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How social media helped Caribbean islanders say: Don't forget us

Residents of St. John in the US Virgin Islands used social media for more than community organizing in the aftermath of hurricane Irma: they also used it to connect with members of mainstream media to tell their story.

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Mexico City rocked by major earthquake

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 44 people as buildings collapsed. The quake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south.

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Tale of two Mexicos? Amid NAFTA rethink, some urge more inclusive growth

Many credit the agreement with jump-starting Mexico's economic transformation. But those wins are not distributed evenly across the country's northern and southern states. Some analysts see negotiation as an opportunity for reform. 

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Not mad, just adventurous: Cyclist completes trip around the world in 80 days

Mark Beaumont set a world record, cycling 16 hours every day on his 79-day trip through 16 countries. The hardest part of the challenge, he said, was sleep deprivation.

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Human rights groups call for global actions to halt modern slavery

More than 40 million people are living in slavery globally with majority being women and young girls. Major change is possible by partnering with the business community, a new report says.

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In an unrelenting hurricane season, Maria is next to churn through Caribbean

As another Category 5 hurricane approaches the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, island residents prepare for its destructive blow amid recovery efforts following hurricane Irma.

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Myanmar's leader speaks out, but doesn't address claims of ethnic cleansing

Aung San Suu Kyi must walk a delicate line between the nation's powerful Army and global pressure to address human rights violations against the Rohingya within Myanmar.

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In South Sudan's capital, a bridge – and a nation – on hold

When South Sudan declared independence, its tattered infrastructure presented enormous challenges, but also a strange sense of possibility. Now, renewed fighting has stalled attempts at nation-building – in a physical sense as well as a political one.

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Turkey to overhaul school curriculum, triggering concerns politics will take precedence over science

A new 'values-based' program will recast more than 170 topics in the educational curriculum, from removing all direct references to evolution from high school biology classes to teachings about jihad or holy war in religion classes as the 'love of homeland.'

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South Korea and US show strength ahead of UN General Assembly

As North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles, in opposition to UN sanctions, South Korea and the US stage military drills over the Korean peninsula. North Korea is expected to be a major topic of conversation at the upcoming UN General Assembly.

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Who are the Rohingya? What you should know about Myanmar's deepening crisis

The Muslim minority group has been fleeing Myanmar for years. But military operations in response to a Rohingya militant group's attacks in late August have sent hundreds of thousands more to neighboring Bangladesh.

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Reading, writing and empathy: How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills

The country's status as a leader in teaching social skills is one reason it’s often ranked as the world’s ‘happiest’ country. Do Danes know something the rest of us don’t?

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Hunger levels rise as global conflict continues

The proportion of people around the globe who go hungry has risen in recent years, according to a global assessment by the United Nations. The UN attributes this increase to sustained conflict around the world.

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Another step forward in Guatemala's fight against corruption

Guatemala is facing a tough fight against corruption and the repeal of recently passed reforms granting presidential immunity from investigation was a major step forward in that fight. The reforms were met with widespread criticism from the public, who have been the driving force behind the anti-corruption movement. 

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Russian war games in Belarus raise international concerns of possible invasion

The start of the Russian war games in Belarus are increasing tensions in the Baltic region as European states doubt Russia's assurances that the games are not foreshadowing a military invasion. Thousands of troops have moved into Belarus in preparation for the games, and Baltic and NATO leaders are concerned some are there to stay. 

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UN to hold emergency meeting over North Korea's latest missile test

North Korean test was the longest-ever flight by a ballistic missile over Japan. The UN Security Council will meet in New York on Friday. 

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Why strikes and poor polling aren't derailing Macron's reform plans

Despite his showy numbers in French presidential elections earlier this year, Emmanuel Macron's actual support has always been fairly limited. But his campaign promises were clear, and he is moving quickly to follow through on them.

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Quotas bring wave of Nepalese women into office. What they need next.

Quotas for female candidates, and low-caste Dalit women in particular, are catapulting underrepresented groups into Nepal's local governments. It's a strong start, advocates say, but more work is needed to help them deliver on the promise of change.

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Asian businesses push to end modern slavery for migrant workers

Participants of the Bali Process, a forum for improving employment conditions in Asia, propose ideas that, if enacted, could put a dent in modern day slavery within the region.

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As the world watched Harvey and Irma, devastating floods washed over South Asia

The heaviest floods to hit South Asia in a decade has brought attention to the need for better prevention and preparation for the region's annual monsoon season. 

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