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With elections imminent, Italy pulls out the stops to fight fake news

The issue of fake news – bufale, in Italian – has dominated concerns in Italy ahead of the March 4 parliamentary elections. The government, in partnership with companies like Facebook, has launched several projects to fight back.

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US seeks energy 'dominance.' But is that a shield against geopolitical risks?

The Trump administration has set the goal of US 'energy dominance' in world markets – and outlined the strategic benefits. Yet, while America's role is rising, its oil and gas exports are still modest compared with Saudi Arabia's and Russia's.

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South Korean chat app brings #MeToo movement to the country

The app Blind is shedding new light on sexual harassment in the country's heavily male-dominated workplace. But many South Korean users say they are yet to see significant changes in their workplaces.

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For first time in 20 years, US women's hockey takes gold

Their victory over long-time rival Canada capped a year that started with the threat of a boycott to secure more money and the same kind of treatment that US Hockey gives to the men's team.

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Rohingya refugees could find new home on Floating Island

In what its prime minister said would be a 'temporary arrangement,' Bangladesh is turning an uninhabited island into a home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims. But aid workers said they remain seriously concerned the island can't sustain livelihoods for thousands of people. 

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Gender equality as ‘trade secret’? Businesses awaken to a long-dawning idea.

The message that workforce diversity deserves a conscious (even proprietary) effort has begun to resonate throughout US boardrooms – boosting bottom lines and responsiveness to concerns of women employees and others. Part 7 of Reaching for Equity, a global series on gender and power.

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Severe water shortage prompts Cape Town to ask tourists to turn off the taps

As Cape Town's water supply dwindles, the city's lucrative tourist industry reconsiders how to market the region to visitors. For many hotels and conference centers, reducing water consumption is now just another part of the tourist experience. 

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Before Russia's 'troll farm' turned to US, it had a more domestic focus

Though the outfit indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller may now be most famous for targeting US audiences, its original purpose was to sway Russians on domestic issues. And it was well covered by the Russian media.

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An Australian laundry business has a mission to improve the lives of its employees

Vanguard Laundry Services exclusively hires unemployed people with mental illnesses to do laundry for more than 80 hospitals and hotels in eastern Australia. The business aims to provide employees with independence and financial security.

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In Pyeongchang, a historically diverse Winter Olympics

The 2018 Games represent a wider spectrum of humanity than ever before. That’s particularly true in women’s bobsledding – in which four of the top five teams in Pyeongchang included at least one black athlete.

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US women win historic Olympic gold in cross-country skiing

Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, powered by a tight-knit team, won the American women's first-ever Olympic medal in a close sprint with Sweden and Norway on Wednesday.

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Indigenous Peruvian villagers protect their land against illegal coca farms

An increasing number of migrant farmers are using native lands in the Amazon to grow the illicit crop coca. Some indigenous communities plan to patrol their territory to keep out land traffickers.

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To avoid global watchlist, Pakistan takes control of Islamist charities

Pakistan's government assumed control of a vast web of charity organizations previously run by Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation charities, two groups viewed as terrorist fronts by the United States.

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Japan wants Fukushima evacuees to go home. They're not so sure.

About 160,000 people left their homes in 2011, after an earthquake and tsunami triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Today, the government says it's safe for many to return. But regaining residents' trust remains a challenge.

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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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