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How do refugee students make the jump to Germany's universities?

Many of the asylum seekers in Germany are university students looking to continue their studies. Various organizations are trying to help them navigate the country's particular challenges, including a big one: German.

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Divided Britain agrees, a bumpy Brexit ride for both sides ahead

The divorce from Europe has slowed to a crawl as the British government works to sort out its disagreements over complex goals.

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Violence at Israel's Jordan embassy escalates crisis over Jerusalem shrine

Jordan is the Muslim custodian of the shrine where Israeli authorities installed controversial metal detectors last week after Arab gunman killed two Israeli policemen near the shared holy site.

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A disrupter at UN: Can new chief shake up bureaucracy to speed progress?

Secretary-General António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal, says the world has made progress – on hunger, poverty, education – but he's impatient for more. His approach: We can do better.

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Why is North Korea giving its neighbor the silent treatment?

South Korea initiated rare face-to-face talks with the North with no response so far. What the cold shoulder from the hermit kingdom might mean.

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She arrived in Senegal 43 years ago – and is still there working on social issues

Molly Melching founded the nonprofit Tostan, which operates in a number of African countries. It’s known globally for alleviating poverty, as well as for helping to reduce child marriage and female genital cutting in Senegal.

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How Western spyware is being used to shut down Arab rights activists

Since the Arab Spring seven years ago, autocratic regimes have spent millions on Western firms' technology to steal activists' contacts, listen in on their conversations, and more.

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Growing cities take proactive stance against diverse threats, building resilience

Swelling cities are strategizing, innovating, and proactively investing in ways to nimbly operate in the face of growing threats such as climate change, transportation, and housing. 

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German citizens warned about travel to Turkey following ‘absurd’ arrests

Six human rights activists were arrested in Turkey as part of President Erdogan’s widespread terrorism crackdown, leading Germany to issue travel warnings against the nation. 

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Heightened security measures fuel tensions at shared Jerusalem holy site

In the wake of last week's shooting, the site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, was closed for two days, marking its third closure since the 1967 Mideast war.

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Saudi woman arrested for immodesty after social media condemnation

Angry tweets blaming a Saudi woman for her immodest dress preceded her arrest, highlighting extensive conservative views in the kingdom and leading some to fear social media as a vehicle for incrimination.

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Cents and sensibility: Jane Austen graces British 10-pound note

The famed British author is only the third woman to feature on a modern-day British bank note, after medical innovator Florence Nightingale and social reformer Elizabeth Fry.

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Japan, China, and South Korea violate Paris agreement by funding coal in Indonesia

The three nations – all members of the Paris climate agreement – are involved with 18 of 22 coal power deals made in Indonesia since 2010, according to a report from Market Forces, an Australia-based environmental finance organization.

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Europe's female imams challenge Muslim patriarchy – and fight Islamophobia

The 'imamas' see their mosques as home for young, liberal Muslims who feel out of place at more conservative mosques with imported imams. And they think they can change the narrative of Islam in Europe.

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Why US may slash military aid to an ally it helped build up in Lebanon

In the Lebanese Army, the US saw a potential counterbalance to Hezbollah. What it got was an ally against ISIS. Now the military aid is caught up in State Department budget-cutting.

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What is stirring Russia's youth to rally around Alexei Navalny?

Tens of thousands of youths have answered the would-be presidential candidate's call to rally against corruption, often resulting in their mass arrests. Their reasoning shows political sophistication – and not necessarily agreement with Navalny.

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Shawarma – São Paulo-style? Syrian refugees expand Brazilian palates

Many of the refugees and immigrants in Brazil's largest city never expected to own restaurants – or even to wind up here. But today, they're broadening the country's culinary landscape, already diversified through decades of immigration. 

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Pro-Russia rebel leader suggests breakaway region could become 'Little Russia'

Alexander Zakharchenko described his plan to create a new state as a ‘peaceful’ solution to Ukraine-Russia relations, though the announcement drew swift outcry.

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Disruption of WhatsApp in China triggers censorship fears

During a politically fraught time in China, authorities are paying close attention to encrypted messaging platforms like WhatsApp.

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In post-quake rebuilding, Kathmandu's carvers reclaim a fading heritage

Restoration efforts after Nepal's 2015 earthquake have breathed new life into traditional art. But they have also unearthed strains between the past and present: between temples' roles as relics, and as living spaces; and between history, and the men restoring it.

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