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A former exec at Trader Joe’s grows another kind of grocery store

Doug Rauch opened Daily Table in a low-income area of Boston two years ago. The nonprofit grocery store has been a pioneer in its approach to food waste, food deserts, hunger, and obesity.

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Turkey to keep Qatar military base despite Arab nations' demands

In a historic dispute with Qatar, several Arab nations sent the nation a 13-point list including 'steep' diplomatic and political demands. Turkey has refused to comply with the ultimatums and intends to bolster its military presence in Qatar.

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London police intensify investigation around Grenfell fire, with possible manslaughter charges

Law enforcement officials consider charges of manslaughter after a criminal investigation exposes the tragic Grenfell Tower inferno was touched off by a refrigerator fire, in addition to exterior cladding that failed safety tests.

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An offer Finns can't refuse? Helsinki woos car owners to give up their autos.

Other cities have tried legal limits on when and where cars can drive. But in the Finnish capital, officials are trying to make a transit system so easy that it's preferable to car ownership.

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Ramadan? There's an app for that.

Millions of Muslims worldwide now are using Ramadan apps to help them observe, and revise, centuries-old traditions: when to eat, when to fast, when and how to pray, and how to donate to charity.

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North Korea denies cruel treatment of Otto Warmbier, says it is 'biggest victim'

After the death of detained American student Otto Warmbier just a few days after his return to the United States, North Korea claims it is being targeted in a smear campaign. 

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Out of work? How volunteering can open doors.

The job search can be discouraging. Service activities offer a number of benefits to those looking for work.

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Poverty-free China by 2020? Beijing says it's possible – but steepest climb ahead

While President Xi Jinping’s foreign-policy initiatives have made headlines abroad, one of his most ambitious domestic priorities is entering the final stretch: the race to build a 'moderately prosperous society.'

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ISIS destroys Mosul mosque, thought to be act of desperation

Members of the Islamic State group blew up the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul on Wednesday. From one perspective, the loss of the 800-year-old mosque is a historic and religious tragedy. On the other hand, the destruction of Mosul’s last IS stronghold could signal the group’s impending collapse. 

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After London fire, hundreds of tower blocks tested for flammable cladding

The Grenfell Tower fire sparked safety concerns among London residents. Government inspections and a criminal investigation to examine cladding panels often added to the exterior of tower blocks is now under way.

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Church of England 'colluded' to hide sex abuse, archbishop says

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized to the sexual assault victims of ex-bishop Peter Ball. The Church of England helped to hide the abuse, enabling the bishop's return to ministry for years before being rightfully prosecuted.

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Her recycling project faced long odds in Lebanon. Still, she persisted.

In a country whose inability to collect its garbage has, at times, made headlines, a feisty octogenarian has been running a recycling project for more than two decades. Neighbors have noticed.

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Queen’s Speech outlines Brexit policies, backed by May’s commitment to listen

Following a humbling election, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May promised to be a better listener to Brexit-related business concerns, as revealed in a Queen’s Speech dominated by policies aimed at leaving the EU.  

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Moves against Polish museum and Hungarian university stir fears of censorship

In both countries, concerns are being raised about the health of an open society, as one government makes changes at a war museum and the other threatens to close a university.

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Euroscepticism waning, EU wants to be seen as a solution, says EU’s Tusk

The rising tide of anti-EU sentiments since Brexit has begun to ebb, says one EU leader, as political movements characterized by eurosceptic tendencies in France and Britain lose support. 

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Saudi line of succession decided by royal decree

Saudi king ends the lingering uncertainty over succession, promoting his son Mohammed bin Salman to crown prince and deputy prime minister. 

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Failed Brussels bombing prompts higher security in Belgium

The incident June 20 mirrors recent attacks in other European capitals, putting Belgium on high alert for lone attackers in populated areas during the tourist season.

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Terrorism in Britain: How do you build bridges when 'enough is enough'?

A string of deadly attacks, the latest on a mosque in London Sunday, has frustrated both Muslim and non-Muslim Brits. In between them stand community groups and faith leaders who are trying to foster dialogue.

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EU's first disagreement: Who should host newly displaced regulators?

The 27 remaining European Union states spar for the first time since the Brexit decision over where banking and medical regulators should be based after leaving London.

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American student death prompts call for North Korea to release detainees

Though the details surrounding Otto Warmbier's death remain unclear, South Korean President Moon and President Trump condemned North Korea's human rights violations.

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