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Income inequality: The good, the bad, and how to tackle it

Populism in the West is bringing concerns over economic inequality – and scrutiny over how to ameliorate it – to the forefront. Will nationalist leaders respond?

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Theresa May’s Brexit plan takes shape (+video)

In late June, 52 percent of the British public voted to leave the European Union. In a speech today, British PM Theresa May laid out her exit strategy.

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Search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane suspended: When is it OK to stop looking? (+video)

After nearly three years, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was abandoned on Tuesday, as crews completed their search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, finding no traces of the plane. 

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Kosovo views Serbian rail link as 'provocation,' blocks train

Authorities in Pristina view Serbia's decision to open a railway link to northern Kosovo as a violation of the disputed territory's sovereignty.

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German court declines to ban Nazi-like political party

Germany's Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) bore similarities to Adolf Hitler's Nazi party, but opted not to ban it, saying that it was too weak to endanger democracy.

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Inside the belly of Russia's 'propaganda machine': A visit to RT news channel

US security services have fingered the channel as a key player in the Kremlin's efforts to sway Western politics. But inside its offices, RT seems a far cry from what the US says it is – and what it aspires to be.

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As peace talks loom, Syrian refugees see little future in going home

Talks aimed at building on a current cease-fire are slated to begin in Kazakhstan Jan. 23. At a refugee camp in eastern Lebanon, Syrians say numerous obstacles stand in the way of returning to their homes.

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In Asheville, volunteer computer programmers seek to help the most vulnerable

Among other projects in the past year, members of Code for Asheville have lent their expertise to address issues involving formerly incarcerated people and homeless individuals.

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Paris disconnect: Why many Palestinians don't want that two-state solution

Two in three Palestinians say the model is no longer viable, and many are deeply frustrated with Palestinian Authority leadership.

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How Nepal got the electricity flowing

Hours-long daily blackouts ended suddenly last October after an engineer approached the problem differently – and got the government's backing to solve it.

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Pendant unearthed at Nazi death camp may be connected to Anne Frank, researchers say

A pendant unearthed in an excavation of Sobibór, a Nazi death camp in Poland, is thought to have belonged to a young girl who may have had ties to Anne Frank. 

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Scores of migrants feared dead after attempting to cross Mediterranean

Last year, a record 181,000 boat migrants, mostly from Africa, reached Italy, according to government figures. 

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Bahrain executes 3 convicted in Arab Spring police bombing

The executions of the Shiite men drew swift condemnation from human rights groups and sparked outrage among opponents of the Sunni-ruled government.

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At Paris meeting, major powers to caution Trump over Middle East peace

Trump has pledged to pursue more pro-Israeli policies and move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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What Mexico wants to talk about with Trump

If recent rhetoric is anything to go by, change is afoot in the relationship between Mexico and the United States. But when they do sit down, what issues will Mexico want to discuss?

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Iraqi Military: Mosul University fully liberated

The spokesman for the Joint Military Command declared the campus was under the full control of Iraqi special forces.

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China rejects Trump's suggestion to negotiate Taiwan again

Since recognizing Beijing in 1979, Washington has maintained only unofficial ties with Taiwan — a status quo that Trump has repeatedly threatened to upend since winning the November election.

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What you should know about China's Zhou Youguang, inventor of pinyin

Zhou Youguang, who in 1958 invented pinyin, the romanized spelling system that linked ancient Chinese writing to the modern age, died Saturday in Beijing. The system forever changed how the world learns and types Chinese.

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From the wall to the burqa: why the politics of immigration is all about big symbols

The age of anti-globalization is elevating a theatrical style in politics.

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Iraqi Christians: Will they go home?

They are deciding whether to return to villages once held by Islamic State – a decision that could affect the stability and religious diversity of the Middle East. 

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