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China spent $100 billion on reforestation. So why does it have 'green deserts'?

Beijing's Grain-for-Green program has helped blanket the country's hillsides with trees, undoing damage from decades of blistering development. But fostering biodiversity remains a challenge, conservationists say.

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After 20 years of Chinese rule, Hong Kong hype marred by pro-democracy tensions

What was once described as ‘one country, two systems’ is now being called ‘one country, 1.5 systems’ as Hong Kong citizens feel increasingly stifled under a tightening Communist grip. 

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Helicopter open fires on Venezuelan Supreme Court, but was it staged?

President Maduro classified an assault on Venezuela’s Supreme Court, strafed by a helicopter on Tuesday but injured no one, as a ‘terrorist attack,’ while social media users accused the president of staging the incident as a ruse to crack down on rebellious citizens. 

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Serbia looks toward modernization with its likely first female prime minister

Ana Brnabic wants to 'move boundaries' as future prime minister of Serbia if confirmed this week, which could include bringing the nation out from the shadow of Russia's influence. 

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Saudi youth move? Why crown prince may struggle to win over young subjects.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, more an economic reformer than a social one, is charged with helping ensure the House of Saud’s hold on power.

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China passes new intelligence law to 'ensure nation's security interests are met'

A Chinese intelligence law quickly passed on Tuesday is part of a raft of legislation in the country that will expand government powers to monitor, raid, and seize property. 

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Five weeks after ISIS captured town, residents forced to serve, marry, and fight for militants

In a report Tuesday, the Army cited seven accounts of escaped or rescued hostages detailing the conditions of Marawi, Philippines, where civilians are being forced to convert to Islam.

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Would France's counter-terrorism bill violate public freedoms or protect its citizens?

In an attempt to end the nation's state of emergency in effect since the 2015 terror attack, a proposed bill wants to expand police power. But Human Rights Watch says the law will lead to anti-Muslim rhetoric and fan societal prejudices.

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Can a divided Cyprus finally be unified? Peace summit begins this week

Peace talks will commence Wednesday in Switzerland to discuss the reunification of ethnically-divided Cyprus, and to hash out the related security oversight and territorial disputes, among other issues.

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Portugal's forest fires, though never before as deadly, are all too familiar

Monitor correspondent Catarina Fernandes Martins grew up in the region of central Portugal being ravaged by forest fires – a chronic problem there. But despite the understanding of the cause, few preventative measures have been taken.

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Coal mining rises again in China, US, and India after a 2016 drop

The demand for electricity, still largely fueled by coal, is growing worldwide. The complete transition away from coal to renewable energy could take decades, experts say.

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In South Sudan, preparing young generation for young country's future

South Sudan became an independent nation only in 2011, but civil war broke out in 2013. One of NGOs' chief challenges is healing children's scars and educational deficits, whose affects may be felt for decades.

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Prime minister May strikes deal with Northern Ireland for a stronger government

A new deal with Northern Ireland's DUP could help Prime Minister Theresa May recover after a disastrous election. The announcement also sparks concern from Scotland and Wales about the deal's fairness.

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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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