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In South Korea, a new Cinderella story is unfolding – on ice

The Korean women’s curling team has surprised many – not least of all their compatriots – by defeating almost every single country so far.

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In Tunis suburb, a revolutionary demand: jobs, not freedoms

In neighborhoods like Douar Hicher, outside Tunis, the very same conditions that led to Tunisia’s Arab-World-changing revolution persist: unemployment, marginalization, urban migration, and police harassment.

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Tech-savvy Kenyan youth return home to farm

In Kenya, a country with the highest youth joblessness rate in East Africa, thousands of young people are returning home to rural areas to take up farming, although some still see the profession as undesirable.

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Off-grid solar energy takes root in West Africa

Companies from around the world are working quickly to access West Africa's growing off-grid energy market. The movement is building an electric future for millions of residents in the region living outside of the grid. 

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Israel and Iran: A long-running rivalry moves to center stage

Its roots reach back to Iran's 1979 revolution. But it has become more fraught as Iran's profile has risen sharply in Syria – and once-predictable cold war power dynamics have frayed. A biweekly column on patterns in diplomacy.

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Balkan nations increasingly feel effects of 'brain drain'

Unemployment, low wages, and lack of opportunity are driving thousands of young and educated adults out of Balkan nations, placing countries on uneven footing. The inability to retain youth has led to increasingly older and less educated populations.

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East St. Louis has had it tough. But here’s how one woman celebrates the good.

After a Navy and civil service career, Charmaine Savage began publishing a top-notch magazine that highlights those making a difference in her hometown.

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How post-ISIS scramble for advantage in Syria raises risk of wider war

While outside powers that played large roles in the Syrian war show little desire for an enlarged conflict, their fierce rivalry in the war's 'most dangerous phase' poses an escalation threat, as recent violence demonstrated.

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More than glitter: How US women pin Nordic medal hopes on teamwork

American women used to be the also-rans in cross-country skiing, a sport dominated by Scandinavians. But by valuing each other’s unique contributions, they have become one of the top teams in the world.

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After the Olympics, war-torn families still hope for reunions

Families separated at the outbreak of the Korean War hope that thawing relations between the two Koreas will be enough to restart reunion programs with loved ones that live across the border. Many believe North Korea's outreach is serious this time.

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New online tool helps seafood companies fight slavery

Media reports of slavery in the fishing and seafood processing industries have prompted the creation of an online tool that allows companies to asses the likelihood of human rights violations throughout their supply chains.

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In Gaza, amid warnings of an explosion, a sense of abandonment

In overcrowded Gaza, jobs, food, water, and electricity are in short supply, with warnings that a collapse is imminent. The parties that seemingly would want to make a difference – Hamas, Fatah, Israel, and Egypt – haven't.

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Israeli police recommend Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust

The recommendations now go to the attorney general, who will review the material before deciding whether to file charges. But the  prime minister could soon find himself facing calls to step aside.

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Discovery becomes top media sports brand in Europe

The broadcaster will cover the Olympics in multiple languages to make them more accessible for the fractured European TV industry. It is also aiming for a 'younger, hipper vibe' to make the Games more appealing and relatable.

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South African parliament elects Ramaphosa as president

Following a parliamentary vote that opposition parties boycotted, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in on Thursday. Mr. Ramaphosa is now tasked with rehabilitating his party's fractured image.

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Amid Kashmir's unrest, girls' sports are more than a game

Young Kashmiri sportswomen are pushing boundaries in everything from rugby to karate. It's a source of both empowerment and escape in a region where opposition to Indian rule often flares into violence.

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Zuma resigns after deluge of scandals

South African President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation late Wednesday after mounting accusations of corruption. The South African parliament is expected to elect Zuma's replacement, Cyril Ramaphosa, by the end of the week.

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Fighting sexism, India's police ask: When is 'women only' good for women?

A vicious gang rape in 2012 spurred a groundswell for reform to combat rampant harassment and gender-based violence. Some police have turned to all-female patrols and stations – but the approach has plenty of critics. Part 6 of Reaching for Equity: a global series on gender and power.

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America’s Olympic team: faster, higher, stronger for longer – with kids

Traditionally, many Olympians hang up their skates, skis, and sleds in order to have a family. Today, more teams are helping athletes balance parenthood and full-time training to extend their careers.

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Consistency, wisdom explains older Olympians longevity

Olympians are increasingly competing into middle age, despite the idea that the Olympics are mainly a young person's game.

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