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Why qualified women are being passed over for top UN job

Although six women entered the race for secretary-general, none is favored in the straw polls so far. A female chief could help empower women in key areas such as development, education, and health.

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'Kung fu' nuns bike Himalayas to oppose human trafficking

Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order took part in a bicycle trek to raise awareness about trafficking. The nuns' activities have also made people think twice about gender roles.

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Clinton or Trump? As US election nears, the globe watches (very) intently

America’s international influence means that its elections matter far beyond its borders. The Clinton-Trump debate this week was scrutinized for inklings of what a Trump presidency in particular might mean.

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Opinion: Will either candidate protect your data? It's time to ask

In light of the Yahoo breach, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton owe the American public an explanation for how they'll protect their personal data.

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Mount Barujari: 1,000 tourists evacuated in Indonesia after volcano eruption

Mount Barujari erupted without warning on Tuesday. Fifty climbers are still missing but believed to be safe.

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How Thailand's military junta has cracked down on dissent

A news conference by Amnesty International, set to unveil details on torture by the military and police, was cancelled after Thai authorities threatened to arrest two of the speakers. 

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Investigation affirms a Russian missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014. Investigators say the plane was destroyed by Russia-backed rebels using a Russian missile launcher. Moscow has extensively denied these claims.

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Shimon Peres, pragmatist and visionary who embodied Israeli saga

In different phases of his life, Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister, sought to prepare Israel for both war and peace.

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Saudi women petition to end male guardianship laws

Thousands of Saudi women are petitioning to end laws requiring that a male guardian grant permission for them to marry, travel, or work, reflecting new momentum for an ongoing movement. 

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He has a vision for dealing with tough issues facing black men and boys

Cory Greene's experience in prison was integral to him cofounding H.O.L.L.A! in New York. For his work, he was named a 2016 fellow by Echoing Green, a nonprofit that supports social entrepreneurs.

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Making of a 'martyr': Why would a young Iranian fight and die in Syria?

Almost a year ago, a 20-year-old Iranian's quest for martyrdom was realized in Syria, in battle with the so-called Islamic State. Today Iran trumpets his sacrifice as proof of passing the ideological torch to a new generation.

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Are India and Pakistan on the brink of a water war?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said earlier this week that his nation may speed the construction of new hydropower plants along three rivers that flow into Pakistan – a move that would certainly be harmful for Pakistan.

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400-pound hacker and the DNC breach: Cybersecurity gets debate spotlight

At the first presidential debate Monday, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton blamed Russia for hacking the Democratic National Committee, while Donald Trump refused to point the finger at Moscow. 

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In Timbuktu, a nine-year jail sentence for destroying ancient shrines

The International Criminal Court handed down its first sentence based on cultural destruction as a war crime.

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Why Colombia's opposition party will against the FARC peace deal

Much of the Colombian public remains uneasy about provisions allowing perpetrators of war crimes to avoid jail time.

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Amid faltering oil revenues, Saudi Arabia cuts public salaries for the first time

In Saudi Arabia, ministers' salaries will be reduced by 20 percent while lower-ranking civil servants will see wage increases suspended.

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Is Wall Street bad for cybersecurity?

After an investment firm released apparent digital flaws in a company's products to profit on Wall Street, experts worry that security researchers may prioritize quick gains over public safety.

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Pirate Party ready to sail Iceland's government into uncharted waters

The 'Pirates' look set to gain one of the largest shares of seats in Iceland's parliament. But why is a nation of conservative fishermen turning to a party of techno-utopian democrats?

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With the Andy Reading Fund, a college freshman helps rural Chinese students

When Andy (Yuhan) Wang visited a school in rural China, he saw how difficult getting an education can be. His nonprofit provides books and supplies to rural Chinese students.

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Even without a government, Spain moves to clean up financial scandal

Persistent pressure from activists calling for greater transparency and accountability seemed to be paying off on Monday, when more than 60 former bank executives appeared for trial in Madrid. 

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