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Yes, new tariff backfires on US jobs. But it’s not end of world for solar power.

The Trump-imposed tariff on imported solar panels isn't as harsh as the industry had feared. The bigger challenge, some say, is possible cuts in government-funded energy research.

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A global wish for honest leaders

Can there be a #MeToo-style campaign against corruption? One region shows that a cross-border movement is possible.

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Irked by Trump's policy and posturing, Europeans find ways to push back

European disapproval of American policy is nothing new. But the Trump administration has roused both European governments and citizens to action in a new way.

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Does Congress need the president to take the lead?

During the shutdown, President Trump kept an unusually low profile – and the hands-off approach seemed to work. But can a polarized Congress move forward on an issue like immigration without clearer direction from the president?

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Protests rumble in China after fraudulent investment scheme fails

Following the collapse of Qianbao.com, a major Chinese investment scheme, authorities are working to quell protests in the eastern city of Nanjing. China's lax regulations on internet investment have allowed several fraudulent companies to grow in recent years.

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'Sister survivor warriors' come together as one to testify against sports doctor

More than 120 gymnasts have come forward to accuse former sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault. Mr. Nassar currently faces 60 years in prison for child pornography crimes. 

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UN returns to rebel-held South Sudan with new 'nimble' strategy

The United Nations is sending troops back to a base in Akobo, South Sudan. Instead of building a permanent presence in the rebel-controlled region, the UN is opting to fly in peacekeepers for a few days a week as part of its new approach.

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Are we trashing the final frontier?

Scientists directing space missions take care not to spoil areas that hold potential for life. But when it comes to other areas of space, the mandate for stewardship becomes murky.

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US tariffs slapped on imported solar panels and washing machines

President Trump imposed tariffs on solar panels and washing machines to benefit American manufactures, creating a divide in US solar cell companies. Some support tariffs, but most believe the measure will cost jobs and progress for renewable energy.

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New Jersey town closes streets to reduce traffic congestion due to apps

Commuters, directed by navigations apps, were overwhelming a small town in New Jersey near one of the world's busiest bridges. So the town decided to close its streets. 

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Pennsylvania court rules congressional map unconstitutional

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court threw out the state's congressional map, determining it to be gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. The decision has immediate implications for the 2018 election and GOP control of Congress.

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In Syrian 'epicenter of suffering,' women model resilience

In Douma, in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, food is scarce, bombings routine, and peace a memory. But the women of all ages who stream into Sabah's cozy apartment choose to be happy, sharing joy, music, and laughter.

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Supporting good government

A Christian Science perspective: By truly letting God’s law of good govern us, we are contributing to the reign of peace in our world.

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'Winter' is Karl Ove Knausgaard's attempt to make you see things anew

Knausgaard's essays are naive, charming, and eye-opening.

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Exhibit, film examine American Indians’ cultural contributions, depictions

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian explores the role that American Indian names, images, and stories have played in history, identity, and pop culture in the US. The well-received 2016 documentary 'Rumble' details how American Indians have changed popular music.

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Syria: Can Trump's anti-Iran strategy survive hostilities with Turkey?

As Russia, Iran, and the US strive to establish facts on the ground to maximize their chances of shaping postwar Syria, Turkey is posing a challenge to a key piece of the Trump administration’s emerging policy.

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Shutdown saga sparks debate about how to fix 'broken' Congress

Ideas such as ending the filibuster are floated as lawmakers consider whether a deliberately cumbersome system of checks and balances, designed to forge compromise, truly remains viable in today’s highly polarized environment.

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Facebook’s about-face on news credibility

Rather than rely on machines to pick items for its news feed, the media giant will now trust its users to select trustworthy media outlets. The move reflects a broader need to restore trust in news by relying on readers as truth seekers.

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EU reform effort reopens eurozone divide in Central Europe

As Germany and France push for reform in the European Union, Central European countries say joining the eurozone will limit their autonomy, while supporters of European integration say they risk being left behind.

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Pence's reference to 'Israel's capital' calls US ability to mediate into question

Vice President Mike Pence began his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by referring to Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The US stance on Israel's capital continues to sow doubt among Arab leaders that the US can effectively mediate Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. 

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Immigration concerns drive legal immigrants away from public health care

The Trump presidency has seen a drop in the number of legal Latino immigrants who use public health services and federally subsidized insurance. Many US residents worry that submitting their papers might lead immigration officers to undocumented relatives. 

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Romanian Roma use theater to address bigotry

A feminist Roma theater company is staging plays to highlight the racism and sexism that Roma women are subjected to in Romania. The group uses art to raise awareness of the social issues facing marginalized Roma, the largest ethnic minority in Europe.

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Briefing: What to expect at the Olympics

The Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from Feb. 9-25. South Korea's government has trumpeted the Games as an opportunity to improve relations with its northern neighbor.

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Mattis visit highlights shift in US-Vietnam relations

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's visit to Vietnam comes days before the 50th anniversary of a key Vietnam War battle. The former enemies have gradually developed closer ties as the United States seeks to address China's growing military power.

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South Korean protesters burn 'unification flag' and photos of Kim Jong-un

Protesters in South Korea took to the streets during the visit of North Korean pop-star in Seoul to voice displeasure about the North's participation in the Winter Olympics and recent rapprochement deals between the neighboring nations.

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New Trump office would protect doctors with conscientious objections

Medical providers who object to performing abortions or other procedures on moral or religious grounds have gained new support. Conservatives say that the office will help maintain balance in the health care system, while opponents say it will lead to discrimination. 

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Meaningful giving

A Christian Science perspective: As the reflection of God, infinite Love, everyone has something meaningful to give – we’re never left without love to express.

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How can China grow?

Sitting on a park bench in Beijing, moved to tears by the memories that came flooding back to her as she watched an amateur opera, our reporter saw other core values expressed by a gentleman who sat next to her: harmony, civility, friendship.

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Return to China: One reporter finds a nation that has gone from bicycles to bullet trains

For a visiting journalist, the country of today feel worlds away from the China she first encountered decades earlier.

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US government shuts down amid standoff over immigration

A last-ditch Republican funding bill fell well short of the 60 Senate votes needed Friday night to prevent the country's first shutdown since 2013.

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Cutting off communication, no more street protests, improving Parliament, projections for India

 A roundup of global commentary for the Jan. 22, 2018 weekly magazine.

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Russia investigation: An eventful week, and what happens next

New details emerged this week in the broadening investigation into alleged efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

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Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states’ rights

The Department of Justice's crackdown comes as 64 percent of Americans, including for the first time more than half of Republicans, support legalization, Gallup found this month. So far, 29 states have legalized the medical use of the drug, while eight have legalized recreational use.

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With forgiveness, a need for economic justice

In Liberia and Colombia, civil conflict has been halted by programs that aid former rebels. South Africa has avoided civil war but it also needs to help those who don’t share in its wealth.

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A year after the March, women are sprinting forward

The Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017 sparked new levels of activism and engagement for many, with record numbers of women running for office, donating to campaigns, and finding new ways to get involved.

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California keeps girls in school by providing feminine products

Low-income students often stay home when menstruating due to the cost of pads and tampons. California's new law requiring products be available to young women in all Title I public schools joins similar legislation around the US addressing the issue.  

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A year into 'America First,' the world eyes US – and Trump – with less trust

President Trump's mistrust and rejection of international agreements and institutions have transformed America's status. And the lack of global leadership shown in the first year of his administration may have a lasting effect.

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The movie's ambitions far exceed its grasp in 'All the Money in the World'

At 88, Christopher Plummer, who portrays John Paul Getty, is at the top of his game.

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They didn't make Amazon's final cut, but these cities still hope to welcome big business

Cities that didn't make Amazon's shortlist for a second headquarters say failed bids to attract Amazon could be used as material to appeal to other businesses with planned tax breaks, land proposals, and grants.

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