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Amongst Bedouins, modern life blunts demand for ancient daggers

In Jordan, desert tribesmen have been using their shibriya daggers for centuries to cut their vegetables, shear their sheep, and kill their enemies. But modern lifestyles and Chinese imports are threatening the livelihood of the few blacksmiths who know how to make them.

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A steady forward march for captive elephants

As public awareness of the plight of zoo elephants grows, policies are shifting, although not always as fast as advocates would like.

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Kenya's Supreme Court upholds election of Kenyatta

Despite protests from opposition, Kenya's top court reaffirms election results. Opposition leaders now call for international intervention, saying the repeat election was not conducted fairly and court justices were intimidated into support of the results.

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After German coalition talks fail, Merkel looks for a way forward

Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to form a three-part coalition and now faces an uncertain future for German politics. Political pathways could include a renewed effort to form a coalition between former political partners or a parliamentary vote for chancellor.

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Zimbabwe's president may face impeachment

President Robert Mugabe has refused to resign. After a weekend of protests against the longstanding president, Zimbabwe's parliament now looks to impeach Mr. Mugabe.

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South Korea fears continued weapons development from North Korea

South Korean intelligence agencies are keeping a close eye on their northern neighbor with suspicions that further missile tests by North Korea before year's end are likely. Political analysis also shows an internal overhaul of military officials within Pyongyang's government. 

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Grace Mugabe: Zimbabwe's first lady and her play for the presidency

Grace Mugabe rose from a shy typist to the politically ambitious second wife of President Robert Mugabe. Her push to be president in her own right may have contributed to her husband's downfall.

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In Switzerland, a 161-year-old organization that champions animals

The Zurich Animal Protection Association lobbies to keep animals safe and manages its own shelter, which last year alone found homes for more than 400 furry friends.

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In Latin America, no more women presidents – for now

As Chile votes, Latin America is poised to have no 'presidentas' for the first time in more than a decade. Does that matter?

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Wounded vets force disability rethink in Ukraine

People with disabilities have long been hidden away in Ukraine. But former soldiers who lost limbs in the war with Russian-backed rebels are winning medals in international sports events and giving them new status.

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EU leaders reaffirm commitment to social rights

At a European Union summit, leaders laid out standards for fair labor markets and welfare systems. With the newly created European Pillar of Social Rights, leaders aim to emphasize the EU's commitment to social, not just monetary, issues.

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Mumbai museum challenges Indians' self image

As narrow minded nationalist voices rise in India, a new exhibition illustrates the depth and wealth of foreign influences on the nation's culture.

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ISIS loses its last major territory in Iraq

US-supported Iraqi forces reclaimed the last Islamic State-held town. Operations will continue to retake Iraq’s western desert and the border area with Syria.

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Why Jordanian mothers still can't give citizenship to their children

Jordan recently has made significant strides on women's rights. But children in Jordan whose fathers are not citizens are denied basic rights.

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Merkel continues attempt to form three-way coalition

In order to maintain power, German Chancellor Angela Merkel aims to form a three-way coalition between the Free Democrats, the Greens, and her own Christian Democrats. Failure to clinch a deal could lead to new elections and another opportunity for the political far-right.

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Cambodia's main opposition party forced to disband

Cambodia's Supreme Court orders the opposition party to be dissolved. The verdict facilitates authoritarian practice in the nascent democratic state. 

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20 countries agree to end coal use by 2030

Twenty countries and two US states have banded together through the Powering Past Coal alliance to phase out coal and cut carbon emissions by 2030 in an effort to keep to the Paris Agreement target for lowering emissions.

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Mugabe refuses to leave presidency despite military pressure

Zimbabwe's political future remains uncertain as the military pressures President Robert Mugabe to end his 37 years of power, which would allow for former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to step in as leader.

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Lebanon's Hariri expected in France to end speculations he is being held against his will

French President Emmanuel Macron extended an invitation to the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in efforts to end tensions with Saudi Arabia and begin the resolution process. 

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Amid apparent coup, Zimbabwe ponders a future without Mugabe

Until two days ago, President Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule over Zimbabwe seemed almost entirely unshakable. The house arrest of the East African nation's only leader has brought citizens a glimpse of uncertain hope.

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