at home on Tuesday, with her 11-month-old daughter downstairs, when a 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City. Two days later, she reflects on living with temblors, and the power of public support.

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Is it the Kremlin’s turn to get WikiLeaked?

The online activist group this week leaked documents from a company that provides ‘solutions’ for Russian telecom giants and state agencies. The dump could signal new scrutiny of Russia from the long-time US bugbear.

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ISIS has planted a ticking bomb that is hard to defuse: traumatized children

Iraq hasn't enough mental health professionals to handle the legions of traumatized children who, because of ISIS, saw and did things they never should have. But if enough teachers can be found, schools could help put them on a path to healing.

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In Germany's east, populist vote finds root in reunification woes

The anti-immigration AfD party is set for its best-ever national election Sunday, largely due to its popularity in the former East Germany. There, voters say they were left behind during reunification – and resent efforts to integrate immigrants while they still feel like second-class citizens.

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Pakistan breaks down gender barriers, one bike at a time

A new bike-sharing program has started up on a sprawling university campus in Islamabad. The goal was to reduce commute time, but it also brought an unexpected result: greater freedom for female students. 

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Amid Pyongyang’s nuclear threat, Seoul resumes humanitarian aid

President Moon says political circumstances should not dictate aid for pregnant women and children in North Korea. 

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