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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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Readers write: Thoughts from readers on columnist Ruth Walker

Letters to the editor for the Nov. 20, 2017 weekly magazine.

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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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Congress has an 'et tu?' moment as it grapples with sexual harrassment

Legislators, spurred by cultural demands, take steps to deal with the 'pervasive' problem of sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, including how to handle recently accused Senator Al Franken.

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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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Zimbabwe's new liberation struggle

The surprise sidelining of a longtime dictator has many in Zimbabwe looking inward on their role in propping him up. Their mental liberation may influence the ongoing power struggle

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US needs corporate tax reform. Does the GOP deliver it?

Both parties have called for a rethink of business taxes to boost global competitiveness. New House and Senate plans deliver part of the equation – lower tax rates – but stir controversy in the process.

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Lives of a black and a white family intertwine post-WWII in ‘Mudbound’

The film, which is directed and co-written by Dee Rees, is admirable in its ambitions, but less so in its execution.

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Tesla's next goal: electric semi-trucks

Tesla has unveiled an electric semi-truck that will go 500 miles on a single charge, have an autopilot system, and be capable of driving in convoy with autonomous technology. 

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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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Climate refugees to be welcomed in New Zealand

New Zealand announced it will create a new refugee visa for Pacific Islanders displaced by rising seas. The nation says it is preparing for the possibility of a larger evacuation of island residents in the future as a result of ongoing climate change. 

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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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Trump administration revokes ban on imported elephant trophies

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has reversed the ban on elephant parts from Zimbabwe and Zambia, saying it will help fund conservation. Critics argue allowing wealthy big-game hunters to kill would confuse efforts to curb illegal poaching. 

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Supporting unity in the world

A Christian Science perspective: Tense or hostile situations can be resolved as we turn to God as the Parent that guides and dearly loves His children.

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Top Picks: 'Gregory Porter: Nat ‘King’ Cole & Me,' 'Survival in the Skies,' and more

The podcast 'Ben Franklin's World' has explored topics relating to the 18th century, from British soldiers who fought in the Revolution to the Nat Turner revolt, CBS is honoring the legacy of 'The Carol Burnett Show,' and more top picks.

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New refrain in Washington: Is this the Saudi Arabia we wanted?

US policymakers had long sought a more assertive Saudi Arabia. But there's a growing concern outside the White House about the ambitious and untested Saudi crown prince, who is increasingly confronting Iran.

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Protecting the innocent from cyber warriors

With new warnings of harm to civilian networks, the world may need a ‘digital Geneva Convention.’

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Rural schools unite to make college the rule, rather than the exception

Cooperation among sparsely populated districts in Ohio fuels a successful – and necessary – push for college in a place where manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Part 1 of 3. 

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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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In 2017, transgender community sees record political gains – and violent hostility

Behind the historic eight victories on Nov. 7, America’s transgender community sees a paradox: Both political support and hate crimes are at record levels.  So far this year, 25 transgender people have been killed, breaking last year's record.

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'Thoughts and prayers': For devout, what does it mean to pray after tragedy?

After the Sutherland Springs shooting, the online debate shifted to whether praying is 'doing anything.' Here's what religious Americans and scholars say they mean when they talk about prayer.

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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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Da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' sells for $450 million

Christie's auction house sold the famous painting of Christ for a record-breaking amount. The only privately owned da Vinci, the painting has been roughly handled in the past, including an extensive restoration process, which some critics feel hurts its authenticity.

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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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'Black Tudors' reveals a surprising and overlooked chapter of history

Hidden in British archives and parish records are the identities of dozens of black people who lived in England during Tudor times.

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Rekindling a marriage's flame

A Christian Science perspective: Acknowledging God as the source of all good can inspire a more active expression of that goodness.

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Meanwhile... the first international cricket match in eight years took place in Pakistan

And in Kenya, the country’s new ban on plastic bags is an economic opportunity for women, while in Peru, American trekker Nick Stanziano is urging people to walk the historical Great Inca Trail. 

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Behind religious defense of Roy Moore, an aggressive view of masculinity

The accusations against the former judge, and the biblical justifications coming from some quarters, have led to condemnations from many Evangelicals. Yet adult-teen relationships may not be as unusual among a certain subsection of fundamentalists as people think.

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A tax cut, but for whom? Republican plans favor business.

Senate and House leaders say their tax cuts will boost economic growth and household incomes. But Senate plan would undercut Obamacare and allow middle-class tax cuts to expire, while making cuts for corporations permanent.

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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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Five ways to give this holiday season

Are you going to do the same thing this year? Here’s a lens on giving more broadly – beyond presents under the tree.

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As ban on 'Il Duce' trinkets looms, Mussolini's hometown eyes educational future

Italy is poised to ban sales of memorabilia featuring Benito Mussolini, which will affect shops in Predappio, a place of pilgrimage for neo-Fascists. But Predappio's mayor hopes to turn the town into a center for understanding what Fascism wrought in Italy.

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Pet grooming: how one woman thinks it can help people exit the poverty cycle

Natasha Kirsch, trying to assist those whose past was a barrier to employment, looked for jobs in high demand and that offer good pay. The result of her search is a job training program – The Grooming Project.

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What really fell in Zimbabwe’s coup

The Army’s sidelining of President Robert Mugabe came after he picked his wife to rule after him, denying democratic ideals rooted in equality. History is littered with the overthrow of family dynasties and progress toward basic rights.

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Republican governors regroup and prepare for next election cycle

The Republican Governors Association is ready to talk strategy in Austin, Texas this week, preparing for the 2018 election cycle when 36 governorships will be up for election.

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