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Can competing schools of elephant conservation find common ground?

Some elephant conservationists are calling for a total ban on ivory, while others argue that a regulated market would better protect the animals. Can the two sides cooperate?

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Why did Broward destroy 2016 ballots? Sanders ally seeks US probe.

Tim Canova, an ally of Bernie Sanders, lost in a 2016 primary to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Hillary Clinton ally, in Florida's Broward County. The paper records have been destroyed.

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When ‘culture clash’ gets in the way

A quarter century after the notion of a ‘clash of civilizations’ became a popular view of the world, the exceptions point a different way.

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Columbus Circle without Columbus? New York's statue debate hits Italian-Americans hard

The famous memorial, donated to the city by immigrants in 1892, the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s first voyage, has been caught up in the nationwide controversy over the meaning of history and the purpose of public monuments.

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The 10 best movies of 2017

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' was the most astonishing writing-directing debut in years, while 'The Florida Project,' about wayfarers living week to week in run-down budget motels outside Disney World, is one of the most lyrical evocations of childhood our critic has ever seen.

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South Africa's ruling party to choose new leader

In an effort to reunite the African National Congress (ANC), the party is expected to announce its next leader this weekend.

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Iranian missiles found in Saudi Arabia are evidence of nuclear deal violation, says US

US intelligence has determined the missiles fired at the international airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels were supplied by Iran, proof the Trump administration is using to reassert its claim that Iran has violated the 2015 nuclear deal. 

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Black women say it's time for Democrats to repay their loyalty in state elections

After Alabama and Virginia elections, Democrats have received almost unanimous support from black women voters. With turnout rates consistently above 90 percent, many are calling for representation at the negotiating table, and legislation that speaks to their unique issues. 

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Britain and EU leaders enter second stage of Brexit talks

Britain and the European Union are poised to move forward with Brexit discussions after coming to agreements on the UK-EU land border in Ireland and Britain's bill for leaving the EU.

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While world watches North Korea, China builds in the South China Sea

While the world has turned its focus to North Korea, satellite images show new Chinese high-frequency radar facilities on its controversial man-made outposts in the Spratly and Parcel Islands. China has been pressured to halt its militarization of the contested land.

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FCC repeals net neutrality after a decade

In a straight party-line vote of 3-2, the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission junked the longtime principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally.

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Trump’s tax plan: Why many middle-class Republicans support it

While some Trump voters see the bill as a betrayal of his populist campaign promises, more than two-thirds of GOP voters say they support it – even if it may not help them personally.

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In Romania, royal funeral prompts regrets

The former King Michael of Romania, who will be buried on Saturday, ruled during World War II and was exiled by the Communists. Amid political unrest today, mourners are nostalgic about what he came to represent.

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'Playing with Fire' chronicles 1968 in America, eschewing easy answers to complex questions

The aftermath of 1968 – seven more years of war, continued social unrest, Watergate, Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford's pardon – combined to alter forever the trajectory of American public life.

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Christmas kindness, every day

A Christian Science perspective: Everyone in the world can feel and be moved by God’s love throughout the Christmas season and beyond.

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In Malaysia, religious concerns stall child-bride reform

Even cases where men have avoided rape charges by marrying their underage victims have not prompted changes to the law allowing underage marriage. Conservative strands of Islamic opinion favor the practice.

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Top Picks: Smithsonian Channel's 'America’s Badlands,' the movie 'Marjorie Prime,' and more top picks

The Radiolab podcast 'More Perfect' is a compelling and educational look at the US Supreme Court, 'Tajmo' is the inspired pairing of blues circuit vets Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, and more top picks.

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Jerusalem, etc.: How US global leadership has changed under Trump

Trump, who vowed to restore 'strong American leadership,' has projected military power as president. But in his go-it-alone actions and withdrawal from commitments, some see a diminished US role.

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Kremlin's four-hour presser leaves key question unanswered: after Putin, what next?

Russia's 2018 presidential election will likely not be a cliffhanger. What happens in 2024, when President Putin could end an unprecedented fourth term, is far less clear. He does have a plan, experts say – but it's not necessarily handing off power.

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Hope for US-North Korea talks?

Hints and events are lining up for possible negotiations and a lessening of fear of war in Northeast Asia.

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In post-election limbo, Hondurans foresee next challenge: rebuilding trust

Protests over last month's disputed presidential election have simmered down, although no victor has been announced. But many Hondurans say the country has hard work ahead to restore their confidence in government, and each other.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is, like the other films in the series, a soap opera in space

The latest installment is about on par with the enjoyable 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.' Writer-director Rian Johnson does a creditable, if uninspired, job.

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This woman’s approach to mentoring in San Jose won a prize

Knowing that mentors can make all the difference for youths, Gisela Bushey designed the program Critical Bridge. In October, it was named a recipient of the $50,000 Encore Prize.

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Venezuelans facing currency crisis turn to bitcoin to survive

In the midst of a financial crisis with inflation nearing 2,000 percent, Venezuelans are using bitcoin to pay for groceries, medical bills, even honeymoons. Unaffected by the economic crisis, bitcoins gives users an alternative to black market worthless government currency.  

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New Polish prime minister meets with EU leaders, aims to solidify ties

Poland's new prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with EU leaders for the first time in an effort to strengthen ties between Poland and the EU. Poland's controversial stance on refugees and issues of governance and rule of law have strained relations in recent years. 

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China willing to work with South Korea to maintain peace on Korean peninsula

During South Korean President Moon Jae-in's visit to China, Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirms his commitment to maintaining stability on the Korean peninsula, aiming to denuclearize the peninsula through diplomatic talks.

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Disney buys most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion

In efforts to compete with other tech companies in the entertainment business, Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox, including film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses.

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GOP tax bill includes cuts for businesses and wealthy

Republicans in the House and the Senate have approved a tax bill that will include permanent tax cuts for businesses, cuts for the top brackets, and temporary cuts for middle-class workers. A repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate is also included in the bill. 

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FCC poised to roll back net neutrality rules

Despite protest from consumers and corporations such as Facebook, the Federal Communications Commission is set to reverse net neutrality rules that bar internet service providers from favoring certain internet content.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses his mission to marvel with '100 Amazing Facts About the Negro'

'God put me on earth for many reasons, and one is to integrate the history of the human community by establishing the role that black people played,' he says.

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'The Saboteur' combines heroic World War II history with thriller dramatics

Robert de La Rochefoucauld and his Resistance comrades were guided by an unspoken code of bravery.

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A meaningful response to violence

A Christian Science perspective: Prayer grounded in divine Love is the very foundation of the right kind of action.

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Meanwhile... in Gabon, scientists are asking concerned citizens around the world to help save elephants

And in Sweden, some girls are saying no to traditional Santa Lucia pageants, while on St. Helena, an ancient tortoise is looking forward to a new crowd of admirers.

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Does US need special counsel to probe special counsel Mueller?

On Wednesday GOP lawmakers hammered Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying the Mueller probe is tainted. Democrats and other critics say this charge is a distraction and that attorneys shouldn't be reduced to red or blue.

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As interest rates rise, will borrower prudence, too?

Interest rates have stayed so low for so long, consumers and investors may have forgotten what happens when rates go up. The Federal Reserve's rate boost Wednesday and prospects for 2018 increases may change mind-sets. 

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People once at odds don’t try to even the score

Countries from Iraq to Colombia are now seeking reconciliation after war or dictatorship. One country, Rwanda, shows what can be done. 

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In the race to help Latino students, one California county pulls ahead

Since 2014, Riverside County has expanded services for students including access to counselors and help with financial aid forms. One result: the county’s graduation rate shot up to 89 percent in 2016, putting it in range of Orange County.

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What Doug Jones's win means for Democrats

The incoming Democratic senator from Alabama leaves Republicans with just a one-seat edge in the Senate. But Jones may look to work across party lines as well.

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Graceless: Women warned off politics in Zimbabwe

Dislike for Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, was a big factor in the Zimbabwean president's downfall. But her treatment at the hands of press and public has revealed deep misogyny in national politics.

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US cities dedicate resources to international negotiations on migrants and refugees

Despite President Trump pulling out of the talks, US cities concerned with the rising number of migrants are asking for a seat at the table in international negotiations regarding migrants and refugees set to start next year.

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