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Rohingya women face greater magnitudes of suffering

According to the UN, nearly all of the hundreds of thousands of women fleeing Myanmar have survived or witnessed sexual assault. Aid agencies say their response has been hampered by cuts in US funding and a retreat from humanitarian leadership.

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Islamic extremists target Sufi mystics in Egyptian mosque attack

Members of an extremist group affiliated with the Islamic State militant group have been waging a stepped-up campaign of violence in northern Sinai for years, but this was the first major militant attack on a Muslim mosque.

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Parisian guide puts 'the second sex' in first place

Everyone's heard of Napoleon. But what about Simone de Beauvoir? Or Antoinette Fouque? Our correspondent takes a tour of Paris that explores the city's history through its (ought to be more) famous females.

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Now between two presidents, Zimbabweans dare to imagine ‘an easier life’

After 37 years under President Robert Mugabe, the possibility of a more democratic future encourages many Zimbabweans. But others have more basic hopes for jobs and stability – a window into the economic ruin he leaves behind. 

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In post-conflict Colombia, land-rights and funding for peacebuilding face off

Colombia's Constitutional Court overturned a 2001 law that gave the federal government ultimate say over where mining projects took place. It's a victory for local communities, but with the government in need of billions to bank roll peace programs, can it last? 

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Europe ponders prospect of life after Merkel

For more than a decade, Europe has been accustomed to relying on German leader Angela Merkel for strength and stability. But with her bid to form a new government in tatters, the continent may have to look elsewhere for leadership.

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Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead film 'Coco' aims to shake up image of Mexico

The rich history of Día de los Muertos isn't always understood in the US, despite increasing popularity. The filmmakers' attention to detail has earned 'Coco' fans in Mexico, at a time when many say their country is reduced to stereotypes abroad.

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After a 37-year run, Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resigned from power following the start of impeachment proceedings by his own party, ZANU-PF. Mr. Mugabe's former vice president is now poised to take power.

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Insurers face new challenges after long series of natural disasters

Following a season of hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes around the world, customers and governments are facing rising insurance rates.  Experts suggest that insurance companies should re-evaluate their repricing strategies as disasters become more common. 

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Nigeria experiences worst bombing of the year in former Boko Haram territory

Despite government assurances that Boko Haram is nearly defeated within Nigeria, a recent suicide bombing that killed 50 people has been attributed to the Islamist militant group.

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Meet the 11-year-old inventor working to improve lead water testing

Spurred by the water crisis in Flint, Mich., Gitanjali Rao invented a device that makes testing for lead at home easier.

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Amongst Bedouins, modern life blunts demand for ancient daggers

In Jordan, desert tribesmen have been using their shibriya daggers for centuries to cut their vegetables, shear their sheep, and kill their enemies. But modern lifestyles and Chinese imports are threatening the livelihood of the few blacksmiths who know how to make them.

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A steady forward march for captive elephants

As public awareness of the plight of zoo elephants grows, policies are shifting, although not always as fast as advocates would like.

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Kenya's Supreme Court upholds election of Kenyatta

Despite protests from opposition, Kenya's top court reaffirms election results. Opposition leaders now call for international intervention, saying the repeat election was not conducted fairly and court justices were intimidated into support of the results.

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After German coalition talks fail, Merkel looks for a way forward

Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to form a three-part coalition and now faces an uncertain future for German politics. Political pathways could include a renewed effort to form a coalition between former political partners or a parliamentary vote for chancellor.

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Zimbabwe's president may face impeachment

President Robert Mugabe has refused to resign. After a weekend of protests against the longstanding president, Zimbabwe's parliament now looks to impeach Mr. Mugabe.

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South Korea fears continued weapons development from North Korea

South Korean intelligence agencies are keeping a close eye on their northern neighbor with suspicions that further missile tests by North Korea before year's end are likely. Political analysis also shows an internal overhaul of military officials within Pyongyang's government. 

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Grace Mugabe: Zimbabwe's first lady and her play for the presidency

Grace Mugabe rose from a shy typist to the politically ambitious second wife of President Robert Mugabe. Her push to be president in her own right may have contributed to her husband's downfall.

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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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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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